SF Sketchfest 2024 lineup (Monty Python’s Eric Idle, The State, Kids in the Hall, tons more)

Multi-venue CA comedy festival SF Sketchfest will return on January 18-February 4, and they’ve announced another insanely stacked lineup for its 2024 edition. Leading it is Monty Python member Eric Idle, who will be joined by Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) for his first North American show in 7 years. According to the press release, the one-night-only performance will include “music, conversation, and scene — including the world premiere of a never-before-seen Monty Python sketch.”

A tribute to Kyle MacLachlan featuring Twin Peaks‘ the Giant/Fireman actor Carel Struycken will focus on the series’ music, with The Red Room Orchestra performing music from the soundtrack, and from MacLachlan’s other projects, and also feature “surreal interactions and conversation” with MacLachlan. In separate events, The Red Room Orchestra will also play the Harold and Maude soundtrack with Margaret Cho and Petra Haden, and The Lost Boys soundtrack with Tim Cappello.

Other tributes include an afternoon with “The Amber Ruffian Show” host Amber Ruffian (who will speak with Zainab Johnson), and a night celebrating “Derek and Simon” featuring Derek Waters, Simon Helberg, Bob Odenkirk, Naomi Odenkirk, Jake Johnson, and Eric Edelstein.

The lineup of comedy and music also features The Kids in the Hall, recently reunited ’90s comedy troupe The State, Michael Shannon and Jason Narducy (covering R.E.M.’s Murmur), Pylon Reenactment Society, Adam Pally, Whitmer Thomas, Open Mike Eagle and Video Dave, the Middle Aged Dad Jam Band with Ken Marino and David Wain, Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Joel Kim Booster, David Cross, Jo Firestone, Solomon Georgio, Jon Glaser, Judge John Hodgman, Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, Paul F. Tompkins, Jenny Yang, Dave Hill, and still more.

New podcasts appearing at the festival include Paul Giamatti‘s Chinwag with Stephen Asma, Team Coco podcast Scam Goddess with Laci Mosley; How Long Gone; The Pen Pals Podcast with Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk, MESS with Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin; Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s Let’s Make a Poop with guest “Weird Al” Yankovic, and even more.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Sunday, November 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. See the lineup in full below.


Special Events & Tributes
Eric Idle but Jeff B. Davis
The Kids in the Hall: Unplugged
The Kids in the Hall: Scenes They Wouldn’t Let Us Do
An Afternoon with Amber Ruffin: An SF Sketchfest Tribute
The State: Hits and Misses
The Red Room Orchestra play Twin Peaks & more with very special Tribute guest Kyle MacLachlan, plus special guest Carel Struycken
freestyle+ with special guest Bill Irwin
Derek and Simon (and Bob): An SF Sketchfest Tribute Celebration, with Derek Waters, Simon Helberg, Bob Odenkirk, Naomi Odenkirk, Jake Johnson, and Eric Edelstein
Paul Giamatti’s CHINWAG with Stephen Asma
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s Let’s Make a Poop! with “Weird Al” Yankovic & more

Sketch & Improv Comedy
Beverly Live! with Jamie Denbo
The Big Team
The Black Version
BriTANick, with Business Casual
Dinosaur Improv with Owen Burke, Chad Carter, Lisa Gilroy, Mary Holland, Phil Jackson, Jason Mantzoukas, Seth Morris, Paul Scheer, and Carl Tart
Drunk Theatre
GEORGE-prov with Connor Ratliff
Gethard & Sagher
Girl God, with Uncle Function
The Groundlings: Cookin’ with GAS
The Groundlings: Personals
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Killing My Lobster
SponTourCo with Paul F. Tompkins
SuperMarried with John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo
Theme Park Improv with Ian Brennan, Rachel Dratch, Simon Helberg, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Oscar Nunez, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney
Time to Kill: A Sketch Comedy Show

Variety & Game Shows
Asian AF
Ask a Magician with Robert Strong
Battle of the Wizards: Magicians vs. Mentalists, with Robert Strong
The Bay Area Pun-Off
Black Men Can’t Jump present Minority Rules, with Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan
Brew HaHa: The Comedy Drinking Game Show, with Matt Braunger, Ali Macofsky & more
A Close Shave with Heaven: A Super Serious Night of Poetry & Comedy with Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Kurt Braunohler, and Eugene Mirman
Comedian Feud with Jacquis Neal and guests Tim Baltz, Eugene Cordero, Pallavi Gunalan, Lauren Lapkus, Tawny Newsome, Blair Socci, Paul F. Tompkins, Sasheer Zamata & more
David Wain’s World of Wonder: a night of magic, comedy, music and other delights, with Michaela Watkins & more
Filipino AF
Jeopargay! with Spike Einbinder and Honey Pluton
Knees Up with Chris Turner
Maniac Bowl with Jesse Fernandez and Arthur Gaus
Okay, Who Did It? with Jo Firestone
Self Help Me with Jenny Yang: A Competitive Self-Care Comedy Show
South Asian AF
Tinder Live with Lane Moore and guest David Cross
The Trav-enture Zone: A Night of Dungeons & Dragons & also Comedians hosted by DM Travis McElroy
Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkins

Podcasts & Talk Shows
Avatar: Braving The Elements
The Bechdel Cast with Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus
The Bitchuation Room with Francesca Fiorentini and Nato Green
The Chonga Girls
Doug Loves Movies
Exploration: LIVE! with Charles Bardey and Natalie Rotter-Laitman
The Flop House: A Podcast About Bad Movies
The George Lucas Talk Show
The Greatest Generation: The Share Your Embarrassment Tour with Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica
Hello From the Magic Tavern
Hey Riddle Riddle
How Long Gone
I Love My Kid, But… with Kurt Braunohler, Megan Gailey, and Chris Garcia
Judge John Hodgman, with Jesse Thorn
MESS with Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin
Moshe Kasher’s Subculture Vulture: An Evening in Six Scenes
The Neighborhood Listen with Paul F. Tompkins, Nicole Parker, Brett Morris & more
Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo
Office Hours East with New York Jonathan, Slice, Football, & Producer Tory (Jon Glaser, Jo Firestone, Tami Sagher, and Tory Harris)
The Pen Pals Podcast with Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk
The Psychologists Are In with Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson
Scam Goddess with Laci Mosley
Stuff You Should Know
Talking Simpsons
Too Far with Rachel Kaly and Robby Hoffman
Will You Accept This Rose with Arden Myrin, Erin Foley, Brayden Bowers & more
Yo, Is This Racist? with Tawny Newsome and Andrew Ti
You Are Good with Sarah Marshall, Alex Steed & more
You’re Wrong About with Sarah Marshall, Carolyn Kendrick & more

Music & Comedy
Adam Pally: An Intimate Evening of Music and Comedy
Dave Hill: Caveman in a Spaceship
Epic: Every Place I Cry with Ross Bryant, Nick Mandernach, Jess McKenna, and Zach Reino
Epic Rap Battles of History with EpicLLOYD and Nice Peter / Kyle Gordon
Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm and “Friends”
Michael Shannon & Jason Narducy and Friends play R.E.M.’s ‘Murmur’
Michael Shannon & Jason Narducy and Friends play R.E.M.’s ‘Reckoning’
Middle Aged Dad Jam Band with Ken Marino and David Wain
Music Night with Kyle Gordon, DJ Real, Chaki The Funk Wizard, Jen Liv, Naomi Rubin, and Matt Shore, hosted by Eric Rubin
Off Book: The Improvised Musical with Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino
Open Mike Eagle with Video Dave
Pylon Reenactment Society / Kelley Stoltz
The Red Room Orchestra plays the “Harold and Maude” soundtrack with special guests Margaret Cho, Petra Haden, Janet Varney & more
The Red Room Orchestra plays “The Lost Boys” soundtrack with special guest Tim Cappello
Stupid Songs and Stories with Kevin McDonald
An Evening with Whitmer Thomas

Film & Television
The Benson Movie Interruption: “Fast X”
Dub-a-Dub-Dub with Justin Michael
Found Footage Festival Volume 10: Popcorn Classics
“Futurama” 25th Anniversary Spectacular with David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, and Billy West
Outtake-o-rama: Infamous Celebrity Outtakes with David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, and Billy West
“The Wrong Guy” Screening + Reunion with Dave Foley, Jennifer Tilly, David Anthony Higgins, Jay Kogen, and Kevin McDonald

Theater & Storytelling
Celebrity Autobiography with Pamela Adlon, Tony Hale, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dulcé Sloan, Jennifer Tilly & more
Demi Adejuyigbe Is Going To Do One (1) Backflip
Edinburgh Spotlight: The Baron and the Junk Dealer
Edinburgh Spotlight: Chris Turner: Vegas, Baby!
Edinburgh Spotlight: Emily Wilson: Fixed
Edinburgh Spotlight: Sophie Santos…is Codependent / A Terrible Show for Terrible People
Ever Mainard: OTTIS
Exorcistic: The Unauthorized Rock Musical Parody of The Exorcist, with special guest Kirsten Vangsness
Fake TED Talks, with Matt Braunger, Guy Branum, Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, Adam Savage, Amy Schneider & more
The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody
Porchlight: A Storytelling Series, with Cristela Alonzo, Chris Garcia, Bob Odenkirk & more, with music by Marc Capelle, and hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte
The Real Housewives: The Unauthorized Musical Parody
RISK! with Kevin Allison
Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole in KING
So Say We All: VAMP Nonfiction Showcase
Solo Spotlight: Brittany Carney: Kingdom Phylum Ass / Rachel Kaly’s Hospital Hour
Solo Spotlight: Chris Smith: Acting in a Time Such as This / Dandy: Man of the Year
Solo Spotlight: Teeny Tiny with Joey Greer
Stop Joking for 100 Years and Other Requests From My Kid (Stories of Parenting and Childhood), with Eugene Mirman, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Gethard, Amber Tamblyn, and host Ophira Eisenberg
Sydnee Washington: How To Start A Fire

Stand-Up Comedy
Aaron Chen
Bad Indian: A Native American Comedy Show with Joshua Emerson
Blabbermouth with Phil Griffiths and Red Scott
Celebrity Drop-In with Anna Roisman and Ben Fisher
Comedians with Disabilities Act with Michael Beers, Steve Danner, Nina G, Loren Kraut, Hayden Kristal, and Jade Theriault, hosted by Mean Dave
Comedy Rodeo with Hayden Kristal
Cornpops and Space Lasers — Political Standup with Francesca Fiorenti and Nato Green
David Cross & Friends
D.J. Demers / Ali Macofsky (co-headline)
Donde Esta Mi Comedy? with Baruch Porras-Hernandez
Dulcé Sloan
Embarrassed By Night Celebrates Lunar New Year with Fred Le and Andrew Van
Everything’s Great! with Nick Kocher, Demi Adjuyigbe, and Addie Weyrich
Facial Recognition Comedy with Zahra Ali, Fizaa Dosani and Pallavi Gunalan
Fun Voices with Ron Funches and Blair Socci
The Gateway Show with Billy Anderson
Hilarious Habibis with Gena B. Jones and Lynn Maleh
Hot Sets with Veronica Kwiatkowski and Sam Clark
An Hour with Josh Johnson
Interruption Show with Dalia Malek
Jena Friedman: Not Funny
Joel Kim Booster & Friends
Jolli-Baes with Andrew Orolfo
Jon Glaser’s Soothing Meditations for the Solitary Dog
Killer Lineup: Cristela Alonzo, Chris Gethard, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Josh Johnson, Aaron Chen, and host Paco Romane
Marc Maron: All In
Maria Bamford
Marie Faustin in YUCK: An Hour of Good Jokes and Bad Dates
Matt Braunger
Mirthquake with Jesse Hett, Andrew Holmgren and Ben Kolina
Nori Reed
PGF Records Presents: Clare O’Kane Album Recording, with an opening set by Eugene Mirman
Raining Comedy: A Pacific Northwest Showcase
Red, White and Blue-Pilled starring Jon Daly as Johnny Doily
Resistance Is Fertile with Brooke Heinichen and Luisa Isbell
Robby Hoffman
Safe Words with Wonder Dave
The Setup with Abhay Nadkarni and Richard Sarvate
The SF Sketchfest Dozen:
Ify Nwadiwe & Paige Weldon
Greg Barris & Mike Drucker
Clare O’Kane & Mo Welch
Mohanad Elshieky & Joyelle Nicole Johnson
Liz Miele & Jes Tom
Emma Arnold & Katrina Davis
Solomon Georgio / Sydnee Washington (co-headline)
Todd Barry: Half Joking Tour
Zainab Johnson

Kids Shows
GLOP meets GLOG: Glorious Ladies of Puppetry & Glorious Ladies of the Groundlings
Mo Willems & The Storytime All-Stars Live, with W. Kamau Bell, Dulcé Sloan, “Weird Al” Yankovic & more

Workshops & Interactive Events
Character Workshop with Brian Palermo
RISK! presents What’s Your Story? with Kevin Allison