SketchFest NYC is dedicated to promoting the art form of sketch comedy. Sketch comedy, which is different from improv and stand-up, consists of short written scenes, rehearsed beforehand, usually presented by a group of people that can range in size from two to twenty.
Full Schedule of Performances for SketchFest NYC:
Goofy, absurdist sketches based on sketch veteran Josh Knisley's dreams.
Becky & Noelle (NYC)
"Think Tenacious D meets Lili Taylor's character in Mystic Pizza and then add a tiny dose of the Indigo Girls to the mix."-nyctheatre.com
Killing My Lobster (San Francisco)
The closest thing sketch has to a Second City, Killing My Lobster performs high budget, high concept sketch.
Madame Funnypants (NYC)
ECNY Award Nominated Best Sketch Duo; Negin Farsad and Alexander Zalben, a "kinetic" and "clever" sketch comedy pair, have been working together for nine years.
Winner of "The Vital Funny" Sketch Comedy Competition 2004; fluid, fierce, and dirty, Fearsome presents a show unlike anything else on the sketch comedy scene.
Whitest Kid You Know (NYC)
Hugely popular five man group with a hit weekly show in the LES.
Friday, June 10:
Below the Belt (NYC)
Three man sketch comedy from the Belt Theatre. "A lineup of seasoned sketch writers and performers...transcendent and inventive."- The Onion.
Second City Donny Awards, Best Female Performers; "Smart and savvy performers with a clever awareness of the line between cute and fanged."-Chicago Tribune.
Flaming Box of Stuff (Seattle)
Seattle's premiere sketch group presents a sketch show taking place entirely inside a blue-collar brewery.
The Cupid Players (Chicago)
All musical sketch comedy, bridging the gap between sketch and revue, while still finding time to be hilariously funny.
The 3rd Floor (Portland)
"What's great about Portland's 3rd Floor Theatrical Comedy Group is that its members add their own silly, oft-nonsensical bits that come out of their individual actors' talents, and that's what makes them shine."-The Oregonian
The Royal We (NYC)
Fresh off their sold out shows at the Juvie Hall, The Royal We presents smart, savvy political humor.
Saturday, June 11
Free Love Forum (Wisconsin)
Inventive, smart group comedy from Wisconsin, with a flair for moving fluidly from film to stage.
Ten West (Los Angeles)
A unique style of sketch comedy inspired by Commedia and Vaudeville. Two man sketch comedy at its most inventive.
The Animal Club (Chicago)
Second City Donny Awards, Best Sketch Show; hilarious, high-energy scenes from this Chicago based ensemble.
Elephant Larry (NYC)
Backstage Comedy Best Bet 2004; Bass Red Triangle Comedy Competition, Jury & Audience Winners, 2004; Sketch Fights Champions, 2003; swift, furious, smart humor from this five man group fresh off their sell-out run at the PIT.
ECNY Award Nominated Best Sketch Group; hilarious, critically acclaimed, and festival favorite four woman group, presents their patented mix of characters and surrealist sketches.
Troop! (Los Angeles)
Bass Red Triangle Comedy Competition, Audience Award Winners, 2004; National Lampoon's "Not So Silent Pictures"; LA Weekly Pick of the Week.
Game Face (NYC)
Smart sketch comedy featuring performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. A Time Out New York Best of 2004 Pick.