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Thursday, January 18 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm
SF Sketchfest NightLife

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SF Sketchfest is back for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing night of comedy, science, eating and drinking for adults over 21! This year's event includes a panel with the Dana Gould and the cast of his IFC hit "Stan Against Evil:" Deborah Baker, Jr., Nate Mooney, Steven Ogg and Janet Varney, moderated by Paco Romane. Dana Gould will also be part of the stand-up comedy lineup, which also features Bay Area favorites Josef Anolin, Arjun Banerjee, Nicole Calasich, Emily Catalano, Nate Follen, Imran G and Valerie Vernale, and visiting comics Shain Brenden, Shannon Noll, Clare O'Kane, Greg Santos, JoAnn Schinderle, Eddie Della Siepe and Blake Wexler. "This Week in Science" returns with a live version of their popular podcast, comedically discussing the latest in science news; "Talking Simpsons" hilariously explores the long-running animated TV staple; and "Thinkers and Drinkers" combines two of your favorite things: booze & science! You get to ask a diverse panel of brilliant scientists life's toughest questions; they get to play a drinking game and deliver answers. $15, 21+ only

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Josef Anolin

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Josef Anolin is a premiere comedian who got his start in the Bay Area stand-up comedy community. As a third and fourth generation Filipino and Japanese American who grew up a with a bowl cut in East Oakland, Josef has always been a bit outs... Read More →
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Arjun Banerjee

Arjun Banerjee was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been doing stand up there since he graduated High School. His comedy has been described as "so funny" by that one drunk lady that's always at the bar. He has performed stand up at Cobb's Comedy Club, the SF Punch Line, an... Read More →
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Shain Brenden

Shain Brenden is a Portland-based stand up comedian, writer and full-time handsome person. A natural performer, Shain's laid back style and slick delivery has made him a crowd favorite on stages across the country.His stand up has been featured on SeeSo, Hulu, The Amazon Network, Audible, Sirius XM Radio and Rooftop Comedy... Read More →
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Nicole Calasich

Nicole Calasich is a comedian and producer from SF who has literally never bombed. Her jokes have been on Comedy Central, her face on ABC for Iliza's "Forever 31." Her humor is big words smartcool and her incisive audience rapport is the dumbest. You may have seen her open for th... Read More →
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Emily Catalano

Emily's comedy addresses a wide variety of life's most enjoyable topics: breakups, failed relationships, and ex-lovers. She is becoming known in San Francisco for her smart joke writing and her veritable dead pan delivery. Emily won first place at the 2017 Rooster T. Feathers New... Read More →
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Thinkers and Drinkers

Get ready for two of your favorite things: booze & science! You get to ask a diverse panel of brilliant scientists life's toughest questions; they get to play a drinking game and deliver answers. What's a bitcoin? Why are we attracted to jerks? Is karma real? What’s under San F... Read More →
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Nate Follen

Originally from the Midwest, Nate is now performing absurd jokes to growing audiences across CA. Nate's humor is refreshingly irreverent. His nonconventional style has won him multiple comedy competitions, and earned him shows great venues including the Hollywood Improv and Cobb... Read More →
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Imran G

Imran G hits the stage with intensity and clever quips that keep his audience enthralled and roaring with laughter. A NASA rocket scientist by day, he performs at clubs and theaters around the San Francisco Bay Area. Imran has been a semi-finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and the NBC Standup Showcase. He took 1st place in the 2011 Walk the Plank Comedy Competition and the 2014 Moth San Francisco StorySlam. He’s been featured on Audible.com as part of their ‘Sounds like America’ featurette and has performed at SF SketchFest and the Outside Lands Music... Read More →
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Dana Gould

Dana Gould began his professional comedy career at the age of seventeen, and spent the next twenty years or so performing in the halcyon days of “The Comedy Boom”. Dana has several HBO specials to his credit as well guest appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Lat... Read More →
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Deborah Baker Jr.

Deborah Baker Jr. is an actor/writer/comedian who currently plays Denise Miller on IFC’s wildly funny comedy-horror, "Stan Against Evil." And she plays Esther on "The Great Indoors" on CBS. She is indeed named after her mother Deborah Baker Sr. She was raised in wicked cool Boston Mass.Deborah is often on LA indie stages and at Upright Citizens Brigade performing sketch, improv, stand up and a random lip sync contest here and there... Read More →
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Nate Mooney

Nate Mooney can be seen as Deputy Leon Drinkwater in IFC’s series “Stan Against Evil”.  Previous TV credits include “Son of Zorn", “Breaking Bad", NBC’s “American Odyssey", FX series “The Riches" and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia". Feature works include... Read More →
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Shannon Noll

Shannon Noll is a stand up comedian based out of Chicago, IL. They have opened for Beth Stelling and Emma WIllmann, performed all over the city and the country including CYSK (Chicago and LA), Lincoln Lodge (Chicago), Parlour Car (Chicago), Comedy Corner Underground (Minneapolis... Read More →
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Paco Romane

Paco Romane’s authentic, engaging, and unpredictable style has established him as an audience favorite. His act is a “mashup of all things funny – stand up, sketch, improv, you name it” (SF Sketchfest) –  and with his experience in improv and sketch comedy he’ll regul... Read More →
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Greg Santos

Greg Santos made his TV debut on ABC’s "The Muppets" in 2015 with 3 hot lines in Episode 5! His hands got more camera time than his face did, but he got to work with Kermit so his life is complete. He did another hot co-star role on CBS’s "Angel from Hell" on Episode 9 and you might also see his face in National Commercials! Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, he made his way out to San Diego, CA where he started doing Stand Up Comedy in 2009. Now in Los Angeles, Greg has performed at SF Sketchfest (2016), RIOT LA (LA’s Alt Comedy Festival) in 2015... Read More →
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JoAnn Schinderle

JoAnn Schinderle has performed across the country in such festivals as Bumbershoot, Bridgetown, Chicago Comedy Exposition, SF Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest, All Jane, as well as having won multiple rounds of Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction.As a working stand-up at Helium Comedy Club... Read More →
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This Week in Science

This Week in Science (TWIS) is the kickass science news podcast that started as a radio show in approximately 1999 and made its way to be one of the first science podcasts on the web! Every week, Dr Kiki, a neuroscientist and creator of the show, joins Justin Jackson, a car sales... Read More →
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Eddie Della Siepe

Eddie Della Siepe is a stand up comedian & podcaster originally from Toronto, Canada currently based out of Los Angeles, California.Eddie has made appearances at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival both in Montreal and Toronto in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He has been featured on Hulu's stand up series Coming To The Stage... Read More →
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Talking Simpsons

Join your friends Bob, Henry, and Chris for a chronological and cromulent exploration of the greatest show ever made! Each podcast tackles a different episode of The Simpsons, breaking down every 22 minutes of animated entertainment into an embiggening discussion about Our Favori... Read More →
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Janet Varney

Janet Varney is an Emmy-Nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. In the animation world, she is lucky enough to be the award-winning voice of Korra on Nickelodeon’s critically-acclaimed standout hit "The Legend of Korra," a role for which she continues to be invited to comic cons to give sweaty handshakes the world over. She can currently be seen fighting dark forces opposite John C. McGinley on indie darling IFC, in their horror-comedy from Dana Gould, "Stan Against Evil," and as the entitled and bitchy Becca on FXX’s "You’re the Worst" (consistently named as one of TV’s best current comedies). Janet is a regular performer on Paul F. Tompkins’ Spontaneanation podcast in addition to hosting her own podcast, Nerdist Network’s popular The JV Club with Janet Varney, where she interviews celebrities about their awkward teenage years. Onstage, Janet performs with Rachel Dratch, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Oscar Nunez and more in their improv supergroup Theme Park, and is a WorkJuice Player for the beloved Thrilling Adventure Hour. She is a writer/performer for Rifftrax with Mystery Science Theatre 3000’s Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, and can be seen on Geek... Read More →
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Valerie Vernale

Valerie Vernale, a San Francisco native, performs all over the Bay Area at venues like the Throckmorton Theater, Cobb’s Comedy Club, and the San Francisco Punch Line. Valerie’s sharp, detailed writing, and stage presence, has made her a favorite among audiences and her Bay Ar... Read More →
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Blake Wexler

Blake Wexler started doing stand-up at the age of 15 in Philadelphia, then moved to Boston in 2007 to pursue his comedy career and attend Emerson College.While at Emerson Blake was named as one of the funniest college students in the country at The Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival two years in a row, and after graduating with degrees in journalism and political science he moved to Los Angeles. Blake’s first Hollywood job was Keegan Michael-Key’s assistant on the Emmy awarding winning show Key... Read More →