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Robert Townsend talks about his movie “Hollywood Shuffle” in a 30th anniversary event on Jan. 24, part of the 16th annual SF Sketchfest. (Courtesy photo)
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SF Sketchfest 2017, opening Jan. 12 and running through Jan. 29, is The City’s premiere comedy Festival, hosting more than 700 performers in more than 200 shows in 17 locations. Here are a few select highlights; for more, visit sfsketchfest.com

Jan. 12

StarTalk Live!: Host Bill Nye, co-host Eugene Mirman and special guests Claudia O’Doherty and Ariel Waldman appear in the fun science show. 7:30 p.m., $30-$50. Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.

Jan. 13

Hold On with Eugene Mirman: Audible presents the storytelling session, with host Mirman along with Andy Richter, Busy Philipps, Alice Wetterlund and Marina Franklin. 7:30 p.m., $30. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.

Jan. 14

Soundtracks Live-Scenes and Songs from a Classic 80s Movie
: Matt Ballard, Michael Ian Black, Beth Dover, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Marisa Ryan, Michael Showalter, Bobby Tisdale, David Wain, Amy Miles and others perform excerpts from 1980s flicks, with proceeds benefiting 826 Valencia. 4 p.m., $50. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.

The Kids in the Hall: “Brain Candy” gets a live staged reading with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. 7 p.m., $45. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.,

Jan. 15

The Kentucky Fried Movie 40th Anniversary: Filmmakers John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker answer questions about the movie at the screening. 7:30 p.m.,$25. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.

Susanna Hoffs & Friends: The singer (of The Bangles fame) appears in an evening of music and comedy with Petra Haden and Tamara Yajia.7:30 p.m., $30. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.

Jan. 18

Salute to Peter Bogdanovich Double Feature: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks hosts tributes to “What’s Up, Doc?” on its 45th anniversary and “Noises Off!” on its 25th 7 p.m., $25. Alamo Drafhouse Cinema, 2550 Mission St., S.F.

Jan. 19

King of the Hill 20th Anniversary Reunion: The live reading features Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, Johnny Hardwick, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy and Stephen Root. 7:30 p.m., $30 (sold out), Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.

Jan. 21

True Stories 30th Anniversary with The Tobolowsky Files: Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky appears to celebrate the eclectic movie he cowrote with David Byrne and Beth Henley. 3 p.m., $20. Alamo Drafhouse Cinema, 2550 Mission St., S.F.

Jan. 22

Ricky Jay: The sleight of hand artist, actor, historian and more appears in an in-depth conversation about his art and career, with musician Van Dyke Parks. 2 p.m., $30. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.

Kung Pow Enter The Fist 15th Anniversary: Filmmaker Steve Oedekerk answers questions about is kung fu movie sendup. 7 p.m., $20. Alamo Drafhouse Cinema, 2550 Mission St., S.F.

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Fred Willard: The comic great is honored by special guests Christopher Guest, Robert Klein, Laraine Newman and moderator Kevin Pollak. 7:30 p.m., $15 and up. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.

Jan. 24

Hollywood Shuffle 30th Anniversary: The screening and Q&A session pays tribute to director Robert Townsend and writer-actor Keenen Ivory Wayans. 7:30 p.m., $25. Alamo Drafhouse Cinema, 2550 Mission St., S.F.

Jan. 27

Bill Irwin & Bill Frisell: The comic actor and jazz great perform songs and scenes from Vaudeville, with guests Geoff Hoyle and Kenny Wollesen. 7:30 p.m., $25-$75. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.

Jan. 28

Tribute to Tim and Eric: Absurdist comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Adult Swim fame appear in conversation with Tennessee Luke. 2 p.m., $25 and up. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.

Jan. 29

Tribute to Tig Notaro: The standup comic, who was nominated for an Emmy for her HBO special “Boyish Girl Interrupted” appears with Jen Kirkman. 1 p.m., $25. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.

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