Courting Sketchfest: The Meltdown. 

On January 30, 2010 Cobb’s Comedy Club will be hosting a showcase entitled: The Meltdown. The main features of this showcases are comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani who curate the show in the back of a Los Angeles comic book store. Recently on Jonah’s podcast, the Nerdist (also featuring Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira), the Meltdown was recorded with performances by Kumail, Jonah, Chris, Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, Chris Fairbanks and others. Most of these performers will not be at the 1/30 Cobb’s show but will be featured in Sketchfest in other capacities. None the less, the Meltdown made for a good podcast and is one of the more anticipated shows at this year’s Sketchfest. The line up for Sketchfest includes Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Thomas Lennon and more. The Nerdist will also be recording/performing a show at Sketchfest on 1/28, also at Cobb’s. Check it out. 

Courting Sketchfest: Killing My Lobster Live @ Sketchfest 2010: The Clone.

[Killing My Lobster is a jovial band of bay area sketch performers. They performed at Sketchfest last year… AND they’re performing this year as well. January 27th/8 PM/Eureka Theater with Bay Area legendary Satirist, Will Durst.]

Courting Sketchfest ‘11.
SOLD OUT: Paul F. Tompkins Show 1/23/2010 @ Yoshi’s.
(Paul, last in San Francisco in October for a Tompkins 300 appearance, continues to be a hot, sold out ticket. He also has a power of Neil Patrick Harris but still, PFT might have to look into larger venues soon.)

Courting Sketchfest ‘11.

SOLD OUT: Paul F. Tompkins Show 1/23/2010 @ Yoshi’s.

(Paul, last in San Francisco in October for a Tompkins 300 appearance, continues to be a hot, sold out ticket. He also has a power of Neil Patrick Harris but still, PFT might have to look into larger venues soon.)

Courting Sketchfest ‘11: Upright Citizens Brigade ASSSSKAT Improv

The Upright Citizens Brigade are not trivial. They are not your run of the mill sketch, improv group. They’re the face of nothing short of a comedy revolution. 

Explanation: Group of four performers with a show on MTV in the mid-90s evolved into movies, theaters, tours, and an identity for an generation of comedy lovers. Most impressively they’ve help house some of the most important, new, brilliant minds in the comedy-sphere. There are too numerous from the UCB framework to mention without fatal omission. 

On January 13th, three-fourths of the original group will be opening Sketchfest with their trademark improv show: ASSSSCAT. The premise of ASSSSCAT is a random word, guest monologist tells a story about that word, an improvised scene of those story elements, a related story by the monologist, another scene. From this format and the strength of the performers, a bright-eyed comedy baby is formed and it is adorable. And the best part about this baby is that you don’t have to worry about it when the show is over. It just dissipates into far obscure memories of scattered lines difficult to relate to those outside the walls of the environment. 

Alongside the UCB are Andrew Daly, Tim Meadows and Danielle Schneider. Andrew Daly is an extremely talented character actor. He released an album a couple of years ago: 9 tracks, 9 characters, all great. Tim Meadows is also an actor, a star of Saturday Night Live and the Ladies’ Man film (which continues to be a favorite of my father). Danielle Schneider is (get this), an actress who is racking up recognition with creative partner Dannah Phirman. Some cool videos from all involved with this inaugural performance are below. Tickets are $35 and the show will be at the Marines’ Memorial Theater at 8 PM. 

Classic Upright Citizens Brigade

Tim Meadows and Andrew Daly in Semi Pro.

Be a Celebutante: Ep. 1: Be a MoneymakerUCBcomedy.com Watch more comedy videos from the twisted minds of the UCB Theatre at UCBcomedy.com

Dannah and Danielle as Celebutantes.

With line-ups announced today, Courting Comedy presents a new segment: Courting Sketchfest ‘11. An in-depth look at the comings and going of San Francisco’s biggest comedy festival. 

With line-ups announced today, Courting Comedy presents a new segment: Courting Sketchfest ‘11. An in-depth look at the comings and going of San Francisco’s biggest comedy festival.