Sketchfest NYC 2010, a three day all-night sketch comedy festival celebrating acts from across the country went down June 10-12. The stage at Upright Citizens Brigade theatre saw over 20 acts, all sharing their own styles with the theater-goers (sometimes by using an audience member to replace part of the cast, and sometimes by passing a handle of Jack Daniels around to the audience). I was there Friday and Saturday to witness alternative sketch at its finest.
Some highlights from Friday included Last Call Cleveland, who proved to us that good things can come out of Cleveland despite what their hilarious tourism video said. They also sang the “One Semester of Spanish Love Song,” making this the first time we’ve been seduced by the phrase “Donde esta la biblioteca?” Another act, Fearsome presents: Grease 3: Threase, provided a musical-format show, taking time to point out that they were really in high school even though they looked 30.
On Saturday, Ethan and Dave started the show using a kiwi to explain how to kiss a girl and avoid eating her entire face (difficult to do in the heat of the moment); if there are any NYC sex laws related to fruit, they were probably broken during this bit. Another food-related bit involved Elephant Larry making homemade relish and mayonnaise on stage (think vinegar, raw eggs, oil, and two fully-grown men making out to combine the ingredients). Rue Brutalia’s “Divorced Dad Cooking Show” got big laughs from the audience, and Murderfist ended Sketchfest on a celebratory note with their high-energy show.
Sketchfest NYC was a great weekend of shows that highlighted the diversity of today’s sketch comedy. To see some pictures of the shows and find out the full lineup, check out Sketchfest NYC’s official site. And check back at Punchline Magazine for more sketch and improv coverage in two weeks at the Friar’s Club Sketch and Improv Competition!