SF Sketchfest, arguably the biggest and best alternative comedy (though that's not really a thing any more, since it has become the mainstream) festival in the world, is coming up in just a few weeks, and as always has a fantastic lineup of shows and events.
In addition to performances from Todd Barry, Jeff Garlin, John Hodgman and Paul F. Tompkins, there are live podcast tapings (of Never Not Funny, Who Charted?, You Made it Weird, Nerdist and several others) as well as festival-only exclusives like anniversary screenings of Animal House and The Naked Gun, as well as reunions of TV shows like The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Party Down (which, not surprisingly, is already sold out; where were all these fans when the show was struggling for ratings on Starz?). One particularly interesting show -- which is also sold out already -- is a live sketch comedy show based on the books of children's author Mo Willems (he of Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus! fame) featuring Patton Oswalt, Maya Rudolph, Andy Kindler, David Wain, Janeane Garofalo and others.
SF Sketchfest 2013 runs January 24-February 10, giving comedy fans plenty of chances to drop in for a few days and still see plenty of great stuff. Ticket prices are generally kept low, too (around $20 a show), making it one of the most audience-friendly comedy festivals around. I'm jealous of anyone that's going this year.
Check out the full SF Sketchfest lineup here.
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