Okay, so...fuck all that political nonsense that was going on today. It sucks, and we all know it. It's important during times like these to gather with friends and family, and laugh. Given the long weekend (and four years) that's ahead of us, SF Sketchfest is going to be your perfect destination this weekend. Between panels, sketch shows, live podcast tapings, and more, you're going to be thoroughly entertained this weekend. Here are ten of our top picks:
Come To Papa with Tom Papa: feat. special guests Todd Barry, Matt Besser, Matt Braunger, Rick Crom, Erin Foley, Cynthia Koury, and Natasha Leggero
Renowned comedian Tom Papa is bringing his unique, popular Sirius/XM radio show into a live setting at Cobb's Comedy Club tonight at 10:30! Join Tom and special guests Todd Barry, Matt Besser, Matt Braunger, Rick Crom, Erin Foley, Cynthia Koury, and Natasha Leggero for a late one, filled with stand-up sets, music, written sketches and some surprises along the way. Tickets available here. $30. Friday, January 20, 2017. 10:30 PM
"Dragon Ball Z" VR Panel Live in Person with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, and Sonny Strait
We're not kidding: it's THE cast of the acclaimed anime Dragon Ball Z! Join Christopher Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Sean Schemmel (Goku), Monica Rial (Bulma), Sonny Strait (Krillin) and Chris Rager (Mr. Satan) for an unforgettable night of live Virtual Reality based around the show at the Brava Theater Center! Tickets available here. $30. Friday, January 20, 2017. 10:00 PM.
Upright Citizens Brigade: A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Jon Gabrus and Jessica McKenna and special guest monologist Nathan Fillion
The one and only UCB! "One of the comedy world's most influential and iconic live shows: Upright Citizens Brigade's A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T". This incredible improv show will feature special guests Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Jon Gabrus, and Jessica McKenna at The Curran Theater. Oh...and all scenes will be based of monologues created by none other than Nathan Fillion! Tickets available here. $35. Saturday, January 21, 2017. 7:00 PM.
'True Stories' 30th Anniversary with a special Toblowsky Files with Stephen Toblowsky
A fine, fine actor: Mr. Stephen Toblowsky will be taking a look back at True Stories, the eclectic, whimsical and musical look at a small Texas town and the citizens there gearing up for their sesquicentenial." The film was directed the Talking Heads' David Byrne, and stars John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Gray, Pops Staples, and many others. He'll be screening the film, and telling stories about the film while it plays for a live audience. Come to this special event at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema! Tickets available here. $20. Saturday, January 21, 2017. 3:00 PM.
Outtake-O-Rama: Famous Celebrity Outtakes with the voice talents of 'Futurama' with John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, and David X. Cohen
Another incredibly special event! This will be one for the books; join voice actor extraordinaires Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, and producer David X. Cohen as we hear a collection of 'infamous' celebrity outtakes. Tickets available here. 18+ only. $25. Saturday, January 21, 2017. 4:00 PM.
Celebrity Autobiography w/ Lucy Davis, Tony Hale, Wendie Malick, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack Dayle Reyfel, Fred Willard and Cedri Yarbrough
Seriously, talk about an all-star lineup! The award-winning comedy show "Celebrity Autobiography" will hit the stage at the Marines Memorial Theater this Saturday! Join special guests Lucy Davis, Tony Hale, Wendie Malick, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Fred Willard, and Cedric Yarbrough, as they do the unthinkable: act out the memoirs of other celebrities, live onstage! This will be a funny one. Tickets available here. $50. Saturday, January 21, 2017. 7:30 PM.
The Nerdist Podcast Live w/ Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, Matt Mira, and special guest Nathan Fillion
The gang is back! The critically acclaimed Nerdist Podcast is returning to the SF Sketchfest for its sixth time. It's been renowned as one of the most influential comedy podcasts since it started at actor Tom Lennon's house in February of 2010. Over eight hundred episodes later, and there's not a bad one in the batch. Hosts Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira will take over the Curran Theater for a special taping of the show, with special guest star Nathan Fillion. Get your tickets for this one. Enjoy your burrito! Tickets available here. $35. Saturday, January 21, 2017. 10:00 PM.
A Conversation with Daniel Handler: Inside 'A Series of Unfortunate Events', moderated by Charlie Jane Anders
Dear reader, it is my solemn duty to inform you that the event you could be attended may be rife with misfortune, things like cold cucumber soup, and a discussion with none other than Daniel Handler, the man who was in charge of documenting the unfortunate lives of the poor Baudelaire orphans. Well, okay, it was "Lemony Snicket", but we all know what we're talking about. In all seriousness, here is a chance to have a unique, up-close session with the one and only author of the hit children's book series AND Netflix television show. Buy your tickets now! Tickets available here. $25. Sunday, January 22, 2017. 2:00 PM.
'Kung Pow: Enter The Fist' 15th Anniversary with Steve Oedekerk
It's crazy to think that this hilarious film came out fifteen years ago. Now's your chance to celebrate its anniversary with the man behind the film himself, Steve Oedekerk! Join Steve at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a screening of the kung-fu cult classic, followed by a conversation and Q&A with 'The Chosen One' himself! Tickets available here. $20. Sunday, January 22, 2017. 7:00 PM.
Speechless with Matt Braunger, Eddie Pepitone, Ian Roberts, and Emily Van Dyke/Bullen & Olson: Double Vision, Hosted by Samson Koletkar
To top off your weekend, take in this show at the Eureka Theater. This could very well be one of the ultimate improvisational exercises known to man. Given only a laser pointer and a deck of random PowerPoint slides, presenters must give a presentation to a theater full of people - based on material that they've never seen before. Comedians Matt Braunger, Eddie Pepitone, Ian Roberts, and Emily Van Dyke will be taking part in this unpredictable event, with sketch comedy provided by Bullen & Olson: Double Vision. Samson Koletkar hosts. Tickets available here. $25. Sunday, January 22, 2017. 8:00 PM.