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ROOFTOP (CO)PRESENTS: SF SKETCHFEST 2011

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 drgodcomedy.com.

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 (RiffTrax.com) 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.

Visit www.sfsketchfest.com for more show information.

MaxFunCon 2011: June 10th-12th

Exciting news for fans of “The Sound of Young America” and the “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” podcasts.

Tickets for MaxFunCon 2011 go on sale November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving, on maxfuncon.com!

Video directed by Ben Harrison & hosted by Jordan Morris.

Featuring Jesse Thorn, John Hodgman, Andrew W.K., Jenny Ryan, Dr. Cocktail, Neal Pollack, Kasper Hauser, Elephant Larry, Cocoa, Marc Maron, Jad Abumrad of Radiolab and the kind citizens of MaxFunCon.

Win Tickets to Colin Quinn’s “Long Story Short”

In Long Story Short, Colin Quinn focuses his “articulate brand of comedy” on the demise of empires, including our own. More than standup comedy, Long Story Short is a hilarious blend of incisive observation, sharp commentary, and Colin’s channeling of the personalities of the past. From Socrates to Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world’s most powerful nations. Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us.

Help us caption the Jersey Shore photo on our Facebook wall and you could win two tickets to the show!

Here’s the Fine Print:
-Winner receives voucher good for two tickets
-Voucher can be redeemed for any performance in December
-Deadline for caption submissions: November 26
-Fans can submit 1 caption entry per week (contest runs for 3 weeks)
-Winner determined by Rooftop Comedy staff
-Shows are at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 W. 44th St • New York, NY)
-For more information on the show, please click here
-Contest question? Please contact jono(at)rooftopcomedy.com

Watch an interview with Colin and Jerry Seinfeld below!

Stuckey & Murray Sing the Songs of Stuckey & Murray

We’re proud to announce the release of our first ever musical comedy album by comedy duo – Stuckey and Murray.

After ten years together and two full-length studio albums, the comedy-music duo is bringing a set of brand new original songs to the stage and recording them live for the first time ever.

Stuckey & Murray have over 20 million hits under their belt thanks to the viral music videos that spawned from their albums – Destination: Rock Bottom and Mythical Fornication (producer Dean Baltulonis – The Hold Steady).

The left-handed, NYC based comedy music duo made their network TV debut this summer as semi-finalists on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and they’re frequently played on Sirius’ Raw Dog radio. They’ve also appeared on MTV, VH-1, E!, FUSE and performed their live show at the Montreal Comedy Festival, All Points West, Virgin Music Fest, Edinburgh Fringe Fest and many other cities across America and Europe.

Accompanied by classically trained guest musicians, Stuckey & Murray Sing The Songs of Stuckey & Murray is the first full set of material from the group in front of a live audience that spotlights their expert musicianship and the hilarious camaraderie their fans have grown to love.

In conjunction with the album, Stuckey & Murray’s have released, “Awkard Sex,” their first ever animated music video.

“Stuckey & Murray Sing The Songs of Stuckey & Murray” is out now. You can buy the “Awkward Sex” single or the album in its entirety on iTunes.

ALEX KOLL TO RECORD LIVE ALBUM 8/17


Alex Koll received a really great shout out in this week’s SF Weekly. Read the glowing review below and make sure to check out Alex’s live album recording at the San Francisco Punchline next Tuesday, August 17th at 8pm.

By Paul M. Davis, SF Weekly

If there was a lifetime achievement award for exemplary Internet bullshittery, Alex Koll would be in the running. Since there isn’t, Koll will have to be content with his two-time wins at the San Francisco Regional Air Guitar Championship, which he won as his alter ego, Awesome. He retired the moniker after winning in 2009, though judging from a cryptic online video in which Awesome was reborn from the smoke of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the phantom shredder may rise again. Being crowned the Eddie Van Halen of air guitar isn’t Koll’s only unique skill: He also creates absurdist videos for the Revision3 network’s ROFL video podcast. But it’s Koll’s standup which is most deserving of Internet acronyms denoting laughter.

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AMERICA’S FUNNIEST COLLEGE STUDENT ANNOUNCED

Today marks the close of the 3rd Annual RooftopComedy.com National College Comedy Competition (NCCC) presented by TBS, with the official crowning of Calvin Cole from University of Florida as America’s Funniest College Student. The competition kicked off in January with an on-campus talent search at 32 universities across the country. Comedy Teams then battled their way through a series of live events and online elimination rounds in tournament-style match-ups.
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Laughter Against the Machine

W. Kamau Bell, Hari Kondabolu, and Nato Green, three of the nation’s most fearless and thought-provoking comedians, reunite for the 2nd annual New Year’s Eve edition of Laughter Against The Machine at The Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco, Ca.

LATM is a rare kind of stand-up comedy show filled with biting commentary about politics, culture, and society, which will attack the entire spectrum from the rightest right to the leftest left. If you want a New Year’s Eve full of “WHOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!” and “I’M SOOOOOOOOOO WASTED!” and “AS MUCH AS I PAID TO GET IN HERE I BETTER HAVE A GOOD TIME!” then this is not the show for you. You have plenty of events to choose from. But if you want to witness three comedians diving off the edge of their intelligence and comfort, then check out Laughter Against The Machine. This is an evening of three acclaimed comedians doing what they do best, expressing their opinions in hilariously awesome ways, without the yoke of two drink minimums, or confetti, or “LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO MY SHOES!” Just come. Sit down. Laugh. Go home.

Here’s a recent clip of Kamau doing his thing at Go Bananas Comedy Club in Cincinnati.

For more information, visit www.wkamaubell.com

Ask a Comic – Grant Lyon

Tomorrow…or today, depending on whenever you read this, RooftopComedy’s Nation College Comedy Competition is rolling in to the UC Santa Cruz campus. To kick off this event, RooftopComedy is blogging with Bay Area comic and UCSC Alum, Grant Lyon.

If you enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal, then this is right up your alley, so bust out the Pellegrino.

Sabrina: If you were a sock, what kind of cut (crew, ankle, tube, etc) would you be? Why?
Grant: I would be an ankle sock because they are like the ninja of socks. They hide below the surface waited to pounce on unsuspecting critics. “Why aren’t you wearing socks?” “Haha, surprise, I’m down here!” Ankle socks are like little cotton ninjas that fight foot sweat and bad odor.

The rest with Grant Lyon, after the jump!

W. Kamau Bell @SF Punchline (Nov 25-26)

Escape your family this Turkey Week OR bring them along and come check out Rooftop’s own, W. Kamau Bell as he headlines The Punch Line for TWO NIGHTS on
November 25 and 26.

This is a HUUUUUUUUUUGE deal, because if this goes well, they will give him a full week like a star!

ONLY $12 at door if you say the password FISHBONE

Kamau is half of Rooftop’s Siskel & Negro. The SF Weekly named Kamau 2008 Comedian of The Year and called him, “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho”, although he was more excited that they called him “handsome.”

Also appearing — From Comedy Central Sheng Wang and from The G4 Network, Laura Swisher

Will Franken at Purple Onion

Our friends at SFstandup have alerted me that former San Franciscan comedian Will Franken is returning to The Purple Onion this Saturday! Press release to follow, after the jump.

SFstandup.com presents…