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The Best of SF Sketchfest 2017

A star-studded SF Sketchfest returns January 12th-29th! Revered for its diverse programming, this year will feature actors, comedians, and writers from "Saturday Night Live,” “The Kids in the Hall,” “VEEP,” “The Upright Citizens Brigade,” “Key & Peele,” “The Simpsons,” “The Daily Show,” "Broad City," "Arrested Development," and MUCH MORE. Below you'll find highlights from the two-week festival. Tip: If you find that a show you want to attend is already sold out, just know that there is typically a limited number of tickets available at the venue’s box office the night of the show (arrive 60-90 minutes prior to showtime for better luck).

StarTalk Live with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman + Guests Claudia O’Doherty, Ariel Waldman & More

The Curran

Just like the award-winning podcast and radio show, StarTalk Live explores current events from the frontiers of science featuring the man, the myth, the LEGEND—Bill Nye the Science Guy!

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   Grace Helbig

How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black & Special Guest Grace Helbig

Marines Memorial Theater

Actor & comedian Michael Ian Black delves into today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became *amazing*. YouTube sensation Grace Helbig joins him!

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Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show With Special Guests

PianoFight

Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) will perform a live old-school variety hour that features famous friends, musical acts, new sketches, and more.

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Kids in the Hall: ‘Brain Candy’ Live Staged Reading with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, & Scott Thompson

Castro Theater

Over 20 years since its movie theater debut, the Kids in the Hall bring a rare, very special staged reading of "Brain Candy," accompanied by narration, music, and the occasional video clip.

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Soundtracks Live: Scenes and Songs from a Classic 80s Movie

Marines Memorial Theater

Join an all-star assembly of comedy heroes as they perform scenes and live songs from a classic 1980s flick with a live band! All net proceeds to benefit 826 Valencia.

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   Crybabies

Crybabies with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre and special guests Dave Hill, Mary Roach & Adam Savage

Eureka Theater

Grab your tissues! Crybabies is a moving podcast about the things that make us cry. Hosts Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre interview guests Dave Hill, Mary Roach, Adam Savage, and more.

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Audible presents Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Brava Theater

Join host Caitlin Gill, and guests Michael Ian Black, Joel Kim Booster, Jonathan Coulton, Jo Firestone, and Claudia O'Doherty for a live version of McSweeney's hit humor site.

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Dead Pilots Society

Cobb's Comedy Club

"Friends" writer Andrew Reich and Nerdist Writers Panel creator Ben Blacker have invited their writer pals to bring out their dead pilots (pilots that never get picked up) for a series of table reads.

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Stuff You Should Know with Josh Clark and Charles W. ‘Chuck’ Bryant

Castro Theater

The award-winning podcast is produced by the website HowStuffWorks and discusses the history and scientific impact of things like: Ouija boards, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness, and more.

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Stella: The Classic Nightclub Show with Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter & David Wain

MEZZANINE

Stella will reunite for SF Sketchfest where the troupe will pay homage to their early "Nightclub" days when they hosted a weekly showcase for alternative and mainstream comedy.

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SF Sketchfest: Uncalled Four Comedy Game Show

PianoFight

This comedy game show is loosely based off of Cards Against Humanity. The comedians write 20 hilarious responses to open-ended questions, to which the audience selects the best response.

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Audible Presents Bedtime Stories for Cynics w/ Guest Host Natasha Leggero

Eureka Theater

Comedians including Aisling Bea, Emmy Blotnick, Stephanie Courtney, Tony Hale, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh will perform original children's tales...with an adult twist.

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Celebrity Autobiography with Lucy Davis, Tony Hale, Wendie Malick, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Fred Willard & Cedric Yarbrough

Marines Memorial Theatre

As seen on Bravo, "Celebrity Autobiography" is the award-winning hit comedy show where celebrities act out other celebrities' jaw-dropping memoirs!

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Rock Solid with Pat Francis, Kyle Dodson & Special Guest “Weird Al” Yankovic

Swedish American Hall

Rock Solid is the comedy/music podcast that brings you music with a side of laughs. Obviously, Weird Al will be in attendance with his expertise in both areas.

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   Quiz-o-tron

SF Sketchfest: Quiz-O-Tron with Rebecca Watson and Guests

PianoFight

Quiz-o-Tron is a science-themed comedy panel quiz show that pits scientists against comedians in a rapid-fire competition that tests both knowledge and wit.

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SF Sketchfest: Killing My Lobster Under Pressure / Picture Show

PianoFight

What can a bunch of comedians barely making rent come up with in one week, on no sleep? Will they all get fired from their day jobs? Will they burst into tears in the middle of the show? FIND OUT.

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   Mortified SF

Mortified: The Pop Culture Edition

Brava Theater

This special Sketchfest version will feature the effects of pop culture on teens including letters to fictional TV characters, awful attempts at pop songs, and even Harry Potter homoerotic fantasies.

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SF Sketchfest: Reunited with Josh Androsky and Bryan Cook

PianoFight

Reunited brings together the casts of beloved sitcoms for in-depth panel discussions, Q & A sessions, and table-reads of classic scenes. The catch? The shows have never existed.

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The JV Club with Janet Varney w/ Guests Rachel Dratch & Jon Hamm

Brava Theater

If you've ever wondered what Jon Hamm was like as a teen (probably still a babe), now's your chance. Janet Varney, Jon Hamm, Rachel Dratch (SNL) and more will discuss their "terrible teens."

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Story Pirates w/ Special Guests Patton Oswalt & Sasheer Zamata

Marines Memorial Theater

Story Pirates is a national troupe of actors, comedians, musicians, and teaching artists whose mission is to celebrate the words and ideas of young people.

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Picture This: “BoJack Horseman” Edition

Cobb's Comedy Club

Picture This! is a live comedy show where, in this very special "BoJack Horseman" edition, comedians perform stand-up comedy in front of an audience while they are drawn live by Bojack animators!

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IFC Sketch Comedy Showcase Hosted by Ronna and Beverly w/ Blade Brown, Dawson’s Queef, Kasper Hauser, Naptime &The Templeton Philharmonic

Cobb's Comedy Club

At this showcase you'll find some of the best up-and-coming sketch comedy groups hosted by Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo (stars of the acclaimed podcast “Ronna & Beverly”).

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Kiera was born and raised on a tiny island in the East Bay, but currently resides in Japantown. She is a reluctant member of too many group texts, a pro at assembling a charcuterie board, and can typically be found with a taco/beer in hand (in the corner petting a dog). She'd like to visit every U.S. National Park in her lifetime.

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