A Roving Pack of Raving Santas

It’s impossible to name a filmmaker more unassuming than our own Terry Zwigoff. That particular quality wouldn’t impress us so much if he wasn’t also an artist of bold talent and matchless integrity. His rare onstage appearance with cast members Tony Cox and Lauren Tom after Bad Santa (the take-no-prisoners director’s cut, needless to say) is an unmitigated highlight of ‘Twas The Night Before Sketchfest: An SF Sketchfest Christmas. To say it’s the highlight of the all-day Clausfest would be an affront to Bobcat Goldthwait’s rowdy and passionate fans, already lining up for his Q&A before Scrooged (5:30 p.m.). The Sketchfesters have taken care to stuff the kids’ stockings, first with the Will Ferrell vehicle Elf (12:30) and then the Jim Henson classics Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock (3 p.m.). But we’re not here to tout the children’s entertainment; after all, the ankle-biters are the prime beneficiaries of the lion’s share of Christmas gifts and goodies. No, it’s the dark, curse-filled underbelly of the swilling holiday spectacle that lifts our spirits. The pre-show to Bad Santa (8:30 p.m.) features Zwigoff’s rare clips along with true, terrible holiday stories presented by Porchlight. And so we say, with apologies to Charles Dickens, God bless, Terry Zwigoff, every one.
Sat., Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m., 2012

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