Charleston Comedy Fest 2019 

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click to enlarge Jamie Kennedy (L-R), Jamie Lee, and Rory Scovel are three of the big names at this year's Charleston Comedy Festival

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Jamie Kennedy (L-R), Jamie Lee, and Rory Scovel are three of the big names at this year's Charleston Comedy Festival

This is my third year at the helm of City Paper's Comedy Fest coverage. Hosted by Charleston's fine alt-weekly and the showstoppers over at Theatre 99, this annual festival continues to remind me just how much great local comedy we have in this city. Seriously, have y'all seen it too? In addition to the improv and sketch comedy you can catch over at Theatre 99, the number of open mic stand-up nights seems to have skyrocketed in the past couple of years. Heck, there's even a Facebook page, Charleston Comedy Scene, devoted to sharing local comedy events, people, places, and things (shout out to organizer and comedian/emcee extraordinaire Keith Dee, who's also hosting this year's sold-out stand-up showcase). And I'm just talking about local talent here. Needless to say visiting acts this year are a pretty big deal, too. When it comes to headliners we've got two Jamies, one Scovel, and three performers with wildly different world views. Because that's what comedy is, after all. It's a reflection of our society — every part of it. Come out to laugh, y'all, but pay attention too. Some of these jokes hit closer to home than ever before. ­—Connelly Hardaway

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Nameless Numberhead knows that we're here for a good time, not a long time
Nameless Numberhead knows that we're here for a good time, not a long time Algorithm-Based Laughs

For Henry Riggs and Maari Suorsa, laughter is the best way to stay out of the matrix. — Melissa Hayes


Dig into the good stuff with Charleston's own Mystery Meat
Dig into the good stuff with Charleston's own Mystery Meat Big and Juicy

Jordan Edwards and Joshua Christian are the guys behind Mystery Meat, a Charleston-based sketch show that's hitting the stage at Threshold this Friday. — Connelly Hardaway


Mary Kay Has a Posse finds the funny in poking fun at themselves
Mary Kay Has a Posse finds the funny in poking fun at themselves Anything worth saying

Over the years, members have moved to other cities and gone through life changes, but Mary Kay Has a Posse has stayed alive. — Melissa Hayes


Jason Groce's Big Whatever is a sketch show full of just a little bit of everything
Jason Groce's Big Whatever is a sketch show full of just a little bit of everything Whatevs, am I right?

Groce describes his comedy style as "dry" and adds some other adjectives like "weird," "cerebral," and "silly." — Connelly Hardaway


The members of Organized Chaos are the perfect mix of wit and emotions
The members of Organized Chaos are the perfect mix of wit and emotions The head & the heart

The group is best known for their character-driven shows, and Myer says that part of the success of any improv group is having a healthy mix of two kinds of improvisers: "head" and "heart." — Connelly Hardaway


Comedy duo, Newlyweds, tell us a thing or two about relationships
Comedy duo, Newlyweds, tell us a thing or two about relationships Wedded Bliss

Nathan Soutar is from Australia. Y'all need more info than that? — Connelly Hardaway


The guys of H.A.MPS. are just really good pals
The guys of H.A.MPS. are just really good pals Group Mentality

For Henry Riggs, the key to a successful improv performance is fairly straightforward. — Emily Pietras


The sold-out Stand-Up Showcase features talented locals
The sold-out Stand-Up Showcase features talented locals Like a Comedy Staycation

Comedian and comedy show producer Keith Dee compares the role of an emcee to a thermostat. — Emily Pietras


Theatre 99's Brandy Sullivan and Greg Tavares continue to create a killer comedy fest
Theatre 99's Brandy Sullivan and Greg Tavares continue to create a killer comedy fest They Have it

Co-founder of Theatre 99 and one third of improv group, The Have Nots, Greg Tavares has an interesting way of describing the Charleston Comedy Festival. — Connelly Hardaway


Comedy Fest vets Moral Fixation bring the funny
Comedy Fest vets Moral Fixation bring the funny Old Hat

Now in their 13th year performing together (you read that right, folks) the guys behind Moral Fixation are still bringing what they humbly describe as "improv at the speed of brilliance" to audiences at this year's Comedy Fest. — Connelly Hardaway


Working Title wants you to drink a few beers before their show
Working Title wants you to drink a few beers before their show More beer, more better

Using suggestions from the audience, Gillese and Nash create a film plot, working their way through various crowd-suggested settings, plot points, and characters. Gillese plays the main character; Nash plays everyone else he encounters. — Vincent Harris


Kids These Days bring a whole lotta laughs to the stage
Kids These Days bring a whole lotta laughs to the stage Super group, super funny

"It's an Ocean's 11 super group of all my favorite people I've done comedy with," says Rachael Burke, the founder of comedy group Kids These Days. — Connelly Hardaway


Bangin' takes on multilevel marketers — and more!
Bangin' takes on multilevel marketers — and more! Character Crazy

If the name of comedy duo Bangin': Crimes of Passion doesn't intrigue you enough to give them a shot, perhaps a description of the show that Jessika Stocker and Dan Hanf will bring to Charleston Comedy Festival's Comedy Marathon will do the trick. — Emily Pietras


Rory Scovel makes the most of jokes gone wrong
Rory Scovel makes the most of jokes gone wrong Unexpected moments

For stand-up comedian Rory Scovel, the best moments of a set can be when a joke doesn't land the way he thought it would. — Emily Pietras


OSFUG promises to perform some damn good comedy
OSFUG promises to perform some damn good comedy Badass or Bust

The New York sketch-comedy group OSFUG has spent the last five years honing a material-packed show based on one premise: Nobody has the damn time these days for a bad comedy sketch that goes on for six or seven minutes. — Vincent Harris


Mark Kendall wants his audience to ask themselves some questions
Mark Kendall wants his audience to ask themselves some questions Getting Uncomfortable

The full name of Mark Kendall's one-man show, "The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness as Told by an African-American Man Who Also Happens to be Black," is a lot to take in. — Vincent Harris


AJ Schraeder brings the weird with one man, 
one projector show Thunderstood
AJ Schraeder brings the weird with one man, one projector show Thunderstood Man meets screen

AJ Schraeder is the mastermind behind Thunderstood, a one-man multimedia sketch show. "It's self-created stuff," says Schraeder. "The other performer is my projector." — Connelly Hardaway


When she's not writing and acting, Jamie Lee really just loves doing stand-up
When she's not writing and acting, Jamie Lee really just loves doing stand-up Life, Love, and Making it Work

There are very few things in entertainment that Jamie Lee hasn't done. — Vincent Harris


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