The one and only Neil Hamburger AKA America's 1$ Funnyman AKA The World's Funnymanwill be hosting one night of Sacramento All Sketch.
Neil Hamburger, as if you didn't know, appeared recently in Tenacious D's "Pick of Destiny." He toured with The D and he currently hosts Poolside Chats with Neil Hamburger on Tom Green's internet TV Station. Check out Mr. Hamburger's fine MySpace page at myspace.com/americasfunnyman.
It's done. It was great getting to check out different sketch troupes from around the country. And it was difficult choosing. We hate to have to say no to anyone and we do really appreciate everyone who applied. So, here they are, in no particular order, the performers of Sacramento All Sketch:
Sketch Armstrong If Sketch Armstrong is good enough for the 2006 Aspen Comedy Festival, the 2006 Montreal Comedy Festival, the 2007 LA Comedy Festival and the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival "Best Shorts of 2006" program then by golly they're too good for us. But we tricked 'em into performing anyway.
Don't miss Sketch Armstrong creation Go People Go! , the Christian Folk Sensation that's “putting the FUN back in Christian Fundamentalism.” Armed only with an old bus packed full o'Bibles, guitars and tap shoes, they are on a mission to remake America – one song, one soul, and one President at a time. www.SketchArmstrong.com
Boomtime From Oakland California come Boomtime featuring three of the Bay Area's weirdest and most beloved stand up comics Moshe Kasher, Brent Weinbach and Alex Koll showing that they're equally adept at making really weird sketch comedy.
Boomtime's last appearance in Sacramento resulted in multiple sold out shows and a landslide of e-mails and phone calls begging us to bring them back soon. Here they are. Quit calling us already. We can't afford to change our number again. www.myspace.com/boomtimesf
The Keith and Kate Show from Auburn California featuring Jason and Kate? Both wooed and wowed local audiences when they appeared in Love and Math in early 2007. The Keith and Kate show is a collection of skits, musical numbers and heartfelt tributes to Jason's huge yet surprisingly fragile ego. Visit their myspace page.
The Weekly Armenian Hollywood's Bryan Coffee is The Weekly Armenian. He is a one man sketch comedy troupe with wonderful sound effects, great physical presence and one amazing eyebrow. Bryan writes and directs Ten West who sold out Sacramento's Geery Theater a few months back. (Writing for a silent show is either very easy or very difficult, but Bryan gets the job done) With the Weekly Armenian he shows that he's quite talented with words as well. www.myspace.com/theweeklyarmenian
Fakesweet stars Kirstin Eggers who is also a member of sketch comedy legends Summer of Tears. Fakesweet has a huge cast of characters and one actress. Psychology students will pack our theatre as they research the phenomenon of voluntary multiple personality disorder. www.myspace.com/mmmfakesweet
Killing My Lobster have been producing cutting edge live theatre and films in San Francisco since the last Ice Age and they seem destined to continue on through the next one.
I once asked my dad to take me to a KML show for my birthday. We had a great time.
The Trash Film Orgy Players The writers and cast of Sacramento's own award winning midnight trash film series have finally reached the end of their parole during which time they were forbidden by law from performing except between the hours of midnight and 6am.
Expect them to receive another harsh sentence immediately following their appearance at Sacramento All Sketch. www.TrashFilmOrgy.com
I Can't Believe It's Not Comedy Sacto's long running ICBINC, "the great troupe with the awful name" have toured their unique blend of musical numbers, long form dramatic sketch and short film to crowds through the west coast, from LA to Seattle. They once spent a surreal night playing with an incredibly offensive racist lady in Arizona but they don't talk about that (unless you get 'em drinkin'.) Aint nepotism a bitch? www.NotComedy.com
Smooot Valley High The sweeet sound of clean cut rock and roll as played by Fresno California's home schoooled Smooot brothers (and one sister) makes the caterwauling of the Osmond family sound like depraved satanic heavy metal in comparison. The siblings do not normally accept night gigs, especially not in the "Big City" but we convinced them that our audience was in desperate need of some good old fashioned morality. www.myspace.com/smoootvalleyhigh
And now, it IS too late to apply. Sorry. All aplications are in and we're making our selections. Soon we will be posting the line up for Sacramento All Sketch and we should have some video clips ready soon after that showcasing the acts we're bringing to our stage. So, keep checking back...
You can still apply for Sacramento All Sketch. While it's true that our early deadline has passed, you can get your application postmarked anytime before the 15th to make the late deadline. It'll cost ya a couple extra bucks but hey, sometimes it's worth paying the late fee if you just REALLY need to sleep in. That's certainly my policy when it comes to getting my DVD rentals back on time.
We just picked up a most unusual sponsor. Sea Monkeys. Yes, that's right, Sacramento All Sketch is sponsored by Sea Monkeys and they're sending us product to use for promoting and fund raising. I find this quite bizarre and wonderful. I am a nut for Sea Monkeys, have been since I was a kid and first saw the ad in a Conan The Barbarian Comic Book (I bought it because Conan was fighting a werewolf and I loved werewolves.)
So I started a blog to share my retro fandom with other geeky types (www.seamonkeygeek.com)and ended up becoming friends with the COO of the company that now sells these instant pets, George Atamian. George is excited about our comedy festival and so we arranged an unusual sponsorship deal. Sea Monkeys and Sketch Comedy, my two life long passions come together at last. Ha ha. Be sure to visit our sponsor at www.sea-monkeys.com.
Actually, you have one day less than two weeks left to get your application in. We're seeing some great stuff and I can already say with confidence that this is going to be an amazing festival featuring some outstanding talent.
Applications are due November 1st (late registration November 15th.) Click here to get an application. Instructions for mailing and what not can be found on the app. Good luck. Hope to see you in February!
So busy. Getting ready to head up to Sketchfest Seattle. I can't wait. Ten West, Cody Rivers Show and Karla are all performing the weekend I'm there which is cool, but of course I'm most excited about seeing some great troupes that I HAVEN'T heard of.
What's making me crazy is that as I put this festival together my performer schedule keeps on keeping on as I now have The Coexist Comedy Tour demanding my attention and my documentary Why Lie I Need A Drink is almost done. Somewhere in there I manage to make a living and maintain a relationship with the woman who will be marrying me next April. Oh yeah, did I mention I'm getting Married too? Yeah. Life is good, crazy, but good.
The Sacramento News and Review has a great two page spread on the shows we've been producing here in Sacramento.
It does me proud to have them take notice that we are indeed bringing really great, unique acts to Sacramento, and to appreciate my work in going out and finding these acts, and then begging them to come to our town.
As the article says, it's all paving the way to Sacramento All Sketch. February 2008. See ya there.
"I think it's safe to say I was unequivocally mesmerized the entire length of The Show. I don't think I risked blinking. Ten West was THAT good." Time Out Chicago.
Ten West is here on July 20th and 21st. Check out www.TenWest.net to find out why this is not a show to be missed. The opening act will be One Man Sketch Comedy Show in A Box (and rumor has it there'll be a couple of surprise appearances.)
Click images to enlarge A Muslim, a Christian, A Hindu, an atheist and a Jew walk into a bar...
On August 1oth and 11th we're proud to present The Coexist? Comedy Tour, featuring five comedians with five different answers to the god question. None of them will be preaching and all of them will be likely to offend the overly sensitive, and maybe even each other. Check out more at www.CoexistComedy.com.
While our applications are being accepted for quite some time, Sketchfest Seattle is nearing their due date, so get your apps in now. They have an awesome fest, one of the best I've been to. You can get more information and grab an application as well by visiting sketchfest.org. And even it you don't apply to perform, head on up and check out the show. Volunteer for a few shifts if you really want to to experience the fest.
We're excited at getting to know sketch troupes from all over the country. And we're bummed at having to tick off a bunch of 'em as we make the difficult choice of who to invite to perform at our festival.
Click Here to download a word document version of our application. We'll be putting a pdf up soon as well. Thanks and best of luck to you.
Tom Working finished up our logo. He gave us lots of great options to choose from, and while I'm thrilled with the variation we chose, I think we'll see some of his other designs appearing on our t-shirts and posters as all the designs were really fantastic.
And, as you can see we've settled on a name. "Sacramento All Sketch" it is. Our initial to do list is shrinking fast. The only major tasks ahead for now is to get our applications done. Our lawyer pal still hasn't given us the go, but we still plan to have them up before Friday.
I stopped by the post office today and set up our PO box, so hit contact if you feel like mailing us pictures of your chinchillas eating pizza or some other such smut.
We've also put up a sponsor page. So you can help Sacramento have a really cool Sketch Festival while promoting your business. Win/win see?
Had a great meeting with Sid today. We took an extensive tour of the theatre. It's really a perfect room, even the dressing rooms are awesome.
We've having a great time putting together the festival. I've been meeting regularly with Sid and with my fiance Bryna mapping out how we'll work everything.
I've also been talking a-lot with Andrew from The Cody Rivers show. They do a festival called Sketchingham and I'm getting lots of great advice on what has worked for them.
One thing I'm especially excited about is making this a great experience for the visiting performers. I love Sacramento and look forward to seeing a bunch of Sketch Comedians having a great time here. The Applications are almost done. We'll have 'em up here by next week, so do check back for that.
I am open to any and all advice and happy to answer questions. You can write me or Sid at email@example.com.
Volunteers needed. We'll be needing people for flyering, ushering, working concessions and more. Volunteers will get free show tickets, admission to private functions, a special STAFF T-Shirt and a chance to be part of something really great.
The Sacramento Sketch Comedy Festival will feature a carefully selected sampling of the best Sketch Comedy America has to offer, and who knows maybe we'll even get some of that zany foreign comedy.
The festival will consist of five shows over three nights in February 2008, and some other smaller events as well including a late night show that will be give the various troupes and troupe members an opportunity to collaborate.
The venue is The 24th Street Theater, a gorgeous 300 street theater with a great lighting system a large stage, posh dressing rooms and all the other great stuff you could want.
So, who is putting on this amazing spectacle? Glad you asked:
Keith Lowell Jensen has been an MC and promoter for Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, a touring stand up comedian, the founder of Sacramento's legendary film festival The Trash Film Orgy. He is also the founder, director and a cast member of Sacramento sketch troupe I Can't Believe Its Not Comedy.
Sid Garcia Heberger is the assistant director and a cast member of I Can't Believe Its Not Comedy. In her spare time Sid operates Sacramento's most beloved historic movie theatre, The Crest.
There's lots going on behind the scenes at the present time, including building a website. For now we have this blog. Please keep checking back and looking forward to The Sacramento Sketch Comedy Festival.
Thank you for supporting The Sacramento Sketch Comedy Festival and for helping to make Sacramento a City of Festivals. We are presenting seven shows in a 300 seat venue. That is a-lot of comedy fans coming through. We have many promotional opportunities available allowing your business to reach our enthusiastic, fun loving audience.
Laugher $150 • Thank you on the sponsor’s page of our website with a link to your website. • Thank you on promotional postcards • Two tickets to any festival performance
Belly Laugher $275 • Thank you on promotional postcard • Thank you from stage by the festival organizers • Thank you on the sponsor’s page of our website with link to your website • Four tickets to any performance with reserved seats. • Invitation to special invite only festival events.
Screaming, Hysterical Laugher $500* • Live link in two Sacramento Sketch Comedy Festival e-mails to our extensive and growing email list compiled during 5 years of Sacramento comedy shows • Logo with link on front page of our web site • Logo on front side of postcard and on posters • Thank you from stage by the festival organizers • Two all festival passes with VIP Seating • Invitation to special invite only festival events including meet and greet mixer with the performers. • Special sponsors table at late night end of fest celebrations/cabaret with Champagne for two
*Note we will accept only five sponsors at this level, so your logo will not be lost in the crowd.
Bonus Laugh. Two tables are available at each show where you can hand out business cards and samples, display merchandise, and meet our audience members face to face. Sorry, no selling permitted. Please contact us if you're interested in hosting a table.
If you have any questions or would like us to discuss sponsorship further please contact Sid Garcia Heberger and Keith Lowell Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org