The S.F. Sketchfest has reached a pivotal point in its existence. It has turned 13 years old which means that it is no longer wallowing in the angst of a pre-teen. It is now entering into the awkward glory of its teenage years, and we should celebrate accordingly.
This year’s popular San Francisco-based comedy festival will run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 9, giving you plenty of time to travel to the magical city on the bay…and it will be worth it. Sketchfest will deliver some top-notch comedy events and major tributes, including one to Academy Award winner Alan Arkin. They will have a 35th anniversary screening of The In-Laws, as well as a conversation between the honoree and comedian/actor Kevin Pollak. Other deserving tributes include one for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame, as well as Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D.
A variety of film events are going to be in heavy rotation, as well, including a 10th anniversary screening of Napoleon Dynamite with star Jon Heder, a 20th anniversary screening of Cabin Boy with Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick, a 30th anniversary screening of Top Secret!, and—get ready for this—a 35th anniversary screening of Revenge of the Nerds with the original nerds Robert Carradine (“Lewis Skolnick”), Curtis Armstrong (“Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson”), Brian Tochi (“Toshiro Takashi”), Andrew Cassese (“Harold Wormser”), Larry B. Scott (“Lamar Latrell”) and Julia Montgomery (“Betty Childs”). Yes, I can’t believe it’s been 35 years either.
Futurama fans will be delighted as they bring the cast back to perform scenes live on stage, and fans of HBO’s canceled-before-it-should-have-been Enlightened will be treated to a panel featuring Laura Dern, Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns and Jason Mantzoukas.
In addition to all of the above, there will be good ol’ fashioned comedy, including live podcast recordings and a long guest list of comedians and actors. Really long…and impressive: Amy Schumer, Michael Ian Black, Showalter, Thomas Lennon (basically anyone from The State), The Birthday Boys, Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme, The Groundlings, U.C.B., A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T, Chris Hardwick, David Wain, Alison Brie, Rachel Dratch, Megan Mulally, June Diane Raphael, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Doug Benson...Good God this list is long!
For a complete listing of the S.F. Sketchfest lineup visit sfsketchfest.com. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, but make sure you purchase them fast. It will sell out quickly.