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In addition to the three Purple Onion shows Rooftop will be presenting at this year’s Sketchest, we’re also very proud to be co-presenting a ton of other amazing shows. Here they are:

Dr. God Improv with Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini
Friday, January 15, at The Eureka Theater
8pm (with The Midnight Show) Click here for tickets.
10:30pm (with Teenager of the Year) Click here for tickets.

Dr. God is a nationally recognized comedy team specializing in long form improvisation. The group is comprised of Sean Cowhig, Neil Garguilo, Brendan McLoughlin, Brian O’Connell, Dave Park and Justin Ware. Individually or as a group, they have appeared on or created comedy content for Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Fox Atomic, Fox, Imagine Television, Warner Brothers, The Reelz Channel, National Lampoon, TV Guide Network, IFC, AMC, MTV, CNN and many others. They are regular performers at iO West in Hollywood with mainstage shows on alternate Saturdays at 10 p.m. More information on the group can be found at

About their improv form: DR. GOD REVIVAL is a long-form improvisational format that showcases not only the talents of the Dr. God troupe, but also the host who kicks off the comedy. Based on a suggestion from the audience, the host delivers monologues over the course of the show that serve as inspiration for a series of hilarious, interconnected scenes. Though previous Revivals in Los Angeles have included such superlative Guest Evangelists as Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), Guillermo Diaz (Weeds), and Julie Powell (of Julie and Julia), the most-requested and lauded host has been Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo) who has appeared with Dr. God at the LA Improv Festival as well as in DR. GOD’S HALLOWEEN EVE and DR. GOD’S CHRISTMAS SHVITZ. Dr. God is pleased to appear with Matt again in San Francisco at SF Sketchfest.

Celebrity Autobiography
With Laraine Newman (Friday only), Will Forte, Rachael Harris, Joe Pantoliano, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Silverman, Laura Kightlinger, and more

Friday, January 14, 8pm Click here for tickets.
Saturday, January 15, 5pm Click here for tickets.

Celebrity Autobiography is a smash hit comedy sensation. The hilarious evening where celebrity tell-alls are acted out live on stage began a decade ago in Los Angeles, and as the show’s profile grew and celebrities started attending and participating, the show blew up into a must-see event that resulted in a critically acclaimed Bravo TV special. In 2007, the show opened in New York to rave reviews and sold out houses and won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

For the show’s third visit to SF Sketchfest, co- creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel are joined by Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show), Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Rachael Harris (The Hangover), Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) [Saturday shows only], Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy) and more to be announced soon.

The Dave Hill Explosion
with Moby, Martha Plimpton and Thao Nguyen

Sunday, January 16, at Cobb’s Comedy Club
7pm Click here for tickets.

Dave Hill returns to SF Sketchfest in what critics are already calling the most incredible thing that has ever happened in North America and what he is calling the Dave Hill Explosion. As they say in proctology circles, brace yourself as Dave talks, reads, sings, dances, shows a short film or two, and just sort of touches hearts in general. Special guests include multi-Grammy winning musician Moby, acclaimed actress Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope, The Goonies) and singer, guitarist and songwriter Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour
With Alison Brie, John DiMaggio, John Ennis, Colin Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris, Samm Levine, Donal Logue, Busy Philips, Danny Pudi, Paul F. Tompkins, James Urbaniank and more

Saturday, January 22, at Marines’ Memorial Theatre
7pm Click here for tickets.
9:30pm Click here for tickets.

Acker & Blacker’s The Thrilling Adventure and Supernatural Suspense Hour is a staged comedy production in the style of an old-time radio show that proves radio is still the king of all media!

The cast includes Alison Brie (Mad Men), John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama), John Ennis (Mr. Show), Colin Hanks (The Good Guys), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) [9:30pm show only], Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks), Donal Logue (Terriers), Busy Philips (Cougar Town), Danny Pudi (Community) [7pm show only], Paul F. Tompkins (Best Week Ever), James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers) and more.

Theme Park Improv
With Simon Helberg, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Danny Pudi, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney

Saturday, January 22, 10:30pm at The Eureka Theatre (with Convoy) Click here for tickets.
Sunday, January 23, 4pm at The Eureka Theatre (with The Riot Act) Click here for tickets.

The Theme Park Improv Show’s improvisers take a single suggestion of a theme from the audience, and wing an entire set of fast-paced long-form scenes and characters. After two sold-out years, they return to SF Sketchfest with a spectacular new lineup: Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory), Michael Hitchcock (Best in Show), Jessica Makinson (Halfway Home), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Danny Pudi (Community), Cole Stratton ( and Janet Varney (Dinner and a Movie).

The SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award:
James L. Brooks in conversation
with a screening of Spanglish

Tuesday, February 1 at The Castro Theatre
7pm Click here for tickets.

SF Sketchfest is thrilled to present its third annual Comedy Writing Award to James L. Brooks. Brooks is a three-time Academy Award-winner and nineteen-time Emmy Award-winner. He began his television career as a writer who then later produced such television hits as Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Lou Grant, Room 222, The Tracy Ullman Show and The Simpsons. Brooks began working in film in 1979 when he wrote and co-produced Starting Over. He wrote, produced and directed Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News, directed I’ll Do Anything, co-wrote, produced and directed As Good As It Gets, and wrote and directed Spanglish and How Do You Know. He co-wrote and produced The Simpsons Movie and has produced or executive-produced such films as Say Anything, War of the Roses, Big, Bottle Rocket, Jerry Maguire and Riding in Cars with Boys.

James L. Brooks will sit down for an in-depth conversation about his remarkable work and introduce his 2004 film Spanglish, which features fellow 2011 SF Sketchfest honoree Cloris Leachman in a hilarious supporting role. Spanglish is about a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have afforded his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new housekeeper who has recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico, and is trying to find a better life for her remarkable daughter who is rapidly embracing the American way of life. Starring Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega and Cloris Leachman, written and directed by James L. Brooks.
Past recipients of the SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award include Robert Smigel and John Hodgman.

Murphy Brown Tribute
to Candice Bergen and Diane English

Wednesday, February 2 at The Castro Theatre
8pm Click here for tickets.

In this special tribute to Murphy Brown, SF Sketchfest welcomes award-winning creator, writer and producer Diane English and “Murphy Brown” herself, acclaimed actress Candice Bergen to the Castro Theatre stage for a look back at the remarkable ten year run of the groundbreaking CBS series. Murphy Brown received sixty-two Emmy nominations, eighteen Emmy Awards (including two for Best Comedy Series), a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, and the George Foster Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement. Diane English recently received the prestigious Crystal Award from Women in Film for writing, producing and directing The Women, an adaptation of the iconic play and film. Candice Bergen is “a beautiful actress who projects intelligence, humor, vulnerability and self-reliance – all more or less simultaneously,” wrote critic Vincent Canby in the New York Times. She has received multiple awards and extraordinary critical acclaim for performances in film and television including Getting Straight, Carnal Knowledge, Starting Over, Boston Legal and many more. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these two great artists discuss their collaborative process.

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