Charleston's little ol' comedy festival keeps getting bigger and better, and this year is no exception — in fact, if we're going by headliners, this year's fest has grown three full sizes. Instead of a single big name, 2015's lineup includes the triple-threat of Hannibal Buress, Doug Benson, and John Mulaney. And though as of press time, Buress and Mulaney were both sold out, there are plenty of other shows that'll leave you crying with laughter, from the Underwear Comedy Party, where stand ups perform in nothing but their undies, to the musical comedy masters North Coast and Pop Roulette. Take a look in these pages to find the perfect performance to tickle your funny bone.
After scoring first place in last year's Charleston Comedy Festival Stand-Up Competition, Mike Brocki is back to dole out more jokes. Originally from Chicago, Brocki has become a key player in the local comedy scene. He began writing jokes as early as age 14 and occasionally performed at open mic nights, but never seriously pursued comedy until moving to Charleston. Before relocating, Brocki was in the Air Force stationed in Dover, DE — a place that, according to him, lacked a real comedy scene — so he continued to write jokes in his spare time. — Connelly Hardaway
John Brennan and Timmy Finch are Big Dicktionary, a duo that's been kicking around the Charleston comedy scene for over a decade now. When a show's been around that long, you know it's good — people keep coming back for more wordplay. — Connelly Hardaway
Greg Tavares and Lee Lewis make up Moral Fixation, a comedy duo that's been going strong for 11 years now. Needless to say spending that much time together has taught the guys the ins and outs of performing side by side. — Connelly Hardaway
One part stand-up, one part improv — the Ruckus Room Stand-Up Show is an outrageous time for both the audience and the performers. It was created when Theatre 99 resident comedians Tim Hoeckel and Jessica Mickey began brainstorming ideas for a consistent stand-up show at the venue. — Samantha Connors
Mary Kay Has a Posse — Brandy Sullivan, Jennifer Buddin, Camille Lowman, and Jessica Mickey — have been performing for about 15 years now, according to Mickey, but that doesn't mean they have trouble keeping each performance fresh. — Connelly Hardaway
Doppelganger, comprised of Clive Nelson and Johnny Dregg — a.k.a. Lee Lewis and Jason Cooper — is an all-improvised rock show. The show starts off with the duo asking the audience to shout out their favorite Doppelganger songs. Yes, for those of you not keeping up, that means shouting out fake song titles. — Connelly Hardaway