After going virtual last year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, SF Sketchfest plans to return to venues across San Francisco next year to belatedly celebrate its 20th year of keeping the city in stitches, organizers announced Friday, Nov. 19.
The initial lineup for the 2022 comedy festival running Jan. 7-23, is loaded with all-star tributes to hilarious icons, including Cheech & Chong, original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Laraine Newman, and “In Living Color” star David Alan Grier.
The distinctive multi-week festival, which was founded in 2001, is expected to also feature a roast of “Evil Dead” actor Bruce Campbell with roast master Dana Gould and guests Jeffrey Combs; Sharon Gless; Kane Hodder; Jennifer Tilly; and Cassandra Peterson, who is better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
SF Sketchfest will celebrate the 35th anniversary of “Perfect Strangers,” the sitcom starring Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Comedy Central series “Viva Variety.” “Let’s Make a Poop! With Triumph the Insult Comic Dog” plans to feature celebrity panelists, including musician “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Other familiar names appearing at a variety of events include David Cross, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofalo, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, Reggie Watts, among many others.
There will be live podcast recordings, game shows, storytelling and theater events, art exhibits, plus the return of the annual spotlight programs on headlining and up-and-coming comedians.
Tickets for SF Sketchfest 2022 go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. For prices and a full lineup of events