SF Sketchfest 2021 postponed, virtual series planned

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Dana Gould performs at SF Sketchfest at the Speakeasy in San Francisco on Jan. 18, 2019. Jon Bauer/STAFF.

Producers of SF Sketchfest, the annual San Francisco comedy festival, have postponed the 2021 iteration of the event, which would have been the 20th annual event and typically tales place at the start of each year.

“This past January we feel fortunate that we were able to present our 19th annual festival before the COVID-19 pandemic hit,” founders and co-producers Cole Stratton, David Owen and Janet Varney said in a prepared statement. “If this were a normal year, we would currently be in the process of booking and planning our big 20th annual festival for January 2021. But because of so many unknown factors, it may be a while before we can all go back to safely attending live events. And so we have had to accept that right now. We don’t see a path forward for presenting a live, in-person festival in January, but we WILL be back!”

In the interim, festival producers are planning a series of special virtual events and live streams, beginning with “Plan 9 From Outer Space” live virtual event on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. PST.



Comedian, TV writer and Ed Wood superfan Dana Gould (“The Simpsons,” “Stan Against Evil”) will adapt the screenplay of Wood’s classic film “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” incorporating miniature visual effects, comedians Maria Bamford, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Koechner, Jonah Ray, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, Baron Vaughn and more, with musical accompaniment by Eban Schletter.

The 1959 science-fiction film follows aliens who plan to reanimate earth’s dead in order to stop the building of a doomsday weapon. Tickets are $10 and on sale now at the SF Sketchfest website.

More performances will be announced later.

SF Sketchfest is still also streaming its Live From The Archives video collection of more than 20 shows—now for $2.99 each.

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