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Friday, January 15
 

7:30pm

The Great Debate: 'Donald Trump vs. Don(ald) Draper - Who Will Definitely Destroy America?' with Matt Price and Ilyse Mimoun (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT --  Tickets may be available at the door night-of. See http://sfsketchfest.com/x/how-to-purchase/ for info.

After sold out shows during their previous Great Debates at Sketchfest, Ms. Ilyse Mimoun and Mr. Matt Price take on their most explosive sparring match yet. Donald Trump is dangerously close to becoming the leader of the free world by stirring up the most hateful elements of the country with classic one-liners like "you're stupid" and "she's stupid." Don Draper glamorized womanizing and paved the way for handsy ad-men to fatten us with Coca Cola and lead us to our to tobacco-tinged slaughter. So who is the true threat to our nation?

Watch Ms. Mimoun and Mr. Price attack this question (as well as each other's personal lives) with no holds barred. They will jump fearlessly into topics such as “Whitman or White Man?” "Bleeding out of Her Wherever," and of course “Butts.” As always, the lucky audience chooses the debate topics, with the topics changing on the second night! Can Ms. Mimoun and Mr. Price handle this El Nino-sized pressure? Can you? CAN AMERICA?

Come for the scotch and xenophobia. Stay for the fate of the free world. $18 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Ilyse Mimoun

Ilyse Mimoun

Ilyse Mimoun has performed onstage at UCB, Nerdmelt, Comedy Central, Comedy Sportz, Hotel Café, LOFT, Elephant Theater, and other venues receptive to angry Tunisians. Television appearances include Hart of Dixie, 90210, Chuck, and Privileged, and films such as The TV Set and In the... Read More →
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Matt Price

Matt Price is an actor and writer from Evanston, IL. As an actor, some of Matt’s TV and film appearances include “Men of a Certain Age,” “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” “Reno 911,” “The West Wing,” “The League,” and “Walk Hard.” Matt currently writes... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Stage Werx 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Saturday, January 16
 

7:30pm

The Great Debate: 'Donald Trump vs. Don(ald) Draper - Who Will Definitely Destroy America?' with Matt Price and Ilyse Mimoun (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT --  Tickets may be available at the door night-of. See http://sfsketchfest.com/x/how-to-purchase/ for info.

After sold out shows during their previous Great Debates at Sketchfest, Ms. Ilyse Mimoun and Mr. Matt Price take on their most explosive sparring match yet. Donald Trump is dangerously close to becoming the leader of the free world by stirring up the most hateful elements of the country with classic one-liners like "you're stupid" and "she's stupid." Don Draper glamorized womanizing and paved the way for handsy ad-men to fatten us with Coca Cola and lead us to our to tobacco-tinged slaughter. So who is the true threat to our nation?

Watch Ms. Mimoun and Mr. Price attack this question (as well as each other's personal lives) with no holds barred. They will jump fearlessly into topics such as “Whitman or White Man?” "Bleeding out of Her Wherever," and of course “Butts.” As always, the lucky audience chooses the debate topics, with the topics changing on the second night! Can Ms. Mimoun and Mr. Price handle this El Nino-sized pressure? Can you? CAN AMERICA?

Come for the scotch and xenophobia. Stay for the fate of the free world. $18 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Ilyse Mimoun

Ilyse Mimoun

Ilyse Mimoun has performed onstage at UCB, Nerdmelt, Comedy Central, Comedy Sportz, Hotel Café, LOFT, Elephant Theater, and other venues receptive to angry Tunisians. Television appearances include Hart of Dixie, 90210, Chuck, and Privileged, and films such as The TV Set and In the... Read More →
avatar for Matt Price

Matt Price

Matt Price is an actor and writer from Evanston, IL. As an actor, some of Matt’s TV and film appearances include “Men of a Certain Age,” “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” “Reno 911,” “The West Wing,” “The League,” and “Walk Hard.” Matt currently writes... Read More →



Saturday January 16, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Stage Werx 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Friday, January 22
 

10:30pm

Presidential Debate: The Write-In Candidates with James Adomian, Matt Besser, Paul Gilmartin, Mary Houlihan, Brian Huskey and Dan Van Kirk, moderated by Tom Shillue from Fox News Channel's 'Red Eye'
Get political with the Presidential Candidates the rest of the country doesn't want you to meet... the Write-In Candidates! Tom Shillue, host of Fox News Channel's "Red Eye," moderates this lively debate between some of comedy's best character improvisers, including James Adomian, Matt Besser, Paul Gilmartin, Mary Houlihan, Brian Huskey and Dan Van Kirk. $25 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Brian Huskey

Brian Huskey

Brian Huskey: Huskey is an actor and writer who can be seen as Chet the creepy paramedic on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, Leon West on HBO's Veep, and a doctor or some form of academic in everything else. Breaking this trend, Huskey is the lead/co-writer of Matt Walsh's improvised... Read More →
avatar for Dan Van Kirk

Dan Van Kirk

Daniel Van Kirk grew up in Rochelle, IL and lived in Chicago for years as he started his career as an actor and comedian at the famed The Second City Theatre. Since moving to Los Angeles, Daniel has become part of both the stand-up and improv/sketch communities, working with the... Read More →
avatar for James Adomian

James Adomian

James Adomian is a daredevil dancing queen – but don't you know deep down he's just a kitten! James is a prolific performer/writer/standup who is a staple in the comedy scene in LA, NY and across the country, recently honored as one of The Advocate's “Top 40 Under 40” in 2013... Read More →
avatar for Mary Houlihan

Mary Houlihan

Mary Houlihan is a Brooklyn-based comedian and graduate of San Francisco Art Institute. She co-created “Cartoon Monsoon,” a live sketch, character, and animation show that runs at the Annoyance Theatre, and recently performed her one-woman show “Live ‘N’ Good” at Union... Read More →
avatar for Matt Besser

Matt Besser

aised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theater. In Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Paul Gilmartin

Paul Gilmartin

From 1995 to 2011 Paul Gilmartin co-hosted TBS’ Dinner and a Movie, and has been a stand-up comedian since 1987. His credits include Comedy Central Presents: Paul Gilmartin, numerous Bob and Tom albums, comedy festivals and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He is also a frequent... Read More →
avatar for Tom Shillue

Tom Shillue

A former correspondent on "The Daily Show," Tom Shillue is the current host of "Red Eye" on Fox News. Tom has appeared in his own Comedy Central Special, on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien," "Last Comic Standing," "Comics Unleashed," "Broad City," and in the feature film, "Mystery... Read More →



Friday January 22, 2016 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Saturday, January 23
 

10:00pm

Uptown Showdown Debate: The Internet vs. Real Life (IRL) with Maria Bamford, Matt Besser, Guy Branum, Janeane Garofalo, Moshe Kasher and Aparna Nancherla, with emcee Beth Lisick (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT --  Tickets may be available at the door night-of. See http://sfsketchfest.com/x/how-to-purchase/ for info.

In Uptown Showdown, a unique and quirky spin-off on school debate events, two teams of comedians will square off to argue which side of some arbitrary topic is BETTER. Debaters will go head-to-head to tackle what will clearly be one of the most important issues of our time, and you the audience will decide the winner! $30 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don't be scared! In fact, she's quite approachable onstage, from a heckler's perspective. She enjoys seeing the world through awkward contact lenses. Her maiden chuckle voyage took off in Washington D.C. (it's all about the Washingtons... Read More →
avatar for Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick is a writer and actor. She is the author of five books and has appeared in films screened at Cannes, Sundance, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.Her books include the memoir collection "Yokohama Threeway" and "Other Small Shames," the New York Times bestselling... Read More →
avatar for Guy Branum

Guy Branum

Guy Branum is a writer and comedian best known for serving as “Staff Homosexual” on “Chelsea Lately” and his performance as Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in “No Strings Attached.” Noticing a trend? He’s appeared on E!, MTV, G4, CurrentTV and lots of other channels... Read More →
avatar for Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Actress and Comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the country... Read More →
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford is the creator and star of "Maria Bamford: the special special special" and of the cult hit web series "The Maria Bamford Show," which screened at the Museum of Art and Design. She is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred... Read More →
avatar for Matt Besser

Matt Besser

aised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theater. In Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Moshe Kasher

Moshe Kasher

Moshe Kasher. Comedian. Child Genius. Jew. Jew Comedian. OBGYN. Pleasure center. Good tipper. Guiding light. Beefcake. He lives alone in LA. Featured on: NBC, E!’s Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, @midnight, Conan, Carson Daly, Showtime’s... Read More →



Saturday January 23, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Marines Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102