Here's Your SF Sketchfest 2014 Lineup. Kiss Your Obligations Next Month Goodbye.
The onset of sweather* means one thing for San Francisco comedy enthusiasts: SF Sketchfest is coming! And, much like every other year, the 2014 lineup is jam-packed with cult film cast reunions, live podcast tapings, improv workshops, comedy-tinged tribute bands, and one-person shows put on by your favorite Twitter personalities.
For two weeks this January-February, Sketchfest will take over many of the city's venues so comedians from LA and NY can come "cut loose" and "smoke pot" far away from their "television cameras." Natives of the slightly more literary, storytelling-seriesish San Francisco comedy scene will mix and mingle with the entertainment industry regulars, and it's all here for the enjoyment of your average San Francisco goofballs and chuckle-heads. Scrutinize the lineup, map out your schedule, and plan to take advantage of the fact that some of the country's top laugh-sellers are coming to your town.
The festival kicks off Jan. 23 with a 10th anniversary screening of Napoleon Dynamite featuring an appearance by Jon Heder, followed by (though not necessarily connected to) a tribute to Tenacious D with Jack Black and Kyle Gass.
Some of this year's other highlights include:
Cast Reunions: for Top Secret!, Cabin Boy, Super Troopers, HBO's Enlightened, Revenge of the Nerds, and The Venture Bros., plus a sad, funny farewell to Futurama.
Music by talented women: Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum's Prince cover band), The Girls (Alison Brie's three-woman ensemble), Nancy and Beth (Megan Mullally's band), and Nellie McKay.
Public Radio comedy: NPR's Ask Me Another and Wits with John Moe;
More smart females: Comic provocateur Amy Schumer of Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer; witty Jackie Kashian, doing her podcast, "The Dork Forest;" Twitter-famous comedy writer Megan Amram, doing something; Jay Leno's favorite lesbian comic Cameron Esposito with her "Put Your Hands Together" podcast; Jen Kirkman doing her "I Seem Fun" podcast; and awesomely absurd Kate Berlant, doing what the New York Times would refer to as "experimental" comedy;
Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele: In conversation;
Alan Arkin (!): leading an improv workshop and in conversation with Kevin Pollak in honor of the 35th anniversary of The In-Laws.
MST3K's Joel Hodgson: Performing his one-man comedy show, Riffing Myself. Read SF Weekly's interview with him here.
San Francisco's own Porchlight storytelling series: Cheer on your hometown raconteurs.
More local and former-local favorites: such as Moshe Kasher, Nato Green, and Brent Weinbach.
More podcast tapings and podcast-based live shows: Thrilling Adventure Hour, Superego, RISK! with Kevin Allison, Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo, Harmontown with Dan Harmon and Jeff Davis, The Fogelnest Files with Jake Fogelnest, and many more.
Improv and sketch groups: Upright Citizen's Brigade (with three of the four OG UCB-ers -- Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh), The Birthday Boys, Crash Test with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, The Groundlings: The Black Version, Stella with Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain, and more.
The Meltdown: Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray's alt-comedy stand-up show comes up from LA for the festival. You probably remember seeing it featured on Last Call with Carson Daly (jk).
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction: It's exactly what it sounds like it is, and this show's a fan favorite.
More funny people, doing TBA comedy things: Eric Andre, Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger, Phil Hendrie, Paul F. Tompkins, Karen Kilgariff, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rachel Dratch, Pamela Adlon, Laraine Newman, Dana Gould, John Michael Higgins, Todd Barry, Chris Gethard, Andy Daly, Thomas Lennon, Doug Benson, and more and more and more.
For more information and a full list of performers, go to sfsketchfest.com. The schedule and more events will be announced this Friday, Dec. 13. Tickets for the events will go on sale this Sunday, Dec. 15.