Every January since its founding in 2002, SF Sketchfest has become a staple in the comedy community. Every year, it’s the perfect opportunity to flock to San Francisco and see performances, conversations and podcasts by some of the biggest names in comedy. But it’s always had this special “in the room” appeal to it. If you weren’t there, you basically missed out.
However, SF Sketchfest is now making an exception to that rule. Starting tomorrow, they will begin to open up their archives and bring you full performances and panel. Starting at $5, you’ll be able to rent this archival footage for 48 hours. The proceeds go towards helping keep SF Sketchfest operating, as well as local San Francisco charities.
Every Tuesday, there is to be a new release. Week one has a Best In Show Reunion Panel, featuring Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, producer Karen Murphy, and moderator Kevin Pollak. Week two is the panel Uptown Showdown Debate: Childhood vs. Adulthood with Michael Ian Black, Jo Firestone, Dave Hill, Aparna Nancherla, Michael Showalter, Brent Weinbach, and host Kate Willett. Week three is a conversation with Patton Oswalt and George Wallace. And week four is a roast of San Francisco drag queen Peaches Christ featuring commentary from “Clea DuVall, Heklina, Heather Matarazzo, Jinkx Monsoon, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Sister Roma, Mink Stole, with Roast Mistress Coco Peru, and very special guest John Waters.”
Additional archival footage in the future to feature Pamela Adlon, Kevin Allison, Todd Barry, Greg Behrendt, W. Kamau Bell, Peter Bogdanovich, Dick Cavett, John Hodgman, Kasper Hauser, Julie Klausner, Hari Kondabolu, Tom Lenk, Bruce McCulloch, The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz, Brian Regan, Phoebe Robinson, Andrea Savage, Mort Sahl, Tom Scharpling, Molly Shannon, Paul F. Tompkins, Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans, plus the casts and creators of Airplane! and Animal House.
The SF Sketchfest archives can be found here.