San Francisco Sketchfest, one of the country's largest comedy festivals, kicks off next month, and the lineup was just announced yesterday. The festival includes over 200 sketch, improv, and standup performances, with highlights including special tributes to Alan Arkin, Tenacious D, and Key & Peele; reunion screenings of Napoleon Dynamite, Cabin Boy, and Super Troopers; shows from UCB and Groundlings; The Chris Gethard Show; sketch groups The Birthday Boys and BriTANick; a ton of live podcasts; Maya Rudolph's Prince cover band Princess; a performance from Stella; and a reunion of the band Slipnutz (Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser, and Brian Stack), from Conan.
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THR has a new oral history of The Groundlings Theater, the LA-based comedy institution where Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and also people not on SNL, like Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, and Jim Rash, honed their chops before breaking into movies and TV. The piece contains the story of Reubens creating his character Pee-Wee Herman for a Groundlings workshop, a big fight between the creative heads of the theater, and a story about Lorne Michaels responding to a Groundling asking him how it feels to have Phil Hartman on SNL with, "I don't even have to go into work."
Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he called his standup set short and left the stage after dealing with an unruly crowd in Hartford, Connecticut, and here's an audio-only clip of Chappelle explaining what happened to an audience in Chicago Saturday night during a recent stop on Funny or Die's Oddball Fest tour, which he's headlining. The tour has been going smoothly since the Hartford incident. Here's what he had to say on the matter in Chicago:
Listen, I know you guys read in the paper that I took a nasty spill the other night, but I swear to God it wasn't my fault and I [...]
Eugene Mirman's comedy festival, aptly titled Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's full of great comedians as usual. The Brooklyn- based festival is set to include comedians like Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, and Leo Allen, along with the return of long-running show Invite Them Up and the New York return of Hot Tub, which Schaal and Braunohler brought to LA last year. In addition to that, there are delightfully titled shows like "Comics We Hope Don't Move to LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)" and "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in [...]
Austin music and comedy festival Fun Fun Fun Fest just announced this year's lineup. Jack Black and Kyle Gass's band Tenacious D are headlining, along with Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Rob Delaney, and a live version of The Eric Andre Show. These comedians join previously-announced acts like Doug Benson, Jenny Slate, Kyle Kinane, Hari Kondabolu, Kyle Dunnigan, and Jonah Ray, making for a greatly expanded comedy portion of the festival this year. Tickets are available now via Fun Fun Fun Fest's website for the event, which runs November 8th-10th.