SF Sketchfest Promises Laughs Aplenty

The Kids In The Hall, Bill Irwin with Bill Frisell, Megan Mullally, Fred Willard and Robert Townsend with Keenen Ivory Wayans are among the laugh creators heading to the 16th annual SF Sketchfest for 18 days of wall-to-wall funny stuff.
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Presented by Audible, SF Sketchfest will take over 20 San Francisco venues Jan. 12-29 with stand-up comics, movies, alt humor, improve, music, live podcasts, workshops, tributes and panel discussions among the crowd pleasers.

Included in the days and nights of mirth, humor and belly laughs will be a live staged reading of The Kids In The Hall’s “Brain Candy” featuring Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson.

Also on tap will be a 30th anniversary screening of “Hollywood Shuffle” complete with an in-person tribute to Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans.

Fans of Fred Willard will want to check out the event honoring the one and only Jerry Hubbard.  Moderated by Kevin Pollak, the group includes Robert Klein, Christopher Guest, Laraine Newman, Kevin Pollak and others.

Bill Frisell is also on the SF Sketchfest lineup, with the jazz guitarist teaming with Tony-winning physical comedian Bill Irwin.

SF Sketchfest partner Audible will mix things up by presenting live versions of some of its comedy series, including “Hold On With Eugene Mirman,” “The Guest List,” “Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency,” and “Fresh Voice Of Stand-Up.”

But we’re still just skimming the surface of this two-week-plus laughter machine.  SF Sketchfest also includes Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of “Tim and Eric” fame; a “King Of The Hill” 20th anniversary reunion that includes creator Mike Judge along with Pamela Adlon, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy and Stephen Root presenting a live reading of one of the show’s episodes; and a 45th anniversary screening of “Kentucky Fried Movie” with filmmakers John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.

Tickets for all the shenanigans go on sale Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. PST.  Check out SFSketchFest.com for more details.