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How to Get in Comedy Festivals

How to Get in Comedy Festivals

Submissions are now open for the 2016 Scruffy City Comedy Festival.  Here is how you can improve your chances to get into, not only the Scruffy City Comedy Festival, but other festivals all across the country.

As many of you know, I (Matt Ward) also help run the Cape Fear Comedy Festival.  This year was our 7th Cape Fear Fest. Since the inception of the festival I have watched hundreds and hundreds of submission videos myself.  In addition, I have spoken with others who run comedy festivals and discussed with them the things that they look for when it comes to selecting comics to perform in their festival from submissions.  The following is a summary of the most important things.

1.) Be Funny

Yeah, No shit.  Be funny is kinda like a Realtor saying “location, location, location”.  Sounds great and of course it is true, but what the fuck does it mean?  Well, a few things actually.  First off, be funny in your submission video. We know what WE find funny, but an audience laughing at your jokes is pretty helpful to influence how funny we feel a bit is.

2.) Be Original

Are your premises and/or punchlines unique, ones we haven’t heard others do, and genuine?  There is nothing less funny to the seasoned eye/ear than someone who is getting laughs in a room with jokes we have heard elsewhere or by using topics that are tired, common and played out or simply approached in a lazy manner. This isn’t about censorship, this is about hard work showing through in your writing.

3.) Make a GREAT Submission Video

What is a GREAT Submission Video?  One that is high quality, easy to see you on stage, easy to hear you speaking and hear the audience laughing and showcases a chunk of your better material.   Make sure your video is the length requested by the festival you are submitting to. Cut out the host. No one needs to hear them introduce you. Cut it to the moment you touch the mic. Below is a list of common mistakes I see all the time when reviewing submission videos.

*Bad Lighting

*The video is private or requires a password

*The video has a fucking ad in front of it. Seriously??

*Bad Sound Quality

*Host doing three minutes before actual performer who submitted the video is onscreen

*Doing recording at a poorly attended show or open mic

*Recording video horizontal on a smartphone.

*Having your laughing buddy/spouse hold the camera, making them the only laugh heard on the recording.

*Making your video clip private on Youtube so it can’t be viewed by anyone but you.

*Recording a ‘Bringer’ show.  Yes, we can tell, mostly because the audience is laughing at ‘non’ jokes and stuff that isn’t as funny as they are making it out to be.

4.) Have a web site

If you are submitting to comedy festivals, you should have a web site. You can have one for free, doesn’t have to be fancy, but it allows promoters to refer someone to a single space that YOU control to view more about you.  Don’t understand computer boxes?  Get one of your computer savvy friends to make one for you that you have all the passwords to.  HAVE. A. WEB. SITE.  Don’t have  a web site, it doesn’t count you out, but it does make a difference to ME more-so than to other comedy festivals. Your web site can link back to us, and that is important for SEO and for other promotional reasons.

5.) Have a head shot

If you are submitting to comedy festivals, you have to understand that these festivals WANT to promote an image of you.  Why not take a few minutes one day to have someone capture who you are as a comic or person.  You don’t even need a microphone in the picture, it’s cool, we know comedians use microphones, you ARE submitting to a COMEDY Festival after all.  Did you know that an Iphone or a Samsung S6 or above can capture an acceptable HIGH RESOLUTION head shot? Toy around with it and watch this youtube video to learn how to do this yourself.

6.) Don’t WAIT until the last day to submit

We all collectively as festivals view all of the submissions we receive.  However, if you submit earlier, we can take the time to view your submission with fresh eyes and ears.

That’s really all there is to it.  So if you don’t have a good submission video already, plan in the next month or so to film a few different shows to make a reel that is representative of what you do.

 

Matt Ward

Previewing a Busy Summer Comedy Schedule

WBIR-TV, the NBC affiliate here in Knoxville, has generously offered Scruffy City Comedy the chance to provide viewers with a sneak preview of a few of the many great live comedy events taking place in the area in July.

Shane Rhyne was in the WBIR studio today sharing some highlights of five of the more than 70 live events scheduled.

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You can check out a video of the Scruffy City Comedy July preview over at WBIR’s website.

Of course, you can also check out our Scruffy City Comedy calendar for information on the shows Shane mentioned or any of the other showcases, open mics, improv shows, experimental shows, and other fun live comedy events we help catalog for your entertainment.

This month’s preview included these shows:

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Your East Tennessee Live Comedy Guide (May 13-22, 2016)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgJohnson City – KnoxvilleNewportSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: May 13-May 22, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, May 13: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

The host MTV’s Wild N’ Out and Comic View comes to the Chattanooga stage for a weekend of shows at The Comedy Catch.

Saturday, May 14: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 15: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, May 15: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

Monday, May 16: Third Monday Improv (improv)
The Granfalloon. 6:30 pm. $8. PG.

It’s time for another monthly improv show from Improv Chattanooga. If it’s the third Monday of the month, the hijinks are taking place at The Granfalloon.

Wednesday, May 18: Open Mic Wednesdays (open mic)
The Comedy Catch. 7 pm. $5. 18+.

Every other Wednesday, Chattanooga’s The Comedy Catch hosts an open mic featuring rising stars of comedy from across the region. Luke Marter is your host.

Wednesday, May 18: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

JJ’s Bohemia is the centerpiece in Chattanooga’s weekly open mic comedy scene. Join hosts Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby for an evening of great comedy from local comics and touring guests.

Thursday, May 19: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Chattanooga favorite Janet Williams doesn’t hold anything back in her stand-up performances. She’s headlining a weekend of over the top comedy at The Comedy Catch.

Thursday, May 19: Target Practice (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Host Jared Nipper is your guide to this week’s open mic comedy adventures.

Friday, May 20: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, May 21: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, May 21: Clean & Classy Comedy (stand-up)
Barking Legs Theater. 8 pm. $10. 18+.

Clean and Classy Comedy returns to the Chattanooga stages with a headline performance from Sean “Big Sean” Larkins (P Diddy’s Bad Boyz of Comedy). Also performing will be Birmingham comedian G. Quinney. Chattanooga’s Tresha Rutledge is your host for the evening.

Sunday, May 22: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, May 22: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Saturday, May 14: A Midsummer Night’s Fairy Tale (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Sweet Fanny Adams presents an original musical-comedy that also happens to be a whimsical metaphor with hats! The multi-talented actors of the Great Victorian Amusement Company will transport you to another world, remarkably similar to this one, in this charming one-act play that has songs, comedy, tragedy, drama, heartbreak, laughs and, of course, hats!

Tuesday, May 17: A Midsummer Night’s Fairy Tale (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Thursday, May 19: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Friday, May 20: A Midsummer Night’s Fairy Tale (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, May 21: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

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JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, May 19: Roast of the Host – NSFW Open Mic (roast/open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the end of an era as the NSFW Open Mic bids farewell with one final blowout show. Tonight’s show is a roast for show host Jessica Lane with a roasting panel that includes Jay Kendrick, Jessie A.M., Aaron Chasteen, and JC Ratliff.

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, May 13: The Improv*Ables (improv)

Time Warp Tea Room. 7:30 pm. No cover. PG.

Knoxville improv troup The Improv*Ables performs on the second Friday of each month at the Time Warp Tea Room in Knoxville’s Happy Holler.

Friday, May 13: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Saturday, May 14: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 15: Billy Wayne Davis
Pilot Light. 8 pm. $10. 18+.

Comedian Billy Wayne Davis, fresh off a tour with Americana music sensation Sturgill Simpson, performs at The Pilot Light.

Sunday, May 15: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

Monday, May 16: QED Comedy Lab presents Karaoke Roulette (improv/variety)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

This week, the comedy theme revolves around karaoke. Let’s see/hear what happens next… Matt Chadourne is the host.

Tuesday, May 17: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy improv show takes the stage at Scruffy City Hall. Find out why Einstein Simplified has kept Knoxville audiences laughing since the 1990s.

Tuesday, May 17: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

The Longbranch Saloon has played host to all sorts of live entertainment on the UT Strip since the 1970s. Today, it is also the home to a weekly comedy open mic. John Miller will be your guide tonight for the fun.

Thursday, May 19: Beer Market Comedy Showcase (stand-up)
Bearden Beer Market. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

The semi-monthly Beer Market Comedy Showcase returns to Bearden with stand-up performances from Lance Adams, Ashton Binkley, Matt Chadourne, Shane Rhyne, Tyler Sonnichsen. Jeff Danger and Kevin Shockley are your hosts.

Thursday, May 19: DJ Von’s Open Mic Night (variety)
Whispers Social Lounge. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week, DJ Von hosts a weekly open mic featuring a variety of performers including comedians, musicians, spoken word performances, and more.

Friday, May 20: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Saturday, May 21: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Saturday, May 21: Silly Saturdays (stand-up)
The Square Room. 9 pm. $25. 21+.

DJ Stearl the Pearl drops the beats and Lawrence Owens is your comedy host for the evening with a headline performance from Dave Martin (HBO’s Badboys of Comedy). Also performing will be Sweet Baby Kita, the Carolina Queen of Comedy.

Sunday, May 22: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

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NEWPORT

Friday, May 20: Del Rio Comedy Shuffle (stand-up)
Brandywine Creek Steakhouse and Tavern. 9:30 pm. No cover. 21+.

Enjoy a night of comedy, magic, and moonshine at the Del Rio Comedy Shuffle hosted by Grady Ray. The show’s headliner is comedian/magician Danny Whitson, with additional comedy performances from Lance Adams and Nate Cate.
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Monday, May 16: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Join your host Aaron Chasteen for another edition of the only open mic comedy show in the Smokies.

 

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And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in East Tennessee. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (May 6-15)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgKnoxvilleSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: May 6-May 15, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, May 6: Dale Jones (stand-up)

Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

From NBC’s Last Comic Standing and films, Dale Jones is a fan favorite for his physical comedy and rapid fire delivery. He’ll be entertaining Chattanooga this weekend as the headliner at The Comedy Catch.

Saturday, May 7: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 8: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

Wednesday, May 11: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

JJ’s Bohemia is the centerpiece in Chattanooga’s weekly open mic comedy scene. Join hosts Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby for an evening of great comedy from local comics and touring guests.

Thursday, May 12: Target Practice (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Host Jared Nipper is your guide to this week’s open mic comedy adventures.

Friday, May 13: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

The host MTV’s Wild N’ Out and Comic View comes to the Chattanooga stage for a weekend of shows at The Comedy Catch.

Saturday, May 14: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 15: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Saturday, May 7: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Tuesday, May 10: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Thursday, May 12: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, May 14: A Midsummer Night’s Fairy Tale (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Sweet Fanny Adams presents an original musical-comedy that also happens to be a whimsical metaphor with hats! The multi-talented actors of the Great Victorian Amusement Company will transport you to another world, remarkably similar to this one, in this charming one-act play that has songs, comedy, tragedy, drama, heartbreak, laughs and of course hats!

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, May 6: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Emporium Center. 5 pm. No cover. PG.

The long form improv group Full Disclosure Comedy returns to another First Friday celebration in downtown Knoxville at the Emporium Center.

Friday, May 6: Jon Durnell & Katherine Jessup (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing Company. 7 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s time for another fun episode of First Friday Comedy at Saw Works. This month’s co-headliners are Jon Durnell (Los Angeles) and Katherine Jessup (Washington, DC). The show will also feature performances from local comics Boston McCown and Aaron Chasteen. Tyler Sonnichsen is this month’s host.

Friday, May 6: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Friday, May 6: Ooh Ooh Revue (variety)
Cocoa Moon. 10 pm. $10. 18+.

Burlesque. Music. Dancing. Comedy. Poetry. It’s a wide variety of entertainment that awaits you on to wrap up another First Friday each month.

Saturday, May 7: Leanne Morgan (stand-up)
Bijou Theatre. 8pm. $25. PG.

East Tennessee native Leanne Morgan returns to Knoxville for a Mother’s Day weekend comedy event at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre.

Saturday, May 7: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 8: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

Monday, May 9: On the Mic with Mike (variety)
Scruffy City Hall. 7 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a late night talk show with music and comedy, but not late at night. Mike Bartlett is your host with special musical guest Spades Cooley.

Monday, May 9: QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s another week of experimental comedy from the QED Comedy Lab. Each week’s show follows a different theme. This week’s theme is “Tiger Style” in which our fearless performers must write and perform a stand-up comedy set in costume and character as an animal from nature’s wild kingdom. Previous editions of Tiger Style have included stand-up comedy performed by a tiger, camel, sloth, monkey, butterfly, koala, and more. Come on out as Matt “Cat” Chadourne is our host for a new comedy zoo.

Tuesday, May 10: Knoxville Poetry Slam Open Mic (variety)
Open Chord. 8 pm. $5. All ages.

The Knoxville Poetry Slam returns with slots available for poets, spoken word performers, and comedians. But, they’ve lost Courageous the show’s co-host. Come on out to the Open Chord for the “Find Courageous” edition of the Knoxville Poetry Slam Open Mic.

Tuesday, May 10: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy improv show takes the stage at Scruffy City Hall. Find out why Einstein Simplified has kept Knoxville audiences laughing since the 1990s.

Tuesday, May 10: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

The Longbranch Saloon has played host to all sorts of live entertainment on the UT Strip since the 1970s. Today, it is also the home to a weekly comedy open mic. Special guest host TK will be your guide tonight for the fun.

Thursday, May 12: DJ Von’s Open Mic Night (variety)
Whispers Social Lounge. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week, DJ Von hosts a weekly open mic featuring a variety of performers including comedians, musicians, spoken word performances, and more.

Thursday, May 12: Pizza Ha’s (stand-up)
Pizza Hoss. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a monthly showcase of local comedy talent at the Pizza Hoss in Powell. Pizza Ha’s is held on the second Thursday of each month. This month’s host is Shane Rhyne with featured performances from Jake James, Liz Brooks, and Matt Ward. Additional performances TBA.

Thursday, May 12: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Open Chord. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+.

Join the Full Disclosure Comedy gang for an evening of long-form improv and a few surprises along the way.

Friday, May 13: The Improv*Ables (improv)
Time Warp Tea Room. 7:30 pm. No cover. PG.

Knoxville improv troup The Improv*Ables performs on the second Friday of each month at the Time Warp Tea Room in Knoxville’s Happy Holler.

Friday, May 13: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Saturday, May 14: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 15: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

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Friday, May 6: Alex Stokes’ Music and Comedy Jam (variety)
Club 1341 Grill. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Comedian Alex Stokes is celebrating a book release party for his newest book 5 Years of This?. He’ll be joined by comedians Matt Ward and Grady Ray, as well as musical performances from Brian Sneed, Ashley Marquez, and Autumn Reflection.

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And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in East Tennessee. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (April 29-May 8)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgJohnson CityKnoxvilleSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: April 29-May 8, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, April 29: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Chattanooga loves Spanky Brown and the feeling is mutual. The Comedy Catch welcomes Spanky Brown back to the stage for a weekend of making Chattanooga laugh.

Saturday, April 30: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, April 30: Pool Party (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

Pool Party is a monthly stand-up comedy show and karaoke extravaganza on the last Saturday of the month at JJ’s Bohemia. Ryan Darling is your host as a mixture of traveling and local comics perform for you, followed by a karaoke party where you could be the star. This month’s featured performers include Cherrith Fuller, Corey Forrester, Dan Immke, James Massey, Katherine Jessup, Natasha Ferrier, and Will Copeland.

Sunday, May 1: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, May 1: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

Monday, May 2: First Monday Improv (improv)
Barking Legs Theater. 8 pm. $8. PG.

It’s time for another evening of improv fun at the Barking Legs Theater, hosted by Improv Chattanooga.

Wednesday, May 4: Comedy Catch Open Mic Wednesdays (open mic)
Comedy Catch. 7 pm. $5. 18+.

It’s an evening of local and regional comedians performing for you at the Comedy Catch at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Luke Marter is your host for this every-other-Wednesday show.

Wednesday, May 4: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

JJ’s Bohemia is the centerpiece in Chattanooga’s weekly open mic comedy scene. Join hosts Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby for an evening of great comedy from local comics and touring guests.

Thursday, May 5: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

From NBC’s Last Comic Standing and films, Dale Jones is a fan favorite for his physical comedy and rapid fire delivery. He’ll be entertaining Chattanooga this weekend as the headliner at The Comedy Catch.

Thursday, May 5: Target Practice (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Host Jared Nipper is your guide to this week’s open mic comedy adventures.

Friday, May 6: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, May 7: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 7: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Saturday, April 30: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Tuesday, May 3: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Thursday, May 5: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, May 7: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, May 5: NSFW Open Mic (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the penultimate episode of NSFW Open Mic. Join host Jessica Lane as she hosts local and regional comics for the next to last time at Mecca Lounge.

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, April 29: Cattywampus Puppet Council (variety)
Market Square. Two shows: 1 pm and 3 pm. Free. All ages.

The Cattywampus Puppet Council performs on the children’s stage as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival in downtown Knoxville.

Friday, April 29: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Saturday, April 30: Cattywampus Puppet Council (variety)
Market Square. Two shows: 1 pm and 3 pm. Free. All ages.

The Cattywampus Puppet Council performs on the children’s stage as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival in downtown Knoxville.

Saturday, April 30: Po Boys and Poets: Cometry Night (variety)
Big Fatty’s. 7 pm. $5-8 pm. 18+.

The monthly Po Boys and Poets spoken word poetry show explores their sense of humor tonight with the addition of a collection of Knoxville comedians to the lineup. In addition to spoken word artists such as Black Atticus, Summer Awad, and Werde, the show will include comedy performances from Jay Kendrick, Aaron Chasteen, JohnJohn PokenBeans, and Liz Brooks.

Saturday, April 30: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 1: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. This week Upstairs Underground welcomes a special guest performance from Katherine Jessup of Washington, DC. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

Monday, May 2: QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s another week of experimental comedy from the QED Comedy Lab. Each week’s show follows a different theme. This week’s theme is “This Knoxville Life,” featuring our performers in a storytelling mode fashioned after the popular public radio program This American LifeSean Simoneau is your host for the evening and will providing unexpected turns and obstacles to our storytellers’ journeys.

Tuesday, May 3: Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby (stand-up)
Casual Pint-Hardin Valley. 7 pm. No cover. 18+.

Chattanooga’s Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby headline this month’s Casual Comedy lineup. John Miller and Danny Whitson will also perform. Sean Simoneau is this month’s host.

Tuesday, May 3: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy improv show takes the stage at Scruffy City Hall. Find out why Einstein Simplified has kept Knoxville audiences laughing since the 1990s.

Tuesday, May 3: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

The Longbranch Saloon has played host to all sorts of live entertainment on the UT Strip since the 1970s. Today, it is also the home to a weekly comedy open mic. Special guest host TK will be your guide tonight for the fun.

Thursday, May 5: Beer Market Comedy Showcase (stand-up)
Bearden Beer Market. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

The Bearden Beer Market hosts a semimonthly comedy showcase on the first and third Thursday of each month. This week’s show features performances from JC Ratliff, Jay Kendrick, Liz Brooks, Miss James Holdiness, and Kevin Shockley. Your host this week is Jeff Danger.

Thursday, May 5: DJ Von’s Open Mic Night (variety)
Whispers Social Lounge. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week, DJ Von hosts a weekly open mic featuring a variety of performers including comedians, musicians, spoken word performances, and more.

Friday, May 6: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Emporium Center. 5 pm. No cover. PG.

The long form improv group Full Disclosure Comedy returns to another First Friday celebration in downtown Knoxville at the Emporium Center.

Friday, May 6: Jon Durnell & Katherine Jessup (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing Company. 7 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s time for another fun episode of First Friday Comedy at Saw Works. This month’s co-headliners are Jon Durnell (Los Angeles) and Katherine Jessup (Washington, DC). The show will also feature performances from local comics Boston McCown and Aaron Chasteen. Tyler Sonnichsen is this month’s host.

Friday, May 6: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Friday, May 6: Ooh Ooh Revue (variety)
Cocoa Moon. 10 pm. $10. 18+.

Burlesque. Music. Dancing. Comedy. Poetry. It’s a wide variety of entertainment that awaits you on to wrap up another First Friday each month.

Saturday, May 7: Leanne Morgan (stand-up)
Bijou Theatre. 8pm. $25. PG.

East Tennessee native Leanne Morgan returns to Knoxville for a Mother’s Day weekend comedy event at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre.

Sunday, May 8: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

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Monday, May 2: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the only comedy open mic in the Smokies. Join host Aaron Chasteen for an evening of comedy with local and regional performers.

Friday, May 6: Alex Stokes’ Music and Comedy Jam (variety)
Club 1341 Grill. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Comedian Alex Stokes is celebrating a book release party for his newest book 5 Years of This?. He’ll be joined by comedians Matt Ward and Grady Ray, as well as musical performances from Brian Sneed, Ashley Marquez, and Autumn Reflection.

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And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in East Tennessee. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

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Trae Croder goes Viral with Liberal Redneck Videos

Trae Crowder is killing it with his new video series The Liberal Redneck. Those who are familiar with Trae’s comedy knows that these videos don’t stray far from his act on stage.


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Trae Crowder is an Liberal Redneck from the small backcountry town of Celina, TN, which somehow manages to be both extraordinarily beautiful and soul-crushingly depressing at the same time. He first stepped on stage in November of 2010, and hasn’t looked back. He likes to think of his material as being southern-fried intellectual humor. So basically he says a lot of big words in a funny sounding accent and sometimes people like that.

Trae has performed all over the country and has participated in multiple comedy festivals. He is also a writer and was accepted into the 2015 NBCUniversal Late Night Writer’s Workshop, as well as having multiple scripts be finalists in national screenwriting contests. Trae is not opposted to acting either, and once filmed an upoptioned pilot for CMT (produced by the Impractical Jokers).

Contact Trae through his Facebook or Twitter

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (April 22-May 1)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgJohnson CityKingsport – KnoxvilleOak Ridge

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: April 22-May 1, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, April 22: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Comedian Michael Mack (as heard frequently on The John Boy and Billy Show and The Bob and Tom Show) is the headliner this weekend at Chattanooga’s The Comedy Catch at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Saturday, April 23: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, April 24: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, April 24: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

Wednesday, April 27: Grandma Lee (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $12. 18+

America’s funniest grandma, Grandma Lee, returns to Chattanoga’s The Comedy Catch for a special performance.

Wednesday, April 27: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s time for another week of open mic comedy featuring the best of Chattanooga’s local comics and some visiting comedians as well. Each week Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby put on a good show for your entertainment.

Thursday, April 28: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Chattanooga loves Spanky Brown and the feeling is mutual. The Comedy Catch welcomes Spanky Brown back to the stage for a weekend of making Chattanooga laugh.

Thursday, April 28: Open Mic Comedy at McHale’s (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Chattanooga’s Jared Nipper is your guide for an evening of open mic comedy at McHale’s Brewhouse.

Friday, April 29: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, April 30: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 1: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, May 1: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Saturday, April 23: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Tuesday, April 26: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Thursday, April 28: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, April 30: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

JOHNSON CITY

Wednesday, April 27: Krish Mohan (stand-up)
The Hideaway. 10 pm. $5. 18+.

Spike Collar Comedy presents a headline comedy performance from Krish Mohan. Additional performances are scheduled from Katherine Jessup, JC Ratliff, Jos Cashon, and Jessica Lane.

Thursday, April 28: Next Door Comedy Night (open mic/stand-up)
Acoustic Coffeehouse. 9:30 pm. $5. 18+

It’s the two-year anniversary of Next Door Comedy Night. Scheduled performers this evening include: Hunter Roberts, Sam Rucker, Corey Jeter, David Habel, Cliff Andrews, Leah Garth, Jessica Lane, Matt Keilman, and Art Sturtevant.

KINGSPORT

Saturday, April 23: Robert Kelly (stand-up)
Kingsport Renaissance Center. 7 pm. $24.95. 18+.

FX TV’s Robert Kelly (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) headlines an evening of stand-up comedy at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The show will also include a musical performance from the Crystal Shipley Trio.

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, April 22: Cattywampus Puppet Council (experimental/variety)
Pilot Light. 9 pm. $5. 18+.

Join the Cattywampus Puppet Council for their 2nd Annual Spring Revue and Variety Show, featuring a mixture of music, performance art, puppetry, comedy, and dancing with wild abandon.

Friday, April 22: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s another week at the Fourth and Gill funhouse known as Sassy Ann’s. Join host Jake James for a night of open mic comedy this week.

Saturday, April 23: Laughter of Love Comedy Show and Party (stand-up/dance party)
Whispers Social Lounge. 8 pm. $15. 21+.

DJ Von presents an evening of laughter at Whispers Social Lounge. Tonight’s host is Grave Digger with a special guest performance by Sista “Big” Bone and Tyler Craig.

Saturday, April 23: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 24: Cattywampus Puppet Council (experimental/variety)
The Birdhouse. 2 pm. $7. All ages.

It’s an all ages version of the Cattywampus Puppet Council’s 2nd Annual Spring Revue and Variety Show. Come on down to The Birdhouse in the Fourth and Gill Neighborhood for puppetry, music, dancing, comedy, and more.

Sunday, April 24: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

Monday, April 25: On the Mic with Mike (variety)
Scruffy City Hall. 7 pm. No cover. 18+.

Join the fun at Scruffy City Hall with an attention-deficit, topsy-turvy take on the traditional late night show. Your host Mike Bartlett has created this show to marry his passions for music, comedy, and talk shows into a single adventure.

Monday, April 25: Spellbound presented by QED (experimental/improv)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a comedy spelling bee! This popular QED Comedy Lab theme returns for another round of spelling fun as our performers are challenged to spell words invented for the show by our host Shane Rhyne. Then, they must perform various tasks as assigned by the host to help define the word. It’s an evening of improv fun and a chance to expand your vocabulary.

Tuesday, April 26: Krish Mohan (stand-up)
Open Chord. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Spike Collar Comedy presents an evening of stand-up comedy at the Open Chord with a headline performance from Krish Mohan. Additional performances are scheduled from Patrick CunninghamLiz Brooks, and Jay Kendrick. JC Ratliff is your host for the evening.

Tuesday, April 26: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Southern Station/Blue Slip Winery. 8:15 pm. No cover. 21+.

The gang from Einstein Simplified breaks out of their normal routine with a “road show” at the historic Southern Station and Blue Slip Winery in downtown Knoxville. Come on out and enjoy the fun of improv, blended with a wine tasting.

Tuesday, April 26: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

Every week, John Miller hosts a comedy open mic at the oldest live entertainment venue on “The Strip” adjacent to the University of Tennessee campus. Come on out and catch the rising stars of Knoxville comedy.

Wednesday, April 27: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (experimental)
Scruffy City Hall. 11:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a special bonus late night episode of Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000 for April as our local comics riff their way through the classic horror flick The Creature from the Black Lagoon to help wrap up the Knoxville Music and Film Festival. The host for this festival show is Matt Chadourne. Our panel of comics will include Shane Rhyne, Sean Simoneau, and Tyler Sonnichsen.

Thursday, April 28: Sugar High! (stand-up)
Sugar Mama’s. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

The producers of Rain/Shine Events are at it again with the debut of a new monthly comedy showcase bringing comedy to the 100 Block of Gay Street. It’s the launch of Sugar High! at the new home of Sugar Mama’s, a bakery/craft beer bar that serves sweet and savory treats along with delicious brews. And, on the fourth Thursday of each month, comedy will be on the menu, too. This month’s show is hosted by Sean Simoneau with performances from the other Rain/Shine team of comics: Matt Chadourne, Shane Rhyne, and Tyler Sonnichsen.

Friday, April 29: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Saturday, April 30: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 1: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

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OAK RIDGE

Saturday, April 23: Blayr Nias (stand-up)
Grove Theatre. 8 pm. $10. 18+.

It’s time for another edition of the popular monthly showcase Comedy at the Grove. This month’s show is headlined by Charlotte, North Carolina’s Blayr Nias, with additional performances scheduled from Asheville’s Art Sturtevant and Tom Scheve. Knoxville’s own Sam King is your host this month.

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And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in East Tennessee. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (April 15-24)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

This week’s guide brings you some of the biggest names in nationally touring comedy such as Eugene Mirman and rising stars at your local open mic. You’ll find experimental comedy, vaudeville shows, improv, musical comedy, live radio broadcasts, and more. Get out there and laugh this week.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgJohnson CityKingsport – KnoxvilleMaryvilleOak RidgeSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: April 15-24, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, April 15: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

TBS star of Deal with It and fan favorite of NBC’s Last Comic Standing Theo Von arrives for a weekend of comedy at Chattanooga’s Comedy Catch.

Saturday, April 16: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: Ray Stevens (stand-up/variety)
Tivoli Theatre. 7 pm. $49.50-$125. All ages.

Famed singer/songwriter Ray Stevens, known for comedy classics such as “The Streak,” “Guitarzan,” and more, performs at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre. Southern comedian Etta May provides the opening act.

Sunday, April 17: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host. This week’s contest pits Will Foskey against Jared Nipper.

Monday, April 18: Third Monday Improv (improv)
The Granfalloon. 6:30 pm. $8. PG-13.

The folks at Improv Chattanooga debut a new monthly show tonight: Third Monday Improv at the The Granfalloon. The show featuring various long-form improv sketches will be held each month on, you guessed it, the third Monday of the month.

Tuesday, April 19: Comedy Buffet (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 9:30 pm. $10. 18+.

It’s another amazing Comedy Buffet with a trio of visiting comedians to entertain you. Ryan Singer, Dave Stone, and Andy Sandford are bringing their Three Headed Moron Tour to the Chattanooga stage tonight. Additional performances from Chattanooga’s Ben Dalby and Chris Hill. Ryan Darling is your host for the evening.

Wednesday, April 20: Comedy Catch Open Mic Wednesday (open mic)
Comedy Catch. 7 pm. $5. 18+.

Chattanooga’s Comedy Catch hosts a bi-monthly comedy open mic featuring local and regional performers. You might even get the chance to help select the best comic of the night with the winner earning a chance to perform a guest spot at that Sunday’s main show. Luke Marter is the host.

Wednesday, April 20: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby welcome a mix of local and visiting comics to the stage for an evening of open mic comedy fun. Treat yourself to some laughter this week, Chattanooga.

Thursday, April 21: Michael Mack (stand up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Comedian Michael Mack (as heard frequently on “The John Boy and Billy Show” and “The Bob and Tom Show”) is the headliner this weekend at Chattanooga’s The Comedy Catch at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Thursday, April 21: Open Mic Comedy at McHale’s (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Chattanooga’s growing comedy scene continues to grow with the addition of Open Mic Comedy at McHale’s. Join host Jared Nipper for an evening of comedy fun at McHale’s Brewhouse.

Friday, April 22: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, April 23: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, April 24: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Tuesday, April 19: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Thursday, April 21: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, April 23: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, April 21: NSFW Open Mic (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the final countdown for Johnson City’s weekly comedy open mic. Join host Jessica Lane for this week’s show, one of your last chances before the show wraps up in May with a special roast event.

KINGSPORT

Tuesday, April 19: Beer and Comedy (stand-up)
Sleepy Owl Brewery. 8:30 pm. $5. 18+.

Beer and Comedy returns to help the Sleepy Owl Brewery celebrate the brewery’s 2nd anniversary. Hunter Roberts is your host for the evening with performances from Kayla Avery (Boston, MA), Corey Forrester (Chattanooga, TN), and Jacob Moore (Johnson City, TN).

Saturday, April 23: Robert Kelly (stand-up)
Kingsport Renaissance Center. 7 pm. $24.95. 18+.

FX TV’s Robert Kelly (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) headlines an evening of stand-up comedy at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The show will also include a musical performance from the Crystal Shipley Trio.

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, April 15: The Open Hand (theater)

Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. Clarence Brown Theatre hosts the world premiere of The Open Hand, a satire commissioned by the theatre. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 15: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+

Sassy Ann’s might look like your grandma’s house on the outside, but inside you’ll find two bars, a dance floor, and live comedy. Join host Jake James for an evening of open mic comedy with some special guest featured comedians.

Saturday, April 16: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 17: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. Two shows: 2 pm & 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. These presentations are currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Sunday, April 17: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

Monday, April 18: QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

What sort of experiment will the QED Comedy Lab host tonight? We can’t say for sure, but we think it will be some sort of lightning round comedy show so everyone can get to the Eugene Mirman on time down the street. Matt Chadourne is your host. Check the QED Facebook page for updates on this week’s theme.

Monday, April 18: Eugene Mirman & Robyn Hitchcock (stand-up & music)
Bijou Theatre. 8 pm. $25.

One of the most inventive and distinctive voices in comedy today is performing tonight at the Bijou Theatre. If you’ve never seen Eugene Mirman perform, you owe yourself this pleasure. For this tour, he is teamed up with one of the leading figures in the history of alternative rock, Robyn Hitchcock. It promises to be an amazing evening.

Tuesday, April 19: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly improv show returns to Scruffy City Hall for an evening of hilarious misadventures inspired by audience suggestions. Come see why Einstein Simplified is a Knoxville audience favorite.

Tuesday, April 19: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a special evening of open mic comedy at the Longbranch Saloon with special co-headlining performances from Knoxville’s Alex Stokes and Nashville’s Monty Mitchell. Nashville’s Joe Kelley is also scheduled to perform. John Miller is your host for the evening.

Wednesday, April 20: Tennessee Shines (variety)
Boyd’s Jig and Reel. 7 pm. $10.

Tennessee Shines is a weekly live radio show on WDVX-FM hosted by Paige Travis. Each week’s show features a mixture of music and other performances to entertain the live audience at Boyd’s Jig and Reel, along with those listening at home in East Tennessee on WDVX-FM or around the world on wdvx.com. This week’s show features performances from Australian guitar virtuoso Geoff Achison and Knoxville comedian Shane Rhyne.

Wednesday, April 20: Reefer Madness (experimental)
Scruffy City Hall. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s an evening of movie riffing with the cult classic Reefer Madness. Victor Agreda, Jr. is your host for another edition of Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000, and he has help tonight from comedians Liz Brooks, Tyler Sonnichsen, and Matt Ward.

Thursday, April 21: Beer Market Comedy Showcase (stand-up)
Bearden Beer Market. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

Welcome a new monthly comedy showcase to the Scruffy City Comedy scene with the debut of Beer Market Comedy Showcase. Produced by Jeff Danger and Kevin Shockley, this month’s show features performances from Matt Ward, Grady Ray, Larissa Radtke, John Miller, and Jeff Danger. Kevin Shockley is the host.

Friday, April 22: Cattywampus Puppet Council (experimental/variety)
Pilot Light. 9 pm. $5. 18+.

Join the Cattywampus Puppet Council for their 2nd Annual Spring Revue and Variety Show, featuring a mixture of music, performance art, puppetry, comedy, and dancing with wild abandon.

Friday, April 22: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s another week at the Fourth and Gill funhouse known as Sassy Ann’s. Join host Jake James for a night of open mic comedy this week.

Saturday, April 23: Laughter of Love Comedy Show and Party (stand-up/dance party)
Whispers Social Lounge. 8 pm. $15. 21+.

DJ Von presents an evening of laughter at Whispers Social Lounge. Tonight’s host is Grave Digger with a special guest performance by Sista “Big” Bone and Tyler Craig.

Saturday, April 23: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 24: Cattywampus Puppet Council (experimental/variety)
The Birdhouse. 2 pm. $7. All ages.

It’s an all ages version of the Cattywampus Puppet Council’s 2nd Annual Spring Revue and Variety Show. Come on down to The Birdhouse in the Fourth and Gill Neighborhood for puppetry, music, dancing, comedy, and more.

Sunday, April 24: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

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MARYVILLE

Tuesday, April 19: Sydney Castillo (stand-up)
Isaac’s Cafe. 8 pm.

Stand-up comic Sydney Castillo performs at Isaac’s Cafe on the Maryville College campus.

OAK RIDGE

Saturday, April 23: Blayr Nias (stand-up)
Grove Theatre. 8 pm. $10. 18+.

It’s time for another edition of the popular monthly showcase Comedy at the Grove. This month’s show is headlined by Charlotte, North Carolina’s Blayr Nias, with additional performances scheduled from Asheville’s Art Sturtevant and Tom Scheve. Knoxville’s own Sam King is your host this month.

SEVIERVILLE

Monday, April 18: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Join guest host Gail Grantham for an evening of open mic comedy and featured comedy sets at the only comedy open mic in the Smokies. Tonight’s show includes a feature performance from Cincinnati’s Rob Wilfong.

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And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in East Tennessee. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (April 8-17)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

Get out there and laugh this week.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGreeneville – KnoxvilleMaryville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: April 8-17, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, April 8: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $17. 18+

The competition has been narrowed to 40 comics for the Satellite Round. Winners of the Satellite Round will win a week of booked work at The Comedy Catch and will also earn a spot in the WSOC’s second round in Las Vegas this September. A panel of comedy professionals will judge the show, but the audience also has a vote. Come on out and help launch the next star of comedy.

Saturday, April 9: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round Finals (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $17. 18+

Sunday, April 10: Girl on Girl Comedy and Revue (variety)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Girl on Girl Comedy and Revue puts the women in charge with an evening of comedy, burlesque, and more performed by some of the region’s best female and LGBT performers. Christy Eidson is your host for the evening.

Sunday, April 10: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

Tuesday, April 12: Improv Chattanooga Intermediate Showcase #1 (improv)
The Granfalloon. 8 pm. $5. PG-13

The inaugural Intermediate Improv class of Improv Chattanooga presents a showcase of the new skills they’ve developed.

Wednesday, April 13: Improv Chattanooga Beginner’s Showcase #7 (improv)
The Granfalloon. 8 pm. $5. PG-13.

A new class of beginners at Improv Chattanooga show off the skills they’ve learned in this showcase.

Wednesday, April 13: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby bring a group of talented comedians to the JJ’s Bohemia stage to make you laugh. Join the fun at Chattanooga’s weekly comedy open mic. Shows often feature a touring featured comedian to round out the night.

Thursday, April 14: Mark Lowry (stand-up/variety)
Chattanooga Convention Center. 6 pm. $50. All ages.

Gospel music star and comedian Mark Lowry is the featured entertainer for the Bryan Opportunity Program fundraiser dinner for Bryan College.

Thursday, April 14: Comedy Catch Open Mic (open mic)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

The Comedy Catch’s Open Mic Wednesdays moves to Thursday this week. Jerry Harvey closes out the show tonight. Luke Marter is your host for the evening.

Thursday, April 14: Open Mic Comedy at McHale’s (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Your host Jared Nipper brings to the stage a variety of comics from Chattanooga and beyond each week for Open Mic Comedy at McHale’s. Come on out and join the fun.

Friday, April 15: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

TBS star of Deal with It and fan favorite of NBC’s Last Comic Standing Theo Von arrives for a weekend of comedy at Chattanooga’s Comedy Catch.

Saturday, April 16: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: Ray Stevens (stand-up/variety)
Tivoli Theatre. 7 pm. $49.50-$125. All ages.

Famed singer/songwriter Ray Stevens, known for comedy classics such as “The Streak,” “Guitarzan,” and more, performs at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre. Southern comedian Etta May provides the opening act.

Sunday, April 17: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GREENEVILLE

Saturday, April 9: Tim Hawkins (stand-up/music)
Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 7:30 pm. $25-$75. PG.

Comedian and musical parody artist Tim Hawkins brings his guitar and wit to the stage for an evening of comedy at Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, April 14: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (variety/vaudeville)
Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 7 pm. $15-$25. All ages.

Las Vegas performer Gregory Popovich brings his vaudeville-style show to Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center for an evening of family-oriented comedy, clowning, juggling, and performances from Popovich’s talented 30 rescue pets.

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, April 8: The Improv*Ables (improv)
Time Warp Tea Room. 7:30 pm. No cover. PG.

Every month, Knoxville-based improv group The Improv*Ables entertains you with a free show at the Time Warp Tea Room in Knoxville’s Happy Holler.

Friday, April 8: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. Clarence Brown Theatre hosts the world premiere of The Open Hand, a satire commissioned by the theatre. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 8: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 8 pm. $45-$90. PG.

The smash hit comedy musical The Book of Mormon arrives in Knoxville as part of the Tennessee Theatre’s Broadway series.

Friday, April 8: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+

Sassy Ann’s might look like your grandma’s house on the outside, but inside you’ll find two bars, a dance floor, and live comedy. Join guest host Kevin Shockley for an evening of open mic comedy with some special guest featured comedians.

Saturday, April 9: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. Two shows: 2 and 8 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Saturday, April 9: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Saturday, April 9: Jenn Snyder (stand-up)
Kristtopher’s. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

It’s a great night of comedy at Kristtopher’s in Bearden as Jenn Snyder, one of South Carolina’s funniest comics, takes the stage. Also performing will be Danny Whitson, and Matt Ward.

Saturday, April 9: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Saturday, April 9: Silly Saturdays with DJ Stearl the Pearl (stand-up)
Square Room. 9 pm. $25. 21+

DJ Stearl the Pearl drops the beat on a comedy show with its own built-in after party. Lawrence Owens is your host with a headline performance from Dave Martin (HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy). Carolina’s Queen of Comedy, Sweet Baby Kita, will also perform.

Sunday, April 10: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. Two shows: 2 and 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Sunday, April 10: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 2 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Sunday, April 10: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of Knoxville’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

Monday, April 11: On the Mic w/Mike (variety)
Scruffy City Hall. 7 pm. No cover. 18+.

Mike Bartlett wants to find a way to combine his love of music and comedy. And talk shows. So, he created this attention deficit inspired late night talk show that isn’t very late at all.

Monday, April 11: QED presents Random Show Generator (experimental/stand-up/improv)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

What happens when you give the show host a set of Dungeons and Dragons dice, a list of random topics and QED show themes, and too much free time? Well, you get the QED Random Show Generator. This week’s host Shane Rhyne sends our performers on random quests to complete on stage for your amusement.

Tuesday, April 12: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

Tuesday, April 12: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Blue Slip Winery/Southern Station. 8:15 pm. No cover. 21+

East Tennessee’s longest running weekly improv comedy show is back for another week of fun. This week’s show will be hosted by The Blue Slip Winery in the Southern Station. Join the Einstein Simplified gang for madcap fun and barely controlled chaos.

Tuesday, April 12: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

The legendary Longbranch Saloon on the UT Strip (Cumberland Avenue) is home to a weekly comedy open mic hosted by John Miller.

Wednesday, April 13: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG

Wednesday, April 13: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Open Chord. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s time for another evening of laughter and long-form improv from Knoxville’s Full Disclosure Comedy troupe. Come on out to the Open Chord in west Knoxville and enjoy the fun.

Thursday, April 14: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Thursday, April 14: Pizza Ha’s (stand-up)
Pizza Hoss. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a night of stand-up comedy featuring a selection of Knoxville’s best comics and rising talent at the Rain/Shine Events monthly local showcase Pizza Ha’s at Pizza Hoss. Tyler Sonnichsen hosts an evening that includes performances from Ashton Binkley, Boston McCown, Larissa Radtke, Danny Whitson, and additional performers TBA.

Friday, April 15: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 15: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+

Sassy Ann’s might look like your grandma’s house on the outside, but inside you’ll find two bars, a dance floor, and live comedy. Join host Jake James for an evening of open mic comedy with some special guest featured comedians.

Saturday, April 16: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 17: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. Two shows: 2 pm & 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. These presentations are currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Sunday, April 17: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

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MARYVILLE

Friday, April 8: Tomáš Kubínek (vaudeville/variety)
Clayton Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm. $15.50-$28.50. All ages.

The one and only Dr. Professor Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer. Drawing on his love of clowns, circus, theater, and magic, his show brings a spirit of vaudeville and circus-like fun that will fill the Clayton Center for the Arts with laughter.

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And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in East Tennessee. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (March 31-April 10)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

April Fools’ Day weekend is bringing an amazing amount of live comedy to East Tennessee, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll find 60 performances listed here covering March 31 through April 10. Enjoy live comedy with nationally recognized performers like James Gregory, Lachlan Patterson, Eddie Pepitone, Derek Sheen, Junior Stopka, and Sheryl Underwood. Need some improv? We’ve got it. Looking for a variety show with comedy and music to fill your evening? That’s here, too. Ready to enjoy an evening of theater that will leave you laughing? Yep. Got that, too. Ready to go to the fringe of comedy with experimental shows built around found video or a comedic walking tour of local history? It’s here as well. From clean family fun to outrageous envelope pushing experiences, we’re quite proud of the variety of choices available to you.

From open mics to Broadway musicals, this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy events in East Tennessee is packed with fun in eight different cities and 27 different venues.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: Bristol – ChattanoogaGreenevilleJohnson CityKingsportKnoxvilleMaryvilleSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: March 31-April 10, 2016.

BRISTOL

Friday, April 1: James Gregory (stand-up)
Paramount Center for the Arts. 8 pm. $22-32. PG.

One of the nation’s most successful touring comics, James Gregory, arrives in Bristol, Tennessee, just in time for April Fool’s Day.

CHATTANOOGA

Thursday, March 31: World Series of Comedy (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $5. 18+

Local and regional comics are competing for votes from you and a panel of judges on who will advance to the next round of the World Series of Comedy. Tonight is the local qualifying round finals. Who will advance to the next round: the satellite competition?

Thursday, March 31: Comedy Buffet (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 10 pm. $10. 18+

The Comedy Buffet is open. This edition of The Comedy Buffet features performances from Junior Stopka, Andy Andrist and Sean Rouse as part of their Comedy Killers tour. Also performing will be John-Michael Bond and Ian Sharp. Donnie Marsh is your host for the evening.

Friday, April 1: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Last Comic Standing‘s Lachlan Patterson headlines this weekend’s performances at The Comedy Catch. Trae Crowder is the featured performer this weekend.

Saturday, April 2: Ladie’s Night (experimental)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 6 pm. $10-250. 18+

Atlanta’s popular comedy show, Ladie’s Night, brings its hilarious mix of stand-up, sketch comedy, and film to the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Saturday, April 2: Eddie Pepitone (stand-up)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 7:15 pm. $10-250. 18+

Eddie Pepitone, the Bitter Buddha, brings his hilariously dark thoughts to the Chattanooga Film Festival. Also performing are Corey Forrester, Ryan Darling, and John-Michael Bond.

Saturday, April 2: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Saturday, April 2: Clean and Classy Comedy Tour (stand-up)
Camp House. 8:30 pm. $15-20. 18+

The Clean and Classy Comedy Tour returns to Chattanooga with a new slate of comics. Chattanooga’s own Tresha Rutledge is your host with performances from Big Sean and Gordon Quinney.

Saturday, April 2: Everything Is Terrible! (experimental)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 10:30 pm. $10-250. 18+

It’s a mind-bending night of comedy and multimedia entertainment as the Internet sensations Everything Is Terrible! bring their live show to the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Sunday, April 3: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Wednesday, April 6: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $17. 18+

The competition has been narrowed to 40 comics for the Satellite Round. Winners of the Satellite Round will win a week of booked work at The Comedy Catch and will also earn a spot in the WSOC’s second round in Las Vegas this September. A panel of comedy professionals will judge the show, but the audience also has a vote. Come on out and help launch the next star of comedy.

Wednesday, April 6: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Each week Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby bring a group of talented comedians to the JJ’s Bohemia stage to make you laugh. Join the fun at Chattanooga’s weekly comedy open mic.

Thursday, April 7: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $17. 18+

Friday, April 8: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $17. 18+

Saturday, April 9: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round Finals (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $17. 18+

Sunday, April 10: Girl on Girl Comedy and Revue (variety)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Girl on Girl Comedy and Revue puts the women in charge with an evening of comedy, burlesque, and more performed by some of the region’s best female and LGBT performers. Christy Eidson is your host for the evening.

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GREENEVILLE

Saturday, April 9: Tim Hawkins (stand-up/music)
Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 7:30 pm. $25-$75. PG.

Comedian and musical parody artist Tim Hawkins brings his guitar and wit to the stage for an evening of comedy at Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

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JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, March 31: Next Door Comedy Night (open mic/stand-up)
Acoustic Coffeehouse. 9 pm. $5. 18+

It’s a night of stand-up showcase comedy and open mic comedy, and it’s all for a good cause. Sam Rucker is your host. Jessica Lane is this month’s featured comedian.

Thursday, April 7: NSFW Open Mic Comedy (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

Every other week, Jessica Lane hosts an open mic comedy night of laughter and surprises at the Mecca Lounge in downtown Johnson City.

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KINGSPORT

Tuesday, April 5: Beer and Comedy (stand-up)
Sleepy Owl Brewery. 8:30 pm. $5. 18+

Beer and Comedy night returns to the Sleepy Owl as part of the Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week celebration! This month’s show is hosted by Nathan Blevins with performances from Tara White, Jeff Blank, and Hunter Roberts.

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KNOXVILLE

Thursday, March 31: The Open Hand (theater)

Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG.

SOLD OUT. Clarence Brown Theatre hosts the world premiere of The Open Hand, a satire commissioned by the theatre. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 1: First Friday Comedy (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing. 7 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s April Fool’s Day! This month’s show gets in the spirit of the holiday with performances from Atlanta’s Ian Aber and Hayley Ellman. Also performing will be Lance Adams and Todd Lewis. Matt Chadourne is your host.

Friday, April 1: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 1: Sheryl Underwood and Friends (stand-up)
Holiday Inn-Downtown Knoxville. 9 pm. $20-25. 18+

Sheryl Underwood, co-host of CBS’ The Talk, headlines this comedy show held in conjunction with Phi Beta Sigma-Southeast Region’s 102nd anniversary regional conference. Joining Sheryl will be comedians Mike Washington, David Raibon, and Kyle Irby.

Friday, April 1: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+

Sassy Ann’s might look like your grandma’s house on the outside, but inside you’ll find two bars, a dance floor, and live comedy. Join host Jake James for an evening of open mic comedy with some special guest featured comedians.

Friday, April 1: Ooh Ooh Revue (variety)
Cocoa Moon. 10 pm. $10. 18+

It’s the debut of a new monthly variety show featuring burlesque, comedy, spoken word, and quite a few surprises. Join the troupe of Noir et Blanc Ventures every First Friday at Cocoa Moon for this neo-vaudeville variety revue.

Saturday, April 2: Blue Umbrella Walking Tour (experimental)
Market Square and Downtown. 6 pm. No cover. PG.

It’s another installment of the unpredictable Blue Umbrella Walking Tour, in which local performers share amazing fact-like stories about downtown Knoxville history as you stroll through the city. There’s a reasonable chance the stories are true, but we wouldn’t bet on it. This tour’s theme explores the musical history of Knoxville. Just in time for the Big Ears Festival. Matt Chadourne is the host.

Saturday, April 2: Stop the Violence (variety)
Overcoming Believers Church. 6 pm. No cover/donations accepted. PG.

Comedians, hip hop artists, dancers, singers, and more gather for a night to raise awareness of the Stop the Violence campaign in Knoxville. Comedians Jay Kendrick, Li’l Twin, and Daniel Wade will perform.

Saturday, April 2: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Saturday, April 2: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 3: Upstairs Underground Comedy with Dan Alten and Eric Sorgel (stand-up/open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+

Knoxville’s longest running weekly comedy open mic this week also includes featured performances from visiting comics Dan Alten and Eric Sorgel. Boston McCown is your host.

Monday, April 4: Dear Penthouse…presented by QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+

This week, the QED performers will read to you letters they’ve written everyone’s favorite smutty magazine. It should be hilarious. Or sexy. Or both. Come on out and see for yourself. Matt Chadourne is your host for the evening.

Tuesday, April 5: Casual Comedy presents Derek Sheen (stand-up)
Casual Pint-Hardin Valley. 7 pm. No cover. 18+

Derek Sheen brings his “Tiny Idiot” tour to Knoxville for this month’s Casual Comedy show. Joining Derek at this show will be Matt Ward, Sean Simoneau, JC Ratliff, and Alex Stokes. Shane Rhyne is your host for the evening.

Tuesday, April 5: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

The smash hit comedy musical The Book of Mormon arrives in Knoxville as part of the Tennessee Theatre’s Broadway series.

Tuesday, April 5: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

Clarence Brown Theatre hosts the world premiere of The Open Hand, a satire commissioned by the theatre.

Tuesday, April 5: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s long-running improv troupe Einstein Simplified is prepared to delight and amuse you every week at Scruffy City Hall.

Tuesday, April 5: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s a night of open mic comedy, conveniently located near the UT campus at the legendary Longbranch Saloon. John Miller is your host for the evening.

Wednesday, April 6: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Wednesday, April 6: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

Thursday, April 7: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Thursday, April 7: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 8: The Improv*Ables (improv)
Time Warp Tea Room. 7:30 pm. No cover. PG.

Every month, Knoxville-based improv group The Improv*Ables entertains you with a free show at the Time Warp Tea Room in Knoxville’s Happy Holler.

Friday, April 8: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 8: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 8 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Friday, April 8: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+

Sassy Ann’s might look like your grandma’s house on the outside, but inside you’ll find two bars, a dance floor, and live comedy. Join host Jake James for an evening of open mic comedy with some special guest featured comedians.

Saturday, April 9: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. Two shows: 2 and 8 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Saturday, April 9: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Saturday, April 9: Jenn Snyder (stand-up)
Kristtopher’s. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

It’s a great night of comedy at Kristtopher’s in Bearden as Jenn Snyder, one of South Carolina’s funniest comics, takes the stage. Also performing will be Gail Grantham, Danny Whitson, and Matt Ward.

Saturday, April 9: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 10: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. Two shows: 2 and 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Sunday, April 10: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 2 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Sunday, April 10: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of Knoxville’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

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Friday, April 8: Tomáš Kubínek (vaudeville/variety)
Clayton Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm. $15.50-$28.50. All ages.

The one and only Dr. Professor Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer. Drawing on his love of clowns, circus, theater, and magic, his show brings a spirit of vaudeville and circus-like fun that will fill the Clayton Center for the Arts with laughter.

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Monday, April 4: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s the return of the only comedy open mic in the Smokies. Aaron Chasteen is your host for an evening of comedy and fun at your favorite tiki bar in the mountains.

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And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in East Tennessee. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.