Dudes! Nerds! Pedro-voters! SF Sketchfest 2014 posted its complete schedule today, unveiling over 200 shows to be held in 20 venues from Jan. 23-Feb. 9. Over the past 13 years, the fest has exploded from humble local offering to one of the most popular comedy events in the country, luring the biggest names in the biz — as well as cult comedy heroes — to town.
Tickets go on sale Sun/15 at 10am, and since SF Sketchfest is P.O.P.U.L.A.R., you won't want to delay if something in the line-up catches your eye. (Pro-tip: though the festival does contain sketch shows, it also has music, film screenings, live recordings of pod casts, panel discussions, lots of tributes, and more.) You want guidance? Highlights? Best bets and sleeper hits? Read on!
Opening night (Jan. 23), there'll be a tribute to the tenth anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite, with Jon "Napoleon" Heder, Efren "Pedro" Ramirez, and Diedrich "Rex" Bader in person at the Castro Theatre. Later that night, also at the Castro, Jack Black and Kyle Gass attend a celebration of all things Tenacious D, which promises "an evening of conversation, clips, and songs." Better get it on in the party zone, if you know what I'm sayin'.
Other highlights include:
* SF Sketchfest's tribute to Key and Peele (Jan. 25), whose Comedy Central show is provocative, smart, and hilarious (exhibit A, below)
* a "Farewell, Futurama!" (also Jan. 25) chat sesh with cast and crew members of the beloved animated show
* a Feb. 2 spotlight on HBO's Enlightened, with Laura Dern, Mike White, Luke Wilson, and others in conversation
* a tribute to THE ALAN ARKIN with a 35th anniversary screening of The In-Laws (Feb. 6)
* a 30th anniversary screening of Revenge of the Nerds, with cast and crew in person (Feb. 8)
Plus so much more: Tim Heidecker! Allison Brie! Maya Rudolph! Amy Schumer! Comedians I'm not cool enough to know about, but you probably are! Hustle over to SF Sketchfest's website and feast your eyes.