5 Must-See Events at SF Sketchfest 2014

| January 23, 2014
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SF Sketchfest is back! Last year, we learned a lot at the Party Down reunion and the Nerdist podcast and almost bruised ribs from laughing so hard at the epic closing weekend. And, judging from this year’s line-up, we’re in for even more life lessons and laugh-induced injuries. Here are the top five must-see events:

1. Maya Rudolph’s Prince Cover Band, Princess

I would die 4 a chance 2 see Maya Rudolph and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lieberum’s Prince cover band, Princess. Thankfully, it’s not as serious as life and death, as they will be playing the Mezzanine on February 9. We already know Maya has a great set of pipes from that National Anthem SNL sketch and that Prince is the best songwriter ever, so what are you waiting for? Buy those tickets so we can party like it’s 1999 (before you had all these pesky adult responsibilities).

2. Jenny Slate and Friends / Big Terrific

If you don’t know Jenny Slate by name, you know her as the new SNL castmember that dropped an F bomb during her first show or, more importantly, as the mastermind and voice behind Marcel the Shell (guess why I smile a lot…cause it’s worth it)! Last year, she had to cancel her SF Sketchfest gig at the last minute so this year she is pulling double duty to make up for it with a show with some friends on January 24 and as part of Big Terrific on January 25, both at Cobb’s.

3. A Salute to Bored to Death

Maybe you aren’t familiar with HBO’s “Noir-otic” comedy series, Bored to Death, but no matter. All you really need to know is that Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis, and Jason Schwartzman will be in the same room. You should join them on February 1 at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre.

4. Becoming Enlightened

We’ve celebrated the triumph and mourned the loss of the brilliant short-lived Enlightened on this blog, and now we all have the chance to do a bit of both with the cast and creators of the cult HBO comedy. Laura Dern will be there (someone please ask her to cry), along with Mike White, Luke Wilson, and Andy Richter on February 2 at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre. Show them your love!

5. Tribute to Key and Peele

If you read this blog regularly, you know we love Key and Peele. And you should too. The comedy duo will be talking about their Comedy Central sketch series (which was picked up for a 4th season!) and more on January 25 at Cobb’s.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a Girls vs. Golden Girls debate, a live-reading of Real Housewives episodes, a 30th anniversary party for Revenge of the Nerds, and a Footloose sing and dance-along. Check out the full list of offerings!

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Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.

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