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SF Sketchfest 2020 lineup: Freestyle Love Supreme, Spongebob, Airplane!, more

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The lineup for the 2020 edition of SF Sketchfest (January 9 – 26) has been announced and, as usual, it’s massive, with over 250 shows across 18 days, including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, storytelling, family shows, workshops, panels and more. Among them:

  • “SpongeBob Squarepants” 20th Anniversary, with Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence and Rodger Bumpass
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour: An Immersive Comedy Experience, with Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, Jonathan Coulton, Jonathan Dinerstein, Marc Gagliardi, John Hodgman, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Joshua Malina, Busy Philipps, Autumn Reeser, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney and more
  • A Tribute to Crispin Hellion Glover: In Person Performing his Big Slide Show part 1 + “What is it?” 15th Anniversary + In Conversation
  • “Airplane!” 40th Anniversary with Robert Hays, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker
  • “Plan 9 From Outer Space:” A Staged Reading with Paget Brewster, Bill Corbett, Dave Foley, Dana Gould, Kevin Murphy, Jonah Ray, Eban Schletter, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney and more
  • A SF Sketchfest edition of Upright Citizens Brigade: A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh & Friends
  • Tribute to Eugene Mirman, in conversation + “It Started as a Joke” Bay Area Premiere, with Michael Ian Black, Jon Glaser, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, and co-director Julie Smith Clem
  • “Clue” 35th Anniversary with Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp and director/co-writer Jonathan Lynn
  • The Bay Area premiere of Freestyle Love Supreme (the Broadway sensation created by with Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale)
  • A 20th Anniversary screening of Galaxy Quest with a tribute to Tony Shalhoub hosted by his Marvelous Mrs. Maisel co-star Kevin Pollak
  • Tribute to The Monkees: A Conversation with Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz
  • Fred Armisen Residency: Comedy for Guitar Players but Everyone is Welcome with Brad Paisley, Bill Frisell and Wendy Melvoin
  • Salute to The Chris Gethard Show, with Chris Gethard & Friends
  • “Metropolitan” 30th Anniversary + “Barcelona” 25th Anniversary with Whit Stillman, Tushka Bergen, Chris Eigeman, Carolyn Farina and Taylor Nichols
  • Riffapalooza with Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Mary Jo Pehl and Jonah Ray
  • “Pinky and the Brain” 25th Anniversary with Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen
  • An Awkward Conversation with Tony Hale, with a spotlight on the Netflix Original Series “Archibald’s Next Big Thing”

…and truly much much more. It’s insane how much more there is and they’re calling this the “initial” lineup! Those include some music-oriented events: Bill Frisell‘s HARMONY with Petra Haden, Hank Roberts and Luke Bergman; Eliot Glazer‘s Haunting Renditions; Jonah Ray: You Can’t Call Me Al (with Full Band); “Wheels Off with Rhett Miller” and more.

Tickets for all events go on sale Sunday, November 24 at 10 AM Pacific. Check out all announced SF Sketchfest happenings, below.

SF SKETCHFEST 2020 INITIAL LINEUP

SPECIAL EVENTS & LIVE IN-PERSON TRIBUTES
Freestyle Love Supreme — Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale
Tribute to Tony Shalhoub, in conversation with Kevin Pollak + “Galaxy Quest” 20th Anniversary
Tribute to Busy Philipps, in conversation
Tribute to The Monkees: A Conversation with Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz
Tribute to Sandra Bernhard, in conversation + “The King of Comedy” screening
Tribute to George Wallace, in conversation and whatnot with Patton Oswalt
Tribute to Robert Klein, in conversation
Tribute to Brian Regan, in conversation
Tribute to Eugene Mirman, in conversation + “It Started as a Joke” Bay Area Premiere, with Michael Ian Black, Jon Glaser, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, and co-director Julie Smith Clem
Tribute to Crispin Hellion Glover: In Person Performing his Big Slide Show part 1 + “What is it?” 15th Anniversary + In Conversation
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 45th Anniversary with Barry Bostwick, Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn, hosted by Peaches Christ
“Airplane!” 40th Anniversary with Robert Hays, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker
“Clue” 35th Anniversary with Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp and director/co-writer Jonathan Lynn
“SpongeBob Squarepants” 20th Anniversary, with Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence and Rodger Bumpass
Fred Armisen Residency: Comedy for Guitar Players but Everyone is Welcome with Brad Paisley, Bill Frisell and Wendy Melvoin
Bunny Ears Podcast with Macaulay Culkin, with special guest Thomas Lennon + “Uncle Buck” 30th Anniversary
Netflix Original Series “Medical Police” World Premiere with Rob Huebel, Erinn Hayes, Sarayu Blue, David Wain, Jonathan Stern, Krister Johnson and more
Maria Bamford Live at the Castro Theatre
The Thrilling Adventure Hour: An Immersive Comedy Experience, with Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, Jonathan Coulton, Jonathan Dinerstein, Marc Gagliardi, John Hodgman, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Joshua Malina, Busy Philipps, Autumn Reeser, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney and more
“Metropolitan” 30th Anniversary + “Barcelona” 25th Anniversary with Whit Stillman, Tushka Bergen, Chris Eigeman, Carolyn Farina and Taylor Nichols
“The Journey of Natty Gann” 35th Anniversary with Meredith Salenger & Ray Wise, hosted by Patton Oswalt
“Just One of the Guys” 35th Anniversary with Joyce Hyser and Sherilyn Fenn
“Re-Animator” 35th Anniversary with Jeffrey Combs in conversation with Dana Gould
Salute to The Chris Gethard Show, with Chris Gethard & Friends
Upright Citizens Brigade: A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh & Friends
Judge John Hodgman at the Castro Theatre
Stuff You Should Know at the Castro Theatre
NightLife at the California Academy of Science, with Paul F. Tompkins Hogs the Covers, The Mads are Back movie riffing in the Planetarium, and more

MORE FILM & TELEVISION SPOTLIGHTS:
Adult Swim’s “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell” with Chris “Casper” Kelly, Eddie Pepitone, Craig Rowin, Matthew Servito, Dana Snyder, Dave Willis and Henry Zebrowski
An Awkward Conversation with Tony Hale, with a spotlight on the Netflix Original Series “Archibald’s Next Big Thing”
The Benson Movie Interruption: “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” with Doug Benson & Friends
Cartoon Network’s “We Bare Bears” Go to the MOVIES! with Daniel Chong, Eric Edelstein, Mikey Heller, Bobby Moynihan and Charlyne Yi
Ernie Kovacs Centennial with Wayne Federman, Dave Foley, Dana Gould and Josh Mills
Found Footage Festival: After Dark
Freeform’s new comedy series “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” with Josh Thomas, Kayla Cromer, Maeve Press and Adam Faison
“Futurama” Gets Knocked Up A Notch with David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, Lauren Tom and Billy West
Outtake-o-rama: Infamous Celebrity Outtakes with the voice cast of “Futurama”
“Pinky and the Brain” 25th Anniversary with Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen
Riffapalooza with Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Mary Jo Pehl and Jonah Ray
Riffer’s Delight with Nato Green and Natasha Muse: “Rambo: First Blood Part II”

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:
Bill Frisell’s HARMONY featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts and Luke Bergman
Chaki & DJ Real with Chad Opitz’s Nervous Energy
Eliot Glazer’s Haunting Renditions
Jonah Ray: You Can’t Call Me Al (with Full Band)
Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, & “Friends”
Red Room Orchestra play the music of “Boogie Nights”
Red Room Orchestra play the music of “Wild at Heart” + “Twin Peaks” 30th Anniversary
The Sloppy Boys
Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

PODCASTS:
Alchemy This with Kevin Pollak
Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend
The Art of Process with Aimee Mann & Ted Leo
The Bechdel Cast with Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus
Behind the Bastards
Can I Pet Your Dog?
Childish with Alison Rosen & Greg Fitzsimmons
Chris Gethard: “Beautiful/Anonymous”
Couples’ Therapy with Naomi Ekperigin & Andy Beckermann
The Daily Zeitgeist
Dave Hill: History Fluffer
Don’t Say S*@# with Dave Foley & Paul Greenberg
Doug Loves Movies
Doughboys with Mike Mitchell & Nick Wiger
Dumb People Town with The Sklar Bros. and Daniel Van Kirk
Endless Honeymoon Podcast with Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher
Fitzdog Radio with Greg Fitzsimmons
Friendly Fire
The Greatest Generation
Hello From the Magic Tavern
Hey Riddle Riddle
improv4humans with Matt Besser
James Bonding with Matt Gourley and Matt Mira
Jordan, Jesse, Go!
Malt Couture Podcast
The Margaret Cho Podcast
Mortified
Movie Crush with Chuck Bryant
My First Time with Colleen Smith & Mary Jo Smith
Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
Never Thought I’d Say This with Jodie Sweetin and Celia Behar
Night Attack Podcast
Nostalgia Personified: “All That” Edition with Danny Tamberelli and Lori Beth Denberg
Oh No, Ross and Carrie
The Patdown Podcast with Ms. Pat
Pier 69 Podcast
Playing Games with Jimmy Pardo
The Record Store Day Podcast with Paul Myers
RISK! with Kevin Allison
Roderick on the Line with John Roderick & Merlin Mann
Sawbones with Justin and Sydnee McElroy
The Smartest Man in the World with Greg Proops
Superego with Jeremy Carter, Matt Gourley, Mark McConville & Paul F. Tompkins
Talking Simpsons
The Three Questions with Andy Richter
Throwing Shade with Erin Gibson & Bryan Safi
Traumatized with Erin and Jason Podcast
Two Dykes & A Mic Podcast
The Unofficial Expert with Sydnee Washington & Marie Faustin
Voyage to the Stars with Colton Dunn, Felicia Day, Kirsten Vangsness, Steve Berg and Janet Varney
Why Won’t You Date Me? Podcast with Nicole Byer
Will You Accept This Rose, with Arden Myrin
Womp It Up with Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair
Yeah, But Still Podcast with Brandon Wardell & Jack Wagner

SKETCH COMEDY:
The Apple Sisters + Kids These Days
Atlantic City
The Birthday Boys
BriTANick & Friends
The Groundlings Mix Tape: Best of Sketch
Kasper Hauser’s 20th Anniversary Show / Charles
Killing My Lobster
The Valleyfolk + The Chris & Paul Show + Morgan Jay

IMPROV
Astronomy Club: Let’s Talk About Race, Baby!
The Black Version
Chicago Reunion: Improv with The Second City Alumni Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Jon Glaser and Tami Sagher
Each/Other with Scott Adsit & Tami Sagher
Facebook Improv with Owen Burke, Chad Carter, Rob Huebel, Phil Jackson, Jason Mantzoukas, Jack McBrayer, Seth Morris, Rob Riggle, and Charlie Sanders
The Groundlings: Cookin’ with GAS
Improvised Shakespeare Company
Naked Babies with John Ross Bowie, Rob Corddry, Brian Huskey & Seth Morris
Speechless
Theme Park Improv with Rachel Dratch, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney
Trump vs. Bernie with Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian
UCB East (Highwater) vs. UCB West (Leroy): The Harold Competition
White Women: Your Token Friend

STAND-UP
Adam Cayton-Holland: Happy Place
Adam Conover does an hour of stand-up
Amazonians with Dara M. Wilson and Jackie Keliiaa
Asian AF
Beth Stelling
Brandon Wardell
Brent Weinbach
Brooks Wheelan
Capitol PUN-ishment
The Charm Offensive with Krista Fatka, David Roth and Paco Romane
Chris Garcia & Friends
Chris Redd
City vs. City: San Francisco vs. Los Angeles
Dark Jeans with JoAnn Schinderle
Desi Comedy Fest
Donde esta mi Comedy? with Baruch Porras Hernandez
Eddie Pepitone
Eliza Skinner
Everything’s Great with Demi Adejuyigbe, Nick Kocher and Addie Weyrich
Facial Recognition Comedy
Filipino AF
The 420 Show with Matt Besser
I Think I’d Be Good at That with Drew Harmon
The Interruption Show with Dalia Malek
Irish as Feck
Jon Glaser is Coming to Town
Josh Gondelman
Lakeview: Crowd Working for the Weekend with Kaseem Bentley
Man Haters with Dominique Gellin and Nori Reed
Michael Ian Black & Bobcat Goldthwait: A Night of Stand-Up
Moshe Kasher: “Crowd Surfing VOL: ONE” Album Release Show
Nico Santos
The Pun-Off with Matthew Patrick Davis
Queerdos: An LGBTQIA Showcase with Chey Bell and Max Eddy
Resistance is Fertile with Brooke Heinichen and Geneva Rust-Orta
Rhea Butcher
Set List: Comedy Without a Net
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: Byron Bowers, Kelsey Cook, Jena Friedman, Vanessa Gonzalez, Phil Hanley, Dina Hashem, Yassir Lester, Atsuko Okatsuka, Samantha Ruddy, Tom Thakkar, Whitmer Thomas, Ahamed Weinberg
SF Sketchfest Threesomes:
Erica Rhodes, Sara Schaefer, Kate Willett
Alex Edelman, Jessica Kirson, Shane Torres
Hannah Einbinder, Matty Ryan, Jes Tom
Chanel Ali, Kiran Deol, Kevin Iso
Reggie Conquest, Simon Gibson, Irene Tu
Some People Like Us with Kaseem Bentley and Casey Ley
Special Release: Andie Main and Torio Van Grol Album Release Show
Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour
Troubled Comedy with Alexandria Love and Jim McVeigh
Women Crush Wednesdays (on Saturday) with Marcella Arguello & Lydia Popovich

THEATRE & STORYTELLING
Bruce McCulloch: Tales of Bravery and Stupidity
Celebrity Autobiography with Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel & more
Deep Night with Dale’s World of Gems
Fake TED Talks with Paul & Storm, Jonathan Coulton, Jean Grae, Adam Savage & more
Greetings from Queer Mountain with Micheal Foulk
The Internet Read Aloud with Josh Fruhlinger and Conor Lastowka
Kevin & Scott: The Reckoning with Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson
“Plan 9 From Outer Space:” A Staged Reading with Paget Brewster, Bill Corbett, Dave Foley, Dana Gould, Kevin Murphy, Jonah Ray, Eban Schletter, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney and more
Porchlight: A Storytelling Series

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHTS:
Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist
Josie Long: Tender
Tiff Stevenson: Mother
Seann Walsh: After This One I’m Going Home
Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside
Jena Friedman: Miscarriage of Justice
Tom Lenk: Trash
Camilla Cleese: Produced by John Cleese
Jamie Loftus: Girl Who is Boss
Police Cops in Badass Be Thy Name
Norwegians of Comedy: Cülture Elitë

GAME SHOWS & INTERACTIVE
Brew HaHa: The Comedy Drinking Game Show
The Crossword Show with Zach Sherwin
Game Night Variety Show with Joseph Scrimshaw and Laser Malena-Webber
Iron Comic with Moshe Kasher & Nato Green
Late Late Breakfast
Let’s Go Atsuko: A (woke) Japanese Game Show
Quiz-o-tron with Rebecca Watson
Shit Arcade with Mike Drucker

KIDS SHOWS
Story Pirates with special guest Patton Oswalt
The Children’s Show with the cast of The Groundlings and friends

WORKSHOPS
Kevin McDonald Workshop: Making a Sketch Comedy Show
Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison from RISK!
Character Workshop with Brian Palermo of The Groundlings

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