Historic Grove Theater bring Comedy to Oak Ridge again this Friday

Historic Grove Theater bring Comedy to Oak Ridge again this Friday

1724016_10204886221133927_1779016135969273069_nComedy at the Grove is back and bringing more laughs to the secret city! Come out and laugh with some of the funniest touring comics around. Tickets are just $10 and are on sale now. For more ticket info call 865-255-0619. The show will be hosted by comedian/magician Danny Whitson and fellow comics:

Grady Ray is a self described bi-racial bowl of love sauce and a former police officer in the Smoky Mountain town of Newport, Tennessee. His deep well of experiences coupled with his creative wit melts the crowd like butter on pancakes.

Matt Ward is from Lancaster, Ohio and is a father, comedian, comedy show producer, writer and musician. He is an anomaly among his pears focusing on balancing the most important parts of his life. To Ward, balance is the meaning of life. “As a lover of comedy I work hard to balance not only being a great comedy producer, but a strong comedian as well.

Jeff Blank is one of the liveliest comedians in the Southeast with his trashy charisma to his quirky view of the world, once you see him, you’ll surely be friends. Jeff has shared the stage with Kyle Kinane, Baron Vaughn, Ryan Singer, Dave Stone, and Rory Scovel to name a few. He was the runner up in the Rocky Top Comedy Contest, performed in the Scruffy City Comedy Festival, and you may have heard him on the Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction podcast on the Nerdist network.

“…what impresses most is how quick he is on his feet – whether it be in deflecting hecklers, refiguring punchlines, or roasting fellow comics…” -Mike Gibson, Knoxville News Sentinel

UPDATED: SHOW CANCELED John-Michael Bond this Wednesday Feb 18th at Station Comedy



Another great comedy show lined up this Wednesday at Blue Slip Winery in the Southern Rail Station.  This week, Station Comedy presents Atlanta’s John-Michael Bond.  John has performed all over the country and been featured on the Cape Fear Comedy Festival and Scruffy City Comedy Festival.  If you are looking for good ‘ole Southern boot kickin’ fun comedy, well, this isn’t the show for you.  John is a smart comic that uses his intelligence to be insightful less than condescending. He is adored by the local comics and was a big hit at our first Scruffy City Comedy Festival.

Also performing on this show are locals Eliot Rahal, Ismael Loutfi and Knoxville’s Victor Agreda, Jr. Shane Rhyne returns as your host for this week’s show.

As always, the doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Booze Cruise is SOLD OUT!

Tickets for this Friday’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Booze Cruise are officially SOLD OUT.  NO tickets will be available at the dock.  So if haven’t purchased your tickets it is simply too late:(  However, to save yourself this misfortune next time around, purchase tickets in advance for our March 21st Comedy Booze Cruise HERE>>

Dulcé  Sloan headlines at Station Comedy this Wed and Comedy Booze Cruise this Friday

Dulcé Sloan headlines at Station Comedy this Wed and Comedy Booze Cruise this Friday

The Comedy Booze Cruise is a two hour cruise on the Tennessee River aboard the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. The cruise features an adult-themed stand-up comedy show along with a full bar for patrons to get their drink on. The showroom is on the first floor, is enclosed and heated and includes seating for up to 150 patrons. Upstairs is the bar, on the open-air top level where smoking is permitted.

This cruise features Atlanta comedian Dulcé Sloan, locals Angela Garrone, Sean Simoneau, Shane Rhyne, Michael Shibley and Lance Adams. The cruise is hosted by Jay Kendrick.

Note: The Comedy Booze Cruise departs the dock at 10:30pm on Friday February 13th and returns two hours later at 12:30am Saturday morning February 14th. This is a late night cruise.

The Comedy Booze Cruise began in October of 2011. It is the longest running comedy cruise in the country. Come out and enjoy some amazing comedy on a riverboat.

If you didn’t get tickets to see Dulcé  Sloan this Friday on the Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Booze Cruise, you still can see her on Wednesday at Station Comedy at Blue Slip Winery located inside Southern Railway Station. Get more info on that show and tickets at http://www.stationcomedy.com

Upcoming Live Shows the Week of February 2nd, 2015


Check these two amazing shows happening this week in Knoxville.  First, Wednesday Night February 4th, Station Comedy presents their 2nd Locals Showcase featuring Jeff Blank, Alex Stokes, Ian Ferguson, Tyler Sonnichsen and Matt Ward. Click the image above to go the facebook event invite for the show. Then on Thursday February 4th at the Pilot Light, Columbus, Ohio comedians Laura Sanders, Lisa Berry and Lauren Bencaz stop by on their tour of the Southeast.



The Roast of Ebenezer Scrooge

Watch the Roast of Ebenezer Scrooge

The Scruffy City Comedy Roast of Ebenezer Scrooge was our best roast yet according to the fans that come out and watch these comedic spectacles. Big thanks to all that helped put it together, especially Sam Donnelly and Patrick Pope for taking the time and energy to capture, edit and upload the ENTIRE roast.  No one does that! You guys ROCK!  So if you missed this roast, you really shouldn’t miss another.  If you like what you see here, you will LOVE experiencing it live!


Special Holiday Show! The Roast of Ebenezer Scrooge this Saturday!

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Even for a man as vile and selfish as Ebenezer Scrooge. And it was always said of him, that he knew how to take a joke, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. Which, on this occasion, is quite fair and good. As Mr. Scrooge will be paid a visit by some very angry pranksters ready to soil his name like the kerchief in his pocket.

The Scruffy City Comedy Roast Series features various comedians from the Knoxville area portraying characters all Roasting a central character. On this evening, in honor of the holidays, that person is Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Roast of Ebenezer Scrooge stars: Shane Rhyne, Jeff Blank, Evan Brooks, James Holidiness, Liz Brooks, Jay Kendrick, Gail Grantham, Jake James, Victor Agreda Jr., Tyler Sonnichsen, Augusta Anderson, Lance Adams, and Sean Simoneau. A full cast to help you get your yuletide on.

This show is unlike any comedy show you have seen in Knoxville before. Set designs, costumes, theatrics and more!  Cover goes to cover the expense of the show, just like real theatre!

The Roast of Scrooge
Saturday December 13th 8pm Doors 9pm Showtime
The Pilot Light
106 E. Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915
Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door


Photo by Michael Sing

Comedy Festival Guide: Bridgetown, Cromfest, Green Gravel, SLO and Cape Fear Comedy Festivals Now Accepting Submissions

Last year a whole lot of festivals were right on top of each other in the months of April and May.  The weekend of May 8th-11th consisted of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Cape Fear Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival.  This year all three festivals are on different weekends.  This is a great relief to those that love all three festivals and wish to submit with the chance to perform at all three.  Unfortunately, submissions have already ended for the Women in Comedy Festival.  However, both Cape Fear and Bridgetown are accepting submissions along with a few other awesome fests.  Check it out!

Submissions being accepted for Bridgetown until Feb 1st

Submissions being accepted for Bridgetown until Feb 1st

Bridgetown Comedy Festival May 7th-10th, 2015: Portland, Oregon
This one has been going on for the longest of the ones currently taking submissions. Bridgetown was created by comedians Andy Wood and Matt Braunger. The festival first took place in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Portland, Oregon in 2008.  Entering it’s 8th year Bridgetown has become one of the top comedy festivals in the country.

Submissions are being accepted now here>>

Bridgetown Deadlines:
$20 until January 11th, 2015 $25 until submissions close February 1st, 2015.

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Submissions $15 until Dec 15th, $20 after that.

Submissions $15 until Dec 15th, $20 after that.

Cromfest East May 21st-24th Omaha, NE West May 28th-30th Denver, CO
What the hell is a Cromfest?  Well, it’s a tribute to Conan the Barbarian, we believe, but more than that, a unique comedy festival run by comedians that has generated one hell of a buzz.

Cromfest is held in Omaha, Nebraska and is put on by the comedy collective OK Party Comedy. Last year the line-up included Kyle Kinane, Ben Kronberg, Brooks Wheelan, Women, The Grawlix, Rory Scovel, Power Violence and the Puterburgh Sisters. This is the third year for the festival. This year the festival has expanded with Cromfest West happening in Denver, Colorado following one of it’s co-founders Ian Douglas Terry.

Submissions are being accepted now here>>

Deadline: We did not find a deadline for submissions for Cromfest on their web site.

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Submissions are open now for the Cape Fear Comedy Festival

Submissions are open now for the Cape Fear Comedy Festival

The Cape Fear Comedy Festival April 29th-May 2nd, 2015: Wilmington, North Carolina
This one is our sister festival in Wilmington, North Carolina produced by myself, Matt Ward and Dead Crow Comedy Room owner Timmy Sherrill.  2015 will be the festival’s 5th year.  The Cape Fear Comedy Festival accepts submissions from stand-up, improve and sketch comedy troupes.  The fee is $25 for each individual stand-up,  sketch or improv comedy troupe.

Past headliners of the Cape Fear Comedy Festival include Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, Sean Patton, The Grawlix, Joe Zimmerman and Ryan Singer.

Submissions are being accepted now here>>

Deadline: February 15th, 2015 at Midnight

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Deadline January 5th at Midnight

Deadline January 5th at Midnight

Green Gravel Comedy Festival Feb. 27-28, 2015 Iowa City, IA
Green Gravel is dedicated to it’s local comedy community in Iowa allowing comics from within the state to submit for just $15 whereas comics from elsewhere will pay $25 to submit. In addition to submissions for stand-up comics, the festival accepts submissions from Podcasts $20 and Sketch and Improv Troupes ($30).

Submissions are being accepted now here>>

Deadlines:  January 5th, 2015 at Midnight

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2014_1203_Festivals_SLOSLO Comedy Festival: Feb. 26th-March 1st, 2015 San Luis Ibispo, California
This festival is in it’s 5th year and is also comedian run.  SLO is a beautiful town located half-way between L.A. and San Francisco. The HUGE advantage of SLO Comedy Festival is that the producers provide free hotels, food and drinks.  NO other comedy festival does this for it’s participants. The price is a little higher for the submission then the other comedy festivals, but this makes total sense considering what they are offering.

Submissions are being accepted now here>>

Deadlines: Dec. 1st – Dec. 31st, 2014 $50  January 1st-4th $75

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QED Comedy Lab: Never the same comedy twiced

I will have you know I intentionally wrote ‘twiced’ in this headline.  For two reasons, really.  First, one-letter click bait.  You can’t wait to comment to tell me I had a typo you grammar nazi.  Perfect, that is the kind of mind we need for an audience at the QED Comedy Lab shows every Monday at Pilot Light.  Don’t have any money?  It’s cool, it can be free if you want it to.  Just walk in all confident like you are  performer and it will be free.  Be warned, if you lose confidence right before you walk in, they will be able to tell and then, still not make you pay.  Have plenty of money?  Then tuck it in the box in the front of the room. Oh, yeah, and secondly, people in parts of East Tennessee actually say ‘twiced’ like it isn’t incorrect.  Like in regular speech.  IT’S SO HARD TO HEAR OUT LOUD!!!

Oh, and here is the official description from show creator, Matt Chadourne.

Todd Lewis performs at QED Comedy Lab in September of 2014

Todd Lewis performs at QED Comedy Lab in September of 2014

QED Comedy Laboratory

“Q.E.D. is an initialism of the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum…meaning ‘which had to be demonstrated’.” – Wikipedia

QED is a regular, experimental comedy show on Monday nights at the Pilot Light. The goal of this night is to provide a venue for one-off or rotating themed show ideas that explore new outlets for comedy. This is an opportunity for Stand-Ups, Improvisers, Sketch Performers, Writers, Actors, Musicians, and others to work together, get out of their comfort zones and demonstrate that they’re funny.

Julia Prescott

Julia Prescott is in Knoxville tonight at Latitude 35, mainly because she is going to Dollywood

Los Angeles native, stand-Up comedian and comedy writer Julia Prescott(VICE Magazine, The Aquabats Super Show, MAD on the Cartoon Network) is touring around the country on her “I Just Really Wanted to Go To Dollywood” tour (a semi-self-indulgent comedy tour). Catch her tonight at Latitude 35. (Get Tickets Here) or pay at the door.  $5/$7

Julia PrescottShe hosts a regular show at the Nerdmelt Theater in LA and is fresh off amazing appearances at the FUN FUN FUN Comedy Fest and the HELL YEAH Comedy Festival on her way here. She has come all the way to Knoxville with the goal of, not only, crossing off a long-cherished item from her bucket list by visiting our regional treasure Dollywood, but also with the goal of making you laugh. Won’t you please help her make her dreams come true?

Backing her up on this show is a quartet of amazingly talented comics from around the region:
Angela Angela Garrone (Knoxville)
Allie Steinhoff (Asheville)
Jessica Crowder (Knoxville)
And the evening will be host by Ashley French (Chatanooga)

Tickets are $5 in advance/ $7 at the door.

Kenny Zimlinghaus

Sirius XM Comedian Kenny Zimlinghaus on the Comedy Cruise Tonight!

Kenny Zimlinghaus is coming back for a special Comedy Cruise on the newly renovated Star of Knoxville Riverboat.  The last time Kenny was in town he put nearly 100 people in The Well and it was a fantastic show.  This time around he is hopping aboard the Star of Knoxville Riverboat to tell some jokes along with local comics Matt Ward and Trae Crowder.  Tickets are still available online for $17, or they can be purchased for $20 at the dock beginning at 9:30pm.  For more info on the show, click the show details in the right hand column of this page.