SF Sketchfest

SF Sketchfest 2024

JANUARY 18, 2024 - FEBRUARY 04, 2023


The breadth of talent at this California Comedy Fest is no laughing matter. *rimshot*

If you really love reading your friend’s spec scripts or if you take your first dates to the Laugh Factory, the SF Sketchfest is the festival for you. David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney began the comedy festival in 2001 to showcase six San Francisco sketch groups. The trio had found it difficult to stage their sketch comedy in the city, thus Sketchfest was born. The small festival has become a sprawling exposition of some of the funniest people in California and in the country. 

This festival stretches over multiple weeks, with comedians small and large. Although named for sketch comedy, you can catch stand up performances, improvised musicals, podcast recordings, theater performances, and film and television tributes galore. This year’s hot tickets include a collaboration between Weird Al Yankovich and Triumph the Insult Dog, as well as appearances by other prominent comedians including Margaret Cho, Rachel Dratch and Bob Odenkirk. Epic Rap Battles of History and groups from renowned comedy school The Groundlings will also put on performances. 

The Specs 

  • Attendance numbers vary by venue.
  • Tickets for each show can be purchased individually and range in price from $25 to $90.
  • Here’s our guide to what to do in San Francisco


What is the closest airport to Noise Pop?

SFO (San Francisco International Airport) is the closest airport to SF Sketchfest.

Where is the festival held?

The festival is held in San Francisco across dozens of theaters and comedy venues including Cobb’s Comedy Club. 

What kind of bag can I bring to the SF Sketchfest ?

Bag policy may vary from venue to venue-check each venue’s bag policy prior to the events. 

Can I bring my kids?

Some venues require attendees to be at least 18 years old. Make sure to check prior to purchasing tickets. 

Which comedians, groups, and shows are on the SF Sketchfest lineup?

“Weird Al Yankovic”, Triumph the Insult Dog, Jes Ton, Amber Ruffin, Eric Idle, Todd Barry, Aaron Chen, Margaret Cho, Derek and Simon (and Bob Odenkirk), The Kids in the Hall, The Psychologists Are In, Robby Hoffman, Jena Friedman, Solomon Georgio, Epic Rap Battles of History, Guy Branum, The Bechdel Cast, Theme Park, Never Not Funny, Michaela Watkins, Dave Hill, Demi Adejuyigbe, Mo Welch, Jon Daly, David Wain’s World of Wonder, Paul Giamtti’s Chinwag, Doug Benson, I Love My Kid But…, Joel Kim Booster, Dulce Sloan, Mohanad Elshieky, Exorcistic, Marc Maron, Risk!, Jenny Yang, Freestyle with Bill Irwin, John Ross Bowie, Girl God, Ophira Eisenberg, Chris Gethard, Off-Book, Rachel Kaly, Michael Hitchcock, Pamela Adlon, Jo Firestone, Mike Drucker, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, The State, Yo, Is This Racist?, Fun Voices with Ron Funches and Blair Socci, Maria Bamford, Tim Baltz, Moshe Kasher, Jeff B Davis, Mo Willems, Sydnee Washington, Nori Reed, Jennifer Tilly, Kelley Stoltz, Jeff B Davis, Anna Roisman, Scam Goddess, The Black Version, Erika Ishii, Oscar Nunez, Andrew Oroflo, Emma Arnold, Asian AF, Eugene Mirman, Christela Alonzo, Mortified, Epic: Every Place I Cry, Greg Barris, Matt Braunger, Laraine Newman, Amy Schneider, Pen Pals, Michael Shannon and Jason Narducy and Friends Play REM, Pylon Reenactment Society, Tin Capello, Adam Savage, Adam Pally, You’re Wrong About, Clare O’Kane, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Brittany Carney, Josh Johnson, Jamie Denbo, Katrina Davis, Rachel Dratch, Futurama, Middle Aged Dad Jam Band, Ever Mainard, Ify Nwadiwe, DJ Demers, Amber Tamblyn, The Greatest Generation, Comedian Feud, Hey Riddle Riddle, The Red Room Orchestra, Black Men Can’t Jump, The Groundlings, Marie Faustin, Stuff You Should Know, Celebrity Autobiography, Tony Hale, Tami Sagher, Dinosaur Improv, The Big Team, Paige Weldon, Exploration: Live, Fake Ted Talks, Britanick, Filipino AF, Sasheer Zamata, The Fast and Furious: A Musical Parody, Will You Accept This Rose?, Travis McElroy, Avatar: Braving The Elements, The George Lucas Talk Show, Kristen Vangsness, Hello From The Magic Tavern, The Wrong Guy, Jon Glaser, Jonathan Coulton, Office Hours East, How Long Gone, The Neighborhood Listen, Tinder Live, Lauren Lapkus, W. Kamau Bell, Open Mike Eagle and Video Dave, Derrick Brown, Emily Wilson, You Are Good, Found Footage Festival, The Flop House, Judge John Hodgman, Ali Macofsky, Paul and Storm, Paul F Tompkins, Whitmer Thomas, Zainab Johnson, Whitmer Thomas, and more.

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BY Sarah Cortina