Cartoon Art Museum Announces 2009 SF Sketchfest Events

by Jeff

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to co-present a pair of events in collaboration with the 2009 SF Sketchfest. Sunday with Moral Orel (January 18) featuring Dino Stamatopoulos and Scott Adsit and Cartoon Dump (January 31) featuring Frank Conniff, Andy Kindler and Mary Lynn Rajskub take place at the Eureka Theatre (http://www.eurekatheatre.org) later this month. Tickets are available through the SF Sketchfest website, http://www.sfsketchfest.com

Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sunday with Moral Orel: Panel with Dino Stamatopoulos and Scott Adsit
The Eureka Theatre at 2PM, $15

What better place to spend a Sunday afternoon than with Dino Stamatopoulos and Scott Adsit, creators of the Adult Swim stop-motion animated comedy Moral Orel? They’ll reminisce, show clips, provide live commentary and share some of the models used on the show.

For those unfamiliar, Moral Orel is a dark, hilarious comedy following Orel, a student at Alfred G Diorama Elementary School, who constantly tries to live by the Protestant Christian moral code. It seems that others in town don’t quite prescribe to the same notion, and Orel’s life-lesson adventures take crazy, crude hilarious turns. Described by some as “Davey and Goliath meets South Park,” it’s a dead-on parody of 50’s and 60’s sitcoms and the notion of wholesome family values.

Saturday, January 31, 2009
Cartoon Dump with Frank Conniff and special guests Andy Kindler and Mary Lynn Rajskub
The Eureka Theatre at 8PM, $20

Cartoon Dump combines sketches, songs, puppets, stand-up comedy and crappy cartoons to create a uniquely disturbing and hilarious experience. For the past year it has played to sold-out audiences at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. It stars Frank Conniff (“TV’s Frank” from Mystery Science Theater 3000), Erica Doering, and a rotating cast of deranged characters. The incredibly awful cartoons are curated by noted animation historian Jerry Beck. Among the stand-up comics who have guested on the show are Patton Oswalt, Dana Gould, Maria Bamford, Greg Proops, Morgan Murphy, Blaine Capatch and The Sklar Brothers. For the SF Sketchfest performance, Cartoon Dump welcomes stand-up faves Andy Kindler (The Late Show with David Letterman) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24).

For more information, please visit http://www.cartoondump.com

About SF Sketchfest

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions.

Audiences have overwhelmingly responded to SF Sketchfest’s diverse programming which has featured performers from every major North American television comedy smash of the last 25 years including Saturday Night Live, The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, The Upright Citizens Brigade, The State, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Strangers With Candy, The Simpsons, The Daily Show and more. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.

For more information, please visit http://www.sfsketchfest.com

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