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SF Sketchfest 2016 Includes 'Waiting For Guffman' Tribute, Sally Field

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President Barack Obama (R) presents the 2014 National Medal of Arts to Sally Field (L) during an East Room ceremony at the White House (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The 2016 lineup for SF Sketchfest, San Francisco’s massively popular comedy festival, has been announced and just like previous years, it’s jam-packed and star-studded, with celebrities such as Sally Field, Jon Hamm and Parker Posey signed up for featured events.

Described as being “one of America’s most respected comedy festivals” by Rolling Stone, next year’s SF Sketchfest — its 15th — will consist of over 200 events spread across over 16 days. Along with the sketch, stand up and improv comedy events that are the reason the festival started, there will be several film events, live game shows and podcast recordings, and even some events for the kids.

Top billing in the lineup is the 20th anniversary tribute to the hilarious Christopher Guest comedy Waiting For Guffman that will include a cast reunion featuring Guest, Posey, Fred Willard and Bob Balaban. Also being featured is a in-person tribute to Oscar-winning actress Sally Field, who will have an on-stage conversation with comedic writer and actor Michael Showalter, and later show the movie they made together, Hello, My Name is Doris.

Other featured events include the almost random-seeming pairing of comedian Patton Oswalt and Oakland rapper Boots Riley (of The Coup) for an “in conversation” event, and a performance by Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Tickets range from $12 to $50 and go on sale Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10am. To buy tickets and and learn more information, go to sfsketchfest.com.


Check the list below for other events happening at SF Sketchfest.

SF Sketchfest Tributes & Spotlights

● Tribute to “Waiting For Guffman: Sesquicentennial + 20” with Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey & Fred Willard

● Tribute to Sally Field: Hello, My Name Is Doris Screening and Conversation with Sally Field & Michael Showalter

● Tribute to Jeff Goldblum: Conversation and Music with Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

● Tribute to Patton Oswalt in Conversation with Boots Riley

● Tribute to Bob’s Burgers: Loren Bouchard, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts & Kristen Schaal

● SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award: Dave Barry in Conversation

● Spotlight on Drunk History with Derek Waters & Friends

Big Night Special Events

● Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald & Scott Thompson: Three Out of Five Ain’t Bad

● Facebook Improv with Owen Burke, Seth Morris, Paul Scheer and Charlie Sanders

● Morzouksnick with Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Morris

● Nerds and Music: A Night With Pat Rothfuss and Paul & Storm

● A Night with John Lurie in conversation with Parker Posey: Fishing with John 25th Anniversary

● Noel Fielding and Bobcat Goldthwait in conversation

● NPR’s Ask Me Another

● Princess: Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum in an Evening of the Music of Prince

Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins, Craig Cackowski, Matt Gourley, Janet Varney and Special Guest Jon Hamm

StarTalk Live with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman

● Upright Citizens Brigade ASSSSCAT with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Jon Gabrus, Mary Holland, Brian Huskey and guest monologists Sally Field and Michael Showalter

Special Film & Video Events

● Found Footage Festival meets Everything is Terrible!

Hey Monster, Hands Off My City with Michael Meehan, Johnny Steele and Reggie Steele

Hook 25th Anniversary Screening with Dante Basco and James Madio (The Lost Boys’ Rufio and Don’t Ask)

Hot Shots 25th Anniversary with Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft

● RiffTrax Night of the Shorts VI with Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett

● THE MADS ARE BACK! Live Movie Riffing with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff

Teen Witch: The Peaches Christ Experience with Robyn Lively, Josh Miller and Mandy Ingber

Special Television Events

BoJack Horseman with Paul F. Tompkins, Lisa Hanawalt, Mike Hollingsworth and creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Live

Futurama: Nothing New To Report with John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom and Billy West

● Galavanting with Galavant with Timothy Omundson, Karen David, Mallory Jansen, Luke Youngblood and showrunners John Hoberg and Kat Likkel

● Pete & Pete Forever: The Adventures of Pete and Pete Live with Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Toby Huss, Alison Fanelli, Rick Gomez, Mark Mulcahy, and creators Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb

Sledge Hammer! 30th Anniversary with creator Alan Spencer and more

● The Chris Gethard Show Presents: Chris Gethard versus Vacation Jason in a Literal Fight to the Death!

Special Theatrical Events

● Celebrity Autobiography with Pamela Adlon, Scott Adsit, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Michael Urie and more

● Dead Pilots Society

● Workjuice Theater with Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Paul F. Tompkins and more


● Presidential Debate: The Write-In Candidates with James Adomian, Matt Besser, Paul Gilmartin, Mary Houlihan, Brian Huskey, Dan Van Kirk and moderator Tom Shillue from Fox News Channel’s “Red Eye”

● The Great Debate: “Donald Trump vs. Don(ald) Draper – Who Will Destroy America?” with Matt Price and IIyse Mimoun

● Uptown Showdown: The Internet vs. Real Life (IRL) with Maria Bamford, Guy Branum, Janeane Garofalo, Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero, Aparna Nancherla and emcee Beth Lisick

Game Shows & Interactive Events

● Bluff You with Jimmy Pardo

● Cultivated Wit’s Comedy Hack Day Finals

● Iron Comic with Nato Green and Moshe Kasher

● Jo Firestone’s “Friends of Single People” and “Incredible Game Show Showcase”

● Quiz-o-Tron with Rebecca Watson

Improv Comedy

● BATS: Improvised Game of Thrones

● The Black Version

● Each/Other with Scott Adsit and Tami Sagher

● Gravid Water

● The Groundlings: Crazy Uncle Joe Show

● The Groundlings: Personals with Stephanie Courtney, Jim Rash and more

● Improvised Shakespeare Company with Joey Bland, Ross Bryant, Greg Hess, Thomas Middleditch and Blaine Swen

● Prompter

● Speechless

● Theme Park Improv with Ian Brennan, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney

● Who is Debbie Powell? with Eric Stonestreet, Dana Powell, Jessica Makinson and Michael Bunin

Kids Events

● The Groundlings Children’s Show with Stephanie Courtney, Beth Littleford and more

● Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Comedians Do Storytime!

Music & Comedy

● BAKED with Brendon Small & Steve Agee

● Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt

● The Imaginary Radio Program with Drennon Davis

● Jonathan Coulton & Friends

● Martin Starr and Band

● Night of Too Many Musical Comedians with Eli Braden, Drennon Davis, Dragon Boy Suede, Eliot Glazer: Haunting Renditions, Allie Goertz, Reformed Whores and DJ Real

● The Undone Sweaters: A Weezer Cover Band with Jim Tews, Reid Faylor, Andrew Short and Danny Tamberelli plus Weezer-themed comedy from Jonah Ray and Jacob Sirof

● Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

Podcasts & Talk Shows

Come To Papa with Tom Papa

Comedy Nation with John Fugelsang

Computer Show Live with Rob Baedeker

The CrabFeast Podcast with Jay Larson and Ryan Sickler

Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian

Harmontown with Dan Harmon and Jeff B. Davis

Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher

improv4humans with Matt Besser

Jonah Raydio with Jonah Ray

Jordan, Jesse, Go!

Judge John Hodgman

The JV Club with Janet Varney and guests Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark

Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, Pat Francis and special guest Jon Hamm

Pep Talks with Eddie Pepitone

Pop My Culture Podcast with Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland and guest Fred Willard

Probably Science with Matt Kirshen and Andy Wood

Rock Solid with Pat Francis and David Wild

Roderick on the Line with John Roderick and Merlin Mann

Ronna & Beverly

Sklarbro Country with The Sklar Brothers

Stuff You Should Know


The Todd Barry Podcast

Uhh Yeah Dude with Jonathan Larroquette and Seth Romatelli

The Wahlberg Solution with Dan Van Kirk

Walking the Room with Dave Anthony and Greg Behrendt

We Got This with Mark and Hal and guest Adam Savage

The World of Phil Hendrie

You’re the Expert with Chris Duffy

Sketch Comedy

● Boat

● The Birthday Boys

● BriTANick

● Charles

● Dead Kevin

● Killing My Lobster

● Mission CTRL

● Paul Brittain: Sex Ed Vincent


● Bawdy Storytelling

● Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook

● First Comes Love with Kyle Ayers

● Mortified

● Porchlight with Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte

RISK! with Kevin Allison

This is Not Happening with Ari Shaffir

Variety and Stand-Up

● 2 Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams

● 7 Minutes in Purgatory with Ian Abramson

● Alex Edelman: Millennial

● Alex Koll & Chris Thayer

● Andy Kindler’s Particular Show

● Aparna Nancherla

● Baron Vaughn

● Billy Wayne Davis

● Bobcat Goldthwait with Caitlin Gill: The Just Friends Tour

● Brandon Wardell

● Brent Weinbach Presents Spotlight on Andy Kaufman Award winner Brett Davis and finalists Jo Firestone and Ben Kronberg

● Brunches with Funches: Giggles & Nibbles with Ron Funches & Friends

● Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

● Cool Thanks with Janine Brito and Dave Thomason

● Dana Gould

● Fresh Out with Emily Heller and Adam Conover

● The Grawlix with Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy

● Invite Them Up with Eugene Mirman & Bobby Tisdale

● Janeane Garofalo

● Jeff Garlin and Associates

● Joe Machi & Lachlan Patterson

● Josh Androsky & Clare O’Kane

● Judah Friedlander: “If The Raindrops United” Stand-up and Book Release Show

● Little Esther Goes Through Your Stuff with Esther Povitsky

● Maria Bamford with Jackie Kashian and Natasha Muse

● Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets with Dave Hill

● Mo Willems’ Writing For Kids For Grown-Ups

● Natasha Leggero

● Picture This! with Brandie Posey

● Pound House Live with Brent Weinbach and DJ Douggpound

● Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher

● RoastSF Presents: Comedy Roast of Broke Ass Stuart

● Rooftop Comedy Showcases

● Seeso Presents: Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F@%king Deal?! with Big Jay Oakerson and Ardie Fuqua

● Set List

● SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

● The SF Sketchfest Dozen, the Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars: Tone Bell, Chris Cubas, Joe DeRosa, Maggie Maye, Matt McCarthy, Julian McCullough, Esther Povitsky, Erica Rhodes, Sarah Tiana, Alice Wetterlund, Jenny Zigrino, Joe Zimmerman

● SF Sketchfest Threesome: Barry Rothbart / Seaton Smith and more

● Solomon Georgio

● Tom Shillue

● The Ultimate Crowd Work Show: Todd Barry and Big Jay Oakerson and Friends


● Improv and Sketch Workshop with Kevin McDonald

● Sell It! Improv Workshop with Craig Cackowski

● Storytelling Skills: WOW Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison

● Voice Acting Workshop with Rob Paulsen

Showcases for Emerging Stand-Up, Sketch, Solo and Improv Performers


100% Stuff, 2 Hot Dogs, Kelly Anneken, Josef Anolin, Greg Asdourian, Attractive Camp, Avengers of Comedy, Joey Avery, Barrio Daze, Big Grande, Big-T, The Blank Experience presents The Idiots, Mac Blake, Boarding Party, Bombardier, Eloisa Bravo, Farah Brook, Nicole Calasich, Cardinal Redbird, Ron Chapman, Shanti Charan, Chardonnay, Chinese Ballroom, Saurin Choksi, Faith Choyce, Rob Christensen, Cobranauts, Katie Compa, Conor Delehanty, Dale Radio, JR De Guzman, Tom Devenport, Joey Devine, Don’t Watch This Show Live!, The Don’t We Boys!, Drama 3 / 4 Presents Cue to Cue, Anita Drieseberg, Brett Druck, Efficient Office Practices, Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over, Falcon Powder, Krista Fatka, Ben Feldman, Danny Felts, Devin Field, Ash Fisher, Nate Follen, Brian Frange, Imran G, David Gborie, Samantha Gilweit, Walker Glenn, Good Morning Tonight, Chris Gorbos, Grant Gordon, Joe Gorman, The Great Difficulties, Hayden Greif-Neill, Hand to Mouth, Jane Harrison, Ivan Hernandez, Jesse Hett, Trevor Hill, Barbara Holm, Andrew Holmgren, Kollin Holtz, Mary Houlihan, Ike Night, Christopher John, Sean Jordan, Judith, Jumbo Mumbo, Sara June, Yuri Kagan, Ben Kolina, Erik Krasner, Loren Kraut, Joe Kwaczala, Dash Kwiatkowski, Candy Lawrence, LeMaire Lee, Casey Ley, Matt Lieb, Liss n’ Sams, Living Impaired, Grant Lyon, The Magic Negro and Other Blackness, Jesse McGrath, Jesus U. Bettawork, Andie Main, Sean McKenzie, Andrew Michaan, Allison Mick, Mike Breen, Amy Miller, Mime Com Show, Emmett Montgomery, Natasha Muse, Abhay Nadkarni, Naptime, Neel Nanda, Clay Newman, David Nguyen, Joe Nguyen, Katie Nguyen, Ify Nwadiwe, Lauren O’Brien, John F. O’Donnell, Onassis, Chad Opitz, OSFUG: The Fast Fuckin’ Sketch Show, Outside Dog Gets One Star, Shawn Pearlman, Adam Pearlstein, Dan Perlman, Gabby Poccia, Lydia Popovich, Jules Posner, Stevie Post, Private Street, Puzzles, RoastSF, Rollin’ in Riches, Paco Romane, The Romane Event, John Ross, Ali Safar, Jason Saenz, Nick Sahoyah, Greg Santos, Richard Sarvate, JoAnn Schinderle, Ryan Schutt, Red Scott, Jessica Sele, Anna Seregina, SF Barkast, Aviva Siegel, Scott Simpson, Bucky Sinister, Peggy Sinnott, Land Smith, Squirm and Germ, Ester Steinberg, Stevedore, Mateen Stewart, Brandon Stokes, Straitjacket Society, Streisand and Friends, Sup Doc Podcast, The Tabernacle, Jeremy Talamantes, Talkies, Taste Better Wit, Dave Thomason, Geoff Tice, Joe Tobin, Richard Toomer, Zach Noe Towers, The Trumpet Boys, Irene Tu, Vagina Jones, Emily Van Dyke, Jason Van Glass, Torio Van Grol, Vanessa Gonzalez presents “I Don’t Know Dating,” Cameron Vannini, Vice Principals of Comedy, Virginia’s Harem, We Did A Thing, Jason Webb, Cheryl White, White Women, Steven Wilber, Kate Willett, Austin Wolf-Sothern, The Worst and Ceda Xiong

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