SF – StarTalk LIVE

000_startalk_bill-nyeBill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman appear at the Curran on Thursday, January 12th at 7:30 PM for StarTalk LIVE!

Press Release:

Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country!

Just like the award-winning podcast and radio show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science; and includes scientists, celebrities and comedians as featured guests. StarTalk Live! stage performances are hosted by either Neil deGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye the Science Guy, and are co-hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, sex, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment.

StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from “StarTalk Radio,” the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. “StarTalk” is also an Emmy-nominated television show in its second season on the National Geographic Channel.

StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends. $30 – $50 (Note: Ticket price as listed on sfcurran.com includes all service and facility fees)

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

The Curran
445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-2000

SF – Futurama: Why Are We Still Doing This?

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David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, and Billy West on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM!

Press Release:

A lot can change in a year. But in the case of the still-canceled animated show “Futurama,” well, nothing has. But once again we’re getting the gang back together to perform classic “Futurama” scenes live on-stage, take your questions in a Q&A, and general tomfoolery. Scheduled to appear are cast members John DiMaggio (Bender), Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo, Lrrr), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), David Herman (Scruffy, Larry), executive producer and co-creator David X. Cohen and producer Lee Supercinski. Come, because Hypnotoad commands it.

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – King of the Hill 20th Anniversary Reunion

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Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy, and Stephen Root. appear on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM for a “King of the Hill” 20th Anniversary Reunion and Live Read.

That boy ain’t right! Hard to believe it’s been twenty years and 258 episodes since Hank Hill and his family hit the airwaves! To celebrate the milestone, SF Sketchfest is proud to welcome creator Mike Judge (who also voiced Hank) and original voice actors Kathy Najimy (Peggy Hill), Pamela Adlon (Bobby Hill), Stephen Root (Bill Dauterive), Toby Huss (Khan Souphanousinphone, Sr.) and David Herman (Buckley) for an evening of conversation, Q&A and a live read of a classic “King of The Hill” episode!

This show is part of the 16th Annual SF Sketchfest. It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person! SFSketchfest.com.

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Legend of Korra Panel & Signing

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Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco, and Dan Parsons appear on a panel moderated by Andrew Farago at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 PM! Tickets available at the link… *Premium tickets include a private post-event signing with the panelists.

Press Release:

Calling all benders! Go behind the scenes of The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender with special guests voice actors Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco and Avatar: Legacy illustrator Dan Parsons. Cosplay highly encouraged! All ages welcome.

Janet Varney (voice of Korra) is a comedian, actor, writer and producer known for her roles as Becca on FX’s You’re the Worst and as the host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie. She is also known in San Francisco as the founder of the annual comedy festival San Francisco Sketchfest.

John Michael Higgins (voice of Varrick) is an actor and voice actor whose credits include Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, Pitch Perfect, Yes Man, Bad Teacher, and many other films and television shows.

Mindy Sterling (voice of Lin Beifong) is known for her role as Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films as well as roles in Con Man, LegitChowder, iCarly and Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm.

Dante Basco (voice of Zuko and General Iroh) is known for his role as Rufio in the 1991 film Hook. He was also the voice of Jake Long in the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long.

Dan Parsons (illustrator of Avatar: Legacy) is an illustrator and comic book artist who is best known for his work on Star Wars comics and Game of Thrones.

Andrew Farago (moderator) is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum and the author of many books on cartooning including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History.

Presented by Friends for Benefits and the Cartoon Art Museum

RSVP on Facebook!

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1233

NYC – Difficult People Screening

000000000000-Difficult PeopleJulie Klausner & Billy Eichner appear with moderator Caryn James at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm for a Difficult People talk and advance screening.

Press Release:

Two aspiring NYC comedians who aren’t living up to their potential, hate just about everything and everyone — except for each other.

That’s the hilarious journey of creator, writer, Executive Producer and star Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?) and co-star Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street) on Hulu’s hit comedy series Difficult People. Laugh your way through an advance screening of an episode from Season 2, then hear from these two funny people about playing wayward versions of themselves on their painfully comic, Amy Poehler-produced show.

Get tickets at the link!

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

SF – Adventures of Pete & Pete Reunion

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Press Release:

“The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” Nickelodeon’s beloved show, which ran in different incarnations between 1989 and 1996, follows two brothers, both named Pete, and their adventures in the town of Wellsville, New York. Surreal, hilarious, and touching, the show has a rabid following and an eclectic list of guest stars, like Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Chris Elliott, Gordan Gano, Debbie Harry, LL Cool J, Ann Magnuson, Marshall Crenshaw and Selma Blair.

After a sold-out 20th anniversary show in 2013, Pete and Pete returns with cast members Michael C. Maronna (Big Pete Wrigley), Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete Wrigley), Toby Huss (Artie, the Strongest Man in the World), Alison Fanelli (Ellen Josephine Hickle), Rick Gomez (Endless Mike), Pete & Pete house band leader Mark Mulcahy, and series creators Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb, for a night of clips, conversation, music, scene readings and more on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM! $30 All Ages

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest!

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

CA – Punks Git Out Signing

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Jay Howell (Sanjay and Craig, Bob’s Burgers) appears at Secret Headquarters on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM for an art exhibition and signing!

The Punks Git Cut zine anthology gathers all of artist Jay Howell’s highly sought-after mini comics, zines, rare one-offs, and select paintings into one glorious 420-page collection. Howell’s decidedly west coast aesthetic celebrating life-affirming subjects like skateboarding, buddies, sex, dogs, and parties will convert even the most resolute misanthropes. This book includes Punks Git Cut, The Dark Wave, Let Me Tell You Where/Where Not To Stick It, Dogs and Dog Information, Pages from Books Vol. 1, Wicked Wendy, Wild Wolf and Other Fun Drawings, and more.

Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.666.2228

MA – Aziz Ansari Appearance

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Comedian/actor Aziz Ansari (star of Parks & Recreation and Funny People) appears at the Sanders Theatre on Friday July 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM to present his new book MODERN ROMANCE!

Tickets available at the link (includes copy of book)

Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

NYC – Aziz Ansari Signs

AzizAnsariActor/comedian Aziz Ansari appears at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday June 16, 2015 at noon to sign his new book Modern Romance!

Author Event
Modern Romance combines Aziz Ansari’s irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us a tour of our new romantic world. An exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

Special Instructions
Books must be purchased at this Barnes & Noble location for attendance and priority seating.

About this Author
Aziz Ansari is a stand-up comedian and an actor. He is on his fourth major stand-up tour, which was filmed for his next stand-up special, “Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden.” His last special, “Buried Alive,” premiered on Netflix in 2013. He currently stars as Tom Haverford on the Emmy-nominated comedy Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler and other great people. He’s appeared in several films as well, including This Is the End, Funny People, and 30 Minutes or Less.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

OR – Linework NW Opening Party

Daniel Clowes, Lisa Congdon, Lisa Hanawalt, and Jay Howell appear at Hellion Gallery on Friday, April 17th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm! RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

Linework NW is back for round 2! Come celebrate the triumphant return of Portland’s premier comics and illustration festival at our opening reception on Friday, April 17th at Hellion Gallery from 6:00-10:00pm. Enjoy beer by the local brew heroes at Gigantic while perusing prints and original work from our esteemed special guests:

DANIEL CLOWES
one of the great voices of contemporary American literature and a legendary artist and draftsman. Clowes is the creator of Eightball, an anthology of personal work that consistently raised the bar of comics art and literature over its impressive 17–year run. It was in these pages that many of Clowes’ graphic novels were first serialized, including Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, David Boring, and Ghost World, which was adapted to film by Terry Zwigoff in 2001 with an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Clowes. Linework NW is extraordinarily honored to be hosting the official world premiere of The Complete Eightball 1–18 (Fantagraphics Books) at our festival.

LISA HANAWALT
a prolific cartoonist and illustrator known for her colorful and hilarious work. A Co-Producer and Production Designer of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, Hanawalt is also a frequent contributor to publications such as The Believer, Lucky Peach magazine, and The New York Times, and the author of the collection My Dirty Dumb Eyes (Drawn and Quarterly). A prolific and wide-ranging creator, Hanawalt also serves as co-host of the bi-weekly podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller. Lisa Hanawalt will make you blush, through either the sheer beauty of her craft, or her deft ability to tell dirty jokes.

JAY HOWELL
an animator, illustrator, and character designer whose work can be seen everywhere from Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig (where Howell serves as Executive Producer, Co-Creator, and Art Director) and Fox’s Bob’s Burgers to fine art galleries such as Slow Culture and FFDG. Well known for his distinctive drawings of spindly-legged punks, dogs, skateboards, and cool times, Howell is also the creator and animator of the Classic Tales series of interviews from Vans. With a body of work that evokes both simple beauty and thrashing chaos, Jay Howell is a champion to professional artists and those who doodle in the margins of notebooks alike.

LISA CONGDON
a fine artist, author, and illustrator who well-known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, and hand lettering. A self-described “late bloomer,” Congdon began her artistic career after working for years as an educator and has achieved extraordinary success, working with an array of high-profile clients including MoMA, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and the Obama campaign. Lisa is also the author of many books, including Art, Inc; Whatever You Are, Be a Good One; Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip, and A Collection a Day. Her latest book, Fortune Favors the Brave (Chronicle) will be released later this year. Congdon’s background as an educator continues to influence her artistic practice. She has made a name for herself as a guide and inspiration to those following their passion and pursuing a career in art.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the festival, please visit www.lineworknw.com

Hellion Gallery
19 NW 5th Ave, Suite #208, Portland OR 97209

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