Speaking of comedy festivals in San Francisco, the 16th annual San Francisco Sketchfest happens January 12-29, 2017, featuring over 700 performers across 17 venues. There will be some music, too. Performers include The Kids In The Hall, Bill Irwin & Bill Frisell, Megan Mullally, Susanna Hoffs, Robert Townsend & Keenen Ivory Wayans, Fred Willard, Robert Klein, Tim And Eric, Ricky Jay, Jeff Goldblum, Jon Hamm, Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, Kathy Najimy, Peter Bogdanovich, John Landis, Grace Helbig, Robyn Hitchcock, Chris Hardwick, Chelsea Peretti, Wyatt Cenac, Tony Hale, and tons more. Tickets go on sale Sunday, November 20 at 10 AM Pacific.

For comedy fans there are some very very cool special events this year. Highlights:

  • The Kids in the Hall: “Brain Candy” Live Staged Reading with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson
  • Double Bill: Bill Irwin & Bill Frisell Perform Songs and Scenes from Vaudeville, with guests Geoff Hoyle and Kenny Wollesen
  • Tribute to Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans: “Hollywood Shuffle” 30th Anniversary
  • Tribute to Fred Willard, with special guests Robert Klein, Laraine Newman and moderator Kevin Pollak
  • Tribute to Tim and Eric: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in conversation
  • Tribute to Ricky Jay, in conversation
  • “King of the Hill” 20th Anniversary Reunion and Live Episode Read with Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy, and Stephen Root
  • Salute to Peter Bogdanovich: “What’s Up, Doc?” 45th Anniversary and “Noises Off!” 25th Anniversary, co-presented by MiDNITES FOR MANiACS
  • “The Kentucky Fried Movie” 40th Anniversary with John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
  • “Grease 2” The Peaches Christ Experience with special guest Maxwell Caulfield
  • “True Stories” 30th Anniversary with The Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowsky
  • “Kung Pow: Enter The Fist” 15th Anniversary with Steve Oedekerk
  • Soundtracks Live: Scenes & Songs from a Classic 80s Movie - A Benefit for 826 Valencia with Matt Ballard, Michael Ian Black, Beth Dover, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Marisa Ryan, Michael Showalter, Bobby Tisdale, David Wain and music by Amy Miles

SF Sketchfest will also have loads of comedy podcasts doing live tapings (Harmontown, Doug Loves Movies, Startalk Live, Nerdist, etc). Highlights of those, and a teaser video for the whole festival, is below.


SF Sketchfest 2017: Podcasts, Radio Shows & Talk Shows
StarTalk Live with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman
Judge John Hodgman
Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, and Jonah Ray
Stuff You Should Know with Josh and Chuck
Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson
How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black and special guest Grace Helbig
Harmontown with Dan Harmon and Jeff B. Davis
Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins and guests Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, Eban Schletter, Janet Varney, and more
“Hold On with Eugene Mirman” with Andy Richter and more
Come To Papa with Tom Papa
Comedy Film Nerds with Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini
Crybabies with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre and guests Dave Hill, Mary Roach, and Adam Savage
Doughboys Podcast with Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger
Guys We F@#ked: The Experience
Hello From the Magic Tavern Podcast
Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher
Illogical Contraption
improv4humans with Matt Besser, Jon Gabrus, Jessica McKenna, and more
International Waters with Dave Holmes
Jen Kirkman: I Seem Fun
John Hodgman and Adam Savage: A Spin-A-Wheel Conversation
Jordan, Jesse, Go!
The JV Club with Janet Varney and special guest Jon Hamm
Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show
Kill Tony Podcast with Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban

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