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Will You Be in the Live Studio Audience?

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Trae Crowder is one of the comics performing at QED’s festival taping show.

For comedians looking to climb the ladder of success, getting accepted to comedy festivals across the nation is an important milestone. A key ingredient to securing those festival invitations is a high quality video of 5-8 minutes of the comics’ best material. And, this week, the QED Comedy Laboratory show in the Old City’s Pilot Light is helping a group of Knoxville comics start assembling their festival materials. All they need now is you for the live studio audience.

On Monday, February 15, a group of eleven East Tennessee comedians will take the stage at QED’s weekly show to perform and record short sets of their festival submission material. The performers include a few festival veterans from the local scene looking to update materials and up-and-coming performers ready to make their first steps into the festival circuit.

The line-up features past Rocky Top Comedy Contest champions, the reigning Knoxville Mercury readers poll winner for Knoxville’s Top Comic. The line-up also includes hosts of popular weekly open mics, monthly showcase shows, and the weekly experimental comedy show QED Comedy Lab itself.

“This show is a little different from the usual QED show since it’s a pure stand-up comedy show,” said show producer and regular host Matt Chadourne. “But, we wanted to provide an opportunity to showcase the great talent and help the scene overall with a festival recording theme for this week.”

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Matt Chadourne will perform for QED’s festival recording show.

Matt Chadourne, usually the host of QED, will be performing instead this week, so he’s handing over the reins for this week’s show to a special guest host who knows a thing or two about comedy festivals. Matt Ward, founder of the Scruffy City Comedy Festival and the Cape Fear Comedy Festival will be the emcee for the evening.

The complete line-up of performers at this time is: Jeff Blank, Matt Chadourne, Aaron Chasteen, Trae Crowder, Jay Kendrick, Joe Leeper, John Miller, Shane Rhyne, Hunter Roberts, Sean Simoneau, and Tyler Sonnichsen.

The show will begin at 7:30 pm at the Pilot Light in the Old City on February 15. For additional information, visit the QED Facebook event page for the show or the Scruffy City Comedy calendar listing.

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Laugh in Public – A 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in Knoxville

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It’s perfectly acceptable to laugh out loud, and Scruffy City Comedy is happy to help you find some of the best places to laugh and find comedy shows in the Knoxville area. This week’s listing includes comedy shows in Oak Ridge and Knoxville.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com.

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in Knoxville, February 12-21, 2016.

Friday, February 12: The Improv*Ables (improv comedy)
Time Warp Tea Room, 7:30pm, No cover. 18+

A long form improv comedy show called “RelationSHIPS,” exploring life, love, and a certain romantic holiday.

Comedy at the Grove in Oak Ridge

Friday, February 12: Comedy at the Grove (stand-up comedy)
The Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, 8 pm, $10. 18+

Danny Whitson’s popular Comedy at the Grove series returns with a full-slate of hilarious stand-up comics. Local author and comedian Alex Stokes is the headliner, with additional performances from Kareem “Plug” Chapman of Atlanta and Joe Leeper of Knoxville. Birdwell Catering is on hand to keep your tastebuds happy during the show, too.

Friday, February 12: KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy at Sassy Ann’s (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm, No cover. 21+

This week Sassy Ann’s welcomes Jake James, the show’s new host. Join us in the fun of launching the next era of KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy. You never know who might turn up or what might happen at Sassy Ann’s, but you can bet it will be hilarious. This open mic features a blend of open mic comedy and invited feature performers. No cover.

Sunday, February 14: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm., No cover before 8 pm. 21+

What could be more romantic than an evening of laughter? Join host Boston McCown for the Valentine’s Day edition of Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic. Visiting and local comics alike will be on hand to lament and/or celebrate everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

Monday, February 15: QED Presents Save It For Later (stand-up comedy)
Pilot Light in the Old City, 7:30 pm, No cover. 18+

This week’s QED show is a special stand-up comedy edition, featuring eleven of Knoxville’s best comics performing and recording short stand-up sets for their use in comedy festival submissions and other auditions. Join the studio audience in providing a great comedy scene as these comics bring their A-list material to the stage.

Tuesday, February 16: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, 8:15 pm, No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s longest running weekly comedy show is Einstein Simplified. Since 1994, Einstein Simplified has made Knoxville laugh with its hilarious short form improv comedy show. Join the fun every Tuesday at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square.

Tuesday, February 16: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon on The Strip, 9 pm, No cover. 18+.

Come on down to the legendary Longbranch Saloon for some open mic comedy fun as local and visiting comics entertain you.

Thursday, February 18: Third Thursday Comedy (open mic)
Big Fatty’s Catering in Bearden, 7:30 pm, No Cover. 18+

On the third Thursday of each month one of west Knoxville’s most delicious locations also becomes one of its funniest. Big Fatty’s is the home to the Third Thursday Comedy Show hosted by Larissa Radtke.

Friday, February 19: KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy at Sassy Ann’s (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm, No cover. 21+

You never know who might turn up or what might happen at Sassy Ann’s, but you can bet it will be hilarious. This open mic features a blend of open mic comedy and invited feature performers. No cover.

Sunday, February 21: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm., No cover before 8 pm. 21+

Join host Boston McCown for Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic. Visiting and local comics alike will be on hand to entertain you. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thanks, Jay. Welcome, Jake. Hosting Changes at Sassy Ann’s.

Jake James performing at Scruffy City Comedy Festival, photo by Carmen Morales
Jake James (photo by Carmen Morales)

Fans of KnoxVegas Comedy, the weekly Knoxville comedy open mic at Sassy Ann’s in the historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood, had the chance to say thanks to Scruffy City comedian Jay Kendrick last night as he performed his final show as host of the popular comedy night. Don’t worry, the comedy won’t be stopping at Sassy Ann’s as Jay introduced Jake James as the show’s new weekly host.

As Jay explained earlier in the week, he decided to hand over the reins to a new host in order for focus more of his own time on his ever-increasing travel to out-of-town comedy shows.

Jake is well-known to Scruffy City Comedy fans, having hosted previously at the Scruffy City Comedy Festival as well as a former Knoxville comedy open mic on The Strip near the University of Tennessee campus. He is also a special events DJ and often is the house DJ for comedy shows such as the Scruffy City Comedy Festival main stage performances at Scruffy City Hall and elsewhere.

Jay Kendrick performing at Scruffy City Comedy Festival, photo by Carmen Morales
Jay Kendrick (photo by Carmen Morales)

Knoxville comedy open mic fans can welcome Jake as the new host of KnoxVegas Comedy Night at Sassy Ann’s on Friday, February 12, when he officially takes over as the new host. The show continues with its normal open mic schedule with performances every Friday night beginning at 9 pm. There is no cover charge, but you must be 21 to enter.

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Laugh in Public – A 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in Knoxville

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Welcome to the Scruffy City 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Based on your feedback, we’re moving this feature to Thursdays to help you better plan your weekend ahead and to give you a sneak peek at the next weekend, too. This should be especially helpful if you’re thinking about surprising your Valentine by taking him or her to a comedy show.

So, let’s see what’s on the calendar for all you February comedy lovers out there.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com.

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in Knoxville, February 5-14, 2016.

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Friday, February 5: First Friday Comedy presents Mo Arora and Brian Emond (stand-up comedy)
Saw Works Brewing, 7 pm – No cover – 21+

First Friday Comedy at Saw Works returns in February with a pair of great comedians from the Atlanta comedy scene for you. Mo Arora and Brian Emond will be our headliners. Also performing will be Scruffy City’s Angela Garrone and Sean Simoneau. Matt Chadourne is your host this month. No cover.

Friday, February 5: KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy at Sassy Ann’s (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm – No cover – 21+

Join us in saying goodbye to longtime show host Jay Kendrick as he hands over the reins of the KnoxVegas Open Mic to a new host. You never know who might turn up or what might happen at Sassy Ann’s, but you can bet it will be hilarious. This open mic features a blend of open mic comedy and invited feature performers. No cover.

Sunday, February 7: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm. – No cover before 8 pm – 21+

Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns to Preservation Pub for another week of local and visiting comedians to entertain you. Hosted by Boston McCown. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

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Monday, February 8: QED Comedy Lab presents “12 Hours Until Now!” (experimental comedy)
Pilot Light in the Old City, 7:30 pm. – No cover – 18+

This week’s experiment at QED Comedy Laboratory seems simple enough: performing comedians are assigned eight random topics 12 hours before the show and have to create a brand comedy set based on those topics. What desperate measures will they take as the clock ticks down to zero. Join us and find out. Our host is Matt Chadourne. No cover but donations are accepted.

Tuesday, February 9: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, 8:15 pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s longest-running live comedy show is Einstein Simplified, a comedy improv show in its 21st year. Come on down to Scruffy City Hall to join the fun and see how the talented members of Einstein Improv turn your suggestions into hilarious comedy. No cover.

Tuesday, February 9: Longbranch Saloon Comedy (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon on the Strip, 9pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s oldest home for live entertainment on the Strip is now the newest home for open mic comedy in Knoxville. The legendary Longbranch Saloon opens its doors every Tuesday evening for this entertaining evening of open mic comedy. John Miller is your host. No cover.

Full Disclosure Improv Comedy

Wednesday, February 10: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Open Chord Music, 8:15 pm – No cover – 18+

The Full Disclosure improv troupe presents a long form improv show every month at the Open Chord in West Knoxville. Find out why Full Disclosure has become a crowd favorite of the growing West Knoxville comedy scene.

Comedy at the Grove in Oak Ridge

Friday, February 12: Comedy at the Grove (stand-up comedy)
The Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, 8 pm – $10 – 18+

Danny Whitson’s popular Comedy at the Grove series returns with a full-slate of hilarious stand-up comics. Local author and comedian Alex Stokes is the headliner, with additional performances from Kareem “Plug” Chapman of Atlanta and Joe Leeper of Knoxville. Birdwell Catering is on hand to keep your tastebuds happy during the show, too.

Friday, February 12: KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy at Sassy Ann’s (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm – No cover – 21+

This week Sassy Ann’s welcomes a new host for the show. Join us in the fun of launching the next era of KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy. You never know who might turn up or what might happen at Sassy Ann’s, but you can bet it will be hilarious. This open mic features a blend of open mic comedy and invited feature performers. No cover.

Sunday, February 14: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm. – No cover before 8 pm – 21+

What could be more romantic than an evening of laughter? Join host Boston McCown for the Valentine’s Day edition of Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic. Visiting and local comics alike will be on hand to lament and/or celebrate everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

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Quit Your Day Job comedy tour comes to Casual Comedy on February 2

Laugh in Public – A 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in Knoxville

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Winter has settled in to East Tennessee, which means the weather will likely be sunny and in the mid-60s for a few days before we all get iced in unexpectedly.

It’s no wonder that February is the peak time for the winter blues, so let’s do something about it! Get out of the house and do something brave: laugh in public! To help you with this mission, we’ve prepared this guide of live comedy events ready for you to attend over the next ten days in Knoxville.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com.

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in Knoxville, January 31-February 9, 2016.

Sunday, January 31: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm. – No cover before 8 pm – 21+

Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns to Preservation Pub for another week of local and visiting comedians to entertain you. Hosted by Boston McCown. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

Monday, February 1: QED Comedy Lab presents “Correct Me if I’m Wrong” (experimental comedy)
Pilot Light in the Old City, 7:30 pm. – No cover – 18+

Can you call yourself Knoxville’s longest-running comedy game show if you’re only performing your second episode ever? Yes, you can. This week, QED’s cast of comedians are faced with an improv challenge that will also test their trivia skills when “Correct Me if I’m Wrong” returns to the Pilot Light. Hosted by Matt Chadourne. No cover, but donations are accepted.

Quit Your Day Job comedy tour comes to Casual Comedy on February 2

Tuesday, February 2: Casual Comedy presents Matt Ward and Grady Ray (stand-up comedy)
Casual Pint-Hardin Valley, 7 pm. – No cover – 18+

Matt Ward and Grady Ray are wrapping up the winter portion of their 2016 Quit Your Day Job Tour with a visit to the monthly west Knoxville comedy showcase at the Casual Pint in Hardin Valley. Also performing are Scruffy City’s Victor Agreda, Jr., and Kristine Kinsey. This month’s host is Sean Simoneau. No cover.

Tuesday, February 2: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, 8:15 pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s longest-running live comedy show is Einstein Simplified, a comedy improv show in its 21st year. Come on down to Scruffy City Hall to join the fun and see how the talented members of Einstein Improv turn your suggestions into hilarious comedy. No cover.

Tuesday, February 2: Longbranch Saloon Comedy (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon on the Strip, 9pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s oldest home for live entertainment on the Strip is now the newest home for open mic comedy in Knoxville. The legendary Longbranch Saloon opens its doors every Tuesday evening for this entertaining evening of open mic comedy. John Miller is your host. No cover.

 

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Friday, February 5: First Friday Comedy presents Mo Arora and Brian Emond (stand-up comedy)
Saw Works Brewing, 7 pm – No cover – 21+

First Friday Comedy at Saw Works returns in February with a pair of great comedians from the Atlanta comedy scene for you. Mo Arora and Brian Emond will be our headliners. Also performing will be Scruffy City’s Angela Garrone and Sean Simoneau. Matt Chadourne is your host this month. No cover.

Friday, February 5: KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy at Sassy Ann’s (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm – No cover – 21+

You never know who might turn up or what might happen at Sassy Ann’s, but you can bet it will be hilarious. This open mic features a blend of open mic comedy and invited feature performers. Your host is Jay Kendrick. No cover.

Sunday, February 7: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm. – No cover before 8 pm – 21+

Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns to Preservation Pub for another week of local and visiting comedians to entertain you. Hosted by Boston McCown. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

 

QED - 12 Hours Until Now

Monday, February 8: QED Comedy Lab presents “12 Hours Until Now!” (experimental comedy)
Pilot Light in the Old City, 7:30 pm. – No cover – 18+

This week’s experiment at QED Comedy Laboratory seems simple enough: performing comedians are assigned eight random topics 12 hours before the show and have to create a brand comedy set based on those topics. What desperate measures will they take as the clock ticks down to zero. Join us and find out. Our host is Matt Chadourne. No cover but donations are accepted.

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Tuesday, February 9: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, 8:15 pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s longest-running live comedy show is Einstein Simplified, a comedy improv show in its 21st year. Come on down to Scruffy City Hall to join the fun and see how the talented members of Einstein Improv turn your suggestions into hilarious comedy. No cover.

Tuesday, February 9: Longbranch Saloon Comedy (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon on the Strip, 9pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s oldest home for live entertainment on the Strip is now the newest home for open mic comedy in Knoxville. The legendary Longbranch Saloon opens its doors every Tuesday evening for this entertaining evening of open mic comedy. John Miller is your host. No cover.

Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

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Comedy Tonight (01/11) in Sevierville!

High Tide Comedy has found a home at Boogaloo’s Bar & Grill in Sevierville, Tn. Not only does Boogaloo’s offer a wide variety of drinks, they also offer a menu full of excellent food. Boogaloo’s is a beach themed sports bar that has entertainment from trivia night all the way to live music, and, for the first time ever, a stand up comedy show. This month we will get to laugh with Riki Higgins, Joe Leeper, Shane Rhyne, Gail Grantham and January’s headliner Knox Vegas’ own Jay Kendrick! Hosted by yours truly, Aaron Chasteen. The premiere show will be Monday, January 11th, 2016, tide comes in at 9pm. ALSO, the show is during Boogaloo’s Happy Hour. Not only is there free comedy, but there’s also a full menu of drinks at a discount! Free Admission. 18&Up to laugh, 21&Up to drink.
Boogaloo’s 815 Parkway,
Sevierville, TN 37862.
Go like Boogaloo’s and Scruffy City Comedy’s facebook pages!
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2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival Audience Grows, Sexiness Remains

Scruffy City Comedy Festival a Success Once Again!

The 2nd Annual Scruffy City Comedy Festival was a success in the eyes of all whom attended, performed or staffed the events.  We saw nearly 400 comedy fans over the course of our three day event.

Some Big Successes

Dustin Meadows wins Air Sex
Dustin Meadows wins Air Sex

Air Sex
Holy shit, this show went over so much better than expected. I KNEW it was funny, but I wasn’t sure if the crowd would turn out for it as they might be pre-gaming and getting drunk elsewhere for the next afternoons University of Tennessee Football game.  Nope, not an issue.  Chris Trew opened the show to a growing crowd that eventually filled most of the seats in Scruffy City Hall.  His opening routine had people in the room doubled-over with laughter.

Jackie Kashian
We intentionally put the empress of dorkdom on the main stage on Saturday night after the home football game because we knew she wouldn’t draw from that demo.  Jackie came in and performed an amazingly funny set to the largest crowd we have ever had for a comedy show at Scruffy City Hall.

Sunday Nights Shows
I personally began sweating bullets at about 7pm when the crowd seemed to be very light for the Sunday evening shows.  Little did I know, folks had been reading the schedules and were coming to see specific acts, so they all showed up about 15 minutes before showtime.  The biggest success here is that while Mia Jackson’s crowd was sizable, they stayed and even grew slightly for the Shane Mauss 10pm show.  We had an audience watching the final show of our festival at 11:45pm on a SUNDAY NIGHT.  This is what I was personally told would never work in Knoxville. A Sunday night show.  Glad to prove some folks wrong on that one.

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Line to get in to see Jackie Kashian

Day 2 Scruffy City Comedy Festival Highlights

Blue Umbrella Tour
Matt Chadourne Kicks off the Blue Umbrella Tour

The Blue Umbrella Tour

Just as the sun went down, the Blue Umbrella Tour kicked in. This was a walking tour of Downtown Knoxville where comedians told an improvised ghost story about the various structures and places they passes on the tour.

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Jackie Kashian performing to packed house at Scruffy City Hall

Jackie Kashian headlined Scruffy City Hall at 8pm

Jackie Kashian really had a great turnout of fans for her performance last night at Scruffy City Hall. The crowd went with her no matter where she went. My favorite quote from the evening “My husband and I decided not to have kids, but instead to go to Paris.. Because.. Well, We are still going to Paris, fuck those guys.” The crowd erupted and we couldn’t have been luckier to have her at our festival.

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Einstein Simplified closing out Saturday Night of the Festival at Scruffy City Hall

Improv Blow-out Closes out Saturday Night at Scruffy City Hall

Saturday night saw the combination of the improv talents of Full Disclosure and Einstein Simplified.  This combination of talents produced an amazing show with a great crowd.

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Grady Ray making them laugh at Laughs Uncorked inside Knoxville Uncorked

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Hunter Roberts leans on Dustin Meadows shortly before his Air Sex Victory

Scruffy City Comedy Festival Day 1 Highlights

#SCCF2015 Day 1 a Success!

The first day/night of the Scruffy City Comedy Festival went off without a hitch. Michael Shibley did the honors of kicking off the first show of the festival at the Speakeasy on the 2nd Floor of Preservation Pub. The crowd there was rowdy and loud, but the moment Shibley took the microphone the room turned and paid attention.

Michael Shibley opens #SCCF2015
Michael Shibley opens #SCCF2015

Not long after that the 8pm Scruffy City Hall began. At this point people were filing in to Market Square in an increasingly rapid clip. Our LIVE STREAM of the event began with a slight delay at about 8:20pm and continued throughout the evening.  Andy Sandford took the stage around 8:45pm and by this time Scruffy City Hall close to filled up.

Chris Trew starting out Air Sex at SCCF2015
Chris Trew starting out Air Sex at SCCF2015

Air Sex was a big success with crowds doubled over in laughter during curator Chris Trew’s opening set alone. Some were ready for what they were about to see, but none new what Dustin Meadows was going to bring to the stage taking home the prize with a very unique simulation of cunnilingus.

Ian Aber is Cat Sexy
Ian Aber is Cat Sexy

This morning (Saturday November 14th) we have a free live comedy podcast and cereal event at The Pilot Light that runs until 4pm or so. Check that out, then check out Chris Trew’s Improv Workshop at 3:30pm and the first show at The Speakeasy at Preservation Pub beginning at 7pm.

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Scruffy City Comedy Festival Tickets

Online ticketing has ended first show just 1 hour away!

Online ticketing ended at 4pm on Friday November 13th.  If you have purchased your tickets in advance, please check in at Scruffy City Hall beginning at 6pm each evening of the festival.

Doors are now open for the Festival Opening party in the 2nd Floor Speakeasy at Preservation Pub.  Check in to Scruffy City Hall before going up to see this show.

 

 

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