SketchFest Seattle is the world’s ORIGINAL sketch comedy festival. The Fest has established a reputation for presenting the best and most original comedy from places near and far.
Every year SketchFest brings together the most talented and hilarious comedians to be found around the globe, pairs them with the best and brightest local acts already killing it in town, and curates the most magical laugh-a-minute comedy fest in the Northwest.
SketchFest Seattle is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and producing diverse, inclusive sketch comedy performers and shows.
What is sketch comedy?
Sketch comedy is a short routine or vignette, called a “sketch”, performed by one or more comedians. Sketches are no longer than ten minutes.
You might think of sketch as very short plays. Because in sketch comedy the action is scripted, just as in a play. In contrast, improvisational comedy is unscripted and created (or improvised) in the moment. However, portions of sketch routines may be improvised.
In situation comedy, the same set of characters are involved in various amusing situations. While in sketches, the characters may change from one sketch to the next.
A few popular examples of American comedy sketch television shows include The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978), Saturday Night Live (1975- ), Chappelle’s Show (2003-2006), and Portlandia (2011- ). There are many more.
History of SketchFest
SketchFest ‘99 presented nine Seattle comedy troupes performing 8-minute samplers to sold-out audiences at Theater Off Jackson. Seattle celebrity John Keister hosted the event and ended up using certain groups on future episodes of his television show, “The John Report with Bob.”
In 2008, a comedy film festival was added to SketchFest, featuring the best comedy films from around the country.
By 2016, SketchFest had grown to 27 groups featuring sketch comedians from Hollywood, CA and the Canadian cities of Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, paired with local favorites. In addition, 12 comedy films were screened.
2020 SketchFest “StreamFest”
Since an in-person festival is not possible for September (breaking a 20 year run), SketchFest is combining their annual fundraiser and the comedy festival into one online extravaganza: StreamFest 2020! A four-week run of live-streamed sketch comedy from around the country (world??), as well as Zoom classes and writer’s rooms!
Tickets to all events are FREE. However, donations are very much encouraged to help cover the costs of StreamFest 2020. Money will be split between the virtual performers, Unexpected Productions (home theater for SketchFest Live performances), future SketchFest events, and social justice organizations. Suggested donations $5, $10, $15, $20, or more. ANYTHING IS APPRECIATED.12
StreamFest 2020 Schedule
- 8/8 7:00 PM PDT StreamFest Sketch Performance
- 8/22 7:00 PM PDT StreamFest Sketch Performance
- 9/5 7:00 PM PDT StreamFest Sketch Performance
- 9/19 7:00 PM PDT StreamFest Sketch Performance
Unexpected Productions, 1428 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101