8th Annual Charleston Comedy Festival 

What, do I amuse you?

magnum.jpg

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

January was always my least favorite month, until I moved to Charleston. Besides the sporadic bouts of unseasonably warm weather, we can count on a few days of beer-fueled hilarity to get us through the dreary doldrums. Co-produced by Theatre 99 and the City Paper, the Charleston Comedy Festival never fails to bring top-notch comedic talent to our little town. And as the word about our good food, mild clime, and wild after-parties spreads from the Second Cities to the Upright Citizens Brigades, more and more funny folks clamor to be included. Everyone wins: The comedians have a fun weekend by the seaside, and we get to enjoy their talents.

This year’s festival is longer than ever — now five days — and packs more acts into every night than ever before. Droll stand-up comedian Todd Barry headlines with intimate shows at the Footlight Players Theatre on Friday and Saturday — it might be the funniest thing the historic space has seen in years. We’ll also see some acts that are brand-new to Charleston, like Florida’s boundary-pushing Screw You Revue with Wayburn Sassy and Canada’s dynamic duo, the 2-Man No-Show. The Beatbox offers hip-hop flavored improv, while Dave and Ethan will impart their wisdom of the dating world, based on more than 200 double dates together. New York’s Murderfist hits the scene with one of the most scandalous acts of the fest — it’s for adults only. Otherwise, you can count on most of the shows being suitable for mature teens, but leave the kids at home.

We’ll also see quite a few familiar faces this year. I Eat Pandas’ Glennis McMurray returns to town with the premiere of her solo show Disco Balls: Into the Light. Stand-up comedians Kenny Zimlinghaus and J. Reid and improvisors The Pushers and Einstein Meets Elvis have all won over crowds at previous Comedy Fests. And then, of course, there are our beloved and talented local acts like Big Dicktionary, Hot Sauce, and Introducing Fish Taco.

Save some money by buying your tickets in advance, and hold on to your ticket stubs to save even more money at the Mellow Mushroom L’After Parties, where you can hang out with the comedians. We’ll see you out there.

Wednesday, January 19

8 p.m. Laugh for a Lincoln featuring Cats Hugging Cats and Full Love Throttle
Theatre 99 regulars join forces for a full-throttle double set.
Theatre 99 • $5

9:30 p.m. Neckprov and Hot Pants
Brandy Sullivan joins forces with local comics for a character-driven double set.
Theatre 99 • $5

Thursday, January 20

8 p.m. 3 Men & A Little Lady, and Doppelganger
A motley crew meets some rocker wannabes in this locals-only set.
Theatre 99 • $5

8:30 p.m. Nate Bargatze, The Shock T's, and The Village Theatre
Get some comedy magic and go on a shocking journey with this diverse lineup.
Charleston Ballet Theatre • $12.50

9:30 p.m. Laugh for a Lincoln featuring Moral Fixation and Human Fireworks
Have Not Greg Tavares leads two local long-form improv shows.
Theatre 99 • $5

Friday, January 21

7:30 p.m. Improv Marathon with The Historical Fiction, Bastian, and We're From Here
Learn about history, geography, and invisible tequila from these far-fetched acts.
Stars at The American Theater • $12.50

8 p.m. Todd Barry
The stand-up comedian goes beyond the Doggy Bounce.
Footlight Players Theatre • $12.50

8 p.m. New Exc!tement and Disco Balls: Into the Light (The Quest to be Fabulousballs)
Four hairy dudes and two lovely ladies complete a high-energy set.
Theatre 99 • $12.50

8 p.m. Nobody's Token and Beatbox
The two improv groups specialize in freestyle comedy.
Charleston Ballet Theatre • $12.50

8 p.m. Stand Up: Gilson Lubin, Andy Haynes, and J. Reid
From Las Vegas to St. Lucia, these comedians cover some ground.
The American Theater • $12.50

8 p.m. Comedy Marathon: Einstein Meets Elvis, Big Dicktionary, and The Shock T's
The King himself wouldn't miss these three improv acts.
Eye Level Art 103 Gallery • $12.50

8 p.m. Nate Bargatze, Dave and Ethan, and Tom Keller
Comedy magic mixed with double daters and a stand-up comic.
Charleston Pour House • $12.50

8 p.m. Robot Johnson, Introducing Fish Taco, and This is Chucktown!
A talking baby meets some street buskers and local stand-ups.
South of Broadway Theatre • $12.50

9 p.m. Improv Marathon with Local 154, Doppelganger, and Senior PGA
Two New York acts take on improvisers from North Carolina.
Stars at The American Theater • $12.50

9:30 p.m. Stand Up: Deon Curry, Kenny Zimlinghaus, and Nicholas Anthony
Three stand-up guys get down to business.
Footlight Players Theatre • $12.50

10 p.m. Murderfist and Tarot Lounge
A loud and bizarre sketch team with an unorthodox Las Vegas improv group.
Theatre 99 • $12.50

10 p.m. Somebody's in the Doghouse: Cruisin' for a Bruisin',and Long Pork
Chicago's cruise ship ladies take on a quartet of well-dressed fellas.
Charleston Ballet Theatre • $12.50

10 p.m. The Screw You Revue starring Wayburn Sassy and The Pushers
Two sassy Southern acts push the envelope.
The American Theater • $12.50

10 p.m. Comedy Marathon: 2 Man-No Show, Drum Machine, and France
A Canadian tag-team, a one-woman musical, and a bunch of Francophiles go for it.
Eye Level Art 103 Gallery • $12.50

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

Saturday, January 22

7:30 p.m. New Exc!tement and Disco Balls: Into the Light (The Quest to be Fabulousballs)
Four hairy dudes and two lovely ladies complete a high-energy set.
Theatre 99 • $12.50

7:30 p.m. Improv Marathon with Local 154, Doppelganger, and Senior PGA
Two New York acts take on improvers from North Carolina.
Stars at The American Theater • $12.50

8 p.m. Todd Barry
The stand-up comedian goes beyond the Doggy Bounce.
Footlight Players Theatre • $12.50

8 p.m. Somebody's in the Doghouse: Cruisin' for a Bruisin', and Long Pork
Chicago's cruise ship ladies take on a quartet of well-dressed fellas.
Charleston Ballet Theatre • $12.50

8 p.m. The Screw You Revue starring Wayburn Sassy and The Pushers
Two sassy Southern acts push the envelope.
The American Theater • $12.50

8 p.m. Comedy Marathon: Einstein Meets Elvis, Big Dicktionary, and The 708
The King himself wouldn't miss these three improv acts.
Eye Level Art 103 Gallery • $12.50

8 p.m. Robot Johnson, Introducing Fish Taco, and Stand Up Get Down
A talking baby meets some street buskers and local stand-ups.
South of Broadway Theatre • $12.50

9 p.m. Improv Marathon with The Historical Fiction, Bastian, and We're From Here
Learn about history, geography, and invisible tequila from these far-fetched acts.
Stars at The American Theater • $12.50

9:30 p.m. Murderfist and Tarot Lounge
A loud and bizarre sketch team with an unorthodox Las Vegas improv group.
Theatre 99 • $12.50

9:30 p.m. Stand Up: Deon Curry, Kenny Zimlinghaus, and Nicholas Anthony
Three stand-up guys get down to business.
Footlight Players Theatre • $12.50

10 p.m. Nobody's Token and Beatbox
Two improv groups specialize in freestyle comedy.
Charleston Ballet Theatre • $12.50

10 p.m. Stand Up: Gilson Lubin, Andy Haynes, and J. Reid
From Las Vegas to St. Lucia, these comedians cover some ground.
The American Theater • $12.50

10 p.m. Comedy Marathon: 2-Man No-Show, Drum Machine, and France
A Canadian tag-team, a one-woman musical, and a bunch of Francophiles go for it.
Eye Level Art 103 Gallery • $12.50

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


Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Powered by Foundation   © Copyright 2018, Charleston City Paper   RSS