Comedy Fest Finale
Sat. @ 10 p.m., Theatre 99
The math speaks for itself: four days, 34 shows, seven venues, 19 acts, and a total of 46 visiting comedy artists – not including the 30-plus members of The Have Nots! and their Theatre 99 company. That's a heaping helping of funny people, and fitting them all on a single stage in a theatre that seats a mere 130 or so, depending on how you stack 'em, would challenge any civil engineer. But that's exactly what will be in the offing on Saturday at 10 p.m., when the Comedy Festival's Finale goes down at Theatre 99.
"It's a total sample platter of the festival acts," says Brandy Sullivan, one-third of The Have Nots!, who host the finale. "It's just crazy energy, one of the most exciting nights of the year in this theatre. Usually all the artists in the festival want to be part of it. It makes for a hell of an evening."
Traditionally, the Finale marks the official end of the four-day festival, a chance for all visiting artists to share the stage in one last massive comedy mash-up. Though two other performances share a start time with the Finale (Skinny White Comics and God's Pottery), the close-out event is a two-act, two-hour show that in years past has gone on long enough to accommodate even the late-starters.
"The Have Nots! will do a couple of improv games, then we'll open it up to as many of the festival artists as we can get in here, and they'll each do some snippets from their shows," says Sullivan. "Hopefully we can get God's Pottery and Skinny White Comics over here for the second act after their shows end. For me it's the perfect ending to the week. It's definitely the main event of the festival." –Patrick Sharbaugh