If you like a) laughing b) laughing really hard or c) having the time of your life, get yourself to SF Sketchfest, starting THURSDAY, January 24 right here in San Francisco. The annual festival is much more than just sketch comedy and it is so full of insane events you aren’t going to want to miss, you should probably clone yourself right now so you can see everything. Below are 5 things you should definitely go to. The rest is up to you.

1. Welcome to the Dollhouse
Things that will be at this viewing of Welcome to the Dollhouse Friday, February 8, 7pm at the Castro Theatre: Peaches Christ, musical numbers and an appearance Heather Matarazzo, the real Dawn Wiener.

2. Burning Love
Here’s your homework: watch all of the first season of the (best ever?) internet show Burning Love and then get tickets to see Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, June Diane Raphael, Adam Scott and more for a panel discussion on Sunday, February 10 4pm at Cobb’s Comedy Club.

3. The Nerdist
I’m not going to lie: I’ve been in love with Chris Hardwick since he was the shaggy co-host of MTV’s greatest work, Singled Out and I was a middle schooler with ironic Power Rangers shoelace biters. Sigh. We could have been so happy together. Luckily, like me, Chris has gotten even more awesome since the ’90s. Watch him prove it on Saturday, February 2, 7pm at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre.

4. Stella
I can’t post a video of Stella because they are too completely dirty, probably even for the Internet. The sketch comedy of Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain is really something you should buy on VHS and watch in a room by yourself or with your least judgmental friends. Also: it is amazing. Find out for yourself at Mezzanine on Sunday, February 10, 8pm.

5. Garfunkel and Oates
Remember how awesome it was when Adam Sandler used to sing songs about famous Jews and stuff? Garfunkel and Oates are kind of like that, except even more relevant and with less weird baby voice. Who hasn’t experienced the smugness of a pregnant lady? WHO HASN’T? Want to see the magic happen live? Join them Sunday, February 10, 8pm at the Rickshaw Stop.

SF Sketchfest starts Thursday, January 24 and runs through February 10, 2013 at various San Francisco locations. For tickets and information, visit sfsketchfest.com.


Lizzy Acker

Lizzy Acker is a fiction writer whose first book, Monster Party, was released in December 2010 by Small Desk Press. Her work has been published in Nano Fiction, We Who Are About To Die and Tramp Quarterly, among others. She was the co-creator/curator of the San Francisco reading series Funny/Sexy/Sad. She blogs regularly at lizzyacker.com.Lizzy is from Oregon, but now lives in San Francisco where she recently received her MFA from San Francisco State University. Currently, she writes status updates and processes member donations for KQED and is a contributing blogger to KQED Arts.

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