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Scruffy City Comedy Festival: Upstairs Underground

November 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

The Speakeasy on the 2nd Floor of Preservation Pub is ground zero for the Knoxville comedy scene.  In January of 2011, festival founder Matt Ward began doing a monthly show featuring comedians from all over the region.  In May of that year, the show became a weekly open-mic every Sunday at 8pm in the Speakeasy.  The show became know as the Upstairs Underground Comedy Show.

Hosting this stand-up comedy showcase will be

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Shane Rhyne

Shane Rhyne is a reluctant optimist, a “the glass is half-shattered” kind of guy. He has worked previously as a husband, a marketing professional, and a television and radio personality. But that’s all gone, so now he turns personal traumas into jokes for strangers. He uses playful, clean, intelligent comedy as he exposes the bright side of his dark thoughts.…

Performing on this show will be

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JC Ratliff

JC Ratliff is a Knoxville based comic voted Blank Magazine’s finest comedian 2015 and 2016. JC tours with John Gibson as the Quit Your Day Job Comedy Tour, with Bubbs Harris as the Deadbeats of Comedy, and with Mark Viola as the Spike Collar Comedy Tour. Debut album Hope Is A Virus is available on iTunes

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Tyler Sonnichsen

Web Site: TylerSonic.com

Tyler began comedy at an early age, then began something resembling actual comedy at a slightly older age as a member of the Western-MA based TDC crew. He joined the Penguins Without Pants sketch comedy troupe in Syracuse, NY in 2001, writing, acting, and producing shows of various sized through 2005, when he moved to Washington, DC and stumbled upon an open mic in the suburbs of Washington, DC.…

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Jeff Blank

Raised in Tennessee, Jeff began performing in 2006 and rapidly established himself as a strong, unique comic throughout the Southeast. He has performed at the Scruffy City Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges Comedy Festival, and Rock Bottom Comedy Fest and was voted Top Knoxville Comic in both the Blank Newspaper and the Knoxville Mercury 2015 Top Knox Readers’ Poll.


Speakeasy at Preservation Pub
28 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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