SF Sketchfest announces Festpocalypse!, star-studded livestream fundraiser

SF Sketchfest, Festpocalypse!

SF Sketchfest announces Festpocalypse!

SF Sketchfest on Thursday announced Festpocalypse!, a virtual fundraiser for the annual wintertime event.

Festpocalypse! will include cast reunions of “The Kids in the Hall” and “The State” as well as David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, a gathering of “Saturday Night Liv” alumni, actors like Alan Arkin, Paget Brewster, Chris Elliott, Elliott Gould, Christopher Guest and Jon Hamm; and comics like Eddie Izzard, Noel Fielding and Margaret Cho.

The virtual show will include all-new performances rather than archived material. It will celebrate 20 years of SF Sketchfest and fundraiser for the future. The 2021 iteration of the festival, which would have been held in February, was postponed. The stream will air Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. PT and include  sketch comedy, improv, game shows, ridiculous debates, musical performances, conversations and surprise guests.

Tickets start at $20 with tiered ticket options offering a virtual VIP afterparty with some of the performers along with exclusive merch. Ticket buyers can watch a replay of the event through noon on Feb. 1.

The lineup of performers also includes: The Upright Citizens Brigade, Parv & Pudi with Parvesh Cheena and Danny Pudi; “SNL” alumni Fred Armisen, Dana Carvey, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Tim Meadows, Laraine Newman, Sasheer Zamata and original writer Alan Zweibel; sketch troupes Kasper Hauser, The Latino Comedy Project, White Women and Australia’s Aunty Donna; and Peaches Christ.

Film and TV personalities include John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Bill Irwin, Jane Lynch, Oscar Nuñez, Andrea Savage, Aisha Tyler and The Tenderloins, creators of “Impractical Jokers.”

The long list of stand-up comics and writers includes Jo Firestone, Ron Funches, Chris Gethard, Dave Hill, Joel Kim Booster, Bobcat Goldthwait, Emily V. Gordon, Dana Gould, Eugene Mirman, Arden Myrin, Aparna Nancherla, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollak, Greg Proops, Jonah Ray, Paul F. Tompkins and Reggie Watts.

Also making appearances: RiffTrax featuring “Mystery Science Theater 3000” alumni, fake Uptown Showdown debates, a visit with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Weird Al Yankovic, a game show hosted by Jimmy Pardo, movie games hosted by Doug Benson, swift justice from Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn, The Slipnutz members Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser and Brian Stack; improv by Groundlings alumni The Black Version, the Improvised Shakespeare Company and festival regulars Theme Park. Musical performances include Bill Frisell, Jean Grae, Rhett Miller, The Milk Carton Kids, Eliza Skinner, EpicLLOYD, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm and John Roderick.

Tickets are now available at the SF Sketchfest website.

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