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Saturday, January 11 • 5:00pm - 7:15pm
SF Sketchfest Tribute to Eugene Mirman + "It Started as a Joke" Bay Area Premiere

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SF Sketchfest pays tribute to the hilarious and beloved Eugene Mirman -- a longtime friend of the festival who has appeared at nearly every Sketchfest for the past 15 years. After the Bay Area premiere screening of the fascinating, funny and heartfelt documentary "It Started as a Joke," Eugene will sit down for a panel conversation with the film's co-director Julie Smith Clem, and be feted one by one by some of his best friends in comedy, including Jon Glaser, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell and Olivia Wingate.

"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. ($45 Orchestra, $35 Balcony, 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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Eugene Mirman

Brooklyn resident Eugene Mirman escaped the clutches of Russian communism at the age of four when his family immigrated from Moscow to Lexington, MA (where along with Paul Revere and John Adams he kicked off the American revolution). He attended Hampshire College and designed his... 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 →
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Julie Smith Clem

Julie Smith Clem is the co-founder of "Pretty Good Friends," a comedy production company that makes funny things for nice people. She's produced TV shows for Comedy Central, IFC and Science Channel and she co-created the Peabody Award-winning video series "The Onion News Network... Read More →
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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal has established herself as one of the most versatile and sought-after comedic talents in television and film. Currently, Schaal stars as 'Carol Pilbasian' opposite Will Forte on Fox’s hit series "The Last Man On Earth", which was recently renewed for a second season... Read More →
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Olivia Wingate

Olivia Wingate grew up in London but has been based in New York on-and-off for over 2 decades, first moving to New York to obtain her MBA from NYU.After 10 years as a theater producer specializing in contemporary American Drama and Comedy in the UK, working with playwrights including... Read More →
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Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell is the author of seven nonfiction books including, most recently, "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States."  She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.



Saturday January 11, 2020 5:00pm - 7:15pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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