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Friday, January 12
 

7:30pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Dick Cavett: 50th Anniversary of "The Dick Cavett Show"
SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay tribute to entertainment icon Dick Cavett on the 50th anniversary of his debut program, "The Dick Cavett Show." Cavett will sit down with friends John Hodgman, Lance Bangs and Dave Hill for an evening of conversation and never-before-seen footage.

Three-time Emmy Award winner Dick Cavett has been nominated for the award eleven times - most recently in 2012 for the HBO special, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again. Spanning five decades, Cavett’s television career has defined excellence in the interview format. He started at ABC in 1968, and also enjoyed success on CBS, PBS, USA and CNBC. His most recent television successes were the PBS specials, Dick Cavett’s Watergate (2014), and Dick Cavett’s Vietnam (2015). He has hosted numerous other shows as well, including Faces of Japan for PBS, and HBO specials on magic (a special passion of his), and three HBO series: Time Was, Yesteryear, and Remember When. With guest appearances on numerous television programs, including Cheers, The Simpsons and The Odd Couple, Cavett has also appeared in a dozen feature films including Beetlejuice and Forrest Gump. Cavett has hosted Saturday Night Live twice, and occasionally sat in for fellow Nebraskan Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, where he started as a writer for Jack Paar and Carson.

After many radio and stage productions at Yale University, and later at summer theatre festivals including Williamstown, Cavett made his Broadway debut in 1977 as the lead in Otherwise Engaged. He returned to Broadway in 1988 as the narrator in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and also played the narrator, often ad lib, in the Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show (2000-2002.) He recently starred in an off-Broadway production of Hellman v. McCarthy in 2014 and reprised the role at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles in 2015.

Cavett has published four books beginning with Cavett (1974) and Eye on Cavett (1983), co-authored with Christopher Porterfield. His two recent books—Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off- Screen Secrets (2010) and Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks (2014)—are both collections of his online opinion column, written for The New York Times since 2007. Additionally, he has written for numerous publications including The New Yorker, TV Guide, and Vanity Fair. $35

Performers
avatar for Lance Bangs

Lance Bangs

Lance Bangs is a filmmaker, documentarian, and music video director.  His comedy work includes directing David Cross's film Let America Laugh, as well as standup specials for Hannibal Buress, John Hodgman, Kyle Kinane, Chelsea Peretti, Bridget Everett, Jen Kirkman, Marc Maron, Nick Thune, Todd Barry and Fred Armisen. He Executive Produced the adultswim series Loiter Squad and the Viceland TV series Flophouse and Party Legends. Most recently Bangs directed episodes of Portlandia and Better Things, as well as all three seasons of The Meltdown with Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani... Read More →
avatar for Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett

Three-time Emmy Award winner Dick Cavett has been nominated for the award eleven times - most recently in 2012 for the HBO special, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again. Spanning five decades, Cavett’s television career has defined excellence in the interview format. He started at ABC in 1968, and also enjoyed success on CBS, PBS, USA and CNBC. His most recent television successes were the PBS specials, Dick Cavett’s Watergate (2014), and Dick Cavett’s Vietnam (2015). He has hosted numerous other shows as well, including Faces of Japan for PBS, and HBO specials on magic (a special passion of his), and three HBO series: Time Was, Yesteryear, and Remember When. With guest appearances on numerous television programs, including Cheers, The Simpsons and The Odd Couple, Cavett has also appeared in a dozen feature films including Beetlejuice and Forrest Gump. Cavett has hosted Saturday Night Live twice, and occasionally sat in for fellow Nebraskan Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, where he started as a writer for Jack Paar and... Read More →
avatar for Dave Hill

Dave Hill

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, and musician originally from Cleveland but now living in New York City. He has appeared on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Tick and The Jim Gaffigan Show among other programs, and stars... Read More →
avatar for John Hodgman

John Hodgman

JOHN HODGMAN is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of three books of fake facts and invented trivia, all of them New York Times Bestsellers, and his writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, This American Life, The New Yorker, and Mad Magazine.After an appearance to promote his books on “The Daily Show,” he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show’s “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire.”This let to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career before the camera, becoming the “Personal Computer” in a series of commercials for Apple computer, and more recently playing recurring roles in FX’s MARRIED, HBO’s BORED TO DEATH, Cinemax’s THE... Read More →



 
Saturday, January 13
 

1:00pm

An Afternoon with Bill Burr, in conversation, Hosted by Kevin Pollak (SOLD OUT)
Don't miss this chance to see two of the greatest minds in stand-up comedy in an afternoon of conversation, questions and whatever else -- Bill Burr and Kevin Pollak! $25
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Performers
avatar for Bill Burr

Bill Burr

Before this Bio begins, I would like to say “What’s up!” to all the morning DJs glancing at this page while I sit across from you, pretending to be down to Earth.I was born a freckled child in a land far away during a much simpler time. I did well in school until it counted... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak started as stand-up comedian in San Francisco and became a touring pro by age twenty. Later, Pollak’s role in Rob Reiner’s "A Few Good Men,” proved his ability to stand out on the big screen among cinematic heavyweights. The concept of comedian turned dramatic... Read More →



Saturday January 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114

1:30pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Paul F. Tompkins
An SF Sketchfest staple for nearly every year, Paul F. Tompkins has long been a favorite of the festival's audiences and performers alike. This, of course, is just a microcosmic reflection of Paul F.'s reputation in the world at large: he is consistently named by critics, fans and peers in the alternative comedy world as one of the best and brightest, whether it be for his brilliant stand-up, past projects such as his long-running eponymous variety show, the delightful Dead Authors podcast, his much-lauded tv show "No, You Shut Up" and his decade of charming audiences as a Workjuice Player on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, or his current endeavors such as his roles on "Bajillion Dollar Properties" and "BoJack Horseman" and his podcast Spontaneanation (not to mention his significant musical chops!). This year we are so proud to pay tribute to this comedian, writer and actor who has been such an essential part of the spirit of SF Sketchfest. Paul F. will be joined in conversation by some of his friends and colleagues in this very special event, including surprise guests! $35


Due to a schedule conflict, Kulap Vilaysack will not be appearing.

Performers
avatar for Ben Acker

Ben Acker

Ben Acker & Ben Blacker are the creators of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged show in the style of old-time radio which is also a podcast on the Nerdist network and a graphic novel hardcover anthology from Archaia (which sold out its first print run), and will soon be a web-series (also from Nerdist) and a concert film. The live show boasts stars and guest stars from across the entertainment spectrum; everyone from Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg to Ira Glass, Joe Mantegna, and Jon Hamm have guested on the show. Acker... Read More →
avatar for Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she appears on shows such as @Midnight, Conan... Read More →
avatar for Matt Gourley

Matt Gourley

Dr. Matt Gourley, PyT has performed with Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Second City, and Improv Olympic. He has been featured on Comedy Central's "Drunk History," slurring his way through thoughtful retellings of Watergate and the Alamo. Other mentionables include "Adventure Time... Read More →
avatar for John Hodgman

John Hodgman

JOHN HODGMAN is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of three books of fake facts and invented trivia, all of them New York Times Bestsellers, and his writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, This American Life, The New Yorker, and Mad Magazine.After an appearance to promote his books on “The Daily Show,” he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show’s “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire.”This let to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career before the camera, becoming the “Personal Computer” in a series of commercials for Apple computer, and more recently playing recurring roles in FX’s MARRIED, HBO’s BORED TO DEATH, Cinemax’s THE... Read More →
avatar for Eban Schletter

Eban Schletter

Eban Schletter is a prolific composer and songwriter who has written music for countless television shows including "Spongebob Squarepants," "Mr. Show with Bob and David" and the Academy Awards. His feature film scores include the 2005 remake of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and New Line Cinema’s "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd." He has also maintained a steady output of solo albums which explore a broad range of musical genres.For over a decade, he has been the musical right hand man for comedian Paul F. Tompkins: music director/arranger for Paul’s infamous live variety shows at LA’s Largo at the Coronet, and providing the piano atmosphere for the acclaimed Pod F. Tompkast. A multi-instrumentalist, Eban has performed on keyboards, drums, bass, clarinet and other instruments with a variety of artists, including Jill Sobule, Grant-Lee Phillips and Garfunkel... Read More →
avatar for Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian and actor. He stars as Dean Rosedragon on Seeso’s "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$" as well as providing the voice of Mr. Peanutbutter for the Netflix animated series "Bojack Horseman." He hosts the podcast Spontaneanation on the Earwolf network as we... Read More →



Saturday January 13, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Twin Peaks
SF Sketchfest pays tribute to the amazing world of "Twin Peaks" in the shadow of San Francisco's Twin Peaks at the Castro Theatre. Join us for an afternoon with cast members from David Lynch and Mark Frost's beloved series featuring an in-depth discussion, moderated by James Roday, about the old series, the new series and everything in between. Find out if the owls truly are not what they seem.  $50 / $150 (VIP Meet & Greet - SOLD OUT, Regular-priced tickets are still available)
VIP Meet & Greet tickets include reserved seating in the front orchestra section. After the Tribute, meet the cast of "Twin Peaks" at 6:30pm at a secret location a few blocks from the Castro Theatre and get your complimentary limited edition poster signed! (VIP TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT)
Co-Presented by Popscene, and the California Film Institute 
Just added! Amy Shiels ("Candie") will be attending!
Due to illness, Sheryl Lee will not be appearing.
Due to a change in schedule, Matthew Lillard will not be appearing.

Performers
avatar for Mädchen Amick

Mädchen Amick

Asked constantly about her unique name, Mädchen means “maiden” or “young woman” in German.  Hailing from Sparks, Nevada, a suburb of Reno Mädchens’ parents instilled the love of music and the arts at a young age.  At the age of 16, Mädchen negotiated with her parents to allow her to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting and modeling, to which they agreed as long as she continued her education. She quickly found work in modeling and did a handful of commercials and music videos. Within a year Mädchen booked her first TV roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Baywatch... Read More →
avatar for Dana Ashbrook

Dana Ashbrook

Dana Ashbrook's big break was in 1990 in winning the role of Bobby Briggs in the offbeat television series "Twin Peaks." Ashbrook's intense portrayal of the volatile tempered high school athlete with his shaggy hair, soulful appearance, and intense personality made an impression... Read More →
avatar for Chrysta Bell

Chrysta Bell

Chrysta Bell (her first name) is a performing  artist, recording artist, songwriter and actress who incorporates dynamic theatrical and media elements into unforgettable performance experiences. During a 25 year career in music, she has toured 36 countries as a headlining act and shared the stage with legends Willie Nelson, Brian Setzer, Donovan, Moby, the band YES, members of the band King Crimson, Adrian Utely of Portishead, David J of Bauhaus, among... Read More →
avatar for Josh Fadem

Josh Fadem

Josh may currently be seen recurring on Showtime’s "Twin Peaks" for David Lynch and recurs on AMC’s "Better Call Saul." Josh also appeared on HBO’s "Animals" and was one of the leads in Sony’s feature "Freaks of Nature." His previous credits include "The Master," a recurring role on "30 Rock" as Liz Lemon’s agent, "Superstore," "Eagleheart... Read More →
avatar for Harry Goaz

Harry Goaz

Born in North Carolina, grew up in Beaumont, Texas, Harry Goaz did not become interested in acting until after he graduated from the University of Texas. He then settled in Los Angeles and studied acting under Bill Traylor at The Loft while working as a driver. He first met David... Read More →
avatar for Michael Horse

Michael Horse

Michael Horse is a true renaissance man. He is an award-winning actor, jeweler and artist with work in galleries in New Mexico, Arizona and California. As an actor, he is most well known for his role as Deputy Hawk in the groundbreaking television series, "Twin Peaks." His charac... Read More →
avatar for Kimmy Robertson

Kimmy Robertson

Kimmy Robertson began her career as a ballet dancer but her distinctive sense of humor and quirky style brought her to the attention of an agent who happened to worked in the same office as her ballet company. After at first being unsure about becoming an actor, Kimmy was then hi... Read More →
avatar for James Roday

James Roday

James Roday is perhaps best known for his 8 year starring role as Shawn Spencer on the USA Network original series "Psych”. Roday is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He began his career studying theatre at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing and gradu... Read More →
avatar for Amy Shiels

Amy Shiels

Amy is an Irish actress and producer who trained with The Gaiety Theatre for three years in Dublin. Amy's credits include the role of Candie in the 2017 revival of TWIN PEAKS, directed by David Lynch for Showtime and the role of Nicole in season 2 of THE DETOUR produced by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones for TBS. She is also the voice of Lunafreya, the main heroine in the hugely popular computer game FINAL FANTASY XV. Amy may currently be seen opposite Tom Hardy in the BBC comedy STICKY, and later this year in the soon to be released comedy feature film FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS. Television credits include: the ITV drama THE SECRET, and PLAYERZ, both directed by Ed Tracy, HOLBY CITY, CASUALTY (BBC) THE CLINIC, BACHELORS WALK, SIZE MATTERS, ON HOME GROUND and LOVE/HATE, all for RTÉ. Film credits include VERONICA GUERIN directed by Joel Schumacher, COWBOYS... Read More →
avatar for Ray Wise

Ray Wise

Born in Portland, Oregon, Ray Wise got his start in 1970 on the soap opera “Love of Life,” taped in New York City. After playing the role of Jamie Rawlins for six years, he decided to make the move to California, where he began landing guest appearances on night time series s... Read More →



Saturday January 13, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Sunday, January 14
 

5:00pm

Spotlight on "Baskets"
Join "Baskets" star and co-creator Zach Galifianakis, co-creator Jonathan Krisel and cast members Louie Anderson and Martha Kelly and moderator Chuck Bryant for an in-person conversation about FX's wildly original and much loved series.
$30

Performers
avatar for Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson

Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three-time Emmy Award® winner, is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling au... Read More →
avatar for Charles W. &quotChuck" Bryant

Charles W. "Chuck" Bryant

Stuff You Should Know is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Twice weekly since 2008, Stuff You Should Know has released a mind-addling array of episodes, cracking open the mechanics, history and cul... Read More →
avatar for Martha Kelly

Martha Kelly

Martha Kelly is a stand-up comedian based out of Austin, TX. She has been featured on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," "Last Comic Standing," and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Most recently, she landed her acting debut playing the rol... Read More →



Sunday January 14, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Lewis Black, in conversation with Ed Wasserman + Live Recording of Audible's The Rant is Due
SF Sketchfest pays tribute to a stand-up comedy legend and the brilliant king of the rant himself, Lewis Black, with an onstage conversation followed by a special live recording of Audible's The Rant is Due. Lewis Black: The Rant is Due takes listeners on a cross-country tour with Black as he performs his trademark style of comedy – skewering anything and everything that gets under his skin. Topics range from marriage and media to food and various social issues. Each episode is recorded live, and personalized with introductions improvised by Black. $25  Co-Presented by Litquake
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Known as the king of the rant, LEWIS BLACK uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.
Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.



Performers
avatar for Lewis Black

Lewis Black

Photo by Clay McBrideWho Is Lewis Black? Known as the king of the rant, LEWIS BLACK uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at... Read More →
avatar for Ed Wasserman

Ed Wasserman

Edward Wasserman is professor of journalism and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley in January 2013 he was for 10 years the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He writes and speaks widely on matters related to media rights and wrongs, technological change, and media ownership and control. His academic specialties include plagiarism, source relations, confidentiality and conflict of... Read More →



 
Sunday, January 21
 

1:30pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to "Lady Dynamite"
Join "Lady Dynamite" herself, the inimitable Maria Bamford in the company of some of her critically-acclaimed Netflix series' creators and cast members as SF Sketchfest pays tribute to one of the most special and unique voices in comedy. Moderated by Dana Gould.
$35





Performers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series "Lady Dynamite," created by Mitch Hurwitz ("Arrested Development") and Pam Brady ("South Park"). Maria is also the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special and of the cult hit web series... Read More →
avatar for Mo Collins

Mo Collins

Mo was born and raised in Minnesota where she started her improv and sketch career with Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. In 1998, she moved to LA where she landed "MADtv," giving birth to unforgettable characters such as Lorraine, Doreen Larkin (Stuart’s Mothe... Read More →
avatar for Dana Gould

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 →
avatar for Mitch Hurwitz

Mitch Hurwitz

Hi Bruce,I know it’s taken a while, but I wasn’t able to get in contact with Mitch until now. Here is his bio he’d like to use if you’re still able. Still waiting on a picture for him, but I saw the picture on the website and I’m sure that’s fine. Thanks Bruce! And sorry this took so long.Mitchell Hurwitz is an Emmy, TCA, and WGA Award winning writer and producer best known for creating and Executive Producing the genre-breaking television show, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Initially made for Fox, the Jason Bateman led series returned to television as one of the original made-for-streaming series for Netflix in 2013. Currently, a fifth season is in in post-production for the streamer. The show has topped many lists of the best shows of all time, and through its four year run, it received 25 Emmy nominations - of which Hurwitz took home three, two for writing and one for producing.Currently, Hurwitz’s production company has a multi-year first look deal with Netflix to produce and create original content. So far, the pact has yielded LADY DYNAMITE, a show Hurwitz co-created with Pam Brady... Read More →
avatar for Fred Melamed

Fred Melamed

Fred Melamed was born in New York City to Lou and Syma Melamed. His father was an early television producer, having worked on such watershed comedies as Car 54, Where are You? and Sergeant Bilko.  Fred received his theatrical training at the Yale School of Drama, after which he appeared onstage at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Yale Repertory Theater, and as a founding member of Shakespeare... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is the founding partner and president of Omnipop Talent Group, a management company that began as a personal appearance talent agency in NY. Since relocating to L.A. in 1990, Bruce has launched the careers of Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Doug Benson (Super High Me), Andy Kindler (Late Show with David Letterman), Natasha Leggero (Another Period), Christopher Titus (Titus), Kevin James (King of Queens), Derek Waters (Drunk History), Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang), and many others... Read More →



8:00pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Danny McBride & Jody Hill with "The Foot Fist Way"
SF Sketchfest pays tribute to two great collaborators, the team of Danny McBride and Jody Hill, creators of HBO's "Vice Principals" and "Eastbound and Down." Join Danny and Jody for a fun conversation moderated by Marc Hershon and screening of their hilarious debut film, "The Foot Fist Way." $25 Co-Presented by DoTheBay


This show was previously scheduled for January 16 at 7:30 PM. Due to scheduling conflicts, this show is now on January 21 at 8:00 PM. Original tickets will be honored at the door. To request a refund due to the date change, email boxoffice@sfsketchfest.com by December 20, 2017.

Performers
avatar for Marc Hershon

Marc Hershon

Marc Hershon, host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, likes to think of himself as a Renaissance Man minus the Black Plague. He tends to do a number of things concurrently which is how he’s managed, in the past 30 years, to be a radio announcer... Read More →
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Jody Hill

A native of North Carolina, Hill attended the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts which is where he met Danny McBride and David Gordon Green. Hill’s first film, The Foot Fist Way, was paid with family mortgages and credit cards. It premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who championed the film’s release through their production company Gary Sanchez Productions.Jody’s second film was the 2009 dark comedy Observe and Report which starred Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta, Michael Pena and Anna Faris. That same year, Hill, Gordon Green and McBride teamed up again to co-create and produce the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series, Eastbound and... Read More →
avatar for Danny McBride

Danny McBride

Danny McBride has become a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word and isgenerating a full plate of varied and interesting projects. His latest is the HBO comedy series,Vice Principals, which he co-created and wrote with Jody Hill. Told over the course of oneschool year over two seasons, Vice Principals premiered in July 2016 and recently concluded thesecond last November 12 th , 2017. Proclaimed by Rolling Stone as “The Summer’s best newcomedy” and winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, the show alsomarked McBride’s directorial debut as he directed multiple episodes, adding another skill to hisgrowing repertoire.Vice Principals is McBride’s second HBO comedy series, the first being Eastbound andDown, which he also co-created, wrote, and produced with Jody Hill. McBride portrayed KennyPowers in the series, a vulgar, loud-mouthed ex-professional baseball player fighting his wayback to the major leagues. Since premiering on the network in February 2010, the show hasgained an enormous cult following and aired for four successful seasons.On the film side, McBride recently starred alongside Michael Fassbender and KatherineWaterson in Alien: Covenant. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film was released worldwide lastMay. In a definite non-comedic role, McBride plays the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, acolonization ship, searching for a planet where life may start anew.Next up for McBride is the Netflix... Read More →



Sunday January 21, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Tuesday, January 23
 

7:30pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Ricky Gervais, in conversation with Christopher Guest (SOLD OUT)
SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay Tribute to Ricky Gervais, who will sit down with friend and fellow comedy icon Christopher Guest for an informal and fun conversation.
Creator and star of ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’, Ricky Gervais has won three Golden Globes®, two Primetime Emmys® and seven BAFTAS. ‘The Office’ is the most successful British comedy of all time, shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. The NBC version is the most successful US remake of a British show in more than 30 years. Considered the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin, Gervais is an award-winning stand-up comedian, with four international tours to date. His live stand up show ‘Fame’ became the fastest selling UK stand-up show in history. Gervais is also featured in The Guinness Book of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time. He has written, directed, produced and starred in ‘Cemetery Junction’, ‘The Invention of Lying’, and starred in ‘Ghost Town.’ In 2010, Gervais was asked to be the first host of the Golden Globes® since 1995, for a broadcast seen by an estimated 250 million. He was named in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and awarded the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award from the Banff World Television Festival. Gervais has since hosted the Golden Globes® in 2010, 2011, 2012, and was invited back for a fourth time in January 2016. In 2012, HBO aired ‘Life’s Too Short’ and the third season of ‘The Ricky Gervais Show’, and Ricky wrote, directed and starred in ‘Derek’ for Channel 4 and Netflix. 2013 was just as busy, with an international release of 'An Idiot Abroad 3: The Short Way Round', taking the lead role in ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ and production on series 2 of the award-winning ‘Derek’, both of which were released in 2014. On April 3, 2015 Gervais reprised his Golden Globe nominated role as Derek, in a one-hour finale special on Netflix. Most recently, Gervais starred in ‘Special Correspondents’ an original comedy film, which debuted worldwide on Netflix in 2016. The film is written and directed by Gervais, and also starred Eric Bana, America Ferrera and Vera Farmiga. Later that year, Gervais returned to his most famous creation, writing and directing David Brent: Life on the Road. Gervais returned to stand-up in 2017 with his sell-out stand-up show, Humanity, which he’s touring worldwide into 2018. Netflix have acquired the rights to Humanity and it will stream on this service in early 2018. ‘Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius’ launched in October 2017 on Sirius XM which sees Ricky's return to radio. Guests on the first season of his show include Noel Gallagher, Richard Dawkins and Professor Brian Cox. $35
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Performers
avatar for Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Creator and star of ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’, Ricky Gervais has won three Golden Globes®, two Primetime Emmys® and seven BAFTAS. ‘The Office’ is the most successful British comedy of all time, shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. The NBC version is t... Read More →
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Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest directed and starred in "Waiting For Guffman," "Best In Show, "A Mighty Wind," and "For Your Consideration," all of which he wrote with Eugene Levy. He also directed and starred in "This Is Spinal Tap," which he wrote with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob... Read More →



Tuesday January 23, 2018 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Sunday, January 28
 

2:00pm

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Jane Lynch
SF Sketchfest is proud to pay tribute to the wit, wisdom, and musical prowess of the great Jane Lynch. She's probably best known as the villainous gym coach Sue Sylvester in "Glee," a role which earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award. Lynch has also won two Emmy Awards as the host of NBC's "Hollywood Game Night." But one could say it all began with a cereal commercial (Frosted Flakes) directed by Christopher Guest that led to roles in his films "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind," and "For Your Consideration," and appearances in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Wreck-It Ralph," and many more, including as one of the good doctors in "The Fugitive." She's been on shows, too (lots of shows), from "Arrested Development" to "Criminal Minds." She also hosted an episode of "Saturday Night Live," which was a kind of culmination of her early years spent at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Second City. SF Sketchfest is delighted to bring Jane to San Francisco to sit down for a public but intimate chat with three of her friends and colleagues, Ian Brennan, Michael Hitchcock and John Michael Higgins. $30

Performers
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Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan is Co-Creator and Executive Producer of  “Scream Queens” and “Glee,” which ran for six seasons on FOX and for which he is the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he has performed at Playwrights' Horizons, the Vineyard Theatre and MCC Theatre in New York, as well as the Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres in his hometown of Chicago. Ian performs weekly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA as part of Harold Night with his team... Read More →
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John Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins is a double hyphenate: he’s sort-of well-known for being a member of the Christopher Guest “company,” starring in such films as "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." But before becoming a disreputable light improvisational comedic actor he spent twenty years o... Read More →
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Michael Hitchcock

From his critically-acclaimed roles in film and television to his award-winning work as a writer and producer, Michael Hitchcock has earned a solid reputation in the entertainment industry.As an actor, Hitchcock is featured in two of 2011’s most popular films. He portrayed “D... Read More →
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Jane Lynch

Actress Jane Lynch was raised near Chicago and cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre.  Lynch is the two-time Emmy winning host of Hollywood Game Night and an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee. She will be seen this fall portraying Janet Reno in Manifesto. Additional television credits include Criminal Minds, The Good Fight, Portlandia, Angel From Hell, Party Down, Lovespring International, Two and a Half Men, and The L Word. Lynch’s film credits include Mascots, both Wreck It Ralph I and II, Afternoon Delight, The Three Stooges, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Julie... Read More →