CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Performs in SF SKETCHFEST, 2/9-10
The Drama Desk Award-winning Celebrity Autobiography performs in San Francisco tonight, February 9 at 8pm and Sunday, February 10 at 5pm, at Marines' Memorial Theatre as part of SF Sketchfest.
For the show's fifth visit to SF Sketchfest, co-creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel are joined by Maria Bamford (Comedians of Comedy) (Sunday only), Roger Bart ("Desperate Housewives"), Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show) (Saturday only), Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live"), Janeane Garafalo ("The Ben Stiller Show"), Andy Kindler (Sunday only), Laraine Newman ("Saturday Night Live"), Maya Rudolph ("Up All Night") (Saturday only) and Fred Willard (Waiting For Guffman).
Celebrity Autobiography features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, The Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and VAnna White.
Celebrity Autobiography also includes special 'celebrity mash-ups'-Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working 'it' out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are;" Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of 'diva-dom;" and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
No version of Celebrity Autobiography would be complete without some returning classics, including the infamous memoirs of Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, which are edited together to create a Rashomon-esque playlet, and the hilarious Burt Reynolds-Loni Anderson he said/she said saga.
Celebrity Autobiography created by Eugene Pack and developed by Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, feature a line-up of rotating performers who read-in both solo and ensemble pieces- the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
Celebrity Autobiography has recently toured nationally and internationally with acclaimed performances in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago, Arizona, Austin, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Boston, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Sydney Opera House, as well as an ongoing production at Los Angeles's Broad Stage. The show also plays at London's Leicester Square Theatre to critical and popular acclaim.
Celebrity Autobiography has played to sell-out audiences and rave reviews in New York since its opening in September 2008 when Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the show "big-yuks entertainment" and a "merry compendium of the witlessness and wisdom of the rich and famous." Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News called it a "potent comic cocktail...you weep with laughter." The New Yorker called it "inspired." Sam Thielman of Variety wrote, "Audience members hyperventilate. It should lead a long and happy life." Michael Riedel of the New York Post called it "the funniest show in town, hands down." And Entertainment Weekly said that Celebrity Autobiography is "one of New York's most buzzed-about shows" while New York Magazine called it "brilliant." The show has been featured by numerous media outlets, including ABC's "The View" and "Nightline," NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly," CBS's "Sunday Morning," NPR's "Morning Edition," CNN'S "American Morning," New York 1, WNBC'S "News for New York" at 11pm, and Bravo's "A-List Awards."