SF SKETCHFEST PRESENTED BY AUDIBLE ANNOUNCES INITIAL 2019 FESTIVAL LINEUP
TICKETS ON SALE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT 10:00AM PT / 1:00PM ET @ sFSKETCHFEST.COM
“Comedy's best and brightest” – SF WEEKLY
“Eclectic, surprising and star-filled” – SF CHRONICLE
“In the pantheon of comedy festivals, SF Sketchfest is one of the GOAT’s” – THE INTERROBANG
SF SKETCHFEST TO HONOR ENTERTAINMENT ICON AND SKETCH COMEDY LEGEND, CAROL BURNETT, TRIBUTE AND SPOTLIGHT HONOREES ALSO INCLUDE: MARGARET CHO; W. KAMAU BELL; JULIE KLAUSNER; BRUCE CAMPBELL; ANIMATOR BILL PLYMPTON; THE CAST AND CREATORS OF BEST IN SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER GUEST, CATHERINE O’HARA, EUGENE LEVY, JANE LYNCH, JENNIFER COOLIDGE, MICHAEL McKEAN, JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS, MICHAEL HITCHCOCK, FRED WILLARD, AND ED BEGLEY, JR; AND NBC’S SUPERSTORE WITH AMERICA FERRERA, BEN FELDMAN, MARK McKINNEY, LAUREN ASH, COLTON DUNN, NICHOLE BLOOM, NICO SANTOS, AND JUSTIN SPITZER; – PLUS AN ALL-STAR ROAST OF ICONIC DRAG PERFORMER, PEACHES CHRIST
THE FESTIVAL ALSO INCLUDES APPEARANCES BY: JENNY SLATE AND BIG TERRIFIC WAJATTA FEATURING REGGIE WATTS AND JOHN TEJADA; THE MILK CARTON KIDS; BUSY PHILIPPS; DAVID CROSS; WAYNE BRADY; FELICIA DAY; PAUL F. TOMPKINS; JANEANE GAROFALO; JOHN HODGMAN; MICHAEL IAN BLACK; SASHEER ZAMATA; PETER RIEGERT; JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL; HOPE DAVIS, DANA GOULD, SIMON HELBERG, GRACE HELBIG, MAMRIE HART, TIM HEIDECKER, JOSHUA MALINA, TONY HALE, DOUG BENSON, NATASHA LEGGERO, MOSHE KASHER, ADAM SAVAGE, JEN KIRKMAN, PAUL SCHEER, APARNA NANCHERLA, LAUREN LAPKUS, MARTHA KELLY, MARY LYNN RAJSKUB, HARI KONDABOLU, UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE, CAST MEMBERS FROM FUTURAMA, I’M SORRY, JON GLASER LOVES GEAR, SCHITT’S CREEK AND RIFFTRAX, SPECIAL COLLABORATIONS WITH AUDIBLE AND THE SPEAKEASY – AND MUCH MORE.
ADDITIONAL SHOWS AND PERFORMERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
SF Sketchfest presented by Audible announces the initial line up for the 18th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival January 10-27, 2019, featuring top comedic talent performing in venues across the city. Audiences can expect another outstanding year of programming and fun as SF Sketchfest will host major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming acts from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, storytelling, family shows, workshops, panels, and more.
SF Sketchfest is proud to announce that Audible is returning as the official presenting sponsor of the 18th annual festival. Audible is the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment. Audible content includes more than 450,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.
Audible will be presenting live versions of some of their original comedy products at SF Sketchfest, including: “Bad Reception” featuring Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, Eric Martin, Jessica McKenna, Justin Michael, Zach Reino and Paul F. Tompkins; “Gustafer Yellowgold LIVE” featuring Morgan Taylor and Mike Phirman; “The Hills of Baldwin” featuring Jordan Black, Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Phil LaMarr, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough, and special guest Wayne Brady; “The Indignities of Being a Woman” with Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester, with special guest Laraine Newman; and “The Pole Vault Championship of the Entire Universe” featuring Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Andy Richter, Eliza Skinner, Paul F. Tompkins and Janet Varney. These Audible Originals and many other exclusive titles – from David Spade’s “A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World” to “Hi, Bob!” featuring Bob Newhart in conversation with some of his famous friends such as Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell and Conan O’Brien – are available exclusively on Audible, along with a wide range of world-class audio programming. In recent months, Audible introduced the Originals Member Benefit, through which Audible members can choose two Audible Original productions for free in addition to their monthly credit. For more visit www.audible.com/comedy
New for 2019 is the debut of SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience offering six shows in a groundbreaking format within this one-of-a-kind venue, which recreates a Prohibition Era club with disguised entrances, secret passageways, two bars, a casino, and a two-story cabaret. SF Sketchfest will activate spaces throughout The Speakeasy venue where audiences will be free to roam and take in performances in every area for an intimate and interactive comedy experience. From sitting bar side and catching an informal set from your favorite comic, getting pulled into a small room for an impromptu mini-performance, eavesdropping on comics behind a two-way mirror, to catching a headliner on the cabaret’s mainstage, this is an immersive comedy experience like no other. Performers include: Michael Ian Black, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo & Jen Kirkman, Dana Gould, John Hodgman & Paul F. Tompkins, The Second City Improv All-Stars with Scott Adsit & Tami Sagher, and more.
SF Sketchfest will honor iconic comedy feature films and their stars: Evil Dead II with Bruce Campbell and Local Hero with Peter Riegert. Other cinematic events include: RiffTrax Day of the Shorts and The Mads are Back, featuring some of the stars from the original Mystery Science Theater 3000; The Benson Movie Interruption of Fifty Shades Freed with Doug Benson and friends; On Cinema with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington; and Found Footage Festival vs. Everything Is Terrible!
SF Sketchfest celebrates the best in television comedy with: Schitt’s Creek: Up Close & Personal; spotlights on two of truTV’s best shows, Jon Glaser Loves Gear with Jon Glaser and John Hodgman, and on I’m Sorry with Andrea Savage; and the returning favorite Futurama live.
Musical highlights include: Wajatta with Reggie Watts and John Tejada with guests Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System; The Milk Carton Kids & Friends Variety Show; Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt; Matteo Lane in Streisand at the Bon Soir; Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and “Friends”; Jon Daly Kills It; and local ensemble The Red Room Orchestra recreating the soundtrack of “The Big Lebowski” live and taking a deeper dive into the music of Twin Peaks with an all-star band under the direction of bandleader Marc Capelle.
Returning festival favorites include: the hit podcast, Judge John Hodgman; the Upright Citizens Brigade ASSSSCAT with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and more; a special night of comedy at the California Academy of Sciences; Selected Shorts: Too Hot for Radio with guest readers Hope Davis, John Cameron Mitchell, and host Aparna Nancherla; Celebrity Autobiography, (celebrating its 11th consecutive year at SF Sketchfest) with Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Rachel Dratch, Michael McKean, and Laraine Newman; and Fake TED Talks with Jonathan Coulton, Jean Grae, Justin McElroy, Sydnee McElroy, Paul & Storm, and Adam Savage. The festival returns once more for SF Sketchfest NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences featuring Jon Glaser, Sawbones with Justin & Sydnee McElroy, Omnibus with Ken Jennings & John Roderick, and more.
Improv shows include: a special first look at Madison Wells Media’s new improv sci-fi adventure, Voyage to the Stars with Steve Berg, Felicia Day, and more; SpontTourCo with Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Cordero, Eban Schletter, and more; The Improvised Shakespeare Company; Workjuice Improv with Craig Cackowski, Marc Gagliardi, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, and guest monologist Busy Philipps; Wild Horses with Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, and Erin Whitehead; members of The Groundlings in The Gale and Cookin’ with GAS; Speechless; The Black Version; Super Married with John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo; Theme Park with Rachel Dratch, Simon Helberg, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton, Janet Varney, and guest monologist Tony Hale. The craft of sketch comedy represented by BriTANick; The Groundlings: The Best of Sketch; original first year SF Sketchfest returnees, Please Leave the Bronx; Bay Area collective Killing My Lobster; Gabriel Gundacker, creator of the viral hit “Zendaya is Meechie”, and much, much more.
Audiences may attend live recordings of popular podcasts including: Stuff You Should Know with Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant; The West Wing Weekly with Joshua Malina, Hrishikesh Hirway; This Might Get Weird with Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart; Jordan, Jesse, Go!; We’re No Doctors with Steve Agee and Busy Philipps; The Allusionist; Doughboys; Dumb People Town with The Sklar Brothers and Dan Van Kirk; Oh No, Ross and Carrie!; the narrative sci-fi comedy series, Bubble with Cristela Alonzo, Alison Becker, Jonathan Coulton, Mike Mitchell, Jordan Morris, Keith Powell, Eliza Skinner, and many more.
The SF Sketchfest Dozen, a yearly spotlight on twelve top comedians features: Emmy Blotnick; Byron Bowers; Nore Davis; Jo Firestone; Caitlin Gill; Zainab Johnson; Dwayne Kennedy; Langston Kerman; Matteo Lane; Jacqueline Novak; Max Silvestri; Kate Willett.
SF Sketchfest hosts many of the current up-and-coming headlining stand-up comedians from around the country including these variety shows: Big Terrific with Jenny Slate; Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri; Butterboy with Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla; Joel Kim Booster’s Joy F*ck Club; Reductress Presents Haha...WOW!; The Daily Show Writers Stand-Up; Asian AF with Will Choi; Filipino AF; The 420 Show with Matt Besser
Plus stand-up appearances by: Todd Barry, Guy Branum, Sean Cullen, Will Durst, Naomi Ekperigin, Danny Franzese, Jena Friedman, Sabrina Jalees, Moshe Kasher, Jackie Kashian, Martha Kelly, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Kilmartin, Andy Kindler, Natasha Leggero, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nico Santos, Alice Wetterlund, Lizz Winstead, Sasheer Zamata, and more. International stand-ups are listed below.
The diverse programming of the festival is reflected in these unique shows: family shows with Story Pirates; The Groundlings Children’s Show; live theater including the West Coast premiere of Peaches Christ and Varla Jean Merman’s “The Whining,” a drag-parody of the Stephen King classic; viral YouTube star Manon Mathews; storytelling by Porchlight, hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte; RISK! with Kevin Allison; and lively game shows and debates: Brew HaHa: The Comedy Drinking Game Show; Iron Comic with Moshe Kasher and Nato Green; Shit Arcade with Mike Drucker; Uptown Showdown Debate: The Future vs. The Past, with Greg Behrendt, Michael Ian Black, Andrea Savage, and more.
Experienced or neophyte comics can hone their skills participating in workshops listed below.
SF Sketchfest once again has teamed up with 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization that provides free writing, tutoring and publishing programs to under-resourced students in San Francisco. Founded by educator Ninive Calegari and author Dave Eggers, 826 Valencia comprises two writing centers (a flagship location in the Mission District and a new center in the Tenderloin neighborhood) and three satellite classrooms in Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, Everett Middle School, and Mission School. This year 826 Valencia will be celebrating its 17th anniversary and, as part of the official festival program, SF Sketchfest will host a to-be-announced benefit show.
The festival will also be staging a fundraiser for Bay Area comedian, Mikey Walz, who learned back in October that he has cancer. (On Halloween, in order to remove the soft tissue cancer in his left leg and save his life, Mikey had it amputated.) Sudden Pirate: A Comedy Show Benefit for Mikey Walz will feature Mikey’s closest comedy friends doing stand-up, along with a closing set by Mikey himself.
Find the SF Sketchfest 2019 schedule at www.sfsketchfest.com. Lineups are subject to change.
All shows are ticketed separately and go on sale at 10AM PT / 1PM ET on Sunday, November 18 at www.sfsketchfest.com.
SF SKETCHFEST TRIBUTES
SF Sketchfest Tribute: Carol Burnett, in conversation
SF Sketchfest Tribute: “Best In Show” 20th Anniversary Reunion & Screening with Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard and Karen Murphy
SF Sketchfest Tribute: Margaret Cho, in conversation
SF Sketchfest Tribute: W. Kamau Bell in conversation with Hari Kondabolu
SF Sketchfest Tribute: Julie Klausner, in conversation
SF Sketchfest Tribute: “Superstore” with America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom, Nico Santos and creator Justin Spitzer
SF Sketchfest Special Events
Who’s Laughing Now: An Evening with Bruce Campbell and “Evil Dead II”
Salute to Bill Plympton: Films, Live Drawing and Q&A
The Roast of Peaches Christ (in celebration of her 45th birthday!) with Clea DuVall, Heklina, Jinkx Monsoon, Mink Stole, Roast Mistress Coco Peru, and more
Wajatta: Reggie Watts and John Tejada, with Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System
Big Terrific with Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri
SF Sketchfest at The Speakeasy: An Immersive Comedy Experience:
Special interactive nights including:
Dana Gould with Blaine Capatch, Caitlin Gill and more
David Cross & Friends
Janeane Garofalo with Jen Kirkman and Sabrina Jalees
John Hodgman & Paul F. Tompkins
Michael Ian Black with Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas, and Ryan Stout
The Second City Improv All-Stars with special guests, Scott Adsit & Tami Sagher
Audible Presents: A series of special events recorded live for Audible including:
Bad Reception featuring Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, Eric Martin, Jessica McKenna, Justin Michael, Zach Reino, Paul F. Tompkins, and more
Gustafer Yellowgold LIVE, featuring Morgan Taylor and Mike Phirman
The Hills of Baldwin featuring Jordan Black, Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Phil LaMarr, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough, and special guest Wayne Brady
The Indignities of Being a Woman with Merrill Markoe & Megan Koester, and special guest Laraine Newman
The Pole Vault Championship of the Entire Universe featuring Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Andy Richter, Eliza Skinner, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, and more
SF Sketchfest NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences featuring: Jon Glaser, Sawbones with Justin & Sydnee McElroy, Omnibus with Ken Jennings & John Roderick, Worst First Chapter: Bad Sci-Fi Edition with Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, and more
CINEMA & TELEVISION
The Benson Movie Interruption: “Fifty Shades Freed” with Doug Benson & Friends
Found Footage Festival vs. Everything Is Terrible!
“Futurama” Live with David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, Lee Supercinski, Billy West
Spotlight on “Jon Glaser Loves Gear” with Jon Glaser and John Hodgman
“Local Hero” screening with special guest Peter Riegert
The MADs Are Back with Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu
On Cinema with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington
Outtake-o-rama: Famous Celebrity Outtakes with the voice talents of “Futurama” with John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, David X. Cohen
Riffer’s Delight with Kaseem Bentley, Nato Green, Natasha Muse: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
RiffTrax Day of the Shorts with Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Bridget Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Cole Stratton, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney
Schitt’s Creek: Up Close & Personal
Spotlight on “I’m Sorry” with Andrea Savage
Totally Looped with Joe Liss, Jessica Makinson, Laraine Newman, Oscar Nunez, Rick Overton, Cole Stratton, Vince Waldron
The Bat: Improv in the Dark with Cole Stratton and Janet Varney, and more
The Black Version
Facebook Improv with Owen Burke, Chad Carter, Phil Jackson, Seth Morris, Paul Scheer, Charlie Sanders, and more
The Gale: A Ferociously Queer Night of Improv
The Groundlings: Cookin’ with GAS
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Playhouse Masterpieces with Paul Rust and Neil Campbell
SpontTourCo with Paul F. Tompkins
Super Married with John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo
Theme Park Improv with Rachel Dratch, Simon Helberg, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton, Janet Varney, and guest monologist Tony Hale
UCB East vs. UCB West Harold Competition
Upright Citizens Brigade: ASSSSCAT with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and more
Wild Horses with Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus & Erin Whitehead
Workjuice Improv with Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin, Marc Evan Jackson, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, and guest monologist Busy Philipps
LIVE READS & THEATER
Celebrity Autobiography with Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Rachel Dratch, Michael McKean, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, and more
Fake TED Talks with Jonathan Coulton, Jean Grae, Justin McElroy, Sydnee McElroy, Paul & Storm, and Adam Savage
Peaches Christ and Varla Jean Merman in “THE WHINING” A drag parody of the Stephen King classic, The Shining
Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio with Hope Davis, John Cameron Mitchell, host Aparna Nancherla, and more
Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist, with Tom Lenk
Worst First Chapter with Jonathan Coulton, Jean Grae, Paul & Storm, Laser Malena-Webber, and more
MUSIC & COMEDY
Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt
Don’t Stop or We’ll Die / The Sloppy Boys
Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, and “Friends”
Jon Daly Kills It
Matteo Lane: Streisand at the Bon Soir
The Milk Carton Kids & Friends Variety Show
The Red Room Orchestra play the music of “The Big Lebowski”
The Red Room Orchestra play the music of “Twin Peaks” Vol. 2: A deeper dive into the musical world of David Lynch
Skinner Alive with Eliza Skinner and Sam Johnides
PODCASTS & TALK SHOWS
The Bechdel Cast with Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante
Bill Corbett’s Fun House
Bubble with Cristela Alonzo, Alison Becker, Jonathan Coulton, Mike Mitchell, Jordan Morris, Keith Powell, Eliza Skinner, and more
Cool Playlist with Eliza Skinner
Couples Therapy Podcast with Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman
The Daily Zeitgeist
Dead Parents Society with Chris Garcia
Dead Pilots Society with Ben Blacker, Tony Hale, Andrew Reich, and more
Don’t Say… with Paul Greenberg and Dave Foley
Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson
Doughboys with Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger
Dumb People Town with The Sklar Brothers and Dan Van Kirk
The Greatest Generation
Hound Tall Podcast with Moshe Kasher
improv4humans with Matt Besser
The Jackie and Laurie Show with Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin
Jordan, Jesse, Go! with Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn
Judge John Hodgman
The JV Club with Janet Varney
The Kondabolu Brothers Podcast with Hari and Ashok Kondabolu
Lady to Lady with Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey, and Tess Barker
Maybe It’s You with Amiira Ruotola and Greg Behrendt
Movie Crush with Chuck Bryant
Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig
Obscure with Michael Ian Black
Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw
Off Book: The Improvised Musical
Oh No, Ross and Carrie!
Omnibus with John Roderick and Ken Jennings
Pardon My Tangent with Janeane Garofalo and Arden Myrin
Probably Science with Matt Kirshen & Andy Wood
Roderick on the Line with John Roderick and Merlin Mann
Sawbones with Justin & Sydnee McElroy
Stuff You Should Know with Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant
Talking Simpsons Podcast
This Might Get Weird with Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart
Totally Hosted with Dave Hill and Sarah Thyre
Voyage to the Stars with Steve Berg, Felicia Day, Colton Dunn, and Janet Varney
We Got This with Mark Gagliardi & Hal Lublin
Weird Laugh with Dannah Phirman
We’re No Doctors with Steve Agee and Busy Philipps
The West Wing Weekly with Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway
Will You Accept This Rose with Arden Myrin, Paget Brewster, and more
Yo, Is This Racist? with Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome
The Birthday Boys
Gabriel Gundacker (“Zendaya is Meechie”)
The Groundlings Mix Tape: Best of Sketch
Killing My Lobster
Please Leave The Bronx
STAND UP & VARIETY SHOWS
Alex Edelman: Just For Us
Asian AF with Will Choi
Bad Asians with Imran G, David Nguyen, and more
Best of Edinburgh International Spotlight Series: Alex Edelman, Matt Kirshen, John Hastings, Clara Bijl, Chris Turner, and more
Best of Edinburgh International Spotlight Series: Wil Anderson with Jena Friedman
Best of Edinburgh Spotlight: Natalie Palamides: Nate
Best of Sacramento: JR De Guzman, Kiry Shabazz, and Ngaio Bealum
Brandon Wardell & Friends
Butterboy with Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla
Charla Lauriston: Live Album Taping
The Daily Show Writers Stand-Up
Danny Franzese and the House of Glen CoCo
Donde esta mi COMEDY? with Baruch Porras Hernandez
Facial Recognition Comedy: A Desi Woman Stand-up Show
The 420 Show with Matt Besser
Harmon Leon Infiltrates Trump’s America
Joel Kim Booster’s Joy F*ck Club
Joyelle Nicole Johnson / Charla Lauriston / Maggie Maye
Late Late Breakfast
Lizz Winstead / Laurie Kilmartin
Man Haters with Ash Fisher, Irene Tu, and more
Martha Kelly / Mary Lynn Rajskub
Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher: The Endless Honeymoon
Nico Santos from “Crazy Rich Asians”
Reductress Presents Haha...WOW! with Naomi Ekperigin, Jena Friedman, and Sabrina Jalees
Resistance is Fertile with Nicole Calasich, and more
Sasheer Zamata Party Time!
Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: Emmy Blotnick, Byron Bowers, Nore Davis, Jo Firestone, Caitlin Gill, Zainab Johnson, Dwayne Kennedy, Langston Kerman, Matteo Lane, Jacqueline Novak, Max Silvestri, and Kate Willett
SF Sketchfest Threesome with Alex Koll, Amy Miller, and Clare O’Kane
SF Sketchfest Threesome with Guy Branum, Sean Cullen, and Alice Wetterlund
The Sklar Brothers with Dan Van Kirk
Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour
Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky
Will Durst & Friends: Trump Year Three
Porchlight, a storytelling series with Beth Lisick, Arline Klatte
RISK! with Kevin Allison
The End of the World with Josh Clark, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Humanity
DEBATES & GAME SHOWS
Brew HaHa: The Comedy Drinking Game Show
Iron Comic with Moshe Kasher and Nato Green
Playing Games with Jimmy Pardo
Quiz-o-Tron with Rebecca Watson
Shit Arcade with Mike Drucker
Uptown Showdown Debate: The Future vs. The Past, with Greg Behrendt, Michael Ian Black, Andrea Savage, and more
The Groundlings’ Children’s Show
Reductress Satire Writing Workshop
Storytelling Skills: WOW Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison
Character Workshop with Groundlings Alum, Brian Palermo
How to Improvise Like a Married Couple with Craig & Carla Cackowski
SHOWCASES FOR EMERGING STAND-UP, SKETCH, SOLO, AND IMPROV PERFORMERS
Abhay, Adam Quesnell, Alex Falcone, Alex Price, Alexandria Love, Allison Mick, Alyssa Westerlund, Amy Estes, Amy Miller, Andie Main, Andrew Holmgren, Andrew Michaan, Andrew Orolfo, Andy Rider, Annick Adelle, Anthony K, Arjun Banerjee, The Art Critique Stand Up Show, Arthur Gaus, Atsuko Okatsuka, Aviva Siegel, Back Alley Racket Club, The Ballroom, Barbara Gray, Basement Party, Bear Supply, Becky Braunstein, Ben Harkins, Ben Kolina, Bethany Van Delft, Billy Anderson, Blair Socci, Brian Bahe, Brooke Heinichen, Bryan Babylon, Butch Escobar, Butt, Caitlin Peluffo, CAMDONyes, Caleb Lush, Capital PUNishment, Cardinal Redbird is So LA, Carly Ballerini, Carter Anderson, Chad Opitz, Charles, Chase Brockett, Chris Conatser, Chris Estrada, Chris Gordon, Chris Sandiford, Chris Turner, Claptrap, Clara Bijl, Clare O'Kane, Clay Newman, Clinton Ware, Cobranauts, Comedy Baseball, The Comic Thread, Conor Kellicut, Corina Lucas, Cory Robinson, The Crazy Str8s present: Focus Group Improv, CUCK: A Comedy Show, Dalia Malek, Dammit Carol!, Dan Kapr, Dan Linley, Daniel Humbarger, Danielle Perez, Dauood Naimyar, David Nguyen, David Nihill, David Roth, Day Job, Daytime Talk at Night, The Deadbeat Improv Party, Death Hammer, Deep Night with Dale, Devon Walker, Dewayne Perkins, DJ Real, Dominique Gellin, Donnie Sengstack, Don’t Watch This Show Live, The Doubleclicks, Drew Harmon, Dro Knows, The Drunk Theater Company, Dylan Jenkins, Eddie Della Siepe, The El-Salomons (Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini), Eloisa Bravo, Emily Catalano, Emily Van Dyke, Emma Haney, ESC, The Everything Report, Feel Woods, Femmebot PhD, Fizaa Dosani, Florentina Tanase, The Fork! presented by Little Gem, Francesca Fiorentini, Gabby Poccia, Gary Hughes, The Geek Show, Geneva Rust-Orta, The Get Brown, G.O.A.T.$, Good Hombres, Grace Thomas, Granny Cart Gangstas, Grant Gordon, The Great Difficulties, Hail to the Queen, Hanna Evensen, Hannah Einbinder, Hayden Greif-Neill, Hayley Benham-Archdeacon, Hoodo Hersei, Hope This Helps, Human Amusements, I Think I’d Be Good At That, Imran G, Irene Tu, J.A.D.E., Janesh Rahlan, Jason Mack, Jason Saenz, Jazmyn W., Jennifer Dronsky, Jennifer Jolly, Jesse Hett, Jesus Trejo, Jesus U Bettawork, JoAnn Schinderle, Joe Kwaczala, Joe Nguyen, Joey Avery, John Hastings, Jordan Thewlis, JR De Guzman, JV presents #ThrowbackFriday, Jules Posner, Julia Shiplett, Julie Ash, Kazu Kusano, Keith Lowell Jensen, Kelly McCarron, Kevin Camia, Kevin O'Shea, Kevin Whittinghill, Kid Cactus, Kids These Days, Kiry Shabazz, Krista Fatka, Lady Garden, Land Smith-Abbinante, The Laser Comedy Show, Liss n’ Sams, Living Impaired, Local Honey presents Real Honeys of SF, Luxury Cruise Singles Mixer, Lydia Popovich, Lynn Stein, Man Haters, Maria Wojciechowski, Mark Smalls, Matt LeGrande, Matt Lieb, Merrill Davis, Michael Foulk, Mike Lane: One of the Good Ones, Missed Connections, Mission CTRL, Molly Sanchez, Moon Choe, Naptime, Nasser Khan, Nate Craig, Nate Follen, Neel Nanda, The Next Big Thing with Courtney & Dara, Nicole Calasich, Nicole Conlan, Nick Sahoya, Nipsey, Nori Reed, Normal Show, Opey, Paco Romane, Paige Weldon, Pallavi Gunalan, Paul Conyers, Pedro Gonzalez, Please Leave the Bronx, Princess Party, Priyanka Wali, “Queer and Now” from Martini Ranch, redDoor, Richard Sarvate, Ronn Vigh, Rosebud Baker, Ruby Gill, Ryan Sudhakaran, Salma Zaky, Samantha Gilweit, Sara DeForest, Sara June, Scott Vermeire, Sean, Secret Family, Shanti Charan, Somebody’s Baby, Spanish Aqui Presents, Spunky Moms, Stef Dag, Steve Ausburne, Stuart Thompson, Sup Doc, “Swipe Right” from the Unscripted Theater Company, Sureni Weerasekera, Talkies, Tanael Joachim, The Templeton Philharmonic, Torio Van Grol, Traumatized with Erin and Jason, The Trifecta, Troubled Comedy, Troy Walker, TSTMRKT, Valerie Vernale, Very Famous, Wake Up Wyoming!, Walker Glenn, Wanjiko Eke, The Westside Sketch Co., Wendy Wroblewski, Whitney Chitwood, William Williams, Yogi Paliwal, Your Fucked Up Relationship, Zach Noe Towers, Zahra Ali, and Zorba Jevon Hughes.
2019 PRESENTING SPONSOR
2019 MAJOR SPONSORS
Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
2019 CHARITABLE PARTNER
2019 OFFICIAL CANNIBIS SPONSOR
2019 OFFICIAL SPONSORS
Calicraft Brewery, Winc, SCHED, Trejure, KIND Snacks, Aquahydrate, Hint Water, Snap Yourself!
Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, Brava Theatre and Cabaret, Cafe Du Nord, California Academy of Sciences, Castro Theatre, The Chapel, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Gateway Theatre, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, The Masonic, Mezzanine, The Nourse, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, PianoFight, Punch Line Comedy Club, The Speakeasy, Swedish American Hall.
ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST
SF Sketchfest, co-founded, and directed by David Owen, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney, produces the eclectic San Francisco Comedy Festival, the longest-running comedy festival in the U.S. SF Sketchfest is an internationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed event that mixes major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for over two weeks of sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.
PAST SF SKETCHFEST
In past years, SF Sketchfest has featured renowned comedy artists such as:
Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Maria Bamford, Dave Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Jack Black, Rachel Bloom, Julie Brown, Dana Carvey, Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Noel Fielding, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Christopher Guest, Eddie Izzard, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Key & Peele, Robert Klein, Michael McKean, Kate McKinnon, Tig Notaro, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Penn & Teller, Amy Poehler, Paul Reubens, Mort Sahl, Amy Schumer, Amy Sedaris, Garry Shandling, Harry Shearer, Robert Townsend, Aisha Tyler, Reggie Watts, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Robin Williams, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
The festival has also hosted film and television stars including:
Alan Arkin, Will Arnett, Candice Bergen, Bruce Campbell, Lizzy Caplan, Dick Cavett, Bud Cort, Ted Danson, Laura Dern, Danny DeVito, Sally Field, Nathan Fillion, Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Irwin, Ricky Jay, Rashida Jones, Cloris Leachman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Jason Segel, and Gene Wilder; ensemble comedy groups: The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The State, Drunk History, and the Upright Citizens Brigade; reunions of the casts from: Wet Hot American Summer, Animal House, Twin Peaks, and Party Down; musical guests: David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Ben Gibbard, Tenacious D, Aimee Mann, Bob Mould, Rhett Miller, tUnE-yArDs, Nellie McKay, and Robert Glasper, and many more.
More information at sfsketchfest.com
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary, is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 450,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.
More information at audible.com
EMILY HELLER NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘PASTA’
OUT NOVEMBER 19 ON KILL ROCK STARS
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW
HEAR UNRELEASED ALBUM TRACK “EXPRESS TRAIN” BELOW
Comedian EMILY HELLER is set to release her new album, PASTA on NOVEMBER 19 on KILL ROCK STARS. A fit follow up to her KRS debut, GOOD FOR HER, Pasta amplifies her singular comedic voice and vision in all the right ways. Recorded live in Portland, Oregon, Emily’s set has the casual, friendly feel of a hang with your best friend, whether that’s at a bar or your couch, anywhere you can share caustic barbs and bitter truths about your life and the weird world you’re surrounded with. Emily is effortlessly and fearlessly funny as she goes over her need for therapy, dealing with slightly invasive personal trainers, kids who deserve to be on leashes, the joys and perils of romantic relationships, and more. It’s the perfect comedic blend of the intensely personal yet instantly relatable.
Hear unreleased Pasta album track “Express Train” here: https://youtu.be/Qnj93soG5B4
Pre-order Pasta here: http://smarturl.it/emilyheller
Emily Heller is an Emmy-nominated writer and comedian who has her own Comedy Central half hour show and has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Maron, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight, Chelsea Lately, and as a series regular on the TBS show, Ground Floor. She is a writer for the HBO series, Barry, starring Bill Hader, as well as TV shows for Fox, NBC and TBS. She was named a New Face at Just For Laughs, a Comic to Watch by both Variety and Comedy Central and one of the Funniest Women in Comedy by Marie Claire. Emily is also the co-host of the long-running podcast, Baby Geniuses.
More at: http://emilyheller.tumblr.com/
Kill Rock Stars press page: http://press.killrockstars.com/krs648/
COMEDY DUO FRANGELA DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM RESIST!
OUT TODAY ON KILL ROCK STARS
HEAR NEW ALBUM TRACKS BELOW
Comedy duo FRANGELA release their debut comedy album, RESIST! today on KILL ROCK STARS. RESIST! is an album that’s pointed and hilarious in equal measure and Frangela is everything that political comedy should be in 2018: two women speaking truth to power, stoking the flames of resistance, bringing together likeminded people for a common cause, and wondering why in the hell green bean casserole is a thing. RESIST! was recorded in front of an appropriately raucous audience as Frangela brought a fast-paced, wickedly funny spin through our present day agonies, from politics and protests to healthcare and toga parties. Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton are fired up and want you to be, too!
Currently, Frangela can be seen in their new TV show, “Me Time with Frangela” and heard on their weekly podcast, “The Final Word”. You can also find Frangela as regulars on Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Radio Show and Sexy Liberal Tour.
Head to ComedyHype to check out an exclusive interview with Frangela and the premiere of album track “Pop Up Protest” at: http://bit.ly/2PJXP2q
Hear RESIST! album tracks:
TOGA PARTIES: https://youtu.be/RVF8Pie_IeI
WELCOME TO NAMBIA: https://youtu.be/ihWkq-o0NY4
Get Frangela RESIST! on all digital platforms: http://smarturl.it/frangela
More at: http://frangela.com/
On Twitter: @frangeladuo
THE WINE COUNTRY SPOKEN WORD FESTIVAL, PETALUMA, OCTOBER 19-21
COMEDY, STORYTELLING, POETRY, PANELS, WORKSHOPS & MORE
FEATURING BAY AREA COMEDIAN AND CNN HOST W. KAMAU BELL, ELIZABETH ELLIS, DENICE FROHMAN, BIL LEPP, ZAHRA NOORBAKSH, STEVE CONNELL
ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE
The Wine Country Spoken Word Festival brings a weekend of fun to Petaluma, California on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 19-21 featuring performances by comedians, storytellers and poets – plus panels, workshops, master classes – and more.
Those scheduled to perform include the Bay Area’s own W. Kamau Bell (comedian and Emmy Award-winning host of CNN’s United Shades of America) and Zahra Noorbaksh (comedian, host of Good Muslim/Bad Muslim) plus national acts Elizabeth Ellis (award-winning storyteller), Bil Lepp (5-time Champ West Virginia Liars Competition), Steve Connell (performed for President Obama and the U.N.) and Denice Frohman (Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion). Now in its 2nd year, this is the only festival of its kind as the Gitlit crowd meets PoetrySlam meets The Moth for a weekend of comedy, storytelling, poetry, panels, workshops and more at The Wine Country Spoken Word Festival.
The Mystic Theater in downtown Petaluma hosts performances by the headliners on Friday night with Steve Connell, Bil Lepp and Zahra Noorbaksh, and on Saturday night with W. Kamau Bell, Elizabeth Ellis and Denice Frohman. On Saturday morning and afternoon, The Hotel Petaluma hosts the headliners in intimate events including candid conversations and classes. The festival concludes on Sunday, October 21 when The Storytelling Association hosts panel discussions, workshops, traditional tales for adults, swap/slam sessions, and more.
Festival producers Dave and Juliet Pokorny are proud to host the Wine Country Spoken Word Festival in Petaluma where they have been building the storytelling community over the past decade. They look forward to hosting a celebration of the spoken word to bring together the East Bay, SF, Marin, the North Bay and the Wine Country for a weekend of entertainment and fun in Petaluma.
Advance tickets are on sale now and sold separately for each event allowing festival goers to create their own festival.
Find the full festival schedule here: https://www.davepokornypresents.com/2018-schedule
The Wine Country Spoken Word Festival launched in 2017 and it was one to remember. The festival was scheduled for the weekend after the Tubbs fires began. By the start of the festival (on Friday, October 13th!) the largest wildfire in the history of Sonoma County had put thousands of people out of their homes, but instead of canceling the festival, local organizers Juliet and Dave Pokorny forged ahead.
“We made a decision on that Friday the 13th, that this community needed a place to gather and spoken word artists and storytellers have always been a reason for communities to gather. It is at the core of who we are as people. Without story and personal connection we have lost,” said Dave, co-producer of the event. The Inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival persevered, the Pokornys (and a dozen or so volunteers) pulled it off, over 30 spoken word artists, from all over the country, arrived in the Wine Country, they came to help in the best way they could.
Now in its second year, The Wine Country Spoken Word Festival looks forward to hosting amazing talent for a weekend of stories, comedy, workshops, masterclasses, and panel discussions to bring audiences throughout the East Bay, SF, Marin, the North Bay, and Wine Country together for a weekend of entertainment in Petaluma.
THE WINE COUNTRY SPOKEN WORD FESTIVAL
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 19, 20 & 21
Where: The Mystic Theatre and The Hotel Petaluma
Tickets: Single Tickets available
Prices range from $10-$48
Purchase tickets at: https://bit.ly/2BfV4Ts
Find the full festival schedule and more information at The Festival website: www.davepokornypresents.com/wine-country-spoken-word
Petaluma is a town built on community and stories. It was 2010 when Dave and Juliet Pokorny kicked off the North Bay’s first StorySlam in downtown Petaluma and they have been building that amazing storytelling community ever since. Dave and Juliet are proud to produce the 2nd Inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival to celebrate the art as local storytellers and national and international spoken word artists come to Petaluma to celebrate storytelling. This is the only festival of its kind in the country as the Gitlit crowd meets PoetrySlam meets The Moth at the Wine Country Spoken Word Festival!
“MIND PARASITES LIVE”
ADAM CONOVER, HOST OF TRUTV’S “ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING”,
TO BEGIN NATIONAL TOUR THIS NOVEMBER
Creator, writer and host of the critically-acclaimed series Adam Ruins Everything on truTV, ADAM CONOVER, will embark on a national tour, MIND PARASITES LIVE!, beginning November 28th in Boston. Presented by truTV, the tour will run through January 2019 stopping in 24 major cities around the U.S.
In this original hybrid of stand-up comedy and psychedelic biology class, Adam will reveal the cultural parasites that seek to control your mind and behavior, and explain how you can protect yourself from their influence and achieve intellectual freedom. From advertising to alcohol to algorithms, Adam will change your perspective on free will and American society forever.
Adam Conover is the creator and star of truTV’s Adam Ruins Everything, a comedy that dispels common misconceptions and encourages the audience to think critically about the world around them. Adam recurs on the hit Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman. Prior to this, he was a writer and performer for College Humor Originals and co-wrote and starred in the film festival darling The Exquisite Corpse Project.
Tickets for Mind Parasites Live! Tour are available via AMEX pre-sale today 10:00 am local. General on sale is this Friday, October 5 at 10:00 am local available at axs.com. The initial tour schedule is available below.
The Mind Parasites Live! Tour launches in tandem with all-new episodes of the Adam Ruins Everything television series which premieres Tuesday, November 27 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on truTV. In eight (8) new half-hour live-action episodes, the series tackles some of the most ambitious topics in its history including guns, cops, technology and…a plate of nachos. Trust us, you’ll never look at an avocado the same way again.
More at: http://www.adamconover.net/
CAMERON ESPOSITO TO RELEASE ‘RAPE JOKES’
ON SEPTEMBER 28 VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS
VINYL AND DIGITAL AVAILABLE
Stand-up comic, actor and writer CAMERON ESPOSITO will release her critically-acclaimed special, ‘RAPE JOKES’ as an album on Friday, September 28 via ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. A personal exploration of the #MeToo movement, Rape Jokes premiered to rave reviews within the first 24 hours. The hour has been praised as “unapologetically hard-hitting, bracingly timely hour” (Vanity Fair), “blistering, masterful, tragic, hilarious” (New York Magazine) and the “first great stand-up set of the #MeToo era” (The Daily Beast).
Rape Jokes will be available digitally and on marbled vinyl for purchase in record stores and on Cameron’s tour. 100% of the proceeds will go to RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Cameron has raised over $70,000 for RAINN thus far.
The comedian forewent the traditional route of releasing her hour with a studio backing to raise awareness and make an impact in the community. The show was self-financed with the help of friends who donated their time to maximize the proceeds for RAINN. Cameron turned around the final product within a week and released it for free on her own website in June.
PRE-ORDER CAMERON ESPOSITO ‘RAPE JOKES’:
Vinyl available in select record stores and at the live shows. (Go to TOUR page.)
ABOUT CAMERON ESPOSITO:
Cameron Esposito hosts her own stand-up show, ‘Put Your Hands Together’ every Tuesday night at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. She also hosts her own podcast, QUEERY – featuring hour-long conversations with some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ family. Esposito is co-creator and co-star of ‘TAKE MY WIFE’, a television series which has gotten rave reviews from The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vulture and Indiewire and is available now on iTunes and the Starz App / Starz On Demand.
This fall, Esposito is taking her ‘Person of Consequence’ set on tour around the U.S and London.
More at: https://www.cameronesposito.com/.@cameronesposito
ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing (AST) records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. AST is home to Patton Oswalt’s Grammy Award-winning album ‘Talking for Clapping’ as well as outstanding releases from Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Jen Kirkman, Wyatt Cenac, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane – and many more. AST looks forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.
JONATHAN PIE PREMIERES NEW COMEDY SHOW IN THE U.S.
‘JONATHAN PIE: BACK TO THE STUDIO’ IN SELECT CITIES THIS FALL
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
JONATHAN PIE, the UK’s angriest news reporter, brings his new live comedy show Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio for its U.S. premiere in select cities this fall.
A frustrated news reporter known for venting in unguarded “off-camera” rants and satirizing the world of politics, entertainment and the media, Jonathan Pie has amassed a huge online following and notably shot to fame in America after his response to the election of Donald Trump racked up over 160 million views worldwide. Pie’s weekly videos regularly achieve millions of views.
The creation of Tom Walker, Jonathan Pie’s newest live show Back to the Studio is already an overseas hit with performances across the UK including Edinburgh and sold out nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Back to the Studio has been praised as “a true tour de force” (Evening Standard) and a “superb blend of well-informed political analysis, hard truths, gratuitous swearing and guilty laughs” (What’s On London). In this show, Jonathan Pie is angrier than ever and his aim is set at the Right, the Left…and everything in between.
“An electrifying performance” – Chortle
“as exquisitely performed as it is written” – The Scotsman
“As with Ricky Gervais’ Humanity, Pie does an excellent job emphasizing the irrelevance of most moral outrage and exposing its fickle nature…a funny and thought-provoking performance” – What’s On London
Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio U.S. promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LilTJ4t2Bs
Twitter: (132K) www.twitter.com/jonathanpienews
Facebook (1.2M followers): www.facebook.com/jonathanpiereporter