Charleston Comedy Festival 2016 

The 13th Annual

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The Charleston Comedy Fest is back and with it all the sketch and improv you can handle. This weekend, troupes from all over the Southeast will converge to perform all sorts of hilarious feats. There are groups like Teen Sound who perform improv with DJ Party Dad. AirWolf who takes the worst living situations and plays them for laughs. And McQueen, a one-man impersonator who parodies everyone from Prince to Putin. Oh, and did we mention four big time headliners? Breaking Bad's Matt Jones, deadpan wit Todd Barry, Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller, and "let's talk about tits" cabaret queen Bridget Everett will all take the stage. Read on to find out the best act for you.

Who would have guessed <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s Badger also does improv?
Who would have guessed Breaking Bad's Badger also does improv? Jonesin' for Matt

Matt Jones, best known as lovable meth dealer Badger on Breaking Bad, is also an improv comic who's been teaching and directing sketch and improv for 18 years at places like Upright Citizen's Brigade. Jones calls his job, "tricking people professionally." Touche. — Connelly Hardaway


Who says the Holy City takes itself too seriously?
Who says the Holy City takes itself too seriously? Loco Locals

Each year the Comedy Fest seems to up the ante on big name acts, but at its heart this festival has always been about local talent. And 2016 is no exception. With 10 Charleston-based sketch and improv troupes on the docket, there's plenty to choose from. The best part? No two groups are alike. Even better, locally-sourced comedy is also more affordable. We're talking laughs for the low, low price of $5. So take your pick of the best this city has to offer. — City Paper Staff


Rerformed Whores are a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll
Rerformed Whores are a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll Naughty Meets Nice

To put it as the Reformed Whores introduce themselves on stage, "We used to be whorin', but we ain't no more-in!" — Bryan Granger


Not much to improv upon
Not much to improv upon It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Buckle your seatbelts for this laugh marathon featuring improv from three energetic Chapel Hill dudes, five very funny ladies, and two local guys who prove that reading the dictionary can be fun. — Connelly Hardaway


Bridget Everett's bawdy cabaret comedy stems from a precocious childhood  By
Bridget Everett's bawdy cabaret comedy stems from a precocious childhood By Tits McGee

Bridget Everett has always been naughty. From constantly getting in trouble with high school teachers for "saying dumb shit," to her appearances on Inside Amy Schumer, Everett has harnessed her tendency toward bawdy humor with a successful ongoing stint in New York City's cabaret scene. — Connelly Hardaway


Two one-man shows work to earn your laughs
Two one-man shows work to earn your laughs One is (So Not) the Loneliest Number

Get ready to listen to mind-expanding comedy with two sets by Mark Kendall, a guy who's gonna give it to you straight and Mike Spara, a guy who's not going to talk to you at all. — Connelly Hardaway


From dildos to bureaucrats, nothing is off limits &#10;with these three troupes
From dildos to bureaucrats, nothing is off limits with these three troupes Politics and Punchlines

Sometimes dildos are funny and sometimes they're not. It all depends on the audience. That's at least according to Old Souls improv-er Zach Ward. "There's always one or two people who yell out a suggestion," he says. — Kinsey Gidick


Laugh at horrible living situations and freaky impersonations at this two-fer
Laugh at horrible living situations and freaky impersonations at this two-fer Double Trouble

We've all had weird roommate situations. Maybe you lived with a small Frenchman who secretly ate your roast chicken (been there). Perhaps you shared a room with a gal who blatantly (and in front of you) sprayed perfume on her undercarriage each morning — true story. Whatever the case, AirWolf takes these types of tales and mines them for humor in "Let's Go Back to Your Place." — Kinsey Gidick


Alchemy Comedy Theater TourCo, The Pushers, and Shrill Boy lead improv audiences on a wild ride
Alchemy Comedy Theater TourCo, The Pushers, and Shrill Boy lead improv audiences on a wild ride Building a Scene

At its core, improv is about starting with a simple idea and turning it into something new and unpredictable. But what unites Shrill Boy, The Pushers, and the Alchemy Comedy Theater TourCo is that once they get in the driver's seat, there's no stopping them and no telling where things will end up. — Dustin Waters


Improv marathon showcases the distinct styles of Third Date, Doppelganger, and Alterboyz
Improv marathon showcases the distinct styles of Third Date, Doppelganger, and Alterboyz Viva Variety

Featuring a diverse group of talents from Chicago, North Carolina, and right here in Charleston, this Improv Marathon will give audiences a look at three very different approaches to comedy. From the musical stylings of Doppelganger and the quick pace of the Alterboyz to the more measured approach of Third Date, this show has something for all improv fans. — Dustin Waters


Joe Pettis brings new meaning to 'stripped-down set' in his Underwear Comedy Party
Joe Pettis brings new meaning to 'stripped-down set' in his Underwear Comedy Party No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem

For comedian Joe Pettis, the key to overcoming stage fright is not to picture the audience in their undies. Rather, performing in only tighty whiteys himself is Pettis' chosen strategy and the premise of his traveling show Underwear Comedy Party, where he pushes the limit on what's comfortable for both himself and the audience. "Also, I wanted to see all my friends semi-nude," he says. — Kelly Rae Smith


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