All that aside, I think we should give each other another chance. It's a new year and we can have a new beginning too! I also know the perfect place for us to go for our Born-Again first time (how does that sound religiously up-tight and a little dirty at the same time?): SF SKETCHFEST!
"What is SF Sketchfest?" you might be asking yourself, your brain not working as well as usual due to the shock that I would take you back after all these weeks.
While being your chance to get me back, SF Sketchfest is also your chance to see some of today's best comedians right here in lovely San Francisco. Since you haven't heard of SF Sketchfest, I've decided out of the goodness of my heart (your parents always liked that about me) to give you my SF Sketchfest preview. In the interest of saving you time (see, I care), I have broken the preview up into three sections: Top Picks, Hidden Gems, and Daily Recommendations. Top Picks will have just that, my top picks for the entire Sketchfest. Hidden Gems are my dark horse picks that might be funny or might totally suck. If you're feeling lucky, spin the wheel of fate with these guys. Lastly, Daily Recommendations will be my top pick for that day. Pretty easy to understand? Good (you always understood me so well).
SF Sketchfest 2011 Preview-ASSSSCAT 1/13 8:00pm
Long form Improv based on a celebrity monologist's true stroies about a topic from the audience.
-Celebrity Autobiography 1/14 8:00pm & 1/15 5:00pm & 8:00pm
Famous funny people reading the Autobiographies of famous not-funny people.
-Whose Live Anyway? 1/29 7:00pm & 9:30pm
The live version of the popular Whose Line Is It Anyway tv show.
-Viva Variety Reunion 1/29 8:00pm & 10:30pm
A reunion of the characters from Comedy Central's variety show Viva Variety. Many will recognize them from the tv shows The State and Reno 911!
Now, I know my Top Picks may look like any night on Comedy Central, but this is a chance to see some of the greats live. Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten, Jeff Davis, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Andrew Daly, Tim Meadows, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and Will Forte just to name a few! Get your butt to one of these shows and you will not be sorry!
Hidden Gems-Porchlight, A Storytelling Series 1/14 8:00pm & 10:30pm
This is a cool local storytelling series I got to see a year or so ago. Local color always help brighten other's stories with personal memories.
-Gentlemen's Club With Bob Odenkirk 1/15 8:00pm
I like to think of Bob Odenkirk as the funniest guy everyone always forgets. Having been on The Ben Stiller Show, The Dennis Miller Show, and Mr. Show, Bob Odenkirk should be known in every comedy loving home in America. Won't you bring Mr Odenkirk into your loving home?
-Rifftrax Presents Night of the Shorts 1/20 9:30pm
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is responsible for a good chunk of the way I do comedy (or at least how I talk over movies). Get a new take on some instructional, PSA, nature, science and safety videos with some of your favorite funny people.
-Citizen Radio 1/22 3:00pm
Covering most of the stories you didn't hear about because they were avoided by the mainstream media, Citizen Radio has become "an important political radio show that balances humor and unreported news". Just ask Noam Chomsky, that's his quote.
Daily RecommendationsDay 1 - January 13th
ASSSSCAT - 8:00pm - Marines' Memorial Theatre
Day 2 - January 14th
Celebrity Autobiography - 8:00pm - Marines' Memorial Theatre
(*Shows also on 1/15*)
Day 3 - January 15th
Invite Them Up - 8:00pm - Cobb's Comedy Club
Day 4 - January 16th
Dave Hill Explosion - 7:00pm - Cobb's Comedy Club
Day 5 - January 17th
Ten Year Reunion Show - 8:00pm - The Eureka Theatre
Day 6 - January 19th
Kasper Hauser Time Machine - 8:00pm - The Eureka Theatre
Day 7 - January 20th
Mike Bribiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend - 8:00pm - The Eureka Theatre
(*Shows also on 1/21 & 1/22*)
Day 8 - January 21st
WTF with Marc Maron - 8:00pm - Cobb's Comedy Club
Day 9 - January 22nd
This Is Not Happening Presents - 8:00pm - The Purple Onion
(*Show also on 1/21)
Day 10 - January 23rd
The Paul F. Tompkins Show - 7:00pm - Yoshi's SF
Day 11 - January 25th
Comedy Noir's Red, White and Wrong/Piano Fight - 8:00pm - The Eureka Theatre
Day 12 - January 26th
Michael Capozzola: "Regurgitated"/Science Comedian Brian Malow - 8:00pm - The Eureka Theatre
Day 13 - January 27th
Will Durst/Killing My Lobster - 8:00pm - The Eureka Theatre
Day 14 - January 28th
The Benson Interruption - 10:30pm - The Eureka Theatre
(*Show also on 1/30)
Day 15 - January 29th
Whose Live Anyway? - 7:00pm & 9:30pm - Marines' Memorial Theatre
Viva Variety Reunion - 8:00pm & 10:30pm - The Eureka Theatre
Day 16 - January 30th
Sklarbro Country Podcast - 2:00pm - Cobb's Comedy Club
Day 17 - January 31st
Airplane! Tribute - 7:00pm - The Castro Theatre
Day 18 - February 1st
SF SKetchfest Comedy Writing Award - 7:00pm - The Castro Theatre
Day 19 - February 2nd
Murphy Brown Tribute - 8:00pm - The Castro Theatre
Day 20 - February 5th
Idol Worship: An Evening with Cloris Leachman - 8:30pm - The Castro Theatre
Well, there you have it, 20 days of comedy right here in our own backyard. 20 days for us to make up for all that lost time. And even if you do break my heart again, at least we will have had a few laughs.