SF Sketchfest 2024: San Francisco's Largest Comedy Festival

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by Jill Loeffler  •

SF Sketchfest is a popular comedy festival that offers a wide range of performances at several venues throughout San Francisco. Every day from January 18 to February 4, 2024, you can watch hilarious skits, enjoy improv performances, and see solo comedians showcase their best stand-up acts.

In addition, this festival includes live radio events, podcasts, and in-person tributes and salutes. The film screenings, music-meets-comedy and interactive events and game shows are also very popular.

Performers often include comedians such as Dave Barry, Jeff Goldblum, Alan Arkin, Billy Crystal, and Kevin McDonald.

I LOVE comedy shows and attend several of these performances every year!

SF Sketchfest

Fun Fact: What's the history of this SF festival? It started in 2001 as a way to showcase the talents of just a few local Bay Area comedians. Since then, it's grown to one of the largest comedy festivals in the world. 

Top Shows for 2024

Here are just some of the top comedians on stage during SF's Sketchfest.

  • 1/19 & 1/20: Sam Morrison at The Rueff at the Strand Theater, 7 pm
  • 1/20: Randy Rainbow at The Masonic at 7:30 pm
  • 1/20: Stephanie Miller at the Herbst Theatre at 8 pm
  • 1/20: David Cross at Club Fugazi at 7 pm
  • 1/21: Triumph The Insult Comic Dog at the Castro Theatre
  • 1/25: Catherine Cohen at Bimbos 365 Club at 8 pm
  • 1/26: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler at The Masonic at 8 pm
  • 1/28: Jessica Kirson at the Palace of Fine Arts at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
  • 2/2: Ramy Youssef at the Swedish American Hall at 7 pm
  • 2/3: Mark Maron at the Castro Theatre at 8 pm

Click here for this year's detailed schedule.

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.


Tickets are on sale for all performances. You can either buy them advance (which I recommend for the more popular shows) or at the door. 

The price for most tickets varies by venue and performance. Tickets for the hands-on workshops and key comedians go for more.


You can find tickets to all performances on the Ticketmaster. Click the 'buy now' link next to the performance for a list of tickets still available. 

Shows that are already sold out will sometimes offer a handful of tickets at the door. In this case, the venue will begin taking names 90 minutes before the show and will sell any available tickets to those still waiting shortly before it opens.


As I mentioned above, some of the more popular performances sell out quickly. If you don't want to chance waiting in line at the door, you can also check out the selection on 

They help people resell their tickets and offer the best selection to any sold out performances in San Francisco (for SK Sketchfest and other events). 

Click here for tickets on TicketLiquidator.

Venue Details

This event is too large to hold at just one location in San Francisco. To make it easier for you, I've included the address, neighborhood, and best public transportation options for each SF Sketchfest venue.

Venue Address Neighborhood Public Transit Options
Brava Studio & Theater 2781 24th Street Mission Bus: 27, 33, 48
Cafe Royale 800 Post Street Nob Hill Bus: 2, 3, 27, 38
California Academy of Sciences 55 Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park

Bus: 5, 21

Light Rail: N

Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street Castro

Bus: 24, 35, 37

Light Rail: KT, L, M

Streetcar: F

Cobb's Comedy Club 915 Columbus Avenue North Beach

Bus: 30, 91

Cable Car: Mason/Powell

Dark Room 2263 Mission Street Mission

BART: 16th Street Station

Bus: 14, 49

Eureka Theatre 215 Jackson Street Financial District

Bus: 2, 4, 8, 18, 24, 27, 38, 44, 54, 56, 58, 72

Hotel Kabuki 1625 Post Street Japantown Bus: 2, 3, 38
Independent 628 Divisadero Alamo Square/NOPA Bus: 21, 24
JCCSF 3200 California Street Pacific Heights Bus: 1, 2, 3, 43
Lost Weekend (Cinecave at ) 1034 Valencia Mission

BART: 16th or 24th Street Stops

Bus: 14, 49

Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street Lower Nob Hill Bus: 2, 3
Mezzanine 444 Jessie Street SOMA

Bus: 6, 9, 71

Light Rail: K, L, M, N, T

Streetcar: F

Punch Line Comedy Club 444 Battery Street Financial District

Bus: 1, 2, 4, 8, 18, 24, 27, 38, 41, 44, 54, 56, 58, 72

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street Civic Center

Bus: 6, 47, 49, 71

Light Rail: J, K, L, M, N

Streetcar: F

Rite Spot Cafe 2099 Folsom Street Mission Bus: 12, 33
Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street Mission

BART: 16th Street Station

Bus: 22, 49

Stage Werx 446 Valencia Street Mission

BART: 16th Street Station

Bus: 22, 49

Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa Street Potrero Hill Bus: 9, 22, 33
Yoshi's San Francisco 1330 Fillmore Street Western Addition Bus: 22, 38

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