MURDER! Saying Goodbye to Angela Garrone and Ian Ferguson and much much more

The crime is MURDER and the victim will be your brain cells. Prepare to have your liver rocked and your mind blown! Angela Garrone and Ian Ferguson are moving away and it might be your last chance to see them perform for awhile. As a special treat Cliff Andrews is coming down from Johnson City.

A group of local comedians that have been labeled too raw, 2 X-treme, or too female to be a part of Knoxville’s Mainstream Alternative Comedy will be performing. These Alternative Alternative comics will be pulling out all the stops to make sure you have a memorable evening filled with fun, laughter, and surprises.

I promise they will be fun surprises and not me walking around shouting “Surprise!” and throwing bottle rockets at people.

The show starts at 8:37 PM and we’re going to try to have things over by 11 PM or shortly after, because we know people hate Wednesdays. Bring five dollars or your invitation or be prepared to flirt with the doorman to get in.

About the Evenings Performers:
Angela Garrone: Angela Garrone is a slick big city lawyer. She works to keep us safe from Black Lung and Monday Fever. Kings of the Coal Industry have nasty nicknames for her. They shout her name in laments aimed towards a regal and indifferent sky.

Ian Ferguson: Ian Ferguson convinced a lady to punch another lady at a party once. I had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Liz Brooks: Liz Brooks makes sculptures out of old pizza crusts. Her pizza crust bust of Charles W. Fairbanks is on display in the Cincinnati Museum of Vice Presidents and Toilet Flush Handles.

Cliff Andrews: Cliff Andrews lives in Johnson City, but he’s spent enough time in Madisonville to know that the Lost Sea is mostly just a boring pond in a cave with some sterile fish in it. The Flea Market…that’s where the real action is!

Larissa Radtke: Larissa has had four different names in the time I’ve known her. I’m almost certain she is a spy sent from the future to steal my recipe for making an “Everything in the Fridge Burrito”. The secret is having at least six kinds of things, but don’t trust her with that information.

Daniel Wade: Daniel Wade is a man with no past. I heard he once ate an entire cow. Not in one sitting of course. That would be ridiculous.

Ashton Binkley: Ashton Binkley has a Sheryl Crow lyric for every occasion. Her idea of a perfect sandwich is one with a fancy good sauce and really nice melted cheese, veggies and maybe meat should be there…but they are not as important.

Lance Adams: I assure you Lance Adams is a person. His facial hair currently has a three picture deal with Universal. He seems like the kind of man that could explain how a carburetor works.

Todd Lewis: Todd Lewis is a mentally ill person who really likes planes. His favorites are the A-4 Skyhawk and the SU-27 Sukhoi. He is often accused of not taking joking seriously.

Will Fist (As The Spirit of Comedy): Will Fist’s idea of a Super Food is Memphis style barbecue on Chicago style Deep Dish Pizza. He has a mouth you can’t argue with.

Jeff Danger: Jeff Danger might stop by; riding in atop majestic steed or he might be atop tennis shoes. Also, he might have to work. Making Krystal burgers for all of the drunk people. God bless him and the important work he does.

The Barfly Gallery Players: The Barfly Gallery Players are a group of people Todd Lewis was able to weasel into doing various short bits and things during the show. This group will vary depending on how drunk the people were when they agreed to participate and whether they remember it or not. Also, please inquire within if interested.

Laugh in Public – A 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in Knoxville (Feb 18-28)

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 with this guide to live comedy in the Knoxville area. This week’s listing includes comedy shows in Sevierville 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 18-28, 2016.

 

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: Fourth and Gill Friday (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm. No cover. 21+

New host. New name. But, still the same great fun at Sassy Ann’s. Open mic comedy with selected feature performers. No cover. Jake James is the host.

Upstairs Underground Comedy Show, every Sunday night at Preservation Pub

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.

Monday, February 22: QED Comedy Lab presents I Drew a Crowd (experimental comedy/stand-up)
Pilot Light in the Old City, 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+

This week’s challenge to the QED cast: perform a stand-up set based entirely upon crowd work (interactions with the audience). They’ll need a crowd for this to work. That’s where you come in. Matt Chadourne is the host.

 

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Monday, February 22: Late Night Luau Open Mic (open mic)
Boogaloo’s on the Parkway in Sevierville, 9 pm. No cover. 18+

Sevierville’s only comedy open mic debuts tonight. Step away from February’s winter blues and enjoy the tiki bar beach vibes of Boogaloo’s as the Late Night Luau brings laughter to the night. Aaron Chasteen is the host.

Tuesday, February 23: Spike Collar Comedy presents Grady Ray (stand-up comedy)
Open Chord Music on Kingston Pike, 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Everyone’s favorite East Tennessee cop turned comedian, Grady Ray, returns to Knoxville to headline a showcase at the Open Chord. Also performing will be Scruffy City comedians Daniel Wade, Aaron Chasteen, and Kevin Shockley. JC Ratliff is the host.

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Tuesday, February 23: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s longest-running comedy show is ready to make you howl with laughter at the improv antics of the Einstein Simplified troupe. Enjoy the show as the gang turns your suggestions into hilarious comedy.

Tuesday, February 23: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon on The Strip, 9 pm. No cover. 18+

The legendary Longbranch Saloon is the home to this campus area open mic comedy night. John Miller hosts.

Wednesday, February 24: Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000 (experimental/improv)
Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, 8 pm. No cover. 18+

This month our panel of comedians have to endure a series of short films, plus a few surprises. This month’s panelists are Matt Chadourne, Boston McCown, Sean Simoneau, and your host Victor Agreda, Jr.

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Wednesday, February 24: Murder! At the Pilot Light! (experimental/stand-up)
Pilot Light in the Old City, 8:37 pm. $5. 18+

Comedy, merriment, mayhem and random surprises are in store as the Pilot Light hosts a crew of Scruffy City comedians for stand-up comedy, sketches, audience participation, and lord knows what else. Scheduled performers include: Angela Garrone, Ian Ferguson, Liz Brooks, Cliff Andrews, Larissa Radtke, Daniel Wade, Ashton Binkley, Lance Adams, Jeff Danger, Todd Lewis, and the Barfly Gallery Players. Will Fist is the host.

Friday, February 26: Fourth and Gill Friday (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm. No cover. 21+

Sassy Ann’s might look like your grandma’s house on the outside, but inside you’ll find two bars, a dance floor, and live comedy. Join host Jake James for an evening of open mic comedy with some special guest featured comedians.

Sunday, February 28: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm. No cover if you arrive 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.

And there you have it. There’s something for everyone in this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy in the Knoxville area. Stay up to date on these shows and more by following Scruffy City Comedy on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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