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Four can't-miss acts coming to SF Sketchfest.


Considering that our presidential campaign season basically played out like the sketch comedy routine from hell, it feels oddly appropriate for the 16th annual San Francisco Sketchfest to be coming to town this month (Jan. 12–29). The festival encompasses more than 200 shows at 20 venues across the city, with guests from Bobcat Goldthwait to Bill Nye the Science Guy. Here are the four we’re already chuckling thinking about.

Brain Game: The five members of legendary comedy troupe Kids in the Hall are in town to perform a staged reading of their 1996 film Brain Candy, complete with audio and video cues and accompaniments. Jan. 14, Castro Theatre 

Tip of the Cap to a Legend: Once again, Sketchfest includes a number of tributes, but the biggest will likely be the event honoring Fred Willard, the Christopher Guest movie star and frequent Sketchfest participant. A panel discussion includes a big-name roster of worshippers, among them Guest, Laraine Newman, and Kevin Pollak. Jan. 22, Marines' Memorial Memorial Theatre

The King of King: Another live reading—this one celebrating the 20th anniversary of Mike Judge’s King of the Hill, with virtually the entire voice cast. Jan. 19, Marine's Memorial Theatre

Star-Studded Sing-Along: A benefit for 826 Valencia, Soundtracks Live features a cast of A-listers performing scenes and songs from an as-yet-unveiled classic ’80s movie. With Michael Ian Black, Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter, David Wain, and others. Jan. 14, Marines' Memorial Theatre

Originally published in the January issue of
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