Comedy of Every Stripe at SF Sketchfest

An all-star group of musicians under the direction of Marc Capelle pays tribute to the soundtrack to 'The Royal Tenenbaums' on Jan. 18.

An all-star group of musicians under the direction of Marc Capelle pays tribute to the soundtrack to 'The Royal Tenenbaums' on Jan. 18.

The 17th annual SF Sketchfest kicks off on Jan. 11, with an overload of comedic talent. Where to begin?

Possibly with the clutch of tributes to big names like Ricky Gervais, Jane Lynch, Bill Burr, Kevin Pollak, Lewis Black — and one of my personal favorites, Maria Bamford.

This lineup includes more than 200 shows over 17 days — and even though tickets have been on sale since mid-November, there’s still a chance you can get into something interesting: sketch comedy, improv, stand-up, and live performances of soundtracks, including tributes to The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore.

Because Audible is presenting this year’s fest, you can count on live podcasts and “storytelling” events, including Hot Mic with Dan Savage. (That’s the one I’d take my mom to see, but you know your family best.)

On Jan. 21, expert advice columnist Dan Savage talks about sex and relationships with guests, dishing about parenthood, sex work and more.
On Jan. 21, expert advice columnist Dan Savage talks about sex and relationships with guests, dishing about parenthood, sex work and more.

And if TV is your thing? Go see a panel discussion with alumni from cult favorites like Twin Peaks and Futurama.

SF Sketchfest runs from Jan. 11 through Jan. 28 at multiple venues through San Francisco. Details here.

Comedy of Every Stripe at SF Sketchfest 3 January,2018Rachael Myrow

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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts, culture and technology in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She regularly files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious, and guest hosts KQED’s Forum.

Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.

She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
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