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SF Sketchfest 2013 Lineup Announced, Tickets On Sale Sunday

The SF Sketchfest lineup for 2013 has been unveiled, and Nerdist Industries folks and their friends are, of course, all over the damn thing, which was co-founded by our JV Club host Janet Varney and our Pop My Culture co-host Cole Stratton along with David Owen. And tickets for the fest, which runs from January 24 through February 10, 2013 in, naturally, San Francisco, go on sale this Sunday, December 16th, at 10 am Pacific. (I’m gonna put the ticket link in here up front because this is a loooonnnng list and a lot of scrolling: click this link for tickets when it’s time) You will want to go to these events starring members of the Nerdist family.


Nerdist Podcast Live! Yes! Chris Hardwick! Jonah Ray! Matt Mira ! Guest to be announced! You have to be there. (February 2nd, Marines’ Memorial Theatre)

More Hardwick!: Yacht Rock Heroes with Mustache Harbor & Friends, which should be self-explanatory — Mustache Harbor is the San Francisco-based ’70s soft rock cover band — and will feature some familiar “friends,” not the least of whom will be our own Chris Hardwick. Other friends will include Scott Adsit, Matt Besser, Jon Dore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paul and Storm… now, that’s a lineup. (February 2nd, Yoshi’s SF Lounge)

Still more Hardwick!: Nerdist’s founder and guiding light will be among the folks appearing at SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, an evening of standup, podcasts, and more. (January 31st, California Academy of Sciences, 21 and over)

And more:

The Meltdown, the celebrated comedy evening hosted by our Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, will take over The City with a special road edition featuring Jon Dore, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Nerdist Podcast Network hosts Pete Holmes (You Made It Weird) and Brent Weinbach The Legacy Music Hour). (February 1st, Cobb’s Comedy Club)

Jonah is also one of the “SF Sketchfest Dozen,” the 12 up-and-coming comics featured in a series of live shows. (Various dates, Punch Line Comedy Club)


An all-star edition of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, with two totally different but equally hilarious shows. Acker and Blacker’s creations will be performed by many of the regulars — Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, John DiMaggio, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Busy Philipps, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins, James Urbaniak, the Andy Paley Orchestra — plus Jonathan Coulton, John Hodgman, Keegan-Michael Key, Rider Strong, Reggie Watts, and more. (January 26th, 7 and 9:30 pm, Marines’ Memorial Theatre)

Tremendousaur’s Before You Were Funny, the show that presents guests’ worst sketches ever, will kick it with Mary Lynn Rajskub of Kickin’ It Mary Lynn Style plus James Adomian. (January 26th, The Dark Room)

Mary Lynn is also on the bill for Jon Glaser’s Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show, along with Steve Agee, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and more. (January 26th, Cobb’s Comedy Club)

Rifftrax Presents: Night of the Shorts 4: Riffizens on Patrol, with the intrepid Rifftrax trio of Michael J.. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett joined by Nerdist-affiliated Cole Stratton and Janet Varney along with Kevin McDonald, Adam Savage, Kristen Schaal, and Paul F. Tompkins. (January 24th, Castro Theatre)

Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad’s Set List, the show that hits standups with topics on the fly, will include Pete Holmes along with Jon Dore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops, and host Rick Overton. (February 1st, Cobb’s Comedy Club)

A particularly crispy edition of Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird will be performed live. You know how the live shows go. So you won’t want to miss it. (February 2nd, Cobb’s Comedy Club)

Janet will do a live version of The JV Club, guest to be announced. (February 2nd, Eureka Theatre)

You’ve seen it on the Nerdist Channel, and you can see it live at Sketchfest: Write Now! with Jimmy Pardo will feature Josh Comers, Ron Funches, Laurie Kilmartin, Danielle Koenig and Gary Lucy. (February 8th, Eureka Theatre)

Uptown Showdown, featuring a debate on the eighties vs. the nineties, with Michael Ian Black joining Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Dave Hill, Arden Myrin, Michael Showalter and moderator Gabe Liedman. (February 8th, Verdi Club, 21 and over)

Nato Green’s Iron Comic will include Mike and Tom Eat Snacks‘ Michael Ian Black aming the comics cranking out jokes against the clock. (February 9th, Cobb’s Comedy Club)

Theme Park, the improv show that takes a single theme from an audience suggestion and runs with it for a whole set. Cole and Janet are in this one, along with Rachel Dratch, Simon Helberg, and more. (February 9th, Eureka Theatre)

Jimmy Pardo’s Never Not Funny will return for its fifth Sketchfest appearance, with guest to be announced. (February 9th, Eureka Theatre)

Jimmy will also be among the folks facing the awkward and hilarious questioning of Bil Dwyer at StarDumb. (February 9th, Eureka Theatre)

Mo Willems’ children’s books will get read at Don’t Let The Comedians Do Story Time!, which is self-explanatory except that someone IS letting them do story time. Among the comedians: Michael Ian Black of the Nerdist network’s Mike and Tom Eat Snacks. (February 10th, Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco)

Garfunkel and Oates, who are, of course, our own Making It host Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci. Music! Howard Kremer… er, Dragon Boy Suede is on the bill, too. (February 10th, The Rickshaw Stop)

An Afternoon with Burning Love, featuring the cast of the reality show parody web series created by Ken Marino and Erica Oyama. Janet’s scheduled to appear at this one, too, along with Michael Ian Black and a cast of thousands… okay, many. (February 10th, Cobb’s Comedy Club)

Michael Ian Black will also be reuniting with Michael Showalter and David Wain for a Stella “classic nightclub show.” Suit up. (February 10th, Mezzanine)

Cole and Vanessa Ragland will do Pop My Culture live, with special guest celebrity pop culture analysts to be announced. (February 10th, Eureka Theatre)

And that’s just the stuff our own people will be doing. You need more? How about tributes to Portlandia, Childrens Hospital, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Animal House, American Splendor (the movie, that is, with Judah Friedlander meeting the real Toby Radloff), Futurama, and The Naked Gun? An evening with Bruce Campbell? A series of Reggie Watts shows, including one with Michael Winslow in a vocal sound effects summit? Four — FOUR — Doug Benson Movie Interruptions? Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche doing Pinky and the Brain live? Human Giant and Naked Babies in the same show> A w00tstock “founders’ night? Live podcasts including Harmontown,, Walking the Room, Judge John Hodgman, The Champs, Superego, Professor Blastoff, The Tobolowsky Files, Who Charted?, and many more? Team Coco Live, hosted by Andy Richter? Standup from Nick Kroll, Jeff Garlin, Todd Barry, and a lot of other name-brand comics?  Oh, yes.

Again, tickets go on sale Sunday at 10 am Pacific. Ticket links for all shows will be at this link when they’re available Get in early.

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  1. Jmfl4sh says:

    I just bought my tickets to the nerdist and the meltdown show! Can’t wait!

  2. JetpackBlues says:

    I need to get out to this. Period. And visit my favorite SF breweries while I’m out there.

  3. CC says:

    Jesus Christ, when am I going to get off my ass and move to central California? I’m missing EVERYTHING.