Charleston Comedy Festival 2020 

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Maro Hagopian

Pete Dominick

W e don’t need to tell y’all that sometimes you just need to laugh. We need to laugh with other people. We need to laugh at the absurdities in this world. And we really need to dig deep and laugh at ourselves. Drop your new year’s resolutions for a night or two, forget about deadlines, take a break from your social feeds. Head to one of this year’s Charleston Comedy Fest shows.

Whether you need a musical reprieve (hello, Reformed Whores), a dirty game night (thanks, Greg Tavares), or just a night full of really good, local stand-up comedy (there are two of those nights, so get those tickets while they’re hot), Charleston Comedy Festival has it all. Let your hair down, drop your shoulders, take a deep breath. It’s time to laugh. Well, at least for four nights. See y’all out there.

Beth Stelling is great, even if she doesn't believe it
Beth Stelling is great, even if she doesn't believe it Fake it 'til you make it

Beth Stelling has thrived as a stand-up, breaking out of the competitive Chicago comedy scene to tour nationwide and make numerous late-night television appearances. She's written for the HBO series Crashing and served as associate producer on the 2019 film Good Boys. Unfortunately, I'm a very simple person who just wants to ask Stelling about her brief appearance on one episode of a failed 2010 cop show. — Dustin Waters


Comedian and radio personality Pete Dominick heads to the Holy City
Comedian and radio personality Pete Dominick heads to the Holy City From the Radio Waves to the Charleston Stage

From warming up the crowds at shows like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show to hosting a 12-year run on SiriusXM, Pete Dominick has done it all. — Samantha Connors


Francis Ellis is funny on paper, on stage, and on Instagram
Francis Ellis is funny on paper, on stage, and on Instagram Take that, Harvard

Francis Ellis never expected to be a comedian. He first discovered his comedic potential while working as a finance intern for the Royal Bank of Scotland, which one can imagine is not the most thrilling way to spend your summer. — Samantha Connors


Mary Kay Has a Posse takes audience-driven improv to hilarious heights
Mary Kay Has a Posse takes audience-driven improv to hilarious heights Chit chat chuckles

The ladies of Mary Kay Has a Posse — Brandy Sullivan, Jennifer Buddin, Camille Lowman, and Jessica Mickey — have been performing together for 17 years. — Melissa Hayes


A journey into a wondrous land of imagination
A journey into a wondrous land of imagination Welcome to the Twilight Zone

Rod Serling, the prolific creator of The Twilight Zone, wrote 92 of the 156 episodes of the original series — but there is little evidence that he did so on the spot in front of a live studio audience. That's where the folks at Impro Theatre wade into a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity to stage their own original tales from the Twilight Zone, completely unscripted. — Dustin Waters


The local scene is growing and these stand-ups prove it
The local scene is growing and these stand-ups prove it Growing Pains

If you want to witness a comedy scene teetering between local and regional recognition before its big break, "before it was cool," this is your year, Charleston. — Enid Brenize


Truth Is Presents Oh S**t, true stories about WTF moments
Truth Is Presents Oh S**t, true stories about WTF moments And that's a fact

Once a month, a handful of storytellers stand in front of an audience at Gala Desserts in West Ashley and share a true story about themselves. Have you heard of the true storytelling podcast, The Moth? Same concept, adapted for Charleston. — Melissa Hayes


Greg Tavares brings raunchy game night fun to Theatre 99 Stage
Greg Tavares brings raunchy game night fun to Theatre 99 Stage NSFW

"I love games. I love creating them. I love playing them. Always have," says Greg Tavares, co-founder of Theatre 99 and the Charleston Comedy Festival, among many other comedic pursuits. — Melissa Hayes


Andy Livengood turns real-life experiences as a butcher into a hilarious one-man show
Andy Livengood turns real-life experiences as a butcher into a hilarious one-man show Stories From the Grocery Store

What began as nothing more than a personal blog chronicling absurd interactions with customers at the butcher counter of a grocery store has transformed into a full-fledged comedy show. — Samantha Connors


The tastiest (mystery) meat in town
The tastiest (mystery) meat in town Not So Canned Laughter

The hip-hop comedy sketch duo Mystery Meat is back for another year of fresh beats, hearty laughter, and an hour of mystery, presented as part of this Saturday's Comedy Marathon with Lauren Hope Krass. — Michael Pham


Six Kids Improv joins two local acts for a long, fun night
Six Kids Improv joins two local acts for a long, fun night Full House

Six Kids Improv, a group of quick-witted comedians from Atlanta who specialize in long-form, narrative-style improv, are about to take part in an hours-long Comedy Marathon at Threshold Repertory Theatre as part of Charleston Comedy Fest. — Vincent Harris


Greenville-based Local Legends joins Sweaterpuppies for a marathon evening
Greenville-based Local Legends joins Sweaterpuppies for a marathon evening Have Jokes, Will Travel

The Local Legends improv group, an offshoot of the larger, Greenville-based Alchemy Comedy group, is going to be doing things a little differently during their Comedy Marathon performance at Threshold with the Sweater Puppies group. — Vincent Harris


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