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.More »