Tonight: Sketchfest + John Vanderslice + Rhett Miller of The Old 97's = Awesome

What's better than turning hordes of comedians loose on San Francisco? Why, watching what happens when you mix and match them with musicians, of course.

This year's Sketchfest has already seen some great musical collaborations, like the Noise Pop night that hosted John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Bob Mould, (formerly) of Husker Du and Sugar,  Jon Wurster, the drummer of whom they share musical custody, and Tom Scharpling, his comedian/radio host counterpart, all coming together to celebrate the latter two's cult-favorite radio show Scharpling & Wurster. And this Sunday will see Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum bringing the musical stylings of Prince to the stage as Princess at the Mezzanine.

[jump] But tonight's unholy music-comedy union has a particular Bay Area flavor to it: Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show, which hits Cobb's Comedy Club tonight, Feb. 4, features the titular Old 97's frontman alongside singer-songwriter-emperor of the Tiny Telephone universe John Vanderslice, unofficial Bay Area novelist laureate Michael Chabon, and the multi-talented but all-around smart and funny human Paul F. Tompkins (he lives in L.A., but we can forgive that for now).

Perhaps noting the testosterone levels of the aforementioned lineup, Miller tweeted today (see below) that a special surprise guest will in fact be “a girl.” Any guesses? There are only approximately a billion comics currently in town. 

Regardless: The night promises to be “modeled after old-school variety shows,” with “music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there.” It was originally scheduled for The Addition (sad face) but rescheduled for Cobb's (not too shabby) after that club closed last month. Get your tickets for $25 over here; the all-ages show starts at 8 p.m.

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