10 things we learned at SF Sketchfest that should definitely be on your radar
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t list Megan Mullally as one of their heroes.
I mean, we all looked up to Karen Walker as our life coach, right? Maybe that was just me, but Mullally has reinvented her funny even further, starting a band, Nancy and Beth, with fellow actress Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication and How To Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life). Along with their equally hilarious opener, The Lampshades (KATE FLANNERY aka Meredith from THE OFFICE and SCOT ROBINSON from ANCHORMAN), Nancy and Beth proved to be the one thing at the fest that I wish I’d have known about sooner! Check out their music video for “Pussy and Weed,” a song written by Nick Offerman with cameos by Allison Brie of Community as well as hist Parks and Recreation co-stars Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. Seriously? Seriously.
Find them at @NancyAndBeth
Lady to Lady really is about 4 ladies
Comedians Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey and Tess Barker welcome a fourth funny lady to the table each week to bring you Lady to Lady, a gut-busting romp through current events and pop culture, along with a healthy dose of embarrassingly hilarious personal revelations. On the SF edition? Karen Kilgariff, which if you know anything about anything, is one of the best at comedic songwriting. She was also the head writer for both The Ellen DeGeneres Show AND The Rosie Show. Check out the show, now posted on Maximumfun.org.
Find them @Lady2LadyComedy and @KarenKilgariff
I could be the only one still upset by HBO’s decision to ax Enlightened after only two seasons, but I’m willing to bet I’m not.
And while it’s not a third season, SFSF did bring the cast back together at Marines’ Memorial Theatre on the second Sunday of the fest. I mean, what Superbowl? Moderated by Andy Richter, co-creators and stars Laura Dern (“Amy”) and Mike White (“Tyler”), actors Timm Sharp (“Dougie”), Molly Shannon (“Eileen”), Sarah Burns (“Krista”) and producer David Bernad teased with what a third season might have looked like and allowed fans a glimpse in the deeply tender thought process behind the creation of the characters. If only I was able to get this much insight into all of my shows.
Find them @EnlightenedHBO
The term “Ladystache” is one of the best terms ever.
While I wasn’t able to see Allison Hogg and Steph Tolev of Ladystache perform, their name was enough to inspire me to embark on an evening of late-night video watching and what I found was a wealth of hilariously witty shorts that even SNL could take some tips from. Seems these ladies are comedic gem coming to us from Toronto, with the sketch comedy chops, accolades and experience to make you wonder where the capitol of comedy really is.
Find them @Lady_Stache @AllisonHogg @StephTolev
And what was most exciting about my trip?
Well I’ll tell you. Not only did I happen upon a week of pure, unadulterated comedy at a time when all I wanted to do was lay on a pile of my used tissues in a Parenthood induced sob-coma (BREAKUPS ARE HARD, OK), but I also found myself at a fest that recognized that The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars was more than half women. MORE THAN HALF. Sure, maybe the old ‘are they or aren’t they’ debate is a tired, but it still tickles me when I see so many funny women getting the attention they very much deserve and I will never get tired of seeing women doing what they do best.
SF Sketchfest just completed its 13th year this weekend. For updates on next year’s festival keep connected to www.sfsketchfest.com.