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Green Day and Primus Bassists Join Fred Armisen at SF Sketchfest

Written by Sarah HoltzPublished Jan. 17, 2023 • 11:21am
Mike Dirnt, co-founder and bassist of Green Day, performs at Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park on Aug. 6, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

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Fred Armisen is set to take the stage with two legendary Bay Area-born musicians at his upcoming three-night residency at SF Sketchfest.

The annual comedy festival just announced that East Bay natives Les Claypool (Primus) and Mike Dirnt (Green Day) will be accompanying the Saturday Night Live and Portlandia star for “Comedy for Bass Players but Everyone Is Welcome.” The music and comedy series runs from Friday, Jan. 27, to Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Great American Music Hall. Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go’s will also join Armisen.

Each night, Armisen’s variety show will feature a different bassist, with Claypool kicking things off on Friday, Valentine taking the stage on Saturday and Dirnt closing things out on Sunday.

Armisen headlines the 20th anniversary installment of the festival alongside other masters of comedy, like Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara of TV’s Schitt’s Creek, and cast members from David Lynch’s cult classic Twin Peaks.

SF Sketchfest

📍 Various locations
🗓 Jan. 20-Feb. 5
🔗 sfsketchfest.com

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Sarah Holtz can be reached at [email protected]


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