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Saturday, January 9
 

10:00am

Kevin McDonald Improv and Sketch Workshop (2 Day Workshop -- Day 1 of 2)
Join Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall as he returns once again to SF Sketchfest for his popular two day, 14 hour workshop to improve your acting and writing skills. Back for its 3rd year, a group of twenty to thirty actors learn how to write comedy through performance, and use improv as a writing tool. By the end of the workshop you will be able to write sketches through improv.

The workshop will warm up with improv games to help sharpen storytelling skills, and evolve until students are doing their own improvised scenes in small groups. You will then take these improvised scenes, work on them and make them into full comedy sketches. Kevin will go from group to group, helping and guiding with the "writing" of each scene. Each group will then have the opportunity to present their sketch.

After getting notes, revising and presenting the scenes again, the workshop will end with the groups going away and actually finalizing their scenes. The now fully written scenes will be performed one last time for everyone.

This workshop will improve your acting and writing skills, and will teach you how both skills work in unison to create great scenes and hilarious comedy. And if prompted, Kevin will tell lots of stories about the Kids in the Hall. $300 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring... Read More →



Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

12:00pm

Sell It! Improv Workshop with Craig Cackowski (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT --  Tickets may be available at the door night-of. See http://sfsketchfest.com/x/how-to-purchase/ for info.

Energy, confidence and decisiveness are 90% of the battle in improv, i.e. it's not so much what you say as when you say it and how you say it. How comfortable you are on stage will have a huge impact on how you're perceived by the audience. Whether you're a veteran improvisor or new to the artform, this is the perfect workshop for the performer who needs to practice owning their impulses and delivering them with confidence right away. $60 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski has been seen on your television as a regular cast member on "Drunk History" and as Officer Cackowski on "Community." Other film and television appearances include "Veep," "Newsreaders," "Comedy Bang Bang," "The Mindy Project," "How I Met Your Mother," "Trust Us With... Read More →



Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Sunday, January 10
 

10:00am

Kevin McDonald Improv and Sketch Workshop (2 Day Workshop -- Day 2 of 2)
Join Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall as he returns once again to SF Sketchfest for his popular two day, 14 hour workshop to improve your acting and writing skills. Back for its 3rd year, a group of twenty to thirty actors learn how to write comedy through performance, and use improv as a writing tool. By the end of the workshop you will be able to write sketches through improv.

The workshop will warm up with improv games to help sharpen storytelling skills, and evolve until students are doing their own improvised scenes in small groups. You will then take these improvised scenes, work on them and make them into full comedy sketches. Kevin will go from group to group, helping and guiding with the "writing" of each scene. Each group will then have the opportunity to present their sketch.

After getting notes, revising and presenting the scenes again, the workshop will end with the groups going away and actually finalizing their scenes. The now fully written scenes will be performed one last time for everyone.

This workshop will improve your acting and writing skills, and will teach you how both skills work in unison to create great scenes and hilarious comedy. And if prompted, Kevin will tell lots of stories about the Kids in the Hall. $300 14+ $300 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring... Read More →



Sunday January 10, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

10:30am

Sell It! Improv Workshop with Craig Cackowski (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT --  Tickets may be available at the door night-of. See http://sfsketchfest.com/x/how-to-purchase/ for info.

Energy, confidence and decisiveness are 90% of the battle in improv, i.e. it's not so much what you say as when you say it and how you say it. How comfortable you are on stage will have a huge impact on how you're perceived by the audience. Whether you're a veteran improvisor or new to the artform, this is the perfect workshop for the performer who needs to practice owning their impulses and delivering them with confidence right away. $60 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski has been seen on your television as a regular cast member on "Drunk History" and as Officer Cackowski on "Community." Other film and television appearances include "Veep," "Newsreaders," "Comedy Bang Bang," "The Mindy Project," "How I Met Your Mother," "Trust Us With... Read More →



Sunday January 10, 2016 10:30am - 1:30pm
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 16
 

10:00am

Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison, founder of RISK! (SOLD OUT)
SOLD OUT --  Tickets may be available at the door night-of. See http://sfsketchfest.com/x/how-to-purchase/ for info.

Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd 
Kevin Allison, Founder of RISK! and The Story Studio

From the bar to the boardroom, a well-told tale makes the best impression. The Story Studio’s "Wow Your Crowd" workshop, taught by Kevin Allison, provides students with the tools to grab listener's attention, appeal to their emotions and maybe even inspire their action. Kevin creates a friendly, social environment in which you can rehearse your work and receive feedback. You'll learn how to include the 6 Senses to trigger emotional responses. You'll master the 5 Beats of classic story structure. And you'll learn how to drive a narrative arc toward a resonant end. Your audience will remember the ideas conveyed in your story long after you have gone. This workshop is an overview of some of the tools and principles taught by Kevin Allison in his 6-week storytelling class at The Story Studio in New York City.

Kevin Allison is the creator of the live storytelling podcast RISK!, and a member of the legendary comedy troupe The State, known for their series on MTV. He has appeared in "Reno 911!," VH1′s "Best Week Ever," Comedy Central’s "Viva Variety" and "Stella," and HBO’s "Flight of the Conchords." Kevin has written for The Village Voice, The New York Press, Film Journal and more. He has taught sketch comedy and cinema studies at The Peoples Improv Theater, The Philly Improv Theater and New York University. Kevin is the founder of The Story Studio, a school for storytelling. 
$75 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison is the creator of the live storytelling podcast RISK! (www.risk-show.com ), and a member of the legendary comedy troupe The State, known for their series on MTV. He has appeared in Reno 911!, VH1′s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Viva Variety and Stella, and HBO’s... Read More →



Saturday January 16, 2016 10:00am - 1:00pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

2:00pm

Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison, founder of RISK!
Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd 
Kevin Allison, Founder of RISK! and The Story Studio

From the bar to the boardroom, a well-told tale makes the best impression. The Story Studio’s "Wow Your Crowd" workshop, taught by Kevin Allison, provides students with the tools to grab listener's attention, appeal to their emotions and maybe even inspire their action. Kevin creates a friendly, social environment in which you can rehearse your work and receive feedback. You'll learn how to include the 6 Senses to trigger emotional responses. You'll master the 5 Beats of classic story structure. And you'll learn how to drive a narrative arc toward a resonant end. Your audience will remember the ideas conveyed in your story long after you have gone. This workshop is an overview of some of the tools and principles taught by Kevin Allison in his 6-week storytelling class at The Story Studio in New York City.

Kevin Allison is the creator of the live storytelling podcast RISK!, and a member of the legendary comedy troupe The State, known for their series on MTV. He has appeared in "Reno 911!," VH1′s "Best Week Ever," Comedy Central’s "Viva Variety" and "Stella," and HBO’s "Flight of the Conchords." Kevin has written for The Village Voice, The New York Press, Film Journal and more. He has taught sketch comedy and cinema studies at The Peoples Improv Theater, The Philly Improv Theater and New York University. Kevin is the founder of The Story Studio, a school for storytelling. 
$75 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison is the creator of the live storytelling podcast RISK! (www.risk-show.com ), and a member of the legendary comedy troupe The State, known for their series on MTV. He has appeared in Reno 911!, VH1′s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Viva Variety and Stella, and HBO’s... Read More →



Saturday January 16, 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Sunday, January 17
 

10:00am

Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd Workshop with Kevin Allison, founder of RISK!
Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd 
Kevin Allison, Founder of RISK! and The Story Studio

From the bar to the boardroom, a well-told tale makes the best impression. The Story Studio’s "Wow Your Crowd" workshop, taught by Kevin Allison, provides students with the tools to grab listener's attention, appeal to their emotions and maybe even inspire their action. Kevin creates a friendly, social environment in which you can rehearse your work and receive feedback. You'll learn how to include the 6 Senses to trigger emotional responses. You'll master the 5 Beats of classic story structure. And you'll learn how to drive a narrative arc toward a resonant end. Your audience will remember the ideas conveyed in your story long after you have gone. This workshop is an overview of some of the tools and principles taught by Kevin Allison in his 6-week storytelling class at The Story Studio in New York City.

Kevin Allison is the creator of the live storytelling podcast RISK!, and a member of the legendary comedy troupe The State, known for their series on MTV. He has appeared in "Reno 911!," VH1′s "Best Week Ever," Comedy Central’s "Viva Variety" and "Stella," and HBO’s "Flight of the Conchords." Kevin has written for The Village Voice, The New York Press, Film Journal and more. He has taught sketch comedy and cinema studies at The Peoples Improv Theater, The Philly Improv Theater and New York University. Kevin is the founder of The Story Studio, a school for storytelling. 
$75 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison is the creator of the live storytelling podcast RISK! (www.risk-show.com ), and a member of the legendary comedy troupe The State, known for their series on MTV. He has appeared in Reno 911!, VH1′s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Viva Variety and Stella, and HBO’s... Read More →



Sunday January 17, 2016 10:00am - 1:00pm
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, January 23
 

12:00pm

Voice Acting Workshop with Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen is one of the most sought-after and experienced voice actors in the business -- from his iconic roles as Yakko and Pinky from "Animaniacs," Carl Wheezer from "Jimmy Neutron," Donatello and Raphael from two different generations of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and hundreds more, Rob is a pro in every sense of the word. This four hour workshop will give you a chance to listen to Rob talk about his experiences in the voice over world and the rare opportunity to ask him questions to help you learn about what it takes to make it doing voices for a living! $100 All Ages

Performers
avatar for Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer... Read More →



Saturday January 23, 2016 12:00pm - 4:00pm
PianoFight Second Stage 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102