David Sedaris

David Sedaris at the Bijou

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller.

 

 

Leanne Morgan

Leanne Morgan performs in Knoxville on May 7 at the Bijou Theatre.Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre welcomes East Tennessee’s own Leanne Morgan to the stage for a Mother’s Day weekend show.

Leanne Morgan grew up in rural Appalachia and attended the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. Her southern charm and storytelling talents have led her to a successful comedy career performing at comedy clubs, performing arts centers, and theaters across the country. Her homespun sensibility and sense of humor have earned her spots as a guest advice panelist on Dr. Phil’s television program as well as live and televised performances with cooking star Paula Deen. Leanne has also appeared on The View and was a finalist for Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America.

Leanne is heard daily on Sirius/XM and has her own show on Blue Collar Radio called Chewing the Fat.

The Bijou Theatre is one of Knoxville’s crown jewels for downtown entertainment venues. Originally built in 1815 as a tavern and hotel, the Bijou has been a Civil War hospital, an X-rated theater, and a vaudeville stage. In its vaudeville days, the Bijou hosted performances by The Marx Brothers, Houdini, and even John Philip Sousa. Tickets for Bijou Theatre shows are available via the Tennessee Theater box office on Clinch Avenue or on through the Bijou’s website.

The Bijou has bar service and is a non-smoking facility.

For additional information about this show and other events at the Bijou Theatre, visit the theater’s website at knoxbijou.com.

Knoxville Comedy Shows

Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (May 6-15)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgKnoxvilleSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: May 6-May 15, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, May 6: Dale Jones (stand-up)

Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

From NBC’s Last Comic Standing and films, Dale Jones is a fan favorite for his physical comedy and rapid fire delivery. He’ll be entertaining Chattanooga this weekend as the headliner at The Comedy Catch.

Saturday, May 7: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 8: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

Wednesday, May 11: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

JJ’s Bohemia is the centerpiece in Chattanooga’s weekly open mic comedy scene. Join hosts Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby for an evening of great comedy from local comics and touring guests.

Thursday, May 12: Target Practice (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Host Jared Nipper is your guide to this week’s open mic comedy adventures.

Friday, May 13: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

The host MTV’s Wild N’ Out and Comic View comes to the Chattanooga stage for a weekend of shows at The Comedy Catch.

Saturday, May 14: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 15: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Saturday, May 7: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Tuesday, May 10: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Thursday, May 12: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, May 14: A Midsummer Night’s Fairy Tale (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Sweet Fanny Adams presents an original musical-comedy that also happens to be a whimsical metaphor with hats! The multi-talented actors of the Great Victorian Amusement Company will transport you to another world, remarkably similar to this one, in this charming one-act play that has songs, comedy, tragedy, drama, heartbreak, laughs and of course hats!

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, May 6: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Emporium Center. 5 pm. No cover. PG.

The long form improv group Full Disclosure Comedy returns to another First Friday celebration in downtown Knoxville at the Emporium Center.

Friday, May 6: Jon Durnell & Katherine Jessup (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing Company. 7 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s time for another fun episode of First Friday Comedy at Saw Works. This month’s co-headliners are Jon Durnell (Los Angeles) and Katherine Jessup (Washington, DC). The show will also feature performances from local comics Boston McCown and Aaron Chasteen. Tyler Sonnichsen is this month’s host.

Friday, May 6: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Friday, May 6: Ooh Ooh Revue (variety)
Cocoa Moon. 10 pm. $10. 18+.

Burlesque. Music. Dancing. Comedy. Poetry. It’s a wide variety of entertainment that awaits you on to wrap up another First Friday each month.

Saturday, May 7: Leanne Morgan (stand-up)
Bijou Theatre. 8pm. $25. PG.

East Tennessee native Leanne Morgan returns to Knoxville for a Mother’s Day weekend comedy event at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre.

Saturday, May 7: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 8: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

Monday, May 9: On the Mic with Mike (variety)
Scruffy City Hall. 7 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a late night talk show with music and comedy, but not late at night. Mike Bartlett is your host with special musical guest Spades Cooley.

Monday, May 9: QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s another week of experimental comedy from the QED Comedy Lab. Each week’s show follows a different theme. This week’s theme is “Tiger Style” in which our fearless performers must write and perform a stand-up comedy set in costume and character as an animal from nature’s wild kingdom. Previous editions of Tiger Style have included stand-up comedy performed by a tiger, camel, sloth, monkey, butterfly, koala, and more. Come on out as Matt “Cat” Chadourne is our host for a new comedy zoo.

Tuesday, May 10: Knoxville Poetry Slam Open Mic (variety)
Open Chord. 8 pm. $5. All ages.

The Knoxville Poetry Slam returns with slots available for poets, spoken word performers, and comedians. But, they’ve lost Courageous the show’s co-host. Come on out to the Open Chord for the “Find Courageous” edition of the Knoxville Poetry Slam Open Mic.

Tuesday, May 10: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy improv show takes the stage at Scruffy City Hall. Find out why Einstein Simplified has kept Knoxville audiences laughing since the 1990s.

Tuesday, May 10: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

The Longbranch Saloon has played host to all sorts of live entertainment on the UT Strip since the 1970s. Today, it is also the home to a weekly comedy open mic. Special guest host TK will be your guide tonight for the fun.

Thursday, May 12: DJ Von’s Open Mic Night (variety)
Whispers Social Lounge. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week, DJ Von hosts a weekly open mic featuring a variety of performers including comedians, musicians, spoken word performances, and more.

Thursday, May 12: Pizza Ha’s (stand-up)
Pizza Hoss. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a monthly showcase of local comedy talent at the Pizza Hoss in Powell. Pizza Ha’s is held on the second Thursday of each month. This month’s host is Shane Rhyne with featured performances from Jake James, Liz Brooks, and Matt Ward. Additional performances TBA.

Thursday, May 12: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Open Chord. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+.

Join the Full Disclosure Comedy gang for an evening of long-form improv and a few surprises along the way.

Friday, May 13: The Improv*Ables (improv)
Time Warp Tea Room. 7:30 pm. No cover. PG.

Knoxville improv troup The Improv*Ables performs on the second Friday of each month at the Time Warp Tea Room in Knoxville’s Happy Holler.

Friday, May 13: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Saturday, May 14: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 15: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

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Friday, May 6: Alex Stokes’ Music and Comedy Jam (variety)
Club 1341 Grill. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Comedian Alex Stokes is celebrating a book release party for his newest book 5 Years of This?. He’ll be joined by comedians Matt Ward and Grady Ray, as well as musical performances from Brian Sneed, Ashley Marquez, and Autumn Reflection.

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

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (April 29-May 8)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgJohnson CityKnoxvilleSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: April 29-May 8, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, April 29: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Chattanooga loves Spanky Brown and the feeling is mutual. The Comedy Catch welcomes Spanky Brown back to the stage for a weekend of making Chattanooga laugh.

Saturday, April 30: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, April 30: Pool Party (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

Pool Party is a monthly stand-up comedy show and karaoke extravaganza on the last Saturday of the month at JJ’s Bohemia. Ryan Darling is your host as a mixture of traveling and local comics perform for you, followed by a karaoke party where you could be the star. This month’s featured performers include Cherrith Fuller, Corey Forrester, Dan Immke, James Massey, Katherine Jessup, Natasha Ferrier, and Will Copeland.

Sunday, May 1: Spanky Brown (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, May 1: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

Monday, May 2: First Monday Improv (improv)
Barking Legs Theater. 8 pm. $8. PG.

It’s time for another evening of improv fun at the Barking Legs Theater, hosted by Improv Chattanooga.

Wednesday, May 4: Comedy Catch Open Mic Wednesdays (open mic)
Comedy Catch. 7 pm. $5. 18+.

It’s an evening of local and regional comedians performing for you at the Comedy Catch at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Luke Marter is your host for this every-other-Wednesday show.

Wednesday, May 4: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

JJ’s Bohemia is the centerpiece in Chattanooga’s weekly open mic comedy scene. Join hosts Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby for an evening of great comedy from local comics and touring guests.

Thursday, May 5: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

From NBC’s Last Comic Standing and films, Dale Jones is a fan favorite for his physical comedy and rapid fire delivery. He’ll be entertaining Chattanooga this weekend as the headliner at The Comedy Catch.

Thursday, May 5: Target Practice (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Host Jared Nipper is your guide to this week’s open mic comedy adventures.

Friday, May 6: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, May 7: Dale Jones (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, May 7: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Saturday, April 30: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Tuesday, May 3: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Thursday, May 5: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, May 7: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, May 5: NSFW Open Mic (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the penultimate episode of NSFW Open Mic. Join host Jessica Lane as she hosts local and regional comics for the next to last time at Mecca Lounge.

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, April 29: Cattywampus Puppet Council (variety)
Market Square. Two shows: 1 pm and 3 pm. Free. All ages.

The Cattywampus Puppet Council performs on the children’s stage as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival in downtown Knoxville.

Friday, April 29: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Saturday, April 30: Cattywampus Puppet Council (variety)
Market Square. Two shows: 1 pm and 3 pm. Free. All ages.

The Cattywampus Puppet Council performs on the children’s stage as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival in downtown Knoxville.

Saturday, April 30: Po Boys and Poets: Cometry Night (variety)
Big Fatty’s. 7 pm. $5-8 pm. 18+.

The monthly Po Boys and Poets spoken word poetry show explores their sense of humor tonight with the addition of a collection of Knoxville comedians to the lineup. In addition to spoken word artists such as Black Atticus, Summer Awad, and Werde, the show will include comedy performances from Jay Kendrick, Aaron Chasteen, JohnJohn PokenBeans, and Liz Brooks.

Saturday, April 30: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, May 1: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. This week Upstairs Underground welcomes a special guest performance from Katherine Jessup of Washington, DC. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

Monday, May 2: QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s another week of experimental comedy from the QED Comedy Lab. Each week’s show follows a different theme. This week’s theme is “This Knoxville Life,” featuring our performers in a storytelling mode fashioned after the popular public radio program This American LifeSean Simoneau is your host for the evening and will providing unexpected turns and obstacles to our storytellers’ journeys.

Tuesday, May 3: Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby (stand-up)
Casual Pint-Hardin Valley. 7 pm. No cover. 18+.

Chattanooga’s Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby headline this month’s Casual Comedy lineup. John Miller and Danny Whitson will also perform. Sean Simoneau is this month’s host.

Tuesday, May 3: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy improv show takes the stage at Scruffy City Hall. Find out why Einstein Simplified has kept Knoxville audiences laughing since the 1990s.

Tuesday, May 3: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

The Longbranch Saloon has played host to all sorts of live entertainment on the UT Strip since the 1970s. Today, it is also the home to a weekly comedy open mic. Special guest host TK will be your guide tonight for the fun.

Thursday, May 5: Beer Market Comedy Showcase (stand-up)
Bearden Beer Market. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

The Bearden Beer Market hosts a semimonthly comedy showcase on the first and third Thursday of each month. This week’s show features performances from JC Ratliff, Jay Kendrick, Liz Brooks, Miss James Holdiness, and Kevin Shockley. Your host this week is Jeff Danger.

Thursday, May 5: DJ Von’s Open Mic Night (variety)
Whispers Social Lounge. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week, DJ Von hosts a weekly open mic featuring a variety of performers including comedians, musicians, spoken word performances, and more.

Friday, May 6: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Emporium Center. 5 pm. No cover. PG.

The long form improv group Full Disclosure Comedy returns to another First Friday celebration in downtown Knoxville at the Emporium Center.

Friday, May 6: Jon Durnell & Katherine Jessup (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing Company. 7 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s time for another fun episode of First Friday Comedy at Saw Works. This month’s co-headliners are Jon Durnell (Los Angeles) and Katherine Jessup (Washington, DC). The show will also feature performances from local comics Boston McCown and Aaron Chasteen. Tyler Sonnichsen is this month’s host.

Friday, May 6: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s an evening of open mic comedy and dancing in the funhouse of Fourth and Gill. Join host Jake James for sets from local and visiting comics each week at Fourth and Gill Friday!

Friday, May 6: Ooh Ooh Revue (variety)
Cocoa Moon. 10 pm. $10. 18+.

Burlesque. Music. Dancing. Comedy. Poetry. It’s a wide variety of entertainment that awaits you on to wrap up another First Friday each month.

Saturday, May 7: Leanne Morgan (stand-up)
Bijou Theatre. 8pm. $25. PG.

East Tennessee native Leanne Morgan returns to Knoxville for a Mother’s Day weekend comedy event at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre.

Sunday, May 8: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns for another night of fun. Boston McCown is your host.

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Monday, May 2: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the only comedy open mic in the Smokies. Join host Aaron Chasteen for an evening of comedy with local and regional performers.

Friday, May 6: Alex Stokes’ Music and Comedy Jam (variety)
Club 1341 Grill. 8 pm. No cover. 21+.

Comedian Alex Stokes is celebrating a book release party for his newest book 5 Years of This?. He’ll be joined by comedians Matt Ward and Grady Ray, as well as musical performances from Brian Sneed, Ashley Marquez, and Autumn Reflection.

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

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

Eugene Mirman & Robyn Hitchcock

Eugene Mirman will perform at the Bijou on April 18.Eugene Mirman, one of the most inventive and distinctive voices in comedy today is coming to Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre!

Mirman is a comedian, actor and hero who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He voices ‘Gene’ on Fox’s Emmy Award winning animated series Bob’s Burgers. He was on Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and has had two comedy specials on Comedy Central. His latest comedy special is available on Netflix. He is a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science show StarTalk. His fifth comedy album, I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), on Sub Pop Records, is available in multiple formats as a 9-Volume Digital Set, 7 LPs, a Chair, a Robe.

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

The Bijou Theatre is one of Knoxville’s crown jewels for downtown entertainment venues. Originally built in 1815 as a tavern and hotel, the Bijou has been a Civil War hospital, an X-rated theater, and a vaudeville stage. In its vaudeville days, the Bijou hosted performances by The Marx Brothers, Houdini, and even John Philip Sousa. Tickets for Bijou Theatre shows are available via the Tennessee Theater box office on Clinch Avenue or on through the Bijou’s website.

The Bijou has bar service and is a non-smoking facility.

For additional information about this show and other events at the Bijou Theatre, visit the theater’s website at knoxbijou.com.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (April 15-24)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

This week’s guide brings you some of the biggest names in nationally touring comedy such as Eugene Mirman and rising stars at your local open mic. You’ll find experimental comedy, vaudeville shows, improv, musical comedy, live radio broadcasts, and more. Get out there and laugh this week.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgJohnson CityKingsport – KnoxvilleMaryvilleOak RidgeSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: April 15-24, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Friday, April 15: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

TBS star of Deal with It and fan favorite of NBC’s Last Comic Standing Theo Von arrives for a weekend of comedy at Chattanooga’s Comedy Catch.

Saturday, April 16: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: Ray Stevens (stand-up/variety)
Tivoli Theatre. 7 pm. $49.50-$125. All ages.

Famed singer/songwriter Ray Stevens, known for comedy classics such as “The Streak,” “Guitarzan,” and more, performs at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre. Southern comedian Etta May provides the opening act.

Sunday, April 17: Theo Von (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $12-$18. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host. This week’s contest pits Will Foskey against Jared Nipper.

Monday, April 18: Third Monday Improv (improv)
The Granfalloon. 6:30 pm. $8. PG-13.

The folks at Improv Chattanooga debut a new monthly show tonight: Third Monday Improv at the The Granfalloon. The show featuring various long-form improv sketches will be held each month on, you guessed it, the third Monday of the month.

Tuesday, April 19: Comedy Buffet (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 9:30 pm. $10. 18+.

It’s another amazing Comedy Buffet with a trio of visiting comedians to entertain you. Ryan Singer, Dave Stone, and Andy Sandford are bringing their Three Headed Moron Tour to the Chattanooga stage tonight. Additional performances from Chattanooga’s Ben Dalby and Chris Hill. Ryan Darling is your host for the evening.

Wednesday, April 20: Comedy Catch Open Mic Wednesday (open mic)
Comedy Catch. 7 pm. $5. 18+.

Chattanooga’s Comedy Catch hosts a bi-monthly comedy open mic featuring local and regional performers. You might even get the chance to help select the best comic of the night with the winner earning a chance to perform a guest spot at that Sunday’s main show. Luke Marter is the host.

Wednesday, April 20: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Each week Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby welcome a mix of local and visiting comics to the stage for an evening of open mic comedy fun. Treat yourself to some laughter this week, Chattanooga.

Thursday, April 21: Michael Mack (stand up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Comedian Michael Mack (as heard frequently on “The John Boy and Billy Show” and “The Bob and Tom Show”) is the headliner this weekend at Chattanooga’s The Comedy Catch at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Thursday, April 21: Open Mic Comedy at McHale’s (open mic)
McHale’s Brewhouse. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Chattanooga’s growing comedy scene continues to grow with the addition of Open Mic Comedy at McHale’s. Join host Jared Nipper for an evening of comedy fun at McHale’s Brewhouse.

Friday, April 22: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, April 23: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Sunday, April 24: Michael Mack (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, April 17: ComedyFight! (open mic/stand-up/competition)
The Honest Pint. 10 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s an open mic comedy show, with a stand-up comedy contest included. Each week, two comics compete for audience votes. The winner closes the show with a longer set and moves on to the ComedyFight! bracket tournament where fame and glory await. Ian Sharp is your host.

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GATLINBURG

Tuesday, April 19: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Celebrate 40 years of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre’s vaudeville-style revues of comedy, improv, music, magic, and more, with a new show for the season: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind.

Thursday, April 21: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Saturday, April 23: Ramblings of a Plaid Mind (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, April 21: NSFW Open Mic (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the final countdown for Johnson City’s weekly comedy open mic. Join host Jessica Lane for this week’s show, one of your last chances before the show wraps up in May with a special roast event.

KINGSPORT

Tuesday, April 19: Beer and Comedy (stand-up)
Sleepy Owl Brewery. 8:30 pm. $5. 18+.

Beer and Comedy returns to help the Sleepy Owl Brewery celebrate the brewery’s 2nd anniversary. Hunter Roberts is your host for the evening with performances from Kayla Avery (Boston, MA), Corey Forrester (Chattanooga, TN), and Jacob Moore (Johnson City, TN).

Saturday, April 23: Robert Kelly (stand-up)
Kingsport Renaissance Center. 7 pm. $24.95. 18+.

FX TV’s Robert Kelly (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) headlines an evening of stand-up comedy at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The show will also include a musical performance from the Crystal Shipley Trio.

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KNOXVILLE

Friday, April 15: The Open Hand (theater)

Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. Clarence Brown Theatre hosts the world premiere of The Open Hand, a satire commissioned by the theatre. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 15: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 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.

Saturday, April 16: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 17: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. Two shows: 2 pm & 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. These presentations are currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Sunday, April 17: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

Monday, April 18: QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

What sort of experiment will the QED Comedy Lab host tonight? We can’t say for sure, but we think it will be some sort of lightning round comedy show so everyone can get to the Eugene Mirman on time down the street. Matt Chadourne is your host. Check the QED Facebook page for updates on this week’s theme.

Monday, April 18: Eugene Mirman & Robyn Hitchcock (stand-up & music)
Bijou Theatre. 8 pm. $25.

One of the most inventive and distinctive voices in comedy today is performing tonight at the Bijou Theatre. If you’ve never seen Eugene Mirman perform, you owe yourself this pleasure. For this tour, he is teamed up with one of the leading figures in the history of alternative rock, Robyn Hitchcock. It promises to be an amazing evening.

Tuesday, April 19: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+.

East Tennessee’s longest-running weekly improv show returns to Scruffy City Hall for an evening of hilarious misadventures inspired by audience suggestions. Come see why Einstein Simplified is a Knoxville audience favorite.

Tuesday, April 19: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s a special evening of open mic comedy at the Longbranch Saloon with special co-headlining performances from Knoxville’s Alex Stokes and Nashville’s Monty Mitchell. Nashville’s Joe Kelley is also scheduled to perform. John Miller is your host for the evening.

Wednesday, April 20: Tennessee Shines (variety)
Boyd’s Jig and Reel. 7 pm. $10.

Tennessee Shines is a weekly live radio show on WDVX-FM hosted by Paige Travis. Each week’s show features a mixture of music and other performances to entertain the live audience at Boyd’s Jig and Reel, along with those listening at home in East Tennessee on WDVX-FM or around the world on wdvx.com. This week’s show features performances from Australian guitar virtuoso Geoff Achison and Knoxville comedian Shane Rhyne.

Wednesday, April 20: Reefer Madness (experimental)
Scruffy City Hall. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s an evening of movie riffing with the cult classic Reefer Madness. Victor Agreda, Jr. is your host for another edition of Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000, and he has help tonight from comedians Liz Brooks, Tyler Sonnichsen, and Matt Ward.

Thursday, April 21: Beer Market Comedy Showcase (stand-up)
Bearden Beer Market. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

Welcome a new monthly comedy showcase to the Scruffy City Comedy scene with the debut of Beer Market Comedy Showcase. Produced by Jeff Danger and Kevin Shockley, this month’s show features performances from Matt Ward, Grady Ray, Larissa Radtke, John Miller, and Jeff Danger. Kevin Shockley is the host.

Friday, April 22: Cattywampus Puppet Council (experimental/variety)
Pilot Light. 9 pm. $5. 18+.

Join the Cattywampus Puppet Council for their 2nd Annual Spring Revue and Variety Show, featuring a mixture of music, performance art, puppetry, comedy, and dancing with wild abandon.

Friday, April 22: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 9 pm. No cover. 21+.

It’s another week at the Fourth and Gill funhouse known as Sassy Ann’s. Join host Jake James for a night of open mic comedy this week.

Saturday, April 23: Laughter of Love Comedy Show and Party (stand-up/dance party)
Whispers Social Lounge. 8 pm. $15. 21+.

DJ Von presents an evening of laughter at Whispers Social Lounge. Tonight’s host is Grave Digger with a special guest performance by Sista “Big” Bone and Tyler Craig.

Saturday, April 23: Fort Sanders Yacht Club Open Mic Night (open mic/variety)
Fort Sanders Yacht Club. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s an open mic for various types of performing arts including comedy, spoken word and poetry, music and singing, and more. This weekly open mic also offers prizes to the night’s top performers as voted on by the audience.

Sunday, April 24: Cattywampus Puppet Council (experimental/variety)
The Birdhouse. 2 pm. $7. All ages.

It’s an all ages version of the Cattywampus Puppet Council’s 2nd Annual Spring Revue and Variety Show. Come on down to The Birdhouse in the Fourth and Gill Neighborhood for puppetry, music, dancing, comedy, and more.

Sunday, April 24: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

Join us for another edition of East Tennessee’s longest-running comedy open mic. Boston McCown is your host for the evening.

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MARYVILLE

Tuesday, April 19: Sydney Castillo (stand-up)
Isaac’s Cafe. 8 pm.

Stand-up comic Sydney Castillo performs at Isaac’s Cafe on the Maryville College campus.

OAK RIDGE

Saturday, April 23: Blayr Nias (stand-up)
Grove Theatre. 8 pm. $10. 18+.

It’s time for another edition of the popular monthly showcase Comedy at the Grove. This month’s show is headlined by Charlotte, North Carolina’s Blayr Nias, with additional performances scheduled from Asheville’s Art Sturtevant and Tom Scheve. Knoxville’s own Sam King is your host this month.

SEVIERVILLE

Monday, April 18: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Join guest host Gail Grantham for an evening of open mic comedy and featured comedy sets at the only comedy open mic in the Smokies. Tonight’s show includes a feature performance from Cincinnati’s Rob Wilfong.

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

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

Knoxtacular

Knoxtacular at the Bijou 5 March 2016It’s an all-day variety show to support a variety of great causes in Knoxville: The Knoxville History Project, the Knoxville Mercury, and community-supported radio WDVX-FM.

The show features Knoxville musicians, poets, comedians, and more, the show will be broadcast live on WDVX 89.9 FM—it’s a radiothon, folks! We’ll be raising funds to help keep WDVX on the air and the Mercury on the streets.

Scruffy City comedian Victor Agreda, Jr. (a runner-up in the 2015 Knoxville Mercury readers poll for Top Knox Comedian) is one of the show emcees for the day. Shane Rhyne, also a readers poll runner up, will be performing a comedy set.

Additional comedians TBA.

For a full line-up of musical acts, comedians, poets, and other performers, visit the event’s Facebook page or the Knoxville Mercury.

It will all be taking place on stage at the historic Bijou Theatre. It’s a fundraiser and radiothon, so there’s a $10 minimum donation requested at the door, but feel free to give a little more if you can.

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Laugh in Public – Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (March 3-13, 2016)

Welcome to another weekly edition of the Scruffy City Live Comedy Guide in East Tennessee. It’s packed full of information to help you find live comedy events across the 423 and 865 area code regions of East Tennessee from this weekend to next weekend.

This week’s edition is packed full of great events. The guide includes live comedy with featured performances from more than 30 regionally and nationally touring comedians, 7 performances from Last Comic Standing competitors, an improv comedy festival, a live radio variety show broadcast, 8 open mic comedy shows, and more, all scattered across five different East Tennessee cities. From clean comedy to no-holds-barred raucous fun, you’ll find something for every taste in comedy in this week’s guide in comedy clubs, breweries, pizza parlors, tiki bars, performing arts centers, coffee houses, and favorite dive bars across Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: Chattanooga – Gatlinburg – Johnson City – Knoxville – Sevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: March 3-13, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Thursday, March 3: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)

The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Nationally touring comedian (and Knoxville native) LeAnne Morgan headlines the Country Cool Comedy Tour performing this weekend at The Comedy Catch in Chattanooga. The tour includes performances from LeAnne Morgan, Karen Mills, and Trish Suhr.

Friday, March 4: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Saturday, March 5: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Saturday, March 5: Clean and Classy Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Camphouse. 7:30 pm. $16. 18+

Tony Tone (BET’s Comicview) is the headliner for this comedy show, featuring performances from Nashville comedian Flash Flood and Chattanooga’s Tresha Rutledge.

Sunday, March 6: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Tuesday, March 8: Just a F*cking Comedy Show (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 10 pm. $6. 18+

It’s a night of stand-up comedy featuring performers from the Chattanooga and Atlanta scenes. Scheduled Atlanta performers include: Cherith Fuller, Hayley Ellman, Samm Severin, Olive Lynch, Lace Larrabee, and Paige Bowman. Scheduled Chattanooga performers include: Grace Holtz, Natasha Ferrier, and Morgan Gray. Aria Taibi is the host. The cover charge is reduced to $5 with a donation of hygiene items for the Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults’ crisis resource center.

Wednesday, March 9: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Chattanooga’s weekly open mic gets underway at JJ’s Bohemia. Join the fun with Ben Dalby and Ryan Darling.

Friday, March 11: Monroe Martin (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Last Comic Standing finalist Monroe Martin brings his comedy to Chattanooga’s Comedy Catch for a weekend of hilarity.

Saturday, March 12: Monroe Martin (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Sunday, March 12: Monroe Martin (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

GATLINBURG

Friday, March 4: Gatlinburg Improv Festival (improv)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Two shows: 8 pm and 10 pm. $10-25. 18+

The Gatlinburg Improv Festival brings together a variety of comedy improv troupes from across the region for shows, workshops, and improvised fun.
8 pm show: The Improv*Ables (Knoxville, TN), The New Fangles (Gatlinburg, TN) and Nashville Improv Co. (Nashville, TN)
10 pm show: Einstein Simplified (Knoxville, TN), LOL Nashville (Nashville, TN) and Improv Jam (multiple improv groups)

Saturday, March 5: Gatlinburg Improv Festival (improv)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Three shows: 6 pm, 8pm, and 10 pm. $10-25. 18+

6 pm show: The Maybe Pile (Chattanooga, TN), Shenanigans (Cleveland, TN), and Full Disclosure (Knoxville, TN)
8 pm show: The Blast (Atlanta, GA), The Red Pill Players (Atlanta, GA), and The Adult Table (Atlanta, GA)
10 pm show: Ian Covell and High Wire Improv Co. (Atlanta, GA) and Improv Jam (multiple improv groups)

JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, March 10: NSFW Open Mic (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

Johnson City’s open mic comedy night returns to the Mecca Lounge with host Jessica Lane. Come be a part of the fun every other Thursday downtown.

KNOXVILLE

Friday, March 4: Full Disclosure (improv)

Emporium Center. 5 pm. No cover. All ages/PG

Knoxville’s long-form improv troupe Full Disclosure begins a new series of performances at the Arts and Culture Alliance’s headquarters at the Emporium Center on the 100 block of Gay Street. The troupe will perform on alternating First Fridays beginning in March.

Friday, March 4: First Friday Comedy at Saw Works (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing. 7 pm. No cover. 21+

On the first Friday of every month, Saw Works Brewing Company hosts a monthly showcase of traveling and local comedians. This month’s show is headlined by Trae Crowder and Corey Forrester. Local performances include Kristine Kinsey and Liz Brooks. Sean Simoneau is the host this month.

Friday, March 4: Hunger Isn’t Funny, But We Are (stand-up/fundraiser)
Scruffy City Hall. Two shows: 7 pm and 9:30 pm. $15. 21+

**7PM SHOW IS SOLD OUT. ** It’s a night of stand-up comedy to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The show is hosted by WIMZ’s Billy Kidd with stand-up performances from Octavius and Josh Phillips, and a headline performance from Julie Scoggins.

Friday, March 4: Henry Cho (stand-up/fundraiser)
Knoxville Christian School. 7:30 pm. $25-40. All ages.

Knoxville native and nationally touring comedian Henry Cho performs his signature brand of clean comedy in a fundraiser concert to benefit Knoxville Christian School.

Friday, March 4: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 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.

Saturday, March 5: Knoxtacular (variety show/fundraiser)
Bijou Theater. 1-8 pm. $10. All ages.

It’s a live radio telethon to raise funds for the Knoxville History Project, the Knoxville Mercury, and WDVX-FM. The Knoxtacular features a variety of local musicians, comics, spoken word performers, and more throughout the day performing live in the historic Bijou Theatre and on the air on WDVX-FM. Scheduled comedy performers include Victor Agreda, Jr. as one of the show’s emcees, along with stand-up performances from Matt Chadourne and Shane Rhyne.

Sunday, March 6: Mo Alexander at Upstairs Underground (stand-up & open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+

Join host Boston McCown for Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic. In addition to the open mic fun, this week’s show welcomes a feature performance from JC Ratliff and a headline performance from Memphis’ own Mo Alexander on his MoBility Tour.

Monday, March 7: QED Comedy Lab presents “Bury the Lede” (improv/experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s experimental comedy show this week takes a trip to explore tabloid headlines. Performers will be shown shocking headlines and asked to tell us the details that didn’t make the news. Matt Chadourne is the host.

Tuesday, March 8: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

For more than two decades, Knoxville’s Einstein Simplified has been making East Tennessee audiences laugh. Come on out to Scruffy City Hall and join the fun.

Tuesday, March 8: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s legendary Longbranch Saloon, hosts an evening of open mic comedy. John Miller is the show’s host.

Wednesday, March 9: Full Disclosure (improv)
Open Chord Music. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s long-form improv troupe Full Disclosure comedy performs on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Open Chord Music in west Knoxville.

Thursday, March 10: Pizza Ha’s (stand-up)
Pizza Hoss. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s the debut of a new monthly show at the Pizza Hoss pizza parlor and craft beer bar in Powell. The show will be held on the second Thursday of each month. This month’s show features performances from Matt Chadourne, Shane Rhyne, Sean Simoneau, and Tyler Sonnichsen.

Friday, March 11: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 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 guest host Shane Rhyne for an evening of open mic comedy with some special guest featured comedians.

Sunday, March 13: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+

Join Boston McCown for an evening of open mic comedy on Market Square with local and visiting comedians.

SEVIERVILLE

Monday, March 7: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

The only comedy open mic in the Smokies returns to Boogaloos. You can catch live open mic performances on the first and third Monday of every month. Aaron Chasteen is the host.

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

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.

Comedy for a Cause on the March Scruffy City Calendar

Laughing and pointing emojiAs Spring approaches, it seems there are quite a few opportunities popping up for comedy fans to support good causes through laughter. East Tennessee comedy fans can use their laughter this month to help various causes including food banks, schools, community radio, nonprofit journalism, and more.

Here’s a look at a few shows on the March Scruffy City Comedy Calendar where your price of admission can do a good deed:

Friday, March 4

There are two shows in Knoxville this evening presenting comedy for a good cause. Henry Cho, a nationally famous comedian with appearances on film and television, returns to his native Knoxville for a fundraiser for the Knoxville Christian School. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40.

In addition, NBC-TV’s Last Comic Standing contestant Julie Scoggins is joined by Oak Ridge’s Josh Phillips to help raise funds through laughter for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The “Hunger Isn’t Funny, But We Are” show will be held downtown at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Tickets are $15. Update: The 7 pm show for Second Harvest Food Bank has SOLD OUT, so a second show has been added for 9:30 pm.

Saturday, March 5

It’s the first ever Knoxtacular! What is a Knoxtacular, you ask? Well, it’s a day-long variety show featuring local musicians, spoken word performers, historians, comedians, and other interesting folks performing in a live radiothon broadcast from the historic Bijou Theatre as a benefit fundraiser for Knoxville’s independent voices, namely: The Knoxville History Project, the Knoxville Mercury, and WDVX-FM. And, if you can’t be there in person, you can listen live on WDVX-FM (89.9 on your terrestrial radio locally) or online at WDVX.com. The show will include musical performances of bluegrass, rock and roll, opera, and more. There will be film clips shown from the Tennessee Archive of Moving Images and Sound. There will even be comedy. Victor Agreda, Jr., a Scruffy City Comedy stalwart is one of the emcees for the 7-hour extravaganza. Plus, comedians Matt Chadourne and Shane Rhyne will perform sets during the show. Check the Knoxtacular page on Facebook for a complete schedule and updates. You can attend the show for a $10 suggested donation, and you’re certainly invited to call in your pledge of support if you’ll be listening at home. Operators will certainly be standing by.

Thursday, March 24

Can laughter cure cancer? We don’t know, but it can certainly fight it. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life presents a comedy night at Carleo’s Nightclub and Lounge in Knoxville’s historic Old City. Host Nate Cate welcomes comedians Karen George, Danny Whitson, Kristine Kinsey, and Jim Seward to the stage for this good cause. Advance tickets are available for $10 each.

Thursday, March 31

Johnson City’s Next Door Comedy Night at the Acoustic Coffeehouse always serves as an open mic comedy show and fundraiser for various local causes. This month’s show is headlined by the Tri-Cities’ own Jessica Lane. Follow Next Door Comedy Night on Facebook for announcements from host Sam Rucker about this month’s and future charitable recipients. Tickets for the fundraiser show are $5 at the door.

 

Ten Day Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (Feb 25-Mar 6)

Laugh in Public – A 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (Feb 25-Mar 6, 2016)

Welcome to the newly expanded guide to live comedy in Knoxville and East Tennessee. We hope you enjoy it!

In a short time the guide has become a popular feature here on ScruffyCityComedy.com. It has already proven helpful to comedy fans in search of live comedy shows in Knoxville. But, we know there are a lot of great events and shows taking place all across East Tennessee in the Tri-Cities, in Chattanooga, in Crossville, in the Smokies, and all points in between. So, whether you’re looking for a chance to laugh out loud in the 865 area code or the 423 area code, the Scruffy City Comedy guide to live comedy in East Tennessee is going to be a valuable resource for you.

And, you’ll see we’re expanding the type of events included in the calendar, because we know that different types of comedy make the world go ’round. So, we’re gathering info on everything from open mics, to East Tennessee comedy clubs, to dive bar shows, touring national performances, vaudeville-style variety shows, touring Broadway comedies and theatrical stage comedies, roasts, comedy music performances, monthly comedy showcases, and more. If you want to find out where to see the newest up-and-coming local talent or check out a national star, we hope the Scruffy City Comedy guide to live comedy in East Tennessee will be of help to you.

We’ll keep experimenting with the format of this listing in order to make it most helpful to you. For now, we’re breaking the list down by city and then by date under each city. Don’t be afraid to let us know what is most helpful to you.

This week’s guide includes live comedy events in: Chattanooga – Gatlinburg – Johnson City – Knoxville – Newport

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in Knoxville, February 25-March 6, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Etta May at Chattanooga's Comedy CatchThursday, February 25: Etta May (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch, 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Nationally touring Southern comedian Etta May is spending a weekend on the stage at Chattanooga’s comedy club: The Comedy Catch.

Friday, February 26: Etta May (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Saturday, February 27: Etta May (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Sunday, February 28: G.R.’s Comedy Showcase (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Corey Forrester hosts an evening of comedy starring Spanky Brown and G.R. Goodwin at Chattanooga’s Comedy Catch.

Wednesday, March 2: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Chattanooga’s weekly comedy open mic returns for another night at JJ’s Bohemia downtown.

Leanne Morgan performs in Knoxville on May 7 at the Bijou Theatre.Thursday, March 3: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Nationally touring comedian (and Knoxville native) LeAnne Morgan headlines the Country Cool Comedy Tour performing this weekend at The Comedy Catch in Chattanooga. The tour includes performances from LeAnne Morgan, Karen Mills, and Trish Suhr.

Friday, March 4: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Saturday, March 5: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Sunday, March 6: Country Cool Comedy Tour (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

GATLINBURG

2016_0304_GatlinburgImprovFestivalFriday, March 4: Gatlinburg Improv Festival (improv)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Two shows: 8 pm and 10 pm. $10-25. 18+

The Gatlinburg Improv Festival brings together a variety of comedy improv troupes from across the region for shows, workshops, and improvised fun.
8 pm show: The Improv*Ables (Knoxville, TN), The New Fangles (Gatlinburg, TN) and Nashville Improv Co. (Nashville, TN)
10 pm show: Einstein Simplified (Knoxville, TN), LOL Nashville (Nashville, TN) and Improv Jam (multiple improv groups)

Saturday, March 5: Gatlinburg Improv Festival (improv)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Three shows: 6 pm, 8pm, and 10 pm. $10-25. 18+

6 pm show: The Maybe Pile (Chattanooga, TN), Shenanigans (Cleveland, TN), and Full Disclosure (Knoxville, TN)
8 pm show: The Blast (Atlanta, GA), The Red Pill Players (Atlanta, GA), and The Adult Table (Atlanta, GA)
10 pm show: Ian Covell and High Wire Improv Co. (Atlanta, GA) and Improv Jam (multiple improv groups)

JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, February 25: NSFW Open Mic (open mic)
The Mecca Lounge, 10 pm. No cover. 18+

Join the fun for Johnson City’s weekly comedy open mic at the Mecca Lounge hosted by Jessica Lane.

spike collar feb tri citiesSaturday, February 27: Spike Collar Comedy presents Hunter Roberts (stand-up)
The Hideaway. 10 pm. $5 cover ($7 if under 21). 18+

Spike Collar Comedy brings to the Hideway Stage a gathering of regional comedians headlined by the Tri-Cities’ own Hunter Roberts. In addition, there will be a rock ‘n roll performance from Thundercock. Comedians scheduled to perform include: Hunter Roberts, Jessica Lane, Jacob Moore, Jay Kendrick, and Tom Scheve.

KNOXVILLE

Friday, February 26: Fourth and Gill Friday (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 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. 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.

Monday, February 29: QED Comedy Lab presents “Plus One” (experimental/stand-up)
The Pilot Light. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

In honor of Leap Day, when we add a day to the calendar, QED Comedy Lab is adding an extra comedian to the stage for each performance as the QED collaborators present comedy duo acts. Matt Chadourne is the host.

Tom ScheveTuesday, March 1: Casual Comedy (stand-up)
Casual Pint-Hardin Valley. 7 pm. No cover. 18+

On the first Tuesday of every month, Casual Pint presents a monthly showcase of traveling and local comedians. This month’s show is headlined by Asheville’s Art Sturtevant and Tom Scheve. Local performances include Oak Ridge’s Karen George and Knoxville’s Larissa Radtke. Tyler Sonnichsen is the host this month.

Tuesday, March 1: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s longest running improv comedy show returns to the Scruffy City Hall stage this week to entertain you. If you’re a fan of TV shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” you’ll love being a part of the fun at Einstein Simplified.

Tuesday, March 1: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

Open mic comedy returns to The Strip near the UT Campus. John Miller hosts this open mic in the legendary Longbranch Saloon, the oldest live entertainment venue on The Strip.

Friday, March 4: First Friday Comedy at Saw Works (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing. 7 pm. No cover. 21+

On the first Friday of every month, Saw Works Brewing Company hosts a monthly showcase of traveling and local comedians. This month’s show is headlined by Trae Crowder and Corey Forrester. Local performances include Kristine Kinsey and Liz Brooks. Sean Simoneau is the host this month.

Friday, March 4: Hunger Isn’t Funny, But We Are (stand-up/fundraiser)
Scruffy City Hall. 7 pm. $15. 21+

It’s a night of stand-up comedy to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The show is hosted by WIMZ’s Octavius and Billy Kidd with stand-up performances from Julie Scoggins and Josh Phillips.

Henry ChoFriday, March 4: Henry Cho (stand-up/fundraiser)
Knoxville Christian School. 7:30 pm. $25-40. All ages.

Knoxville native and nationally touring comedian Henry Cho performs his signature brand of clean comedy in a fundraiser concert to benefit Knoxville Christian School.

Friday, March 4: Fourth and Gill Friday! (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s. 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.

Knoxtacular at the Bijou 5 March 2016Saturday, March 5: Knoxtacular (variety show/fundraiser)
Bijou Theater. 1-8 pm. $10. All ages.

It’s a live radio telethon to raise funds for the Knoxville History Project, the Knoxville Mercury, and WDVX-FM. The Knoxtacular features a variety of local musicians, comics, spoken word performers, and more throughout the day performing live in the historic Bijou Theatre and on the air on WDVX-FM. Scheduled comedy performers include Victor Agreda, Jr. as one of the show’s emcees, along with Matt Chadourne and Shane Rhyne.

Sunday, March 6: Mo Alexander at Upstairs Underground (stand-up & open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+

Join host Boston McCown for Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic. In addition to the open mic fun, this week’s show welcomes a feature performance from JC Ratliff and a headline performance from Memphis’ own Mo Alexander on his MoBility Tour.

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2016_0226_DelRioShuffleSaturday, February 27: Del Rio Shuffle Comedy Show (stand-up)
Brandywine Creek Steakhouse & Tavern. 9:30 pm. No cover. 21+

Grady Ray hosts a solid line-up of stand-up comedians from across the region for this month’s Del Rio Shuffle. Performers include Knoxville’s David Habel and Jake James with a headline performance from Columbia, South Carolina’s Wayne Cousins.

 

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

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com. As schedules often change, please check in advance with the event for updated show times, box office prices, etc. Prices listed here may not always include various service fees, taxes, etc. Always check with the show organizer or box office linked in the event description for the official details.