Let the gut-busting begin: Sketchfest 2010 hits the stage


By Caitlin Donohue

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Michael Ian Black and his oddly piercing gaze take the stage Friday at SF Sketchfest

It’s coming for you. That weird pain in your side after you’ve laughed so long all the air in your lungs has emptied and your stomach muscles have gotten really tired. Oh yeah, it’s on its way, cause today’s the day Sketchfest hits San Fran. The comedy festival was started by a group of local comedians, who wanted to re-establish SF as a premier spot for stand up performances and sketch work. Now in its eighth year, Sketchfest is made up of live shows by famous-and-not-so-much individuals and troupes, as well as the odd onstage interview and movie showing. The sheer girth of Sketchfest can be a bit… daunting to navigate, so we’re getting you started with a few of our fave upcoming shows. Enjoy. And remember to breathe, that’ll help with the laughter-cramps. Also: weed, which actually has utility on a variety of levels here. Sketchfest goes through Feb. 2nd and you can find info on schedules and ticketing at www.sfsketchfest.com.

Comedy Death Ray
You should not do Sketchfest without seeing some standup. Now, originally Michael Cera was scheduled to be on Death Ray, but he had some “scheduling conflicts” that left us with the more-than-capable Michael Ian Black to helm the ship. Black’s work in such shows as Comedy Central’s “Stella” and “The State” has left a large, hysterical footprint in this world of ours, and once you add in Dana Gould, Scott Aukerman and musical guest Aimee Mann, “Death Ray” looks to be a killer show.
Fri/15 8 p.m, 10:30 p.m., $30
Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus, SF