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.

Jackie Kashian
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.

Einstein Sinplified
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.

Laughs Uncorked
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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Podcast Brunch during Scruffy City Comedy Festival

Live Comedy Podcasts Recordings with FREE Cereal at Pilot Light

This is another great opportunity to checkout some comedy for FREE!  Scruffy City Comedy Festival Performers will be podcasting all morning and into the afternoon.  Saturday is chocked full of comedy goodness!  Directly after Chris Trew finishes Trew to the game he will go down to Scruffy City Hall to prepare for his Improv Comedy Workshop that is scheduled for 3:30pm. Directly after his podcast the Blue Umbrella Tours begin in Market Square.  Look for the person holding the Blue Umbrella and follow along with them on an improvised ghost tour of Downtown Knoxville.

Come down to The Pilot Light for a day of fun as part of the Scruffy City Comedy Festival. We will be having live podcast recordings from some great comedians in town for the festival, doors open at 9:30am and the shows start at 10am. You can skip breakfast too because we’ll have a huge selection of FREE CEREAL for you to choose from.
The schedule for the day is:

10:00am – A screening of a [Burt Reynolds] movie.
11:30am – “How Have You Not Seen This?” podcast with Dustin Meadows and special guests discussing the movie we all just watched.
12:30pm – “Trew 2 the Game” podcast with Chris Trew and special guests
1:30pm – A screening of an episode of the “Golden Girls”
2:00pm – “Thank You for Being a Podcast” with Genevieve Rice and Anthony Desamito and special guests
3:00pm – “Podcast! Podcast! Podcast!” with Scott Eason and guests.
4:00pm – “Please Be My Friend” podcast with Hunter Roberts and special guests.

See you there!

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Full Disclosure Improv Comedy Tonight 11/11 at Open Chord

11737844_905612922808145_4428461618774203900_n (1)Full Disclosure has just come on the scene in the last year bringing their long-form inform style to Knoxville. The troupe consists of members Keri Koczen, Kristen Ballard, Billy Kyle Roach, Travis Donahoo, Mark Jennings, Malorie Cunnigham and Rollin Prince.

Full Disclosure has a monthly FREE show at Open Chord State in West Knoxville. Here is the groups bio. Here is the show info

Full Disclosure
Open Chord
8502 Kingston Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37919

w/ guest Matt Chadourne

Full Disclosure Comedy is a long-form improv & sketch comedy group self-taught on the UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual and “Truth in Comedy” by Charna Halpern. Before each practice and performance, we share our “full disclosure moments” and let everyone inside our heads.

Full Disclosure Comedy was formed in Fall 2014. Kerri Koczen and Rollin Prince threw around the idea of studying long-form improv while working together on show about sex trafficking in Knoxville, Tennessee. Shortly after that discussion, Koczen met Malorie Cunningham at a party in New York City. The two discussed their love for improv before realizing that Cunningham was moving to Knoxville. After the three began to create a comedy troupe, along with Mark Jennings and Billy Kyle Roach, they spent close to nine months studying techniques before their first performance. They continue those studies twice a week. Kristen Ballard and Travis Donahoo joined the group in March and help make up the improv team you see on stage today.

Besides monthly performances at Open Chord Music, FDC is apart of Scruffy’s Cinepub each month, a sort of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. Full Disclosure has also been apart of the Third Coast Improv Festival and now the Scruffy City Comedy Festival!

Full Disclosure Improv Comedy Troupe “Full House Disclosure”

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Einstein Simplified TONIGHT 11/10 w/ Jay Kendrick

Tonight is the final Einstein Simplified performance before the Scruffy City Comedy Festival.  They will be joined this evening by stand-up comic Jay Kendrick.  The show begins at 8pm at Scruffy City Hall and is free to attends, although tipping is encouraged!

Einstein Simplified is a big part of why the Scruffy City Comedy Festival happens.  In 2010, Scruffy City Comedy Festival producer I began producing shows in Knoxville for the first time.  I chose Patrick Sullivan’s, as it was the location at the time where Einstein Simplified did their weekly improv show.  I felt that if they peformed there, it was where I wanted to be.  Years later, both my shows and those weekly shows from Einstein Simplified have crossed venues paths multiple times.

Last year when we had our comedy festival Einstein Simplified was very supportive of it and even agreed to perform in a less than desirable time slot at 7pm on Saturday.  We appreciate the impact Einstein has had on this comedy community and this year are excited to see them take center stage at 9:45pm at Scruffy City Hall on Saturday Night.


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Service Industry Sunday Comedy with Shane Mauss

Scruffy Comedy Festival Service Industry Sunday Just One Week Away!

#SCCF2015 Service Industry Sunday Comedy

One thing we talked about when planning the 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festivals was having some shows that service industry folks could attend.  Sunday November 15th is Service Industry Sunday at the Scruffy City Comedy Festival. Most in the service industry have to work on Friday and Saturday nights, making Sunday a (Friday night out) of sorts for them.  So we decided to book TWO big headliners for Sunday for this year’s festival. On Sunday November 15th at 8pm, Atlanta’s Mia Jackson will be headlining Scruffy City Hall at 8pm.  At 10pm, Shane Mauss will be performing his hour comedy show about psychedelic drugs called “This is your Shane on Drugs“.

The 2nd Annual Scruffy City Comedy Festival takes place from Friday November 13th until Sunday November 15th in the Market Square District of Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.  There are 16 shows in those venues over the course of the three-day event. Over 30 out of town comedians and 20+ locals will be performing over the course of the festival.


We are excited to have a little something for everyone this year for our festival.  We also are happy to be able to do this affordably and with schedule flexibility.  For those of you that say “When are you guys doing a comedy show on the weekend?”. Well, this coming weekend is the pinnacle, so don’t miss it.  It only happens once a year!

Stay tuned for a very very special announcement via our twitter account @scruffycomedy that will allow you to see three BIG shows for FREE!!! We will annouce this at 6pm on Friday!

Also, there are new parking garages in Downtown Knoxville, so parking is FREE and readily available.  See the parking map for the city HERE>>. Also, we have some great events scheduled for earlier in the day on the Saturday if you don’t care about the Tennessee Football game, check those events out HERE>>.

Service Industry Sunday Comedy with Mia Jackson

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First Friday Comedy at Saw Works Featuring Sumukh Torgalkar

First Friday Comedy Shows Prove Very Popular at Saw Works Brewing Company

Give thanks for a November edition of the First Friday Comedy Show at Saw Works Brewing. This month’s show is headlined by Columbus, Ohio’s Sumukh Torgalkar, along with performances from Asheville, North Carolina’s Minori Hinds, and Knoxville’s own Matt Chadourne. Tyler Sonnichsen is hosting this month’s show.

Also performing, Asheville's Minori Hinds
Also performing, Asheville’s Minori Hinds

As usual, there is no cover charge and plenty of great locally-crafted beers to enjoy, as well as a a food truck outside.

Here’s a bio of our headliner:

Sumukh Torgalkar was born in Cleveland, Ohio to two Indian people. It’s a simple statement but covers the adventure that is Torgalkar’s comedy. Focusing on such varied topics as his Midwest upbringing, his Hindu faith, and the Insane Clown Posse, Torgalkar weaves his personal experiences and observations via his dry but engaging sense of humor.

Torgalkar has helped organize numerous comedy festivals and tours the country performing anywhere from independent stages to comedy clubs to corporate events. He has opened for such major acts as Reggie Watts, Russell Peters, Kyle Kinane, and Chad Daniels.

Torgalkar also works as a freelance comedy writer and has contributed to MAD, 614, and Columbus Alive.

He released his first stand-up comedy album, “The Mispronunciation of Sumukh Torgalkar,” which appeared in the top 10 of the iTunes comedy charts in August 2015.

He probably has other credits, but he doesn’t remember them or you’re not interested anyway.

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Andy Sandford added to 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival Line-up!

We are very excited to announce Andy Sandford will be headlining Friday night November 13th at the 2nd Annual Scruffy City Comedy Festival. Ben Kronberg was forced to cancel his appearance due to circumstances beyond his control but was kind enough to refer us to the amazingly funny Brooklyn by way of Atlanta comedian Andy Sandford!


Andy Sandford is a comedian who got funny in Atlanta, GA and is now based out of New York City. His standup can be seen on CONAN, as well as heard on his album, Me the Whole Time; which made several “best of” lists, including Splitsider’s “9 Best Standup Specials & Albums of 2014.“ Andy also plays an animated version of himself on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Brooklyn Magazine named Andy one of “Brooklyn’s Funniest People,” and Rooftopcomedy.com bestowed him the Silver Nail Award, given to the “top 8 up-and-coming comedians in the country.” Andy is also a decent cook and a pretty nice guy.

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