"It Started as a Joke" Bay Area Premiere with a special introduction by Jon Glaser & Bobcat Goldthwait


Castro Theatre Sat, Jan 11, 2020 5:00 PM


Dear friends and fans of Eugene Mirman: 
Due to an illness in the family, Eugene Mirman is unable to attend SF Sketchfest this year. The festival looks forward to paying tribute to Eugene at a later date. We will still proudly present the Bay Area premiere of the funny and moving documentary "It Started as a Joke," which spotlights the 10 years of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival alongside Eugene's family life.
Due to these circumstances, there will be no post-film panel, and Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, Julie Smith Clem, and Olivia Wingate will not attend. The film will be introduced by Eugene's longtime friends Jon Glaser and Bobcat Goldthwait, both of whom are featured in the film.
We thank you for your understanding.

"IT STARTED AS A JOKE" is a feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement, offers a bittersweet goodbye to an era, and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. The film includes interviews with MICHAEL IAN BLACK, KRISTEN SCHAAL, WYATT CENAC, IRA GLASS, JOHN HODGMAN, KUMAIL NANJIANI, REGGIE WATTS and MICHAEL SHOWALTER, along with performances by JANEANE GAROFALO, JIM GAFFIGAN, JON GLASER, MIKE BIRBIGLIA, BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT and more. ($20, All Ages)