Legendary comic personality Chris Hardwick — you may be familiar with him — is going to be appearing at the S.F. Sketchfest.
Also “Airplane!” creators Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, Dan Aykroyd, Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Greg Behrendt, Matt Belknap, Doug Benson, Candice Bergen, Matt Besser, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia, Alison Brie, James L. Brooks, David Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, Tom Davis, John DiMaggio, Will Forte, Rich Fulcher, Robert Ben Garant, Garfunkel and Oates, Paul Gilmartin, Bobcat Goldthwait, Neil Patrick Harris, Rachael Harris, Robert Hays, Simon Helberg, Cloris Leachman, Garry Shandling and Alan Zweibel, Gillian Jacobs, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Jen Kirkman, David Koechner, Thomas Lennon, Samm Levine, Matthew Lillard, Marc Maron, Tim Meadows, Matt Mira, Eugene Mirman, Moby, Markos Moulitsas, Laraine Newman, Tig Notaro, Bob Odenkirk, Jimmy Pardo, Mike Phirman, Kevin Pollak, Greg Proops, Danny Pudi, Jonah Ray, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Schaal, the Sklar Brothers, Ryan Stiles, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, Fred Willard, and Charlyne Yi, among many others.
More about them in a moment.
The event is, naturally, in San Francisco, and tickets will be going on sale this Sunday at 10 am, so you’re going to want to be ready to buy them right away.
More about the awesomeness that is Sketchfest after the jump:
First, Hardwick. The esteemed founder of this here website will be doing three shows at Sketchfest:
On January 28th, he’ll be appearing as one of an all-star roster of comics at “Tig Has Friends,” hosted by Taylor Dayne’s biggest fan, Tig Notaro (hey, she was just on “Community” last week!), with Rich Fulcher of “The Mighty Boosh,” the Sklar Brothers, Steve Agee, and Kyle Dunnigan joining Chris for the show. That’s at 8 pm at Cobb’s Comedy Club. Tickets are $25.
Same venue, same night, late show: It’s the Nerdist Podcast, live on stage, with Chris, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira interviewing a guest “To Be Announced.” But you know they always have interesting celebrities on the podcast, so don’t wait to get your tickets. Another $25 gets you in.
And then, it’s Music Night, hosted by Chris himself, on January 29th. You get David Koechner — T-Bones! — and Garfunkel and Oates and Eli Braden and Zach Selwyn and, of course, Chris’ Hard ‘n’ Phirm partner Mike Phirman, and you get two chances to see it all, at 8 pm and 10:30 pm at Cobb’s. How much? $25.
Now, for the rest. If you love comedy and you can make it to San Francisco between January 13th and February 5th, you are going to want to see practically everything on the schedule. Among the things you can see there are tributes to “Airplane!” creators Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker, the 25th anniversary of “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” with Garry and Alan Zweibel, and “Murphy Brown” with Candice Bergen and creator Diane English on hand; a 25th anniversary show for “True Stories” with David Byrne; a “Viva Variety” reunion with Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver reprising their roles as Mr. and the former Mrs. Laupin, plus, of course, Michael Ian Black as Johnny Blue Jeans; the Monsters of Podcasting (“You Look Nice Today” meets “Jordan, Jesse, Go!”); a live Rifftrax “Night of the Shorts”; and my old friend and colleague Greg Behrendt (he wrote a book; he has a podcast) joining Matt Nathanson to host “Maximum Volume!,” with Bobcat Goldthwait, Marc Maron, and Brendon Small bringing standup and music together. Plus Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Danny Pudi (not in Claymation form), Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Mike Birbiglia, Alison Brie, Eugene Mirman, Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Pardo, festival co-director and Hardwick’s significant other Janet Varney, and too many more to list here. Just go here and see for yourself.
And then go. But I doubt you’ll need me to motivate you.