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Saturday, January 11 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
"It Started as a Joke" Bay Area Premiere Screening

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with a special introduction by Jon Glaser & Bobcat Goldthwait

Dear friends and fans of Eugene Mirman: 

Due to an illness in the family, Eugene Mirman is unable to attend SF Sketchfest this year. The festival looks forward to paying tribute to Eugene at a later date. We will still proudly present the Bay Area premiere of the funny and moving documentary "It Started as a Joke," which spotlights the 10 years of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival alongside Eugene's family life.

Due to these circumstances, there will be no post-film panel, and Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, Julie Smith Clem, and Olivia Wingate will not attend. The film will be introduced by Eugene's longtime friends Jon Glaser and Bobcat Goldthwait, both of whom are featured in the film.

We have lowered the prices of all tickets to $20, and current ticket holders will be given a partial refund and the option of a full refund.

We thank you for your understanding.


"It Started As A Joke" is a feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement, offers a bittersweet goodbye to an era, and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. The film includes interviews with Michael Ian Black, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Ira Glass, John Hodgman, Kumail Nanjiani, Reggie Watts and Michael Showalter, along with performances by Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Bobcat Goldthwait and more. ($20, All Ages)

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Bobcat Goldthwait

Over the past several months, Bobcat has been on the creative fast track. As one of the most recognizable comedians in show business, Goldthwait unleashed his one of a kind brand of comedy in his new Showtime one hour special entitled “You Don’t Look the Same Either.” The new... Read More →
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Jon Glaser

Jon Glaser is an actor and writer who created, starred in, and co-wrote the TV shows “Delocated,” “Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter”, and “Jon Glaser Loves Gear.” You may or may not recognize him as Councilman Jamm from “Parks and Recreation” or Laird from “Girls.” Other... Read More →

Saturday January 11, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST
Castro Theatre