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SF SKETCHFEST Kicks Off Next Week With Eric Idle, 200+ Shows January 18 - February 4

The multi-day festival will bring 600+ performers including major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming acts from the Bay Area.

By: Jan. 11, 2024
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SF Sketchfest kicks off its 21st comedy festival with legend Eric Idle at the Castro Theatre on Thursday, January 18 followed by over 200 shows taking place through February 4 in venues across San Francisco.

The multi-day festival will bring 600+ performers including major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming acts from the Bay Area and beyond for sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, all-star reunions, live podcasts, and workshops.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now at

SF Sketchfest 2024



Eric Idle But Jeff B. Davis, Thursday, Jan 18 at Castro Theater
Rare appearance by “Monty Python” legend Eric Idle featuring scenes, songs, film clips, and the world premiere of a never-before-seen Monty Python sketch! 

The Kids In The Hall: Unplugged
with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson

An Afternoon With Amber Ruffin
an SF Sketchfest Tribute, moderated by Zainab Johnson

The Red Room Orchestra Play Twin Peaks And More With Very Special Tribute Guest Kyle MacLachlan
with appearances by Carel Struycken, Margaret Cho, and Petra Haden, with Allyson Baker, Tom Ayres, Toby Dammit Aka Larry Mullins, Karina Denike, Ben Goldberg, Scott Larson, Beth Lisick, Pete Straus, and Michael Urbano

Freestyle+ With Special Guest Bill Irwin
Improvised freestyle from the Tony Award-winning creators of Freestyle Love Supreme with special guest Bill Irwin, 3 nights, 5 shows at Club Fugazi

Derek And Simon (And Bob): An SF Sketchfest Tribute Celebration
with Derek Waters, Simon Helberg, Bob Odenkirk, Naomi Odenkirk, Jake Johnson, and Eric Edelstein

Paul Giamatti's Chinwag With Stephen Asma
2024 Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti live in person

Triumph The Insult Comic Dog's Let's Make A Poop!
with Adam Savage, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Surprise Guests


View the line up by date:
Tickets for all shows on sale at

Special Events & Tributes

  • Eric Idle but Jeff B. Davis
  • The Kids in the Hall: Unplugged  
  • The Kids in the Hall: Scenes They Wouldn't Let Us Do
  • An Afternoon with Amber Ruffin: An SF Sketchfest Tribute
  • The State: Hits and Misses
  • The Red Room Orchestra play Twin Peaks & more with very special Tribute guest Kyle MacLachlan, plus special guest Carel Struycken
  • freestyle+ with special guest Bill Irwin
  • Derek and Simon (and Bob): An SF Sketchfest Tribute Celebration, with Derek Waters, Simon Helberg, Bob Odenkirk, Naomi Odenkirk, Jake Johnson, and Eric Edelstein
  • Paul Giamatti's CHINWAG with Stephen Asma
  • Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's Let's Make a Poop! with “Weird Al” Yankovic & more

Sketch & Improv Comedy

  • Beverly Live! with Jamie Denbo
  • The Big Team
  • The Black Version
  • BriTANick, with Business Casual
  • Convoy
  • Dinosaur Improv with Owen Burke, Chad Carter, Lisa Gilroy, Mary Holland, Phil Jackson, Jason Mantzoukas, Seth Morris, Paul Scheer, and Carl Tart
  • Drunk Theatre
  • GEORGE-prov with Connor Ratliff
  • Gethard & Sagher
  • Girl God, with Nori Reed
  • The Groundlings: Cookin' with GAS
  • The Groundlings: Personals
  • The Improvised Shakespeare Company
  • Killing My Lobster
  • SponTourCo with Paul F. Tompkins
  • SuperMarried with John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo
  • Theme Park Improv with Ian Brennan, Rachel Dratch, Simon Helberg, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney
  • Time to Kill: A Sketch Comedy Show
  • Upright Citizen's Brigade ASSSSCAT with Ali Ghandour, Lisa Gilroy, Mary Holland, Phil Jackson, Hillary Anne Matthews, Carl Tart and more

Variety & Game Shows

  • Asian AF
  • Ask a Magician with Robert Strong
  • Battle of the Wizards: Magicians vs. Mentalists, with Robert Strong
  • The Bay Area Pun-Off
  • Black Men Can't Jump present Minority Rules, with Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan
  • Brew HaHa: The Comedy Drinking Game Show, with Matt Braunger, Ali Macofsky & more
  • A Close Shave with Heaven: A Super Serious Night of Poetry & Comedy with Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Kurt Braunohler, and Eugene Mirman
  • Comedian Feud with Jacquis Neal and guests Tim Baltz, Eugene Cordero, Pallavi Gunalan, Lauren Lapkus, Tawny Newsome, Blair Socci, Paul F. Tompkins, Sasheer Zamata & more
  • David Wain's World of Wonder: a night of magic, comedy, music and other delights, with Michaela Watkins & more
  • Faster, Purple Worm! Kill! Kill! with Matthew Lillard
  • Filipino AF
  • Jeopargay! with Spike Einbinder and Honey Pluton
  • Knees Up with Chris Turner
  • Maniac Bowl with Jesse Fernandez and Arthur Gaus
  • Okay, Who Did It? with Jo Firestone
  • Self Help Me with Jenny Yang: A Competitive Self-Care Comedy Show
  • South Asian AF
  • The Crossword Show with Zach Sherwin
  • Tinder Live with Lane Moore and guest David Cross
  • The Trav-enture Zone: A Night of Dungeons & Dragons & also Comedians hosted by DM Travis McElroy
  • Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkins

Podcasts & Talk Shows

  • Avatar: Braving The Elements
  • The Bechdel Cast with Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus
  • The Bitchuation Room with Francesca Fiorentini and Nato Green
  • The Chonga Girls
  • Doug Loves Movies
  • Exploration: LIVE! with Charles Bardey and Natalie Rotter-Laitman
  • The Flop House: A Podcast About Bad Movies
  • The George Lucas Talk Show
  • The Greatest Generation: The Share Your Embarrassment Tour with Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica
  • Hello From the Magic Tavern
  • Hey Riddle Riddle
  • How Long Gone
  • I Love My Kid, But… with Kurt Braunohler, Megan Gailey, and Chris Garcia
  • Judge John Hodgman, with Jesse Thorn
  • MESS with Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin
  • Moshe Kasher's Subculture Vulture: An Evening in Six Scenes
  • The Neighborhood Listen with Paul F. Tompkins, Nicole Parker, Brett Morris & more
  • Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
  • Office Hours East with New York Jonathan, Slice, Football, & Producer Tory (Jon Glaser, Jo Firestone, Tami Sagher, and Tory Harris)
  • The Pen Pals Podcast with Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk
  • The Psychologists Are In with Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson
  • Scam Goddess with Laci Mosley
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Talking Simpsons
  • Too Far with Rachel Kaly and Robby Hoffman
  • Will You Accept This Rose with Arden Myrin, Erin Foley, Brayden Bowers & more
  • Yo, Is This Racist? with Tawny Newsome and Andrew Ti
  • You Are Good with Sarah Marshall, Alex Steed & more
  • You're Wrong About with Sarah Marshall, Carolyn Kendrick & more

Music & Comedy

  • Adam Pally: An Intimate Evening of Music and Comedy
  • Dave Hill: Caveman in a Spaceship
  • Epic: Every Place I Cry with Ross Bryant, Nick Mandernach, Jess McKenna, and Zach Reino
  • Epic Rap Battles of History with EpicLLOYD and Nice Peter / Kyle Gordon
  • Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm and “Friends”
  • Michael Shannon & Jason Narducy and Friends play R.E.M.'s ‘Murmur'
  • Michael Shannon & Jason Narducy and Friends play R.E.M.'s ‘Reckoning'
  • Middle Aged Dad Jam Band with Ken Marino and David Wain
  • Music Night with Kyle Gordon, DJ Real, Chaki The Funk Wizard, Jen Liv, Naomi Rubin, and Matt Shore, hosted by Eric Rubin
  • Off Book: The Improvised Musical with Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino
  • Open Mike Eagle with Video Dave
  • Puddles Pity Party
  • Pylon Reenactment Society / Kelley Stoltz
  • The Red Room Orchestra plays the “Harold and Maude” soundtrack with special guests Margaret Cho, Petra Haden, Janet Varney & more
  • The Red Room Orchestra plays “The Lost Boys” soundtrack with special guests Alex Winter and Tim Cappello
  • Stupid Songs and Stories with Kevin McDonald
  • An Evening with Whitmer Thomas

Film & Television

Theater & Storytelling

  • Celebrity Autobiography with Pamela Adlon, Tony Hale, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dulcé Sloan, Jennifer Tilly & more
  • Demi Adejuyigbe Is Going To Do One (1) Backflip - SOLD OUT
  • Edinburgh Spotlight: The Baron and the Junk Dealer
  • Edinburgh Spotlight: Chris Turner: Vegas, Baby!
  • Edinburgh Spotlight: Sophie Santos…is Codependent / A Terrible Show for Terrible People
  • Ever Mainard: OTTIS
  • Exorcistic: The Unauthorized Rock Musical Parody of The Exorcist, with special guest Kirsten Vangsness
  • Fake TED Talks, with Matt Braunger, Guy Branum, Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, Adam Savage, Amy Schneider & more
  • The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody
  • Mortified
  • Porchlight: A Storytelling Series, with Cristela Alonzo, Chris Garcia, Bob Odenkirk & more, with music by Marc Capelle, and hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte
  • The Real Housewives: The Unauthorized Musical Parody
  • RISK! with Kevin Allison
  • Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole in KING
  • So Say We All: VAMP Nonfiction Showcase
  • Solo Spotlight: Brittany Carney: Kingdom Phylum Ass / Rachel Kaly's Hospital Hour
  • Solo Spotlight: Chris Smith: Acting in a Time Such as This / Dandy: Man of the Year
  • Solo Spotlight: Teeny Tiny with Joey Greer
  • Stop Joking for 100 Years and Other Requests From My Kid (Stories of Parenting and Childhood), with Eugene Mirman, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Gethard, Amber Tamblyn, and host Ophira Eisenberg
  • Sydnee Washington: How To Start A Fire

Stand-Up Comedy

  • Aaron Chen
  • Bad Indian: A Native American Comedy Show with Joshua Emerson
  • Blabbermouth with Phil Griffiths and Red Scott
  • Celebrity Drop-In with Anna Roisman and Ben Fisher
  • Comedians with Disabilities Act with Michael Beers, Steve Danner, Nina G, Loren Kraut, Hayden Kristal, and Jade Theriault, hosted by Mean Dave
  • Comedy Rodeo with Hayden Kristal
  • Cornpops and Space Lasers -- Political Standup with Francesca Fiorenti and Nato Green
  • David Cross & Friends
  • D.J. Demers / Ali Macofsky (co-headline)
  • Donde Esta Mi Comedy? with Baruch Porras-Hernandez
  • Dulcé Sloan
  • Embarrassed By Night Celebrates Lunar New Year with Fred Le and Andrew Van
  • Everything's Great! with Nick Kocher, Demi Adjuyigbe, and Addie Weyrich
  • Facial Recognition Comedy with Zahra Ali, Fizaa Dosani and Pallavi Gunalan
  • Fun Voices with Ron Funches and Blair Socci
  • The Gateway Show with Billy Anderson
  • Hilarious Habibis with Gena B. Jones and Lynn Maleh
  • Hot Sets with Veronica Kwiatkowski and Sam Clark
  • An Hour with Josh Johnson
  • Interruption Show with Dalia Malek
  • Jena Friedman: Not Funny
  • Joel Kim Booster & Friends
  • Jolli-Baes with Andrew Orolfo
  • Jon Glaser's Soothing Meditations for the Solitary Dog
  • Killer Lineup: Cristela Alonzo, Chris Gethard, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Josh Johnson, Aaron Chen, and host Paco Romane
  • Marc Maron: All In
  • Maria Bamford
  • Marie Faustin in YUCK: An Hour of Good Jokes and Bad Dates
  • Matt Braunger
  • Mirthquake with Jesse Hett, Andrew Holmgren and Ben Kolina
  • Nori Reed
  • PGF Records Presents: Clare O'Kane Album Recording, with an opening set by Eugene Mirman
  • Raining Comedy: A Pacific Northwest Showcase
  • Red, White and Blue-Pilled starring Jon Daly as Johnny Doily
  • Resistance Is Fertile with Brooke Heinichen and Luisa Isbell
  • Robby Hoffman
  • Safe Words with Wonder Dave
  • The Setup with Abhay Nadkarni and Richard Sarvate
  • The SF Sketchfest Dozen:
    • Ify Nwadiwe & Paige Weldon
    • Greg Barris & Mike Drucker
    • Clare O'Kane & Mo Welch
    • Mohanad Elshieky & Joyelle Nicole Johnson
    • Liz Miele & Jes Tom
    • Emma Arnold & Katrina Davis
  • Solomon Georgio / Sydnee Washington (co-headline)
  • Todd Barry: Half Joking Tour
  • Zainab Johnson

Kids Shows

  • GLOP meets GLOG: Glorious Ladies of Puppetry & Glorious Ladies of the Groundlings
  • Mo Willems & The Storytime All-Stars Live, with W. Kamau Bell, Dulcé Sloan, “Weird Al” Yankovic & more

Workshops & Interactive Events

  • Character Workshop with Brian Palermo
  • RISK! presents What's Your Story? with Kevin Allison

Lineups are subject to change.

Tickets and info at

SF Sketchfest takes place from January 18th through February 4th at the Alameda Comedy Club, Brava Theater Center, The Castro Theater, The Chapel, Club Fugazi, Cobb's Comedy Club, The Gateway Theater, The Great American Music Hall, The Great Star Theater, The Lost Church, Marines' Memorial Theatre, The Marsh, The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, The Punch Line Comedy Club, and The Sydney Goldstein Theater.


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