Julia Prescott Tonight, Sept 30th at Pilot Light!

LA stand-up comedian Julia Prescott is touring the country performing comedy and recording material for her album. Come see her hilarious comedy and have your laughter immortalized forever on her album!

Julia is a stand-up who has performed at festivals around the country including Hell Yes Fest! in New Orleans and The Cape Fear Comedy Festival; a writer for Cartoon Network shows; and the co-host of the podcast “Everything’s Coming Up
Podcast!” a podcast all about The Simpsons.

This show also features specal guests:
Sean Simoneau
Todd Lewis
Matt Chadourne

Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door.

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Old City Comedy tonight, September 29th!

Tonight Old City Comedy at Carleo’s features Huntsville, Alabama comedians Patrick Cunningham and Matthew Tate!

Patrick Cunningham and Matthew Tate are comedians that are part of the new movement of comedians that produce shows across the country.

Patrick Cunningham is a New York native residing in Huntsville Alabama. Commonly referred to as Alabama’s loudest comic, he is the founder and host of Clockwork Comedy. He has opened for numerous nationally touring acts such as Dave Stone, Jarrod Harris, Myq Kaplan, and Zach Sherwin.

Matthew Tate’s comedy is dark, enchanted and keeps the room laughing.  He is the host of Huntsville’s Allright Bayou Comedy Show and has performed all over the area.


Admission is donation based for the evening. Suggested donation is $5

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Austin’s Altercation Punk Comedy Tour tonight (09/28) at Pilot Light!

Come to The Pilot Light TONIGHT Monday 9/28 and see three of the hardest working and touring comics out of Austin, TX! JT Habersaat, Jay Whitecotton, and Brian Zeolla will be bringing the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour to Knoxville, and you don’t want to miss out on this.

Tickets are only $5 at the door! 18+
Providing local support will be Riki Higgins and Shane Rhyne. Hosted by Tyler Sonnichsen.

JT Habersaat
JT Habersaat

JT Habersaat
A native New Yorker currently calling Austin, Texas home, JT Habersaat has headlined and curated the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour since its inception in 2008. He is currently signed to Stand Up! Records. His Altercation Tour album ‘Hostile Corporate Takeover’ was released in 2013.

JT has performed alongside numerous comedic powerhouses such as Doug Stanhope, Brian Posehn, Andy Dick, Kyle Kinane, Joe Sib, Jeanine Garofalo and many more, and remains one of a handful of comics ever invited to share the stage with Black Flag’s Henry Rollins. Habersaat is also a consistent performer alongside many of Stanhope’s Unbookables crew, including Kristine Levine, Mishka Shubaly, Andy Andrist, Henry Phillips and Brett Erickson.

Jay Whitecotton
Jay Whitecotton

Jay Whitecotton

Jay Whitecotton is the product of a paranoid schizophrenic mother who thought aliens came down with British royalty to impregnate her, a manic depressive alcoholic father who would beat him in the middle of the night, and a brother who spent most of his life in jail possibly because Mom made him shoot a guy over a bad crack deal. BANANAS!

He survived 5 years of homelessness as a failed musician, overcome many bad relationships, and finally found himself at home performing his first love, Stand Up Comedy.

In 2012, Jay was voted Reader’s Choice Best Local Comedian by the San Antonio Current, moved to Austin, TX and began working every stage he could a night. He’s been featured at many festivals including The Limestone Comedy Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Hell Yes! Comedy Fest, The Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and Punk Rock & Bowling Las Vegas. In 2015 Jay Whitecotton signed a record deal with Stand Up! Records. His debut album will be released later this year.

Brian Zeolla
Brian Zeolla

Brian Zeolla

Brian Zeolla is a comedian and writer, who channels his own inadequacies and ordinary life through personal anecdotes sprinkled with intense honesty, act outs and some yelling (but not too much). A 2014 Nominee for Best Comedian by Free Press Houston, Brian has performed with Neal Brennan (co-creator/ head writer of the Chapelle Show), Jay Chandresekhar (Broken Lizard, Super Troopers) and David Huntsberger (Professor Blastoff), among many others.

He began touring in 2014, as a host and featured comedian on the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour, as well as a coheadliner and producer on the Vacation Time Tour. He has performed at festivals all over the country including the Cape Fear Comedy Festival (NC), Free Press Summer Festival (HTX), Fun Fun Fun Fest (ATX), Come and Take It Comedy Festival, Houston WhateverFest, HellYesFest (NOLA) and the Trill Comedy Festival (HTX). Brian’s album, OK You Got It; a Series of Jokes Regarding Pizza and Sadness, is available online, most easily at brianzeolla.com. In addition to performing, Brian books and produces two popular stand up comedy shows: The Level Up and Choke! The Comedy Game Show. Based on the Myers Briggs scale, Brian Zeolla is an idealist! He enjoys pizzas.

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Tickets on sale Tuesday Sept 22nd for 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival!

Festival passes for the 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival go on sale Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 at 9am. Festival Passes are $30 in advance until the week of the festival, then they go up to $40.  A ‘Festival Pass’ is good for access to all comedy shows during the Scruffy City Comedy Festival.

Festival headliners this year include Ben Kronberg (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing), Jackie Kashian (@midnight, Conan), Mia Jackson (NickMom Night Out, Last Comic Standing) and Shane Mauss (Comedy Central, Netflix and Conan).  The festival runs all weekend beginning on Friday November 13th until the closing show at Scruffy City Hall on Sunday November 15th.

The festival will have over 20 shows with performances from comedians from all over the country in addition to our amazingly funny locals.

The Scruffy City Comedy Festival was a hit in 2014. We have made improvements, taken suggestions and fine-tuned our festival this year to be better than ever.  All venues are walking distance.  In fact, most of our shows are within the same block as one another.  This means you can pop out of one show and be in and seated at another show within two minutes.


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2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival Headliners Announced!

We are excited to announce an awesome line-up of comics for our 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival! Tickets go on sale next Tuesday September 22nd at 9am right here!



Ben Kronberg has been to Knoxville several times including this past January with Nick Thune and Kate Berlant on tour.  Ben has been featured on Comedy Central with his own Half Hour Special.  He was also given the finger by Roseanne Barr on Last Comic Standing in 2014.  In addition he has been featured on the show @midnight and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Ben often incorporates music and into his shows making each one a unique and funny experience.

JackieKashian_200Saturday November 14th at Scruffy City Hall: Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian’s comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is a national touring comic with a new hour standup special “This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux.” She has appeared on Conan and has her own half hour special on Comedy Central. Jackie was also semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and has recorded This American Life with Ira Glass for NPR. She has a weekly Podcast where she interviews people about their obsessions. Tune into The Dork Forest on iTunes or here for Android or PC.


Sunday Doubleheader at Scruffy City Hall

MiaJackson_200Mia Jackson

Mia has appeared on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly and TLC’s Wild Weddings. She was a semi-finalist on this season of Last Comic Standing as well. She wrote for BET’s re-launch of the Soul Train Awards in 2009 and 2010. Jackson has also appeared on NickMom Night Out and Laughs on Fox.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Mia now resides in Atlanta.  She is a testament to just how strong the Atlanta comedy scene is!

Shane Mauss

ShaneMauss_200Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special ‘Mating Season’, and most recently released album inspired by breaking both of his feet in a hiking mishap called ‘My Big Break’ which spent time at #1 on the comedy iTunes charts.

Shane has also been getting a lot of attention as a popular guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Bertcast, WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, TOFOP, Crabfeast, Never Not Funny, Keith and The Girl and last year he started traveling around the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast “Here We Are” which has a 5 star rating on iTunes.


Festival Passes go on sale Tuesday September 22nd at 9am!!

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First Friday Comedy at Saw Works Brewing Company

Friday September 4th 7pm FREE
Saw Works Brewing Company (Map)

Join us for another First Friday comedy show, the crowds and the laughs keep getting bigger and bigger. Enjoy some great beer while you listen to some of the nation’s top comics. NO CHARGE because Saw Works Brewery loves you!

September’s comedy show includes two of Chicago’s top rising comics, Dave Losso and Alex Kumin. Adding to the laughs are the local comedic talents of Tyler Sonnichsen and John Andrew Miller.

Dave Losso

A little bit about the featured artists:
Dave Losso was born & raised and currently lives in Chicago, IL but enjoys doing stand-up just about anywhere. Sometimes this means performing in living rooms, the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, bowling alleys, the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, sex shops, the Madison Comedy Festival and even comic book stores.

His tireless DIY work ethic has landed him all over the country and sharing the stage with such acts as Kyle Kinane, Ari Shaffir, Ben Kronberg, Sean Patton, Jared Logan and Ian Karmel. He’s also been featured on Hindsight with Dan Van Kirk, Arguments & Grievances, in the Chicago Tribune and appeared in the pilot Hidden America with Jonah Ray.

Back home, he produces the critically acclaimed showcases The Yeah Buddy Awesome Time Comedy Show and Best Night Ever and served as a staff writer for The Whiskey Journal Live at The Lincoln Lodge.

The 1988 film Die Hard is based on his life.

Alex Kumin

Alex Kumin’s bold and socially conscious standup delights crowds across the city of Chicago and around the US. She is a cast member of the longest running independent standup comedy showcase in the country, The Lincoln Lodge, and is one of the fastest rising comedians in the city.

She has opened for Kyle Kinane, Todd Barry and Jen Kirkman, and has appeared in Accidental Comedy Fest, Limestone Comedy Festival and The Chicago Comedy Expo. She was highlighted in Chicago magazine as a comedian with “unapologetic honesty” and tackles heavy hitting social issues, ranging from gender inequality to thigh chaffing.


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SCCF Submissions end in 36 hours!

It’s down to the wire to submit to the 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival.  Submission fee is just $20 and has not gone up since the beginning of submissions.  We aim to fund our festival primarily through ticket sales and sponsors. Our goal one day is to make submission fee disappear completely.  In fact, those that submitted last year submitted this year for FREE!

About the Scruffy City Comedy Festival

The Scruffy City Comedy Festival is a three day comedy festival held Friday November 13th until Sunday November 15th, 2015 in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.  Multiple venues all within walking distance will offer showcase performance to those accepted to perform via the submission process. We will also have nationally recognized headliners, improv comedy, street performances and more!

2014 was our first comedy festival.  We featured the following performers Jasmine Pierce, Mike Berlon, Bob Hansen, Drew, Morgan, Tom Scheve, Josh Di Donato, Lydia Popovich, John Dick Winters, Trevor Thorpe, Dustin Meadows, Holly Lynnea, Kayla Avery, Alex Stypula, KC Arora, Devon Gollinge, Zach Martina and Chris Mata as well as a cast of locals.

Last year the festival featured 23 shows over the course of three days. Hundreds came out to see live comedy and stayed well into the whee hours of the morning to laugh with us.  The festival began with an opening party at Scruffy City Hall where some of the early arrivals did stage on the main stage. The festival closed with a party at Cook Loft featuring food prepared by festival founder Matt Ward, local comics Debby Johnson, Augusta Anderson and Gail Grantham. Local comics pitched in to offer crash-pads to as many travelers as possible as well.  

To answers to any questions about the festival, visit the SCCF Submissions Page Submissions end at Midnight on Tuesday September 1st.

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BLANKfest 2015 joins up with Scruffy City Comedy!

On August 22 BLANK Newspaper (with scruffycity.com) will be launching the second annual BLANKfest in Knoxville’s Market Square. While much of the focus will be on our wide array of musical acts, this year will expand out of Preservation Pub and Scruffy City Hall with a special show in the Cocoa Moon Party Room’s Filling Stage. This variety show is self-curated and hosted by local entertainment figure Zachary Fallon and will feature some of Knoxville’s diverse comedy scene including standup comedy, experimental comedy, and even a live video game broadcast.
Starting at 5 PM, Angry Dad Gamer will be doing a live gaming streaming broadcast to start the show. Angry Dad Gamer will be playing some video games with a guest doing running commentary cracking jokes to bridge the gap of gamers and comedy. The show’s creator and voice Victor Agreda Jr will be playing some games with a guest and running commentary to the audience the show’s fans online. Victor says “the game could be a driving bear or a jumping plumber. You’ll have to watch to find out.”


Next up at 7 pm will be our local experimental comedy outfit QED. QED put on a show at the Pilot Light every Monday night. QED shows are known for having a theme that local comics must perform in, sometimes having to be fast on their feet to create their act for the audience moments before they perform it. This show’s theme is called “It’s Debatable!” In the show two comics go on stage and debate absurd topics in a head to head battle. Examples could be Ironman versus Boba Fett or Tuesday versus Thursday. Show founder Matthew Chadourne says the show will be ten of his QED regulars will draw their topics at random and have only minutes to prepare their argument. Each person gets two minutes to state their case and one minute for a rebuttal. After the debate the audience will be able to choose the winner.


The third and final act of our local comedy scene is a show of traditional standup with some of our local comics at 8:30 PM. The show will feature the QED guru’s Matthew Chadourne and Tyler Sonnichsen, the host of the weekly Friday night KnoxVegas open mic at Sassy Anne’s Jay Kendrick, the host of the weekly Upstairs Underground open mic Boston McCown, local comedy ginger legend Jeff Blank, and the winner of BLANK Magazine’s “Knoxville’s Finest Comedian 2014” J.C. Ratliff. This lineup of comics are some of the hardest working local comedians Knoxville has to offer and is a great sampling of the hard-working people who help make live comedy happen in our community. This diverse line up is a great representation of our local comedy family.


On behalf of ScruffyCityComedy.com we encourage you to hit up BLANKFfest this year and enjoy the awesome music, great drinks, and when you wanna take a break from great tunes hit up Cocoa Moon’s Filling Stage and enjoy some of the local comedy community. BLANK Magazine have been a long time friend of our comedy scene. We applaud their dedication getting the word out about local live entertainment and their support of local comedy. After the show at 10 PM there will be a Burlesque and Dance showcase featuring Follies Girls Productions, Catalina Mystique, Ivana Rocket, and Jinx Valentine.

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Jasper Redd at Saw Works Brewing Company

This month’s First Friday Comedy Show at Saw Works Brewing Company finds Knoxville-native Jasper Redd returning home from California to entertain us.

Jasper started his comedy career in 2002 after moving west and has been a rising star ever since. In 2014, his first comedy special “Jazz Talk” debuted to great reviews on Netflix. He has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brian, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central Presents…, Aresenio Hall, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Joining Jasper for this show will be Columbus, Ohio’s Dustin Meadows and Toledo, Ohio’s Keith Bergman. Meadows is a familiar face to Knoxville comedy fans having appeared at the inaugural Scruffy City Comedy Festival in 2014.

We’re also hosting a special set for our friend Victor Agreda, Jr., a longtime fixture of the Scruffy City comedy scene before he hits the road for a westward adventure.

Our show this month is hosted by Sean Simoneau. Food is available from Oishii food truck before and during the show and, of course, Saw Works Brewing Company will have plenty of delicious locally brewed beer available for purchase. (Come early before the show and enjoy a brewery tour.)

As always, there is no cover for this show.

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