Your 2016 Sketchfest Guide

Christmas may have come on Dec. 25, but one of the year's best gifts will be opened today. This is when Sketchfest, three weeks of the best comedy programming you can imagine, descends on San Francisco for its 16th year of live podcasts, movie tributes, sketch showcases, and erotic fan fiction. Curated by cofounders Janet Varney, Cole Stratton, and David Owen, Sketchfest's lineup is once again an impeccable collection of humorous talent.

As always, it's the festival's variety that sets it apart. Patrons can choose to enjoy comedy titans like Patton Oswalt or (most of) The Kids in the Hall, or try one of the many smaller shows featuring names that will soon become the next wave of comedy's brightest stars. Whatever you choose to see, remember what the great Jack Handey once said: “Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.”

Who to See at Sketchfest

Mr. Shows: Paul F. Tompkins

Guest Host: Christopher Guest

Nothing Compares 2 Them: Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Liebrum

Dirty Underwear and the Patriarchy: Kristen Schaal & Janeane Garofalo

The Most Pleasure: Eric Stonestreet & Scott Adsit

It Gets Worse!: Michael Showalter & Kevin Allison

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