9th Annual Charleston Comedy Festival 

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For daily videos and coverage of the Charleston Comedy Festival, visit Culture Shock, our arts blog.

We've had about all we can take of the "Shit ___ Say" meme, and the GOP primaries are starting to seem more sad than amusing. We could all use a little funny in our lives, and the 2012 Charleston Comedy Festival has arrived just in time. Hosted by Theatre 99 and the Charleston City Paper, the fest brings improv, sketch, and stand-up comedians from across the country to our little town for four days of hilarity. And beer.

We've got headliner T.J. Miller, a stand-up comic with improv roots and an impressive Hollywood resume. 30 Rock's Sue Galloway brings POSE Magazine to the stage, and New York's Day Camp Kids interpret fairy tales like you've never seen them before. The Reformed Whores are like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn — but funny — and Michael Pizza shares the bromance. Local acts like Neckprov, Big Dicktionary, and Cats Hugging Cats will be representing as well, and you can hang out with everyone after the shows at Mellow Mushroom's L'After Parties.

So buy those tickets, grab your friends, and get ready to laugh your face off.

Most ticket prices range from $5 to $12.50, although T.J. Miller and Team Submarine is $17.50, and Saturday’s Festival Finale is $20. $12.50 tickets will be $15 at the door, or you can buy them online at charlestoncomedyfestival.com or at etix.com. If the shows are not sold out, tickets will be available at the door an hour before showtime.

Wednesday, January 18

8 p.m. Stand-Up on the Creek
Kick off the festival with six local stand-ups on Shem Creek.
Free • Red's Ice House

8 p.m. Laugh for a Lincoln featuring Full Love Throttle and Human Fireworks
Have Nots Brandy Sullivan and Greg Tavares share the love, and Greg goes on to lead the city's only Harold group.
$5 • Theatre 99

9:30 p.m. Laugh for a Lincoln featuring Neckprov and Little Miss Codependent
Improv queen Brandy Sullivan stars in two character-driven improv shows.
$5 • Theatre 99

Thursday, January 19

7 p.m. Beardmageddon – Sponsored by Young & Free SC powered by South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Theatre 99 vets star in this fast-paced improv show.
$10 • Theatre 99

8:30 p.m. Laugh for a Lincoln featuring Moral Fixation and T99 Jam
From a thoughtful two-man show to a raucous full-house jam, this set runs the gamut.
$5 • Theatre 99

8 p.m. Stand-Up Showdown with Nate Bargatze, Travis FromLongville and Tone Bell
Hailing from Louisiana to L.A., these stand-ups cover some ground.
$12.50 • The American Theater

10 p.m. Laugh for a Lincoln featuring Cats Hugging Cats, and 3 Men and a Little Lady
Two teams of local improv heavyweights — like Jason Groce, Andy Livengood, and Greg Tavares — show what Chucktown's made of.
$5 • Theatre 99

Friday, January 20

7:30 p.m. Improv Marathon with We're From Here, Popular Science, and ShawnMikael(s)
A trio of lady Canucks meets L.A. Harold lovers and a duo of D.C. improv veterans.
$12.50 • Stars at the American Theater

7:30 p.m. The Improv and Sketch Invasion featuring The Village Theatre, Fraidy Cat, and Big Dicktionary
An ATL "tag-out journey" and an irreverent one-woman show are capped off with local word nerds.
$12.50 • Threshold Repertory Theatre

8 p.m. T.J. Miller and Team Submarine
This year's headliner meets a New York-based two-man sketch/stand-up hybrid.
$17.50 • Footlight Players Theatre

8 p.m. Chicago Deep Dish Comedy featuring Michael Pizza and Tulle (Jet Eveleth and Sarah Fineout)
Indulge your comedy cravings with this tasty slice of Chicago improv.
$12.50 • Theatre 99

8 p.m. Go Big or Go Home featuring stand-up comedians Vic Henley and Kenny Zimlinghaus
Two stand-up guys get down to business.
$12.50 • American Theater

8 p.m. Stand-Up Showdown with Nate Bargatze, Travis FromLongville and Tone Bell
Hailing from Louisiana to L.A., these stand-ups cover some ground.
$12.50 • Pour House

9 p.m. Improv Marathon with Day Camp Kids, Mañez, and Doppelganger
Transformative Toronto ladies, fairy tale-loving New Yorkers, and a duo of washed-up local rock legends complete this show.
$12.50 • Stars at American Theater

9:30 p.m. Laugh-A-Palooza featuring The Shock Ts, Reformed Whores, and Sunah Bilsted
Last year's musical runaway hit shares the stage with singing Southern belles and a fab female stand-up.
$12.50 • Footlight Players Theatre

9:30 p.m. The Most RACES Show on Earth (stand-up comedy)
Bringing all cultures together since 2005 (even Canadians!).
$12.50 • The American Theater

9:30 p.m. The Improv and Sketch Invasion with Rockola, Phat Beethoven, and Sandino
Rock out with these three tight-knit groups.
$12.50 • Threshold Repertory Theatre

10 p.m. The Kick Ass Comedy Show featuring The Two-Man Movie and POSE Magazine
An improvised movie and a TV star share the stage for this show.
$12.50 • Theatre 99

10 p.m. Slap Yo Pappy featuring The Pushers, Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, and Pound for Pound
Envelope-pushing acts team up for an unpredictable show.
$12.50 • PURE Theatre

11:30 p.m. All Star JAM
Watch both strangers and close friends create off-the-cuff comedy.
$5 • Theatre 99

Saturday, January 21

7:30 p.m. The Kick Ass Comedy Show featuring The Two-Man Movie and POSE Magazine
An improvised movie and a TV star share the stage for this show.
$12.50 • Theatre 99

7:30 p.m. Laugh-A-Palooza featuring The Shock Ts, Reformed Whores, and Sunah Bilsted
Last year's musical runaway hit shares the stage with singing Southern belles and a fab female stand-up.
$12.50 • Footlight Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. Improv Marathon featuring Day Camp Kids, Mañez, and The HITMEN
Transformative Toronto ladies, fairy tale-loving New Yorkers, and a quartet of Chicago bros complete this show.
$12.50 • Stars at American Theater

7:30 p.m. The Improv and Sketch Invasion with Rockola, Phat Beethoven, and Sandino
Rock out with these three tight-knit groups.
$12.50 • Threshold Repertory Theatre

8 p.m. The Most RACES Show on Earth (stand up comedy)
Bringing all cultures together since 2005 (even Canadians!).
$12.50 • The American Theater

8 p.m. Stand-Up Competition Winners Showcase
Competition winners Dusty Slay, Roz McCoy, and Devon Gollinge show their shtuff.
$12.50 • Pour House

9 p.m. Chicago Deep Dish Comedy featuring Michael Pizza and Tulle (Jet Eveleth and Sarah Fineout)
Indulge your comedy cravings with this tasty slice of Chicago improv.
$12.50 • Theatre 99

9 p.m. Improv Marathon with We're From Here, Popular Science, and ShawnMikael(s)
A trio of lady Canucks meets L.A. Harold lovers and a duo of D.C. improv veterans.
$12.50 • Stars at the American Theater

9:30 p.m. T.J. Miller and Team Submarine
This year's headliner meets a New York-based two-man sketch/stand-up hybrid.
$17.50 • Footlight Players Theater

9:30 p.m. Go Big or Go Home featuring stand-up comedians Vic Henley and Kenny Zimlinghaus
Two stand-up guys get down to business.
$12.50 • American Theater

9:30 p.m. The Improv and Sketch Invasion featuring The Village Theatre, Fraidy Cat, and Big Dicktionary
An ATL "tag-out journey" and an irreverent one-woman show are capped off with local word nerds.
$12.50 • Threshold Repertory Theatre

10 p.m. Slap Yo Pappy featuring The Pushers, Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, and Pound for Pound
Envelope-pushing acts team up for an unpredictable show.
$12.50 • PURE Theatre

10:30 p.m. Festival Finale
You never know who will show up, but you're guaranteed a tasty buffet of hilarity.
$20 • Theatre 99


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