Like many folks, I have mixed feelings about comedy festivals. On the one hand, maintaining the requisite energy to plow through days of programming and events is a tall order. On the other hand, so much awesome business happens that it’s usually worth the sleepless nights and inevitable exhaustion on the tail end.

SF Sketchfest announced their 13th annual comedy festival line-up this week, running Jan. 23 through Feb. 9 in San Francisco. And, yeah, those folks who are lucky enough to go will probably end up a little on the sleepy side, but man, what a small price to pay. And speaking of paying, tickets go on sale this Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10 am.

Although the full lineup is available at sfsketchfest.com (and pasted below), I’m gonna hit you with a few highlights. A conversation and performance with Tenacious D. Tributes to Alan Arkin and Key & Peele. Appearances by Doug Benson, Bobcat Goldthwait, Thomas Lennon, Jenny Slate, Paul F. Tompkins, Florence Henderson, Amy Schumer, Tim Heidecker, and more. A Revenge of the Nerds 30th anniversary cast reunion (neeeeeeerds!). Musical performances from Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, Loudon Wainwright III and Maya Rudolph and her Prince cover-band. Podcast tapings, improv shows, stand-up, film screenings, theatrical performances, and good God there’s too much going on I have to take a breath.

Okay. Get your coffee and Red Bulls ready. I don’t think any of that is miss-able. For more information, check sfsketchfest.com.



The SF Sketchfest Tribute: Alan Arkin

In conversation with Kevin Pollak, plus a 35th Anniversary Screening of “The In-Laws”

The SF Sketchfest Tribute: Tenacious D

An evening of clips, conversation and songs with Jack Black and Kyle Gass

The SF Sketchfest Tribute: Key & Peele

with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in conversation

A Salute to Coyle & Sharpe

An Afternoon with Mal Sharpe

and special guests Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, James Reichmuth and host Jesse Thorn


“Napoleon Dynamite” 10th Anniversary screening

with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Diedrich Bader

“Revenge of the Nerds” 30th Anniversary screening

with Curtis Armstrong, Robert Carradine, Andrew Cassese, Julia Montgomery, Larry B. Scott and Brian Tochi, moderated by Chris Hardwick

“Top Secret!” 30th Anniversary screening

with Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, moderated by Thomas Lennon

“Cabin Boy” 20th Anniversary screening

with Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick

“Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers”

with Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme

“Footloose” 30th Anniversary Dance-and-Sing-Along Party

The Benson Movie Interruption — “Twilight: New Moon”

with Doug Benson and surprise guests

Totally Looped

with Dan Castellaneta, Keegan-Michael Key, Deb Lacusta, Joe Liss, Rick Overton and Vince Waldron

Club Chuckles Presents:

On Cinema with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington with “Wired”

Say Hello To My Little Funny: A Night of Short Films

Bad Movie Night


Becoming “Enlightened”

with Laura Dern, Luke Wilson, Mike White, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns, Jason Mantzoukas and David Bernad

Inside “Inside Amy Schumer”

with Amy Schumer, Dan Powell, Jessi Klein and Kim Schumer Caramele

Farewell, “Futurama!”

with John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, Lauren Tom and Billy West

An Afternoon with “The Venture Bros.”

with Steve Rattazzi, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder and James Urbaniak

The Slipnutz Variety Show

with Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser and Brian Stack and guests Steve Agee, Jackie Kashian and more

“You’re Whole”

with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter


Wits with John Moe

and guests Nellie McKay, Paul F. Tompkins and Loudon Wainwright III

NPR’s Ask Me Another

with Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton and special guests


Celebrity Autobiography: The Music Edition

with Pamela Adlon, Rachel Dratch, Florence Henderson, Michael Hitchcock, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel and Fred Willard

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

with the Workjuice Players and very special guests

Wainy Days Live

with David Wain and special guests Joe Lo Truglio, Megan Mullally and more, with music by Amy Miles

One Star with Thomas Lennon and Matt Mira

with guests Eddie Pepitone and more

Stripped Down Shorts: One Acts by Eugene Pack

starring Pamela Adlon, Florence Henderson, Michael Hitchcock, Laraine Newman, Dayle Reyfel and Fred Willard

Uptown Showdown Debate: Breakfast vs. Dinner

with Michael Ian Black, Dana Gould, Myq Kaplan, Michael Showalter, Megan Mullally, Michael Showalter, David Wain and moderator Arden Myrin

The Realest Real Housewives

with June Diane Raphael, Morgan Walsh, Danielle Schneider and more

“Shakes The Clown” Live

with Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Tom Kenny, Florence Henderson and more

Natasha Leggero in London! Paris! Costco!

Jamie Kilstein and John Fugelsang Debate the Existence of God

The Great Debate: Girls vs. Golden Girls – Who Empower Us and Who are a Bunch of Stunted, Oppressed Degenerates?

with Matt Price and Ilyse Mimoun

I Ink Alone with Michael Capozzola

140 Characters: A Twitter-themed solo show by Cole Stratton

Bayside Myself


Upright Citizens Brigade A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.

with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh with Andrew Daly, Rachel Dratch, Chris Gethard and Shannon O’Neill

Naked Babies

with Rob Corddry, John Ross Bowie, Brian Huskey and Seth Morris

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Theme Park Improv

with Ian Brennan, Rachel Dratch, Simon Helberg, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney

Gravid Water

with Andrew Daly, Rachel Dratch, Kevin Pollak, Ian Roberts, Stephen Ruddy, Matt Walsh and more

The Andrew Daly Show

(with a sneak preview of “Review with Forrest MacNeil”)

Facebook Improv

with Owen Burke, Chad Carter, Rob Huebel, Seth Morris and Paul Scheer

The Groundlings: The Black Version

with Jordan Black, Danielle Gauthier, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil LaMarr, Jordan Peele, Gary Anthony Williams and Cedric Yarbrough

The Groundlings: Personals

with Jamie Denbo, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Michael McDonald, Edi Patterson, Mitch Silpa and Mindy Sterling, hosted by Brian Palermo

313 Improv

with Keegan-Michael Key, Marc Evan Jackson, Maribeth Monroe, Jamie Moyer and more

The Birthday Boys

Shitty Jobs

with Sean Clements, Dominic Dierkes, DC Pierson and Ben Rodgers

Killing My Lobster


with BOAT


Baby Talk with Jensen Karp and Dan Levy

with guests Natasha Leggero, April Richardson and Nick Thune

Big Terrific

with Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri and guests Jon Daly, Noah Garfinkle, Joe Mande and more

Bukkake of Smiles

with Matt Braunger and Dana Gould

The Business

with Caitlin Gill, Nato Green, Sean Keane, Anna Seregina, Bucky Sinister and guest Dan St. Germain

The Chris Gethard Show

with Jake Fogelnest, Shannon O’Neill and more

Crash Test

with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer with guests Nate Bargatze, Eddie Pepitone and more

David Koechner

Eric Andre: A Night of Stand-Up

with Jesse Elias and Stroy Moyd

Gilbert Gottfried

Imaginary Radio

with Drennon Davis and Nick Stargu and guest Karen Kilgariff and more

Jenny Slate & Friends

with Max Silvestri, Jon Daly , Brett Gelman, Nick Thune and more

Kevin McDonald & Dave Foley

Club Chuckles Presents:

Kurt Tub

with Kurt Braunohler and guests Nate Bargatze, Todd Barry, Emily Heller and more

Megan Amram & Kate Berlant (Co-Headline)

The Meltdown

with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray and guests Steve Agee, Todd Glass, Dan St. Germain and more

Michael Winslow & Rhys Darby: Sound Effects Summit

Michael McDonald

Picture This!

with Brandie Posey and guests George Chen, Jake Fogelnest, Caitlin Gill, Sean Keane, Mike Lawrence and more with animation by Grif Kimmins and Sam Varela

The Prompter

with Wil Anderson, Nate Bargatze, Matt Kirshen, Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Pepitone and more

Put Your Hands Together

with Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher and guests Jon Glaser, Todd Glass, Josh Gondelman, Jackie Kashian and Andy Kindler

Set List: Comedy Without a Net

with Eric Andre, Bobcat Goldthwait, Gilbert Gottfried, Wil Anderson, Matt Kirshen and Emily Heller

Smug Shift with Moshe Kasher and Brent Weinbach

and guests Graham Elwood, Natasha Leggero, Sara Schaefer and Nick Thune

Stand-Up Spotlight: James Adomian and Baron Vaughn

Stand-Up Spotlight: Dave Hill and Wil Anderson

Stand-Up Spotlight: Joe Mande


with Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain and surprise guests with music by Amy Miles

Todd Barry: Crowd Work Tour

Hosted by Red Scott

Totally J/K with Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel

Characters Comedy Night

hosted by Seth Morris

with Backstage Paige, Brian Barlow as Poppa Proppa The World’s Oldest Prop Comic and Kristen Studard

The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars:

Guy Branum, Janine Brito, Dominic Dierkes, Cameron Esposito, Emily Heller, Ian Karmel, Matt Kirshen, Mike Lawrence, Aparna Nancherla, DC Pierson, Phoebe Robinson and Sara Schaefer

Rooftop Comedy Stand-Up Showcases


Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction

with Bryan Cook and guests Guy Branum, Matt Braunger, Jesse Elias, Cameron Esposito, Caitlin Gill, Josh Gondelman, Barbara Holm, Myq Kaplan, Ian Karmel, Jackie Kashian, Andy Kindler, Arden Myrin, Steve Agee and more

The Mortified Sessions Onstage

RISK! with Kevin Allison

with guests Dana Gould, Nato Green, Stephen Tobolowsky and more

Porchlight with Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte

and guests Anthony Bedard, Caitlin Gill, April Richardson and more


Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum are Princess

An Evening of the Music of Prince

w00tstock Founders’ Night 3: Day of the Founders

with Adam Savage, Paul and Storm and Wil Wheaton

Nellie McKay

and Tom Brosseau

Watkins Family Hour

with Sara and Sean Watkins and guests Tom Brosseau, Paul F. Tompkins and Loudon Wainwright III

Megan Mullally in concert with her band Nancy and Beth

with The Lampshades

Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show

The Girls with Alison Brie

Heidecker and Wood

Bring the Rock

with Greg Behrendt and The Reigning Monarchs

and guests Matt Nathanson, Bobcat Goldthwait, Karen Kilgariff, Bridget Everett and Chris Hardwick

The Greatest Concert Ever

with Matt Besser, Andy Daly, Dave Hill, Brian Huskey, Eddie Pepitone and more

Bridget Everett Live

with special guest Dave Hill

Eli Braden

with Reformed Whores


Accordingly To Jim

with Jon Glaser

The Adventures of Danny and Mike

with Danny Tamberelli and Michael C. Maronna

Before You Were Funny

with Justin Michael and Jacob Reed

Chewin’ It

with Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme

Comedy Film Nerds

with Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini

Dale Radio

with James Bewley

The Dana Gould Show

Dead Authors

with Paul F. Tompkins

Deep Shit

with Baron Vaughn

Dork Forest

with Jackie Kashian

The Fogelnest Files

with Jake Fogelnest


with Brett Gelman


with Dan Harmon and Jeff B. Davis

I Seem Fun

with Jen Kirkman


with Matt Besser

Jonah Raydio

with Jonah Ray

Jordan, Jesse, Go!

with Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris

The K Ohle Podcast

with Kurt Braunohler

Lady to Lady

with Tess Barker, Barbara Gray and Brandie Posey

The Laughspin Podcast

with Dylan Gadino

Nerdist Podcast

with Chris Hardwick

Never Not Funny

with Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap and Pat Francis

Owen and TJ Read the News

with Owen Burke and Adam McKay

Probably Science

with Andy Wood, Matt Kirshen and Jesse Case

Road Stories

with Murray Valeriano

Roderick on the Line

with John Roderick and Merlin Mann

Ronna & Beverly

with Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo

Scott Capurro’s Position


with Jeremy Carter, Matt Gourley and Mark McConville

Talkin’ Toons

with Rob Paulsen


with Dave Ross

Throwing Shade

with Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi

The Tobolowsky Files

with Stephen Tobolowsky

The Todd Barry Podcast


with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter

Vague Stories

with Greg Behrendt

The World of Phil Hendrie

You’re The Expert with Chris Duffy

and guests Josh Gondelman, Myq Kaplan and more


Iron Comic

with Nato Green and Moshe Kasher and guest Brent Weinbach and more


with Bil Dwyer and Erica Rhodes and guests Andy Kindler, Mike White and more

Guy Branum’s Talk Show the Game Show

with Myq Kaplan, Arden Myrin, Dan St. Germain and more

Singin’ & Pingin’

with American Tripps Berlin-Style Ping-Pong and DJ Purple Karaoke Dance Party

Tournament of Nerds


SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at California Academy of Sciences

with Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian, Competitive Erotic Fan SCIENCE Fiction, Roderick on the Line with John Roderick and Merlin Mann, You’re The Expert with Chris Duffy, Caitlin Gill, Todd Glass, Josh Gondelman, Myq Kaplan, Sean Keane and more


Alan Arkin Improv Workshop: Crossing The Chasm From Theater To Life

Kevin McDonald Improv and Sketch Workshop

Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison, founder of RISK!


Sketch and Improv Showcases:

3 Woman 1 Woman Show (with 3 Women), Aunty Donna, Bellevue, The Best of Craigslist, The Blank Experience, Bonafide, Charles, Cheap Smokes, Classy Pants, Colin Mahan’s Ball Trap: A Crock Opera, Cossbysweater, Convoy, Don’t Watch This Show Live!, The Dress Up Gang, Duchess Riot, Endgames Improv, Femikaze, Foil Arms and Hog, Frange & Stern, Hip.Bang!, John Velvet, Killing My Lobster, Ladystache, Lester Milton, Lost Moon Radio, Manboobs Comedy featuring Danny Tamberelli, Matt&Sam, Medium Friends, Miles and Jesse, Mission CTRL, Nephew, The Norwegians of Comedy, Oh Brother!, Oh Theodora, Peter n’ Chris, Pianofight’s Chardonnay, Robber Barons, Sad Vicious, Speechless, Suspicious Luxury presents REMEMORY, Time Capsule, Tony Ho, Unsuspectingly Sponsored By…, Vagina Jones, Whiskey Tango and Winslow.

Local Stand-Up Shows:

Avengers of Comedy; Talkies with George Chen; Cynic Cave with George Chen and Kevin O’Shea; Some People Like Us with Casey Ley and Kaseem Bentley; The Mission Position with Kate Willett and Matt Lieb; The Romane Event with Paco Romane; Get Yucked Up with Andrew Holmgren and David Gborie; Hand to Mouth with Trevor Hill; Storking Comedy with OJ Patterson; Attractive Camp with Nicole Calasich; Fun Times With Friends with Ron Chapman, Aly Jones, Scott Simpson and Brendan Stokes; and Funny Shits with Jeff Cleary and Justin Frahm.

Stand-Up Showcase and Hosting Comics:

Adam Newman, Adam Sokol, Amber Preston, Andy Hendrickson, Anita Drieseberg, Asif Ali, Barbara Gray, Barbara Holm, Ben San Del, Brandie Posey, Brendan Hines, Brendan Lynch, Brian Frange, Cameron Vannini, Carlos Rodriguez, Casey Ley, Clara Bijl, Clare O’Kane, Claire Titelman, Cody Melcher, Colleen Watson, Coree Spencer, Cory Loykasek, Curtis Cook, Danny Jolles, Dave Ross, Dave Thomason, David Angelo, David Drake, David Gborie, David Studebaker, Donny Divanian, Drew Platt, Eloisa Bravo, Emmett Montgomery, Ever Mainard, Gabe Dinger, Gavin Stephens, Irene Tu, Ivan Hernandez, Jarret Berenstein, Jason Downs, Jason Saenz, JC Coccoli, Jeff Cleary, Jen D’Angelo, Jess Saloman, Jesse Elias, Jim Tews, JoAnn Schinderle, Joe Tobin, Joey Devine, Johan Miranda, Johnny Taylor, Jonathan Rowell, Joselyn Hughes, Joseph Scrimshaw, Jules Posner, Julia Hladkowicz, Andrew Holmgren, Julie Lofrano, Kaseem Bentley, Kate Willett, Katie Crown, Keith d’Souza, Keith Lowell Jensen, Kevin Anglin, Land Smith, Lauren Ashley Bishop, Lauri Roggenkamp, Loren Kraut, Luke Lockfeld, Lydia Popovich, Mary Patterson, Matt Ingebretson, Matt Knudsen, Matt Lieb, Matt Morales, Matt O’Brien, Matthew Nouriel, Mike Spiegelman, Miles K, Mo Welch, Moses Storm, Natasha Muse, Nick Flanagan, Nicole Calasich, Nina Manni, Paco Romane, Philip Schallberger, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Ramon Rivas II, Red Scott, Renee Gauthier, Rob Christensen, Rob Schultz, Rob Stern, Ron Babcock, Ronn Vigh, Ryan Schutt, Shanti Charan, Stacey Hallal, Sam Sagheb, Sammy Obeid, Saurin Choski, Scott Vermeire, Steph Tolev, Steve Lee, Stroy Moyd, Tommy Dassalo, Trevor Hill, Xander Deveaux, Yogi Paliwal and Yuri Kagan

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