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SketchFest Seattle 2016

IT’S THE FUNNIEST TIME OF THE YEAR!

The weather is turning. The days are shortening. Fall is settling in and winter is coming. You need to laugh. Not like a polite chuckle, either. We’re talking gut busting belly laughs from the best sketch comedy groups in Seattle and from across the country. Enter SketchFest!
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Sponsored by: Sidecar, 4 Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Pabst Blue Ribbon, SubPop Records, Theo Chocolate, and City Arts Magazine.
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Get the full schedule here: http://www.sketchfest.org/tickets2016/

Get SketchFest merch here: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/SketchFest
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Every year SketchFest Seattle pairs the best local groups with the funniest folks from around the continent. This year’s festival is bringing talent from Los Angeles, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Montreal!

HEADLINER SHOW TICKETS: http://bit.ly/SketchFest16

September 23, 7p @ Annex Theatre
TwoSon
Villains
Special Guest Joshua Chambers

September 23, 9:30p @ Annex
HUNKS Comedy
Getting Naked with Friends
Special Guest Jason Goad

September 24, 7p @ Annex
Ladies & Gentlemen
Love Snack
Special Guest Finn Cottom

September 24, 9:30p @ Annex
Blade Brown
Babyfin
Special Guest Natalie Holt

SketchFest Seattle 2016 – Local Showcase

IT’S THE FUNNIEST TIME OF THE YEAR!

The weather is turning. The days are shortening. Fall is settling in and winter is coming. You need to laugh. Not like a polite chuckle, either. We’re talking gut busting belly laughs from the best sketch comedy groups in Seattle and from across the country. Enter SketchFest!
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Sponsored by: Sidecar, 4 Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Pabst Blue Ribbon, SubPop Records, Theo Chocolate, and City Arts Magazine.
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Get the full schedule here: http://www.sketchfest.org/tickets2016/

Get SketchFest merch here: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/SketchFest
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Every year SketchFest Seattle pairs the best local groups with the funniest folks from around the continent. This year’s festival is bringing talent from Los Angeles, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Montreal!

LOCAL SHOWCASE PERFORMERS:

September 15, 7p @ The Pocket Theater
Matt Hatfield tix: http://bit.ly/MattHatfieldSF16
Death and Taxes tix: http://bit.ly/DeathandTaxesSF16
BEEF tix: http://bit.ly/BeefSF16

September 16, 7p @ The Pocket
Turbo Turkey Sketch and Improv Comedy tix: http://bit.ly/TTurkeySF16
Smat tix: http://bit.ly/SmatSF16
Jason & Spike tix: http://bit.ly/JasonSpikeSF16

September 16, 8:30p @ The Pocket
Generation Friends Comedy Arts Coalition tix: http://bit.ly/GenFriendsSF16
Super Famous tix: http://bit.ly/SuperFamSF16
Part Plant tix: http://bit.ly/PartPlantSF16

September 16, 10p @ The Pocket
Ian Schuelke tix: http://bit.ly/IanSF16
W.X.P.F.L. World Extreme Pencil Fighting League tix: http://bit.ly/WXPFLsf16
Princess tix: http://bit.ly/PrincessSF16

September 17, 7p @ Central Cinema
The 9th Annual SketchFest Comedy Film Challenge with special guests Day Job tix:http://bit.ly/SketchFilm

September 18, 5:30p @ The Pocket
Sleepover tix: http://bit.ly/SleepoverSF16
Drop the Root Beer and Run tix: http://bit.ly/RootBeerSF16
Tomato Tomato tix: http://bit.ly/TomatoSF16

September 22, 7p @ The Pocket
Deep Lez tix: http://bit.ly/DeepLezSF16
Stronger Than Love tix: http://bit.ly/StrongerSF16
Fifty Percent Less Bear tix: http://bit.ly/BearsSF16
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Cory Nealy and Val Bush

Cory Nealy and Val Bush are two sketch comedians. They were both members of the 90’s group Up in Your Grill” as well as the 2000’s group Flaming Box of Stuff”. They have toured sketch festivals all over North America, performed at UCB NYC and LA and were actor/writers on KIRO-tv’s The John Report/with Bob” and they kind of also started Seattle Sketch Fest way back in 1999.

They are back writing and performing comedy of the two-person variety.

EMAIL

Sketch Comedy Month at the Pocket

[Performances at the Pocket are $10 online and $14 at the door. Online sales close 4pm day of show.]

Improv month is sponsored by SketchFest Seattle

Show Description During the entire month of May (and some of April) over 25+ comedy groups from all over Seattle will descend upon The Pocket for mirth, merriment, and general mingling. Get the very best scripted comedy from all over the city. Brand new super-groups, Old favorites, and a ton of variety will guarantee to entertain.

BUY TICKETS NOW!
420 Trip (http://bit.ly/420sm16)
BEEF! (http://bit.ly/BEEFsm)
Beer Flix (http://bit.ly/BFsm16)
Bellevue College (http://bit.ly/CTsm16)
Charles (http://bit.ly/CCsm16)
Day Job (http://bit.ly/DJsm16)
Daniel Timothy Desrosiers (http://bit.ly/DesRoSM)
Death and Taxes (http://bit.ly/DNTsm2016)
Deep Lez (http://bit.ly/DLsm16)
Drop the Root Beer & Run – (http://bit.ly/DRBsm16)
Everette CC (http://bit.ly/CTsm16)
Fifty Percent Less Bear (http://bit.ly/50Bsm16)
Generation Friends (http://bit.ly/GFsm16)
Getting Naked with Friends (http://bit.ly/NwFsm16)
Human Resources (http://bit.ly/HRsm16)
Iron Sketch (http://bit.ly/ISsm16)
Liz & Joel – (http://bit.ly/LJsm16)
Naturally (http://bit.ly/UTNsm16)
Oh Shoot (http://bit.ly/OHsm2016)
Part Plant (http://bit.ly/PPsm16)
Princess (http://bit.ly/PSsm16)
Ra-Ra Rasputin (http://bit.ly/RAsm2016)
Shoreline CC (http://bit.ly/CTsm16)
Sketchy Santa (http://bit.ly/SSsm16)
Sleepover (http://bit.ly/SOVsm16)
Smat! (http://bit.ly/SMATsm2016)
Sober Virgin (http://bit.ly/SVsm16)
Spontaneous Human Combustion (http://bit.ly/SHCsm16)
Stronger Than Love (http://bit.ly/SLsm2016)
SuperFamous (http://bit.ly/SFsm2016)
The Tipfield Hour (http://bit.ly/TFsm2016)
Theme Show (http://bit.ly/TSsm16)
Together Again (http://bit.ly/2Gsm16)
Tomato Tomato (http://bit.ly/TTsm16)
Toxic shock (http://bit.ly/TSsm2016)
University of Puget Sound (http://bit.ly/CTsm16)
Villains (http://bit.ly/VILLsm)
Wayward Knitting Club (http://bit.ly/WWCsm16)

Week 1
April 29 @ 8:30 – Death & Taxes \\ SMAT!
April 29 @ 10pm The Tipfield Hour (http://bit.ly/TFsm2016)
April 30 @ 7pm Oh Shoot \\ Super Famous
April 30 @ 8:30 Ra-Ra Rasputin \\ BEEF!
April 30@ 10pm Toxic Shock \\ Stronger Than Love
May 1 @ 8pm Human Resources \\ Deep Lez

Week 2
May 6 @ 8:30 Sleepover \\ Part Plant
May 6 @ 10pm Getting Naked w/ Friends \\ Spont. Human Combustion
May 7 @ 7pm Part Plant \\ Tomato Tomato
May 7 @ 8:30 Villains \\ Drop the Rootbeer & Run
May 7 @ 10pm Iron Sketch (http://bit.ly/ISsm16)

Week 3

May 13 @ 8:30 Generation Friends \\ 420 Trip
May 13 @ 10pm THEME SHOW (http://bit.ly/TSsm16)
May 13 @ 11pm SKETCH U BATOR
May 14 @ 7pm 50% Less Bear \\ Natrually
May 14 @ 8:30 Sober Virgin \\ Princess
May 15 @ 8pm – Drop the Rootbeer & Run \\ Stronger Than Love

Week 4
May 19 @ 7pm – Etch & Sketch
May 20 @ 7pm Together Again \\ BEEF
May 20 @ 8:30 – Liz & Joel \\ Villains
May 20 @ 10pm SKETCHY SANTA (http://bit.ly/SSsm16)
May 21 @ 7pm – Wayward Knitting Club \\ Liz & Joel
May 21 @ 8:30 Together Again \\ Daniel Timothy Desrosiers
May 21 @ 10pm BEER FLIX (http://bit.ly/BFsm16)

Week 5
May 27 @ 7pm Shoreline \\ Charles
May 27 @ 8:30 Puget Sound \\ Naturally
May 27 @ 10pm Everette \\ Bellevue \\ Dayjob
May 28 @ 7:30 pm SKETCHFEST FUND FIGHT! [ANNEX THEATRE]

Sketchfest 2015!

COMEDY! You want to laugh. You want to feel that deep hilarious pain in your abdomen as you gasp for air between deep belly guffaws. You want to see how Seattle comedy is different from performances brought in from all over North america. You want to come to SKETCHFEST 2015!

Sponsored by: Sidecar, St Johns, 4 Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Pabst Blue Ribbon, SubPop Records, Theo Chocolate, and City Arts Magazine.

Full Schedule here http://www.sketchfest.org/2015-festival/

Every year SketchFest brings the best sketch comedians from around the world and pairs them with local favorites. This year the festival sports groups touring from New York, Austin, LA, and even Edmonton!

And if that weren’t enough, SketchFest presents the return of the Comedy Film Challenge: 12 short films, three celebrity guest judges, two cash prizes, one incredibly funny evening. So buy your tickets today!

Shows taking place at 3 venues
Annex Theatre (Sept 25 & 26)
Pocket Theater (Sept 13, 17, 18, 20, & 24)
Central Cinema (Sept 19)

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Full list of groups

Out of Town Headliners
Charles (LA),
Girls w/ Brown Hair (NYC),
Vanessa Gonzalez (Austin),
Gossamer Obsessions (Edmonton)

Local Headliners
Drop the Root Beer and Run
Princess
Day Job
Ubiquitous They

Local Spotlight
Specific NW, Super Famous, Lake Party, Hip.Bang!, Ian Schuelke Wants a TV Show, Part Plant, Liz & Joel

Local Lottery
5 Stars, Pork Filled Players, Deep Lez, The Mighty Mighty Mixed Nuts, Ballard Boyz, Getting Naked w/ Friends, The Red Sun, Really Entertaining Show, Approximate PhD, Philip Schallberger, Sober Virgin, Tomato Tomato

Standup
Emmett Montgomery,
Mona Concepcion,
Caitlin Weierhouser,
Christan Leonard

Etch and Sketch

[At the pocket all work in progress shows are pay what you will, but RSVP to make sure there’s room]

Sponsored By SketchFest Seattle

Show Description – The Pocket Theater presents Etch & Sketch, a sketch comedy showcase of Seattle’s working sketch troupes and comedy writers. See brand new sketch comedians and sketch comedy veterans alike trying out new material and old favorites. This month we’re gearing up for SketchFest 2015! – [Comedy Festival], so come see bunch of the fest’s locale talent warming up their material.

Pay what you can!

Featuring:
Specific Northwests Kenny Davis giving us a peak at his upcoming show, Here Now Some News

The brand new sketch duo that already has concerned parents warning their kids about it: Sober Virgin (Performing at SketchFest 9/24 with Tomato Tomato and Liz & Joel)

A splattering of nonsense from Drop the Root Beer and Run (Performing at SketchFest 9/25 with Charles and Emmett Montgomery)

A tapestry of myrth woven by the Wayward Knitting Club.

Some counselor-approved smut from Lake Party (Performing at SketchFest 9/18 with Deep Lez and Mighty Might Mixed Nuts)

More TBA

Etch & Sketch is the first Thursday of every other month at 8pm.

Etch & Sketch is a resource for anyone who writes comedy. If you have material you’d like to put on it’s feet on our stage, email education@sketchfest.org for more details.

Here Now Some History – #3

This September, Seattle once again celebrates sketch comedy with the vaguely titled Sketchfest Seattle 2015. This will be the 108th edition of the esteemed Sketch-tival Festival” (Writer’s Mid-Sentence Note: Yes, it has always been called that. Go AltaVista it.) and northwest comedy fans everywhere could not be more joyful-tival.

SketchFest-Logo

As alluded to above, the first Sketchfest Seattle 2015” took place in 1907. For those of you too young and too old to remember, 1907 is best known for being the year after 1906. Once 1908 rolled around, it also gained fame as the more oft referred to last year.

In that historical year, a young inventor named Thaddeus Krumpmore was busy trying to put his stamp on American inventionotics. (Again, a true word. Go MetaCrawler it.) The problem Mr. Krumpmore kept running into was two-fold. First, he was a terrible inventor. His best ideas were showing people things that already existed and then uttering his legendary catch-phrase Eh? Wouldn’t it be crackerjack if I invented this one? His second and more pressing issue was that transportation had yet to exist and, being in the upper left corner wasteland on maps known as Washington, this meant that Thaddeus had no broad market to invent for.

Enter Lauren Larradue LaFontaine. This dashing bombshell was everything Thaddeus was not. A woman…

Anyway, Lauren was riding high on her success of inventing actual transportation. She had crafted an animal called horses” (if you haven’t heard of them, they went extinct in 1954 being succeeded by a new equine breed called Horses. Capitalization is crucial in breathing life into new species.) which one could ride” as they traveled” to other places. She also invented Sarcastic Air Quotes” which are still used to this day though rare.

Triple L, as she was never referred to, strode up to Thaddeus just as he was once again launched into the famed and sincere Eh? Wouldn’t it be crackerjack if I invented this one? quotation once more. However, Lauren mistook it for jest. A sketch if you will. She doubled over with laughter.

Thaddeus Krumpmore was hurt and confused at first as his innocent sincerity was behind every utterance of his soliloquy. His mood was not to remain darkened for long as Lauren uttered a sentence that would change his destiny forever.

Undetermined age man, tell me. What is this form of comedy you have invented?

Invented! Thaddeus had actually invented something. Apparently. But quick, he must name his beautiful creation, patent it with the most original and thought provoking name that a person had ever named anything.

He looked at a drawing nearby.

It was a sketch.

He instantly stole the name and applied it to his form of comedy.

And since Lauren was an audience member, that did technically qualify it to be a festival.

Sketchfest Seattle 2015 of 1907” was an instant hit and the event has only grown in stature since. The names Thaddeus Krumpmore and Lauren Larradue LaFontaine are known to every sketch comedian to ever grace the Seattle sketch comedy scene (blah blah blah, Lycos.). Without them, the event would not exist. Sketch comedy would not exist. To take it even a step further…

Would be madness. This writer will not abide madness. The article is over.

Madness averted.

5 Tips for Submitting to a Sketch Comedy Festival

Submitting to sketch comedy festivalsor comedy festivals in general—is hard business. It can often feel like there is a faceless cabal reviewing your submission, judging every facet of your show. So, I asked my cohorts over at SketchFest Seattle what makes a good submission video. I hope this helps.

1. Make sure you have good audio.

The benefits of this one are obvious. A person reviewing your submission video needs to be able to hear the jokes in order to have any ideas as to what your style is. Otherwise, your video just becomes one big inside joke where everyone is laughing and we feel left out.

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2. Show us your transitions.

This is so important. Many groups think that they need to cram all their best material into the time allotted for videos and that they should cut out transitions. When a festival sees cuts in between sketches, they wonder what happened during that show. Was there a blackout? Did the audience have to wait a really long time for the next sketch? Or did an audience member get murdered? You didn’t actually murder someone during your show, right?

Ultimately, transitions are important because they give us a better idea of the flow of your show. Also, please don’t cut together segments of different shows for your submission video.

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3. Read the submission guidelines.

Once again, pretty obvious. It will make you look better in the festival’s eyes because it shows them that you can understand and follow directions. You don’t want to put all that work into editing and uploading a video to YouTube only to find that the submission guidelines requested Vimeo.

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4. Don’t give us the first 10 minutes; give us the best 10 minutes.

If the best 10 minutes of your show is the opening of your show, send us that. If the best part of your show is at the end, send us that. We want to watch the best 10 minutes of comedy that you have to offer. Feel free to direct and guide us where to start in your video, but realize that when we say 10 minutes, we mean 10 minutes. We’re not watching past that, so please don’t send us the whole show.

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5. Be prepared to do the material in your video.

If a festival accepts you based on your video submission, chances are very good that they’re going to want to see the material in that video onstage. Now, I’m not saying you have to shut up and play the hits, but trust that they want to see some of the sketches in your submission.

If you’re looking for a perfect festival submission video, look no further than Joe Wengert. I could watch this video over and over again:

I hope this has helped you. If it hasn’t, feel free to yell at me on twitter @ZakNelson27.