HavenCon 2015 Welcomes Janet Varney & Dante Basco

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HavenCon is thrilled to welcome actors Dante Basco and Janet Varney! They will be with us both Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5, 2015 to speak with fans as well as providing autographs.

JANET VARNEY

Janet Varney is a comedian, actor, writer and producer. In the animation world, she is lucky enough to be the voice of Korra on Nickelodeon’s hit series The Legend of Korra. She also spent seven wonderful years hosting TBS’s “Dinner and a Movie,” recurred on HBO’s Entourage, was a series regular on the beloved E! and Yahoo series Burning Love seasons 1 and 3, and has made guest appearances in hit shows including How I Met Your Mother, Key and Peele, Psych, Bones, on the panel of Chelsea Lately, as a regular co-host on HuffPost Live, and has appeared in films such as Still Waiting, Drillbit Taylor, and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Janet is the host of the popular Nerdist podcast The JV Club and the co-founder, creative director and producer of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, now in its 14th year.

DANTE BASCO

With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian-American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio,” the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Born and raised in the City by the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”. Quickly they became one of the top groups in San Francisco, opening for acts like Ice-T and Vanity and performing during halftime shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s.
Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s where he started to work immediately. By the age of 16, Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook. He’s found success on the small screen as well on from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and recurring on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Moesha in the 90s to prominent spots on Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence in the early 2000s and hit shows today like CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-O.

A young man of many talents, Dante is the founder of on e of the largest weekly poetry venue in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles and he has also shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. He has also begun writing and producing his own features with his production company Kinetic Films, including Hang Loose, a (hilarious buddy comedy) with YouTube sensation KevJumba, winning the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Prizes for “Best Actor” and “Best Newcomer” respectively.

From breakdancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon.

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Purchase admission tickets and autographs at the link!

SF – W00tstock Founders’ Night

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Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton, and Paul & Storm appear on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 7:00 – 11:00 PM!

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For decades, geeks were ostracized, picked on, laughed at and punished by the sun’s harmful UV rays. But there is only so long that a people can be kept down before they rise up against their oppressors; and, indeed, the dawn of the 21st century has seen the ascendancy of geeks and geek culture.

We now celebrate that rise to power–and let’s face it, nerds pretty much run everything now–with w00tstock, a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage (MythBusters), music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (The Internet, Da Vinci’s Notebook) and author, actor and host of “TableTop” Wil Wheaton present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.

This is the dawning of the Age of Geekdom–and its voices will ring true at w00tstock Founders! $35 All Ages

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest!

Get tickets at the link!

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

SF – Salute to NewsRadio

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Dave Foley, Maura Tierney, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Khandi Alexander, and Andy Dick appear for the NewsRadio 20th Anniversary reunion on Saturday, January 24, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM! Presented as part of SF Sketchfest.

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Celebrate 20 years of the hilarious, irreverent sitcom set in the world of AM radio as the cast of “NewsRadio” come together at SF Sketchfest! Dave Foley (coffee-addicted news director Dave Nelson), Maura Tierney (obsessive overachiever Lisa Miller), Stephen Root (eccentric billionaire station owner Jimmy James), Vicki Lewis (quirky secretary Beth), Khandi Alexander (Three-Card Monte loving news anchor Catherine Duke) and Andy Dick (bumbling news reporter Matthew Brock) will take the Marines’ Memorial stage for an afternoon of stories, reminiscing and questions. $30 All Ages

Get tickets at the link!

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

SF – Futurama: Still Canceled

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John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, and Billy West appear on Friday January 30, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:30 PM as part of SF Sketchfest!

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Good news! “Futurama” is still cancelled! But 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), and Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), and producer Lee Supercinski. $25 All Ages

Get tickets at the link!

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

SF – An Afternoon with Animaniacs

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It’s time for Animaniacs! Join the amazing voice actors and stars of the hit animated Warner Bros cartoon show — Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Tress MacNeille (Dot), and songwriter Randy Rogel on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM for an afternoon of songs and stories that you won’t soon forget! Come sing-along with Yakko’s World, Wakko’s 50 State Capitols and a bevy of other beloved tunes! $30-$40 ($40 ticket includes Meet & Greet) All Ages Presented as part of SF Sketchfest!

Get tickets at the link!

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

SF – Revenge of the Nerds Screening

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The cast of Revenge of the Nerds appears for a 30th anniversary screening and Q&A panel on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 8:30PM!

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It’s been thirty years since those nerds of Lambda Lambda Lambda took on the jocks and jerks of Alpha Beta and Pi Delta Pi! Get ready for panty raids, jock strap pranks, homecoming pep rallys and belching contests in this classic comedy from the 80s, “Revenge of the Nerds!”

This 30th Anniversary celebration will include a screening and a conversation/Q&A with stars Curtis Armstrong (“Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson”), Timothy Busfield (“Arnold Poindexter”), Robert Carradine (“Lewis Skolnick”), Brian Tochi (“Toshiro Takashi”), Andrew Cassese (“Harold Wormser”), Larry B. Scott (“Lamar Latrell”) and Julia Montgomery (“Betty Childs”), moderated by Chris Hardwick from the Nerdist Podcast.

BUY TICKETS ($35)

Presented by SF Sketchfest

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

SF – Nerdist Podcast Live

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Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast appear on Friday February 7, 2014 at 10pm at Marines’ Memorial Theatre!

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Back for another highly-anticipated live podcasting experience, popular comic/actor/author/television personality/raconteur Chris Hardwick, celebrated funnyman Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira– noted wit and the most humorous former funeral home employee in the known universe– will return to San Francisco to be live on stage performing their special brand of stand-up comedy followed by a live exhibition of podcasting excellence, joined by a special guest to be announced.

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest

BUY TICKETS *SOLD OUT*

Marines Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 447-0188

 

SF – Sanjay and Craig Panel

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Chris Hardwick (Craig), Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay), Matt Jones (Hector), John DiMaggio (Penny Pepper), Nolan North (Huggle Bunny) and more appear on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am at Kanbar Hall at the JCCSF!

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SF Sketchfest brings the Nickelodeon animated series “Sanjay and Craig” home to the city where it was created. For the first time ever, the rad-awesome stars of the show will perform an episode in front of an audience, accompanied by clips from the series. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creators, and the world premiere of a brand new “Sanjay and Craig” episode. All children, doom babies, chicken wing eaters and talking snakes welcome!

Scheduled to appear: Chris Hardwick (Craig), Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay), Matt Jones (Hector), John DiMaggio (Penny Pepper), Nolan North (Huggle Bunny) and more.

PERFORMANCE INFO:

BUY TICKETS ($20)

Due to a change in his shooting schedule, Tony Hale will not be appearing as previously announced.

Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum & JCCSF

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

SF – Cabin Boy Screening

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Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick appear with underground drag superstar Peaches Christ on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Castro Theatre!

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20 years have gone by since Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick unleashed “Cabin Boy” on the world and it has since become a much-quoted and much-loved cult classic. Chris Elliott stars as ‘fancy lad’ Nathaniel Mayweather, who accidentally boards the wrong ship (called ‘The Filthy Whore’) and is forced to become cabin boy to the crew’s rough and tumble crew. Along the way he meets a shark-man, a multi-armed sea witch, a giant, and David Letterman selling monkeys. Elliott and co-writer and director Adam Resnick will sit down with underground drag superstar Peaches Christ for a freewheeling conversation.

Click the link for tickets ($20)

Presented by SF Sketchfest

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

SF – Super Troopers Screening

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Kevin Heffernan (Trooper Rod Farva — the oft picked on dispatcher) and Steve Lemme (Trooper Mac Womack — king of the pranksters) appear at the Roxie Theater on Saturday February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm for an introduction and Q&A before a screening of the film, Super Troopers, the 2001 cult classic from the minds of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, as it returns to the big screen for this special event presented by SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival. *SOLD OUT*  Tickets available at the link.

Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-1087

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