SF – SF Sketchfest Tribute: Fred Willard

000_fred-willardSF Sketchfest pays tribute to comedian Fred Willard, with an event moderated by Kevin Pollak and appearance by special guests Christopher Guest, Robert Klein, Laraine Newman and more on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Fred Willard is an American Comedy Treasure and has been an important part of SF Sketchfest’s history for 15 years, first attending the festival in its second year. Tonight we celebrate the man himself with a special panel with Fred and some of his collaborators from over the years, including Robert Klein, Christopher Guest, Laraine Newman and more, moderated by Kevin Pollak. A Second City and Ace Trucking Company alumnus, Fred Willard is known for his quick wit and improvisational expertise. He has appeared in over 70 films, including “Waiting For Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Roxanne,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “WALL-E.” He has appeared in over 1,000 television episodes, from “Get Smart” and “Fernwood 2 Night” to “Everybody Loves Raymond” to “Modern Family.”

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 – Pop My Culture w/ Fred Willard

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Special guest Fred Willard joins hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland at the Eureka Theatre on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm!

Press Release:

Pop My Culture is a weekly-ish podcast hosted by comedic actors and improvisers Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland. Join these two entertainment nerds and their special guests as they discuss movies, music, television, celebrity gossip, etc. without all those pesky “serious” topics like politics, religion and the environment. I mean, you can tune into Fresh Air for that. We’ll just tackle the trivial watercooler stuff, ok?

Joining Vanessa and Cole for a live recording at SF Sketchfest is a very special guest — legendary comedian and actor Fred Willard (“Waiting For Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “Fernwood2Night,” and countless others)!

With over a million downloads, Pop My Culture has been named the #2 Best Comedy Podcast of the Moment by Rolling Stone, and has appeared on Best lists by Paste Magazine, IFC.com and Mashable.com. It’s part of the Nerdist network of shows. Past guests include Drew Carey, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Cary Elwes, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Rachel Dratch, Laraine Newman, Jonathan Silverman, Reginald VelJohnson, Jodie Sweetin and many more.

Tickets are available at the link!

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest.

Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94111
415-788-SHOW (7469)

CA – Art of The Good Dinosaur Signing

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Press Release:

Pixar is back with their brand new animated film The Good Dinosaur!  An unusual take on the relationship between a Dinosaur and his human, Pixar explores a world where we ask the questions, “What if the asteroid missed? What would happen if dinosaurs were not extinct?” We follow our main dinosaur, Arlo, who makes a treacherous journey with his human friend and learns to confront his fears. Arlo finds strength within himself and finds out what he is truly capable of.

Come hear the artists share stories from behind the scenes and see their development work for the movie at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 5, 2015.  Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new Art of The Good Dinosaur.

In addition, one of our signing artists Noah Klocek will also be signing his children’s book Cloud Country. Published by Pixar Animation Artist Showcase, Cloud Country is about a little cloudlet dreamer named Gale.

Featured Artists:
Noah Klocek – Concept Artist

…and more to be announced

Event Schedule:

2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A
4:00 – 5:00 pm Signing

$10 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the The Art of Good Dinosaur or Cloud Country books (100 seats only, standing room also available).

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Front Row Reserved Seats available $20. (does not guarantee availability of book for “seats only” option)

  • Waives admission fee.
  • Guaranteed seat in the first 2 rows, only 20 seats available.
  • No need to wait in line or get to the event early just to get a good seat.
  • Comes with a free bottle of water.
  • Guaranteed first in line during the artist signing time.

More info and ticket are available at the link…

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

Steel City Con Returns on Dec. 4-6

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Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on December 4-6, 2015 with guests including Sean Astin, Tommy Flanagan, Jason Mewes, Ric Flair, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt, Adrian Paul, Corbin Bernsen, William Katt, Walter Koenig, Amy Allen, Nalini Krishan, Naomi Grossman, Larry Thomas, Ken Kelly, Ani-Mia, and many more!

The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center.  It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables,  artist alley, and celebrity guests.  At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!

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Buy Tickets: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets
Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com

CA – Talkin’ Toons LIVE

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talkin_toons1Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Jess Harnell and Kevin Michael Richardson to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

SF – Up Director Speaks

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Pete Docter, Academy Award–winning director of Up and Monsters, Inc., and Disney historian Don Peri co-host this talk about the role of the animation director on Saturday March 1st from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Learn about the host of talented  artists who  worked as Disney directors on productions ranging from early silent shorts to the feature films of today and how their role evolved during Walt’s lifetime and beyond. Key directors from Disney’s storied past are highlighted.

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

CA – Talkin Toons LIVE

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talkin_toonsVoice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Tress MacNeille and Laraine Newman to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday November 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

Laraine Newman is a comedienne, actress, writer and was part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live! She’s been in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and has provided voices in Wreck-It Ralph, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, Ponyo, Surf’s Up, Monsters, Inc. and more!

Tress MacNeille is best known for providing various voices in the animated series The Simpsons, Futurama, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers and more! Her list of video game roles include Kingdom Hearts games, Escape from Monkey Island, The Simpsons Game, and countless others!

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

CA – Hero Complex Film Festival 2012

Hero Complex Film Festival tickets go on sale today, Thursday April 26, 2012.

Friday May 18, 2012

Dawn of the Dead 7:00 pm
Special guests: Zack Snyder and Robert Kirkman

Shaun of the Dead 10:00 pm
Special guest: Edgar Wright

Saturday May 19, 2012

RoboCop 12:00 pm
Special guest: Peter Weller

A Clockwork Orange 4:00 pm
Special guest: Malcolm McDowell


SUPER 8:30 pm
Special guest: Rainn Wilson


Sunday May 20, 2012

WALL-E 2:00 pm
Special guest: Andrew Stanton Includes a special preview of Disney/Pixar’s ‘Brave’

Serenity 6:00 pm Special guest: Nathan Fillion

Monday May 21, 2012

An Evening with Stan Lee Screening TBA

2012 event poster designed by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee.

CA – Curbing It Signing

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Jeff Garlin discusses and signs his new memoir on Sunday January 8, 2012 at 4:00pm

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Jeff Garlin shares his hysterical and eye-opening journey to reduce his waistline and his carbon footprint during the production of the seventh season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jeff Garlin has dedicated the filming of an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to completely making over his lifestyle in two major ways—by lightening his physical and his ecological footprints. After many false starts, he believes that writing a book about the experiment is the only possible way to help him lose weight and go green.

The hardest part of the endeavor is overcoming his food addiction—especially when craft service has a constant buffet of everything delicious you could imagine on set. In addition to cutting calories, Jeff accidentally falls into a love affair with pilates, sweats with Richard Simmons, and twice visits the Pritikin Longevity Center, which he says is “rehab for people who eat too much pizza.” Larry David’s rooting for him. Jerry Seinfeld’s plotting against him. And his wife is just plain annoyed by everything.

As far as going green, Jeff has always been a big recycler, but he has a lot to learn. For example, actor Ed Begley Jr. is the guy to call if you want to reduce your environmental impact. Jeff does, and it changes everything.

He hopes that being healthy and green becomes a big part of who he is—if not now, when?

About the Author:
Comedian and actor Jeff Garlin is best known for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Garlin also spent three seasons on NBC’s Mad About You in the role of Marvin, and has a variety of television and film appearances to his credit including Dr. Katz, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Daddy Day Care, and WALL-E. He has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069