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February 21, 2018
SF Sketchfest Returns in 2018

6 Reasons To Laugh 'Til It Hurts At SF Sketchfest

SF Sketchfest has ended for 2018. Please visit Sketchfest online for news on future programming.

Kicking off 2018 on a funny note, SF Sketchfest returns for another raucous offering of hearty belly laughs Jan. 11 - 28. SF Sketchfest debuted in 2002 to highlight Bay Area sketch comedy groups. Fast forward to today and this annual event is now a nationally recognized festival, mixing national headliners, local favorites, and the best up-and-coming groups for a month of sketch, improv and stand-ip comedy. This year’s performances are sure to be filled with plenty of “ha-ha” funny moments, but don’t be surprised if some events feature the other kind of funny: strange, weird and awkward. Either way, there’ll be no shortage of entertaining acts with the potential to bring you to tears one way or another. 

San Francisco has strong roots in show-stopping, knee-slapping comedy. The Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club are two top local venues that have been generating giggles for over 30 years and regularly host the best and the brightest in comedy. And let’s not forget long-running shows Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Beach Blanket Babylon, and BATS Improv, and comedians Margaret Cho and the late, great Robin Williams, both from the Bay Area and who launched their careers here in San Francisco. With the city’s vivid comedic history and vibrant contemporary scene, you’d be silly not to take in at least one performance of Sketchfest, chock full of major comedy stars and diverse programming, such as live performances, podcasts and panel discussions.

Here are 6 (of many) reasons why you need to get tickets to SF Sketchfest:

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Dick Cavett: 50th Anniversary of "The Dick Cavett Show"
Fri. Jan. 12 at 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Marines' Memorial Theatre
Entertainment icon Dick Cavett will sit down with friends John Hodgman, Lance Bangs and Dave Hill for an evening of conversation and never-been-seen footage in tribute to the 50th anniversary of his debut program. More info and tickets here.

An Afternoon with Bill Burr, in conversation, Hosted by Kevin Pollak 
Sun. Jan. 13 at 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Castro Theatre
Don't miss this chance to see two of the greatest minds in stand-up comedy in an afternoon of conversations, questions and whatever else. More info and tickets here.

The Groundlings: Cookin' with GAS
Fri. Jan. 19 at 8 - 9:30 p.m. at the Gateway Theatre
Since 1992, the Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much as an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. More info and tickets here.

"Animal House" 40th Anniversary with director John Landis and actors Tim Matheson, Bruce McGill, Mark Metcalf, Peter Riegert, Martha Smith and James Widdoes, producer Sean Daniels and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, moderated by Paul Myers
Sun. Jan. 21 at 4 - 6:30 p.m. at Castro Theatre
Whether you're Delta Tau Chi or Omega Theta Pi, you won't want to miss this 40th anniversary screening and reunion of the cast and director of "Animal House," a groundbreaking comedy classic with some of the best comedic performances of the 1970s. Come dressed in your best toga. More info and tickets here.

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Ricky Gervais, in conversation with Christopher Guest
Tue. Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. at Castro Theatre
Ricky Gervais will sit down with friend and fellow comedy icon Christopher Guest for an informal and fun conversation. More info and tickets here.

The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates legends of animation
Various dates and venues; full details at
The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to co-present four spectacular events honoring the tremendous talents behind four classic cartoon series: AnimaniacsFuturamaRocko's Modern Life, and The New Looney Toons. Find showtimes and venues here.

Other festival highlights include tributes to Jane Lynch, Danny McBride, and Paul F. Tompkins, and appearances by a cavalcade of other comedians and entertainers such as Matthew Lillard, Lewis Black, Busy Philipps, Lauren Lapkus, Doug Benson, Sasheer Zamata, The Sklar Brothers, Janeane Garofalo, Scott Adsit, David Cross, Jane Kaczmarek, Kevin McDonald, and Jeff Goldblum.

For a complete schedule of events and up-to-date lineup information, and to purchase tickets, please visit

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