This year’s SF Sketchfest is a great way to ring in the new year.
The festival, established in 2001, was founded by David Owen, Janet Varney and Cole Stratton who are three Bay Area actors and comedians. Each year the fest highlights sketch comedy, improv comedy, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performances, stand up comedy and of course, podcasts.
This year, Sketchfest has a wide array of live podcasts taking the circuit but here’s just a few of many to check out:
Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend: Created by Alison Rosen who is a veteran interviewer that has a twice weekly podcast that features honest conversation that are silly, serious and revelatory. The guests for the show include The Angoras! Alison’s former band, as well as Kirsten Vangsness. Tickets for the show are available for $30. The event itself is all ages and takes place at 1 p.m. PST at the iHeart Radio Stage at the Gateway Theatre on Sunday January 26.
Batman: The Animated Podcast: The podcast, hosted by Justin Michael is an interview variety show that centers around the 1990s cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series! Each episode of the podcast uses a different episode of the show as a starting point to chat with guests who have worked on the series as well as comedians, writers and animated folks that grew up loving it. The event is FREE, you just need to RSVP, it takes place Saturday January 25 at 4:30 pm PST at PianoFight’s Bar Stage and is a 21+ event.
The Bunny Ears Podcast: Not only will Thomas Lennon join Macaulay Culkin to talk about comedy and acting, but before they take the stage there will be a special 30th anniversary screening of the classic John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck that features a much smaller Culkin. This event is all ages taking place on January 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST at the Castro Theatre and ticket prices start at $20.
Voyage to the Stars: Join Captain Tucker Lentz (Colton Dunn), scatterbrained scientist Elsa Rankfort (Felicia Day), the mysterious Nico (Kirsten Vangsness), apathetic technician Stew Merkel (Steve Berg) and the misanthropic A.I. Sorry (Janet Varney) as they tackle their misadventures as misfits finding themselves on the wrong side of the wormhole. The groups mission is to refrain from destroying the galaxy in their attempt to make it home. The show date is January 26 at 7 p.m. PST at the Swedish American Hall and is partially seated, so arrive early for good seats. The tickets are general admission at $30; the event is 21+.
For more information as well as the full schedule that includes where to buy tickets, click here.