SF Sketchfest pays tribute to the hilarious and beloved Eugene Mirman — a longtime friend of the festival who has appeared at nearly every Sketchfest for the past 15 years. After the Bay Area premiere screening of the fascinating, funny and heartfelt documentary “It Started as a Joke,” Eugene will sit down on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 5 PM for a panel conversation with the film’s co-director Julie Smith Clem, and be feted one by one by some of his best friends in comedy, including Jon Glaser, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, and Olivia Wingate.
“It Started As A Joke” is a feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement, offers a bittersweet goodbye to an era, and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. The film includes interviews with Michael Ian Black, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Ira Glass, John Hodgman, Kumail Nanjiani, Reggie Watts and Michael Showalter, along with performances by Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Bobcat Goldthwait and more. ($45 Orchestra, $35 Balcony, All Ages)
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