Trae Crowder Liberal Redneck

2016 Scruffy City Comedy Festival Headliners

Baron Vaughn, Corey Forrester, Drew Morgan and Trae Crowder

We are very excited about our 2016 Scruffy City Comedy Festival Headliners! We also have this line-up for you a full month before we did last year!

Baron VaughnFriday November 4th
Baron Vaughn
An amazing comedian and actor, Baron Vaughn currently stars alongside Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie.  He also has been cast as the voice of Tom Servo in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot.  See an interview with Baron here>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf0JH5xfv2o
Scruffy City Hall
If you haven’t been to Scruffy City Hall, you are in for a real treat.  The building was purchased by the West’s who also own Preservation Pub, Market House Cafe and Uncorked Bar Books and Vinyl Bistro.  Scruffy City Hall, is a 150 seat performance venue that is perfect for comedy and live music

 

Saturday November 5th
Corey Forrestercoreyforrester
Corey has been writing and performing stand up comedy since the age of sixteen …before he could legally work in a
comedy club. His North Georgia roots have given him an affinity for Southern wit and storytelling. He may often wear a PBR hat, but don’t assume there is anything blue collar about him. Corey has thoughts on everything from race to religion, politics and gender. He loves women and cheese. All dairy, actually.
Corey, Trae Crowder and Drew Morgan Co-Authored the book The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin’ Dixie Outta the Dark. Corey has been heard on Sirius XM radio and is part of Trae Crowder’s WellRed Comedy Tour. Get your single chance to see him live in East Tennessee on Saturday November 5th at Scruffy City Hall.
Festival Passes and Day Passes
We do not have single show tickets for the Scruffy City Comedy Festival. No worries, we have made the DAY PASS price what is typically being charged to see each of the headliners alone.  This means you can buy a pass for $20 on Friday and see Baron Vaughn and ANY of the other shows. Saturday it’s $20 to see Aparna Nancherla and ALL of the other shows. Sunday it is $15 to see Trae Crowder and ALL of the other shows!!  Also, if you want to see shows on each day, you can buy a FESTIVAL PASS for just $40!  That saves you $15.
trae crowderSunday November 6th
Trae Crowder
SKEEEEW!!!! Wow, what can we say about the “Liberal Redneck” that hasn’t already been shared a million times? Trae got his start doing stand-up right here in Knoxville and won the final Rocky Top Comedy Contest in 2014 (which was how he opened the first Scruffy City Comedy Festival). Now Trae’s videos have gone viral and he is selling out clubs and theatres all over the country.  Check out one of his recenty Liberal Redneck videos.http://nydn.us/RedneckEmails
Also check out the comedy tour he has with East Tennessee’s own Drew Morgan and Corey Forrester from Northern Georgia.  These southern fellas are going to truly make the south RISE again by changing the way the country looks at southerners. NOTE: Trae’s performance at the Scruffy City Comedy Festival will include Corey Forrester, but not Drew Morgan. Therefore this is not a tour stop on the WellRed Comedy Tour. Click the logo below to see dates with all three comics.
WellRed

Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Forrester

WellRED Comedy Tour

There’s a New South and we’re coming to claim it.

Comedy and writing partners, Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are ready to meet the people. You’ve seen their viral videos, you’ve read their weekly blog (https://oursundybest.wordpress.com/) and now you’ll see them at their best – performing stand up comedy.

Trae Crowder has become a viral video sensation this spring with his “Liberal Redneck” videos (featured on MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and all over your Facebook feed). Join Trae, Drew, and Corey for the WellRed tour.

Trae Crowder: @traecrowder
Recently earning national attention (or notoriety, depending on your viewpoint) for his “Liberal Redneck” series of viral videos, Trae Crowder has been performing his particular brand of Southern-fried intellectual comedy in the Southeast and beyond for the past six years. Trae is also a writer and is currently a member of NBC Universal’s Talent Infusion Program after being invited to their prestigious Late Night Writer’s Workshop in 2015.

Drew Morgan: @averagedrew
Hailing from rural East Tennessee, Drew draws on his experiences as a small-town son of a preacher man who has lived in Africa, Australia, Miami, Boston, and (currently) New York City. Weaving his stories together with observations on culture, religion, and identity, he’s like Mark Twain on acid, or maybe just a confused Southerner pretending to have his shit together. He is a good dancer.

Corey Ryan Forrester (CoFo): @coreyfcomedy
Corey has been writing and performing stand up comedy since the age of sixteen – before he could legally work in a comedy club. His North Georgia roots have given Corey an affinity for Southern wit and storytelling. He may often wear a PBR hat, but don’t assume there is anything blue collar about him. CoFo has thoughts on everything from race to religion, politics and gender. He loves women and cheese. All dairy, actually.

 

east tennessee comedy calendar

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.

Calendar of Events - Live Comedy in East Tennessee

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.

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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.

Eddie Pepitone

Pepitone EddieEddie Pepitone, the Bitter Buddha, comes to Chattanooga as part of the third annual Chattanooga Film Festival‘s comedy block.

Comedian Eddie Pepitone is a master of the dark art of comedy. Hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle. He is a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone.

In addition to his regular stand-up shows, Eddie is stand-out comic/character actor. Beginning in New York City’s improv/sketch scene (where he quickly became a regular face), and continuing on to recurring roles on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Eddie has also appeared on numerous comedy TV shows, including The Life and Times of Tim, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Sarah Silverman Program, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing, and Chappelle’s Show. Fans also might recognize Pepitone from his role in the hit comedy Old School or from his multiple award-winning short, Runyon: Just Above Sunset.

Scheduled to perform also will be Chattanooga’s Corey Forrester and Ryan Darling, and Los Angeles comic (and former Chattanooga comic) John-Michael Bond.

Tickets for this show are available through the Chattanooga Film Festival as an individual ticket, part of a day pass, or as part of a VIP badge.

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (March 31-April 10)

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.

April Fools’ Day weekend is bringing an amazing amount of live comedy to East Tennessee, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll find 60 performances listed here covering March 31 through April 10. Enjoy live comedy with nationally recognized performers like James Gregory, Lachlan Patterson, Eddie Pepitone, Derek Sheen, Junior Stopka, and Sheryl Underwood. Need some improv? We’ve got it. Looking for a variety show with comedy and music to fill your evening? That’s here, too. Ready to enjoy an evening of theater that will leave you laughing? Yep. Got that, too. Ready to go to the fringe of comedy with experimental shows built around found video or a comedic walking tour of local history? It’s here as well. From clean family fun to outrageous envelope pushing experiences, we’re quite proud of the variety of choices available to you.

From open mics to Broadway musicals, this week’s 10-day guide to live comedy events in East Tennessee is packed with fun in eight different cities and 27 different venues.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: Bristol – ChattanoogaGreenevilleJohnson CityKingsportKnoxvilleMaryvilleSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: March 31-April 10, 2016.

BRISTOL

Friday, April 1: James Gregory (stand-up)
Paramount Center for the Arts. 8 pm. $22-32. PG.

One of the nation’s most successful touring comics, James Gregory, arrives in Bristol, Tennessee, just in time for April Fool’s Day.

CHATTANOOGA

Thursday, March 31: World Series of Comedy (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $5. 18+

Local and regional comics are competing for votes from you and a panel of judges on who will advance to the next round of the World Series of Comedy. Tonight is the local qualifying round finals. Who will advance to the next round: the satellite competition?

Thursday, March 31: Comedy Buffet (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 10 pm. $10. 18+

The Comedy Buffet is open. This edition of The Comedy Buffet features performances from Junior Stopka, Andy Andrist and Sean Rouse as part of their Comedy Killers tour. Also performing will be John-Michael Bond and Ian Sharp. Donnie Marsh is your host for the evening.

Friday, April 1: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Last Comic Standing‘s Lachlan Patterson headlines this weekend’s performances at The Comedy Catch. Trae Crowder is the featured performer this weekend.

Saturday, April 2: Ladie’s Night (experimental)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 6 pm. $10-250. 18+

Atlanta’s popular comedy show, Ladie’s Night, brings its hilarious mix of stand-up, sketch comedy, and film to the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Saturday, April 2: Eddie Pepitone (stand-up)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 7:15 pm. $10-250. 18+

Eddie Pepitone, the Bitter Buddha, brings his hilariously dark thoughts to the Chattanooga Film Festival. Also performing are Corey Forrester, Ryan Darling, and John-Michael Bond.

Saturday, April 2: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Saturday, April 2: Clean and Classy Comedy Tour (stand-up)
Camp House. 8:30 pm. $15-20. 18+

The Clean and Classy Comedy Tour returns to Chattanooga with a new slate of comics. Chattanooga’s own Tresha Rutledge is your host with performances from Big Sean and Gordon Quinney.

Saturday, April 2: Everything Is Terrible! (experimental)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 10:30 pm. $10-250. 18+

It’s a mind-bending night of comedy and multimedia entertainment as the Internet sensations Everything Is Terrible! bring their live show to the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Sunday, April 3: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Wednesday, April 6: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $17. 18+

The competition has been narrowed to 40 comics for the Satellite Round. Winners of the Satellite Round will win a week of booked work at The Comedy Catch and will also earn a spot in the WSOC’s second round in Las Vegas this September. A panel of comedy professionals will judge the show, but the audience also has a vote. Come on out and help launch the next star of comedy.

Wednesday, April 6: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Each week Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby bring a group of talented comedians to the JJ’s Bohemia stage to make you laugh. Join the fun at Chattanooga’s weekly comedy open mic.

Thursday, April 7: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $17. 18+

Friday, April 8: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $17. 18+

Saturday, April 9: World Series of Comedy-Satellite Round Finals (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $17. 18+

Sunday, April 10: Girl on Girl Comedy and Revue (variety)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Girl on Girl Comedy and Revue puts the women in charge with an evening of comedy, burlesque, and more performed by some of the region’s best female and LGBT performers. Christy Eidson is your host for the evening.

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GREENEVILLE

Saturday, April 9: Tim Hawkins (stand-up/music)
Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 7:30 pm. $25-$75. PG.

Comedian and musical parody artist Tim Hawkins brings his guitar and wit to the stage for an evening of comedy at Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

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JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, March 31: Next Door Comedy Night (open mic/stand-up)
Acoustic Coffeehouse. 9 pm. $5. 18+

It’s a night of stand-up showcase comedy and open mic comedy, and it’s all for a good cause. Sam Rucker is your host. Jessica Lane is this month’s featured comedian.

Thursday, April 7: NSFW Open Mic Comedy (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

Every other week, Jessica Lane hosts an open mic comedy night of laughter and surprises at the Mecca Lounge in downtown Johnson City.

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KINGSPORT

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

Beer and Comedy night returns to the Sleepy Owl as part of the Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week celebration! This month’s show is hosted by Nathan Blevins with performances from Tara White, Jeff Blank, and Hunter Roberts.

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KNOXVILLE

Thursday, March 31: The Open Hand (theater)

Clarence Brown Theatre 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 1: First Friday Comedy (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing. 7 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s April Fool’s Day! This month’s show gets in the spirit of the holiday with performances from Atlanta’s Ian Aber and Hayley Ellman. Also performing will be Lance Adams and Todd Lewis. Matt Chadourne is your host.

Friday, April 1: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 1: Sheryl Underwood and Friends (stand-up)
Holiday Inn-Downtown Knoxville. 9 pm. $20-25. 18+

Sheryl Underwood, co-host of CBS’ The Talk, headlines this comedy show held in conjunction with Phi Beta Sigma-Southeast Region’s 102nd anniversary regional conference. Joining Sheryl will be comedians Mike Washington, David Raibon, and Kyle Irby.

Friday, April 1: 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.

Friday, April 1: Ooh Ooh Revue (variety)
Cocoa Moon. 10 pm. $10. 18+

It’s the debut of a new monthly variety show featuring burlesque, comedy, spoken word, and quite a few surprises. Join the troupe of Noir et Blanc Ventures every First Friday at Cocoa Moon for this neo-vaudeville variety revue.

Saturday, April 2: Blue Umbrella Walking Tour (experimental)
Market Square and Downtown. 6 pm. No cover. PG.

It’s another installment of the unpredictable Blue Umbrella Walking Tour, in which local performers share amazing fact-like stories about downtown Knoxville history as you stroll through the city. There’s a reasonable chance the stories are true, but we wouldn’t bet on it. This tour’s theme explores the musical history of Knoxville. Just in time for the Big Ears Festival. Matt Chadourne is the host.

Saturday, April 2: Stop the Violence (variety)
Overcoming Believers Church. 6 pm. No cover/donations accepted. PG.

Comedians, hip hop artists, dancers, singers, and more gather for a night to raise awareness of the Stop the Violence campaign in Knoxville. Comedians Jay Kendrick, Li’l Twin, and Daniel Wade will perform.

Saturday, April 2: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Saturday, April 2: 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 3: Upstairs Underground Comedy with Dan Alten and Eric Sorgel (stand-up/open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+

Knoxville’s longest running weekly comedy open mic this week also includes featured performances from visiting comics Dan Alten and Eric Sorgel. Boston McCown is your host.

Monday, April 4: Dear Penthouse…presented by QED Comedy Lab (experimental)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+

This week, the QED performers will read to you letters they’ve written everyone’s favorite smutty magazine. It should be hilarious. Or sexy. Or both. Come on out and see for yourself. Matt Chadourne is your host for the evening.

Tuesday, April 5: Casual Comedy presents Derek Sheen (stand-up)
Casual Pint-Hardin Valley. 7 pm. No cover. 18+

Derek Sheen brings his “Tiny Idiot” tour to Knoxville for this month’s Casual Comedy show. Joining Derek at this show will be Matt Ward, Sean Simoneau, JC Ratliff, and Alex Stokes. Shane Rhyne is your host for the evening.

Tuesday, April 5: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

The smash hit comedy musical The Book of Mormon arrives in Knoxville as part of the Tennessee Theatre’s Broadway series.

Tuesday, April 5: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

Clarence Brown Theatre hosts the world premiere of The Open Hand, a satire commissioned by the theatre.

Tuesday, April 5: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s long-running improv troupe Einstein Simplified is prepared to delight and amuse you every week at Scruffy City Hall.

Tuesday, April 5: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s a night of open mic comedy, conveniently located near the UT campus at the legendary Longbranch Saloon. John Miller is your host for the evening.

Wednesday, April 6: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Wednesday, April 6: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

Thursday, April 7: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Thursday, April 7: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 8: The Improv*Ables (improv)
Time Warp Tea Room. 7:30 pm. No cover. PG.

Every month, Knoxville-based improv group The Improv*Ables entertains you with a free show at the Time Warp Tea Room in Knoxville’s Happy Holler.

Friday, April 8: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 8: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. 8 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Friday, April 8: 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 9: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. Two shows: 2 and 8 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Saturday, April 9: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Saturday, April 9: Jenn Snyder (stand-up)
Kristtopher’s. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

It’s a great night of comedy at Kristtopher’s in Bearden as Jenn Snyder, one of South Carolina’s funniest comics, takes the stage. Also performing will be Gail Grantham, Danny Whitson, and Matt Ward.

Saturday, April 9: 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 10: The Book of Mormon (theater)
Tennessee Theatre. Two shows: 2 and 7:30 pm. $45-$90. PG.

Sunday, April 10: The Open Hand (theater)
Clarence Brown Theater Lab. 2 pm. $5-$15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Sunday, April 10: Upstairs Underground Comedy (open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover before 8 pm. 21+.

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

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MARYVILLE

Friday, April 8: Tomáš Kubínek (vaudeville/variety)
Clayton Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm. $15.50-$28.50. All ages.

The one and only Dr. Professor Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer. Drawing on his love of clowns, circus, theater, and magic, his show brings a spirit of vaudeville and circus-like fun that will fill the Clayton Center for the Arts with laughter.

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SEVIERVILLE

Monday, April 4: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

It’s the return of the only comedy open mic in the Smokies. Aaron Chasteen is your host for an evening of comedy and fun at your favorite tiki bar in the mountains.

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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.

Scruffy City Travelling Comedy Road Show

Scruffy City Traveling Comedy Road Show at Oasis Pizza 20160326Join us for comedy at Oasis Pizza!

Scruffy City Comedy scene founder Matt Ward launches the Scruffy City Travelling Comedy Road Show this month. In this planned series, East Tennessee comedians bringing stand-up comedy to towns across the region.

For the debut show, headliner Corey Forrester and friends bring the laughs to Oasis Pizza, a favorite live entertainment venue in Harrogate, Tennessee. It’s just down the road from Lincoln Memorial University and the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Knoxville comedians Shane Rhyne and Victor Agreda, Jr. will perform. Also on the show is Sevier County’s Gail Grantham. Matt Ward is your host for the evening.

Cover is $10.

 

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Laugh in Public: Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (March 24-April 3)

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.

Spring is here and laughter is in bloom. Get ready for another busy couple of weekends ahead for comedy. This week’s guide has you covered from Easter Weekend to April Fools’ weekend with a wide variety of comedy events. Check out all the fun you can have from Bristol to Chattanooga and everywhere in between.

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: Bristol – ChattanoogaGatlinburgHarrogateJohnson CityKnoxvilleNewport

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: March 24-April 3, 2016.

BRISTOL

Friday, April 1: James Gregory (stand-up)
Paramount Center for the Arts. 8 pm. $22-32. PG.

One of the nation’s most successful touring comics, James Gregory, arrives in Bristol, Tennessee, just in time for April Fool’s Day.

CHATTANOOGA

Thursday, March 24: World Series of Comedy (stand-up)

The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $5. 18+

Regional comedians compete for a chance to advance to the World Series of Comedy national championships and you have a vote.

Friday, March 25: Matt Mitchell (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Known to fans of the Rick and Bubba radio show as “The Casio Kid,” Matt Mitchell brings his blend of southern comedy to the Comedy Catch stage in downtown Chattanooga. Comedian DJ Lewis will also perform.

Friday, March 25: Royal Comedy Tour (stand-up)
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. 8 pm. $44-$77. 18+

The Royal Comedy tour enters its fifth year of touring the nation. This year’s headliner is comedy queen Sommore, along with performances from Earthquake, Gary Owen, Arnez J, and Special K.

Saturday, March 26: Matt Mitchell (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Wednesday, March 30: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Join Ben Dalby and Ryan Darling for an evening of open mic comedy in Chattanooga.

Thursday, March 24: World Series of Comedy (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $5. 18+

Thursday, March 31: Comedy Buffet (stand-up)
JJ’s Bohemia. 10 pm. $10. 18+

The Comedy Buffet is open. This edition of The Comedy Buffet features performances from Junior Stopka, Andy Andrist and Sean Rouse as part of their Comedy Killers tour. Also performing will be John-Michael Bond and Ian Sharp. Donnie Marsh is your host for the evening.

Friday, April 1: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Last Comic Standing‘s Lachlan Patterson headlines this weekend’s performances at The Comedy Catch.

Saturday, April 2: Ladie’s Night (experimental)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 6 pm. $10-250. 18+

Atlanta’s popular comedy show, Ladie’s Night, brings its hilarious mix of stand-up, sketch comedy, and film to the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Saturday, April 2: Eddie Pepitone (stand-up)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 7:15 pm. $10-250. 18+

Eddie Pepitone, the Bitter Buddha, brings his hilariously dark thoughts to the Chattanooga Film Festival. Also performing are Corey Forrester and John-Michael Bond.

Saturday, April 2: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Saturday, April 2: Clean and Classy Comedy Tour (stand-up)
Camp House. 8:30 pm. $15-20. 18+

The Clean and Classy Comedy Tour returns to Chattanooga with a new slate of comics. Chattanooga’s own Tresha Rutledge is your host with performances from Big Sean and Gordon Quinney.

Saturday, April 2: Everything Is Terrible! (experimental)
Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema. 10:30 pm. $10-250. 18+

It’s a mind-bending night of comedy and multimedia entertainment as the Internet sensations Everything Is Terrible! bring their live show to the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Sunday, April 3: Lachlan Patterson (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

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GATLINBURG

Friday, March 25: The Kerfuffle Follies (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. 12+

Another season of vaudeville-style comedy and theater awaits at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. It’s an old-fashioned vaudeville revue with comedy, music, dance routines, and surprises galore.

Saturday, March 26: The Kerfuffle Follies (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. 12+

Sunday, March 27: The Kerfuffle Follies (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. 12+

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HARROGATE

Saturday, March 26: Scruffy City Comedy Road Show (stand-up)
Oasis Pizza. 9pm. $10. 18+

Comedians from ScruffyCityComedy.com are hitting the road to bring comedy to Claiborne County. Matt Ward is your host for the evening with Chattanooga’s Corey Forrester as your headliner. Knoxville’s own Shane Rhyne and Victor Agreda, Jr., will also perform, along with Sevier County’s Gail Grantham.

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JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, March 24: NSFW Open Mic Comedy Show (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

Jessica Lane is your host for Johnson City’s bi-weekly open mic comedy show. Come on out and laugh.

Saturday, March 25: Pride Community Center Dance Party (variety)
Best Western Hotel & Conference Center. 9 pm. $10. 18+

Comedian Jessica Lane is the emcee for this fundraiser event for the Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities. Join Jessica for comedy, music, dancing, singing, and a drag show as you dance the night away for a good cause.

Thursday, March 31: Next Door Comedy Night (open mic/stand-up)
Acoustic Coffeehouse. 9 pm. $5. 18+

It’s a night of stand-up showcase comedy and open mic comedy, and it’s all for a good cause. Sam Rucker is your host. Jessica Lane is this month’s featured comedian.

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KNOXVILLE

Thursday, March 24: Relay for Life Comedy Night (stand-up)
Carleo’s. 7 pm. $10. 21+

It’s a night to laugh for the cure, as comics participate in a fundraiser for cancer research. Nate Cate is your host at Carleo’s, with performances from Karen George, Danny Whitson, Kristine Kinsey, and Jim Seward.

Friday, March 25: 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 26: Pancake Brunch (charity event)
Ijams Nature Center. 10:30 am. $7. All ages.

Bring your appetite to Ijams Nature Center for an all-you-can-eat pancake brunch to benefit Bike and Build. The morning will include a silent auction and a performance of long form improv by Knoxville’s The Improv*Ables.

Sunday, March 27: 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.

Monday, March 28: QED Comedy Lab – No Dumb Questions (experimental/improv)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+

Have you ever needed some good advice? Ever wished you had gotten up the nerve to write a letter to an advice columnist? Tonight, the QED Comedy Lab brings performers to the stage to answer actual letters from advice columns for everyone’s benefit. Matt Chadourne is your host.

Tuesday, March 29: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

Knoxville’s longest running weekly comedy show is Einstein Simplified. Since 1994, the guys and gals of Einstein Simplified have delivered hilarious improv comedy to audiences across the region.

Tuesday, March 29: Justin Rivera and Jake Daniels (stand-up)
Open Chord. 8:45 pm. No cover. 18+

Justin Rivera (America’s Got Talent) and Jake Daniels bring their mix of stand-up and magic known as “The Joker and Jester Tour” to Knoxville as part of this Spike Collar Comedy showcase. Also performing will be Josh Gibson. JC Ratliff is your host.

Tuesday, March 29: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic Comedy (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

The legendary Longbranch Saloon is the home to John Miller and open mic comedy on The Strip next to the UT campus.

Wednesday, March 30: The Open Hand (theatrical comedy)
Clarence Brown Theatre 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.

Thursday, March 31: The Open Hand (theatrical comedy)
Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG.

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 1: First Friday Comedy (stand-up)
Saw Works Brewing. 7 pm. No cover. 21+

It’s April Fool’s Day! This month’s show gets in the spirit of the holiday with performances from Atlanta’s Ian Aber and Hayley Ellman. Also performing will be Lance Adams and Todd Lewis. Matt Chadourne is your host.

Friday, April 1: The Open Hand (theatrical comedy)
Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Friday, April 1: Sheryl Underwood and Friends (stand-up)
Holiday Inn-Downtown Knoxville. 9 pm. $20-25. 18+

Sheryl Underwood, co-host of CBS’ The Talk, headlines this comedy show held in conjunction with Phi Beta Sigma-Southeast Region’s 102nd anniversary regional conference. Joining Sheryl will be comedians Mike Washington, David Raibon, and Kyle Irby.

Friday, April 1: 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.

Friday, April 1: Ooh Ooh Revue (variety)
Cocoa Moon. 10 pm. $10. 18+

It’s the debut of a new monthly variety show featuring burlesque, comedy, spoken word, and quite a few surprises. Join the troupe of Noir et Blanc Ventures every First Friday at Cocoa Moon for this neo-vaudeville variety revue.

Saturday, April 2: Blue Umbrella Walking Tour (experimental)
Market Square and Downtown. 6 pm. No cover. PG.

It’s another installment of the unpredictable Blue Umbrella Walking Tour, in which local performers share amazing fact-like stories about downtown Knoxville history as you stroll through the city. There’s a reasonable chance the stories are true, but we wouldn’t bet on it. This tour’s theme explores the musical history of Knoxville. Just in time for the Big Ears Festival. Matt Chadourne is the host.

Saturday, April 2: Stop the Violence (variety/fundraiser)
Overcoming Believers Church. 6 pm. No cover/donations accepted. PG.

Comedians, hip hop artists, dancers, singers, and more gather for a night to raise awareness of the Stop the Violence campaign in Knoxville. Comedians Jay Kendrick, Li’l Twin, and Daniel Wade will perform.

Saturday, April 2: The Open Hand (theatrical comedy)
Clarence Brown Theatre Lab. 7:30 pm. $5-15. PG

SOLD OUT. This presentation is currently listed as sold out. Please check with the box office for additional information or alternate available dates.

Sunday, April 3: Upstairs Underground Comedy with Dan Alten and Eric Sorgel (stand-up/open mic)
Preservation Pub. 8 pm. No cover if you arrive before 8 pm. 21+

Knoxville’s longest running weekly comedy open mic this week also includes featured performances from visiting comics Dan Alten and Eric Sorgel. Boston McCown is your host.

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NEWPORT

Friday, March 25: The Del Rio Shuffle (stand-up)
Brandywine Steakhouse & Moonshine Tavern. 9:30 pm. No cover. 18+

Grady Ray hosts another hilarious evening of comedy at the Brandywine Steakhouse. Nashville’s Brad Hinderliter is the headliner, with a feature performance from Nashville’s Joe Kelley. Knoxville comic Daniel Wade will also perform.

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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.

Calendar of Events - Live Comedy in East Tennessee

Laugh in Public – Your Guide to Live Comedy in East Tennessee (March 17-27)

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 is our biggest weekly guide yet! You’ll find more than 30 live comedy events in eight different cities over the next 10 days. This week’s list of live comedy in East Tennessee has everything from St. Patrick’s Day fun tonight to vaudeville comedy shows, live comedy theater, touring comedians, improv, film riffing, and comedy fundraisers for good causes. You can see national tours of the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Harlem Globetrotters. Take part in audience voting at the World Series of Comedy local qualifying rounds. See comics featured on BET, the Howard Stern Show, Conan, and more. Watch comics make fun of a bad sci fi film, enjoy an evening of improv fun, or laugh at an open mic. It’s all here. Get out and laugh this week in East Tennessee!

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgHarrogateJohnson CityKnoxvilleNewportOak RidgeSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: March 17-27, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

Thursday, March 17: April Macie (stand-up)

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

Comedian April Macie takes the stage at Chattanooga’s The Comedy Catch.

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

Saturday, March 19: April Macie (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Sunday, March 20: April Macie (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+

Wednesday, March 23: JJ’s Bohemia Open Mic (open mic)
JJ’s Bohemia. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Ryan Darling and Ben Dalby invite you to join them in downtown Chattanooga for an evening of open mic comedy.

Thursday, March 24: World Series of Comedy (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $5. 18+

Regional comedians compete for a chance to advance to the World Series of Comedy national championships and you have a vote.

Friday, March 25: Matt Mitchell (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

Known to fans of the Rick and Bubba radio show as “The Casio Kid,” Matt Mitchell brings his blend of southern comedy to the Comedy Catch stage in downtown Chattanooga. Comedian DJ Lewis will also perform.

Friday, March 25: Royal Comedy Tour (stand-up)
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. 8 pm. $44-$77. 18+

The Royal Comedy tour enters its fifth year of touring the nation. This year’s headliner is comedy queen Sommore, along with performances from Earthquake, Gary Owen, Arnez J, and Special K.

Saturday, March 26: Matt Mitchell (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+

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GATLINBURG

Friday, March 25: The Kerfuffle Follies (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. 12+

Another season of vaudeville-style comedy and theater awaits at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. It’s an old-fashioned vaudeville revue with comedy, music, dance routines, and surprises galore.

Saturday, March 26: The Kerfuffle Follies (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. 12+

Sunday, March 27: The Kerfuffle Follies (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. 12+

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HARROGATE

Saturday, March 26: Scruffy City Comedy Road Show (stand-up)
Oasis Pizza. 9pm. $10. 18+

Comedians from ScruffyCityComedy.com are hitting the road to bring comedy to Claiborne County. Matt Ward is your host for the evening with Chattanooga’s Corey Forrester as your headliner. Knoxville’s own Shane Rhyne and Victor Agreda, Jr., will also perform, along with Sevier County’s Gail Grantham.

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JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Comedy (stand-up)
Capone’s. 8 pm. $5. 21+

It’s just the amount of wild, untamed comedy you need for America’s favorite night of drinking, featuring performances from Hunter Roberts, Jessica Lane, Jacob Moore, Stephen Bashor, Joey Tucciarone, and Jenna Duvall.

Friday, March 18: Upright Citizens Brigade (improv)
Culp Auditorium. 8 pm.

The nationally-acclaimed Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) brings its touring company to the East Tennessee State University campus.

Tuesday, March 22: Harlem Globetrotters (sports/comedy)
Freedom Hall. 7 pm. $20-$210. All ages.

The clown princes of basketball bring their unique blend of comedy and basketball expertise to Freedom Hall as part of the Harlem Globetrotters‘ 90th anniversary world tour. The Washington Generals will probably be there, too.

Thursday, March 24: NSFW Open Mic Comedy Show (open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

Jessica Lane is your host for Johnson City’s bi-weekly open mic comedy show. Come on out and laugh.

Saturday, March 25: Pride Community Center Dance Party (variety)
Best Western Hotel & Conference Center. 9 pm. $10. 18+

Comedian Jessica Lane is the emcee for this fundraiser event for the Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities. Join Jessica for comedy, music, dancing, singing, and a drag show as you dance the night away for a good cause.

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KNOXVILLE

Thursday, March 17: Head Over Heels (theater)

Knoxville Civic Auditorium. 8 pm. $45.50-$51.50. All ages/PG

HBO and BET comedian Tony Tone leads an all-star cast including Grammy-nominated R&B singer Kenny Lattimore and jazz legend Theresa Hightower, in this nationally-touring production of the gospel music comedy Head Over Heels.

Friday, March 18: 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, March 20: 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.

Monday, March 21: QED Comedy Lab presents “The Slide Show” (experimental/improv)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+

This week’s theme provides a mixture of stand-up, improv, and storytelling as performers must improvise a story based on random images projected onto the stage. Matt Chadourne is the host.

Tuesday, March 22: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

For more than two decades Einstein Simplified has entertained Knoxville and East Tennessee audiences with their improv performances. Join the fun on Market Square this week at Scruffy City Hall.

Tuesday, March 22: Longbranch Saloon Open Mic (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon. 9 pm. No cover. 18+

Host John Miller welcomes you to an evening of open mic comedy fun at the Strip’s legendary Longbranch Saloon.

Wednesday, March 23: Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000 (experimental)
Scruffy City Hall. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

A panel of Knoxville comedians watch horrible movies and comment on them for your amusement. Victor Agreda, Jr. is your host for the evening. This month’s movie is the science fiction film Unknown World.

Wednesday, March 23: Full Disclosure (improv)
Open Chord. 8:15 pm. No cover. 18+

Long-form improv is the name of the game for Full Disclosure, performing twice a month at the Open Chord in west Knoxville.

Wednesday, March 23: Caleb Synan (stand-up)
Scruffy City Hall. 10 pm. No cover. 18+

Caleb Synan had one of the top five late night comedy debuts of 2015, according to comedy website The Laugh Button. He’ll be performing a free show at Scruffy City Hall, with additional performances from Knoxville’s Jeff Blank and Tyler Sonnichsen.

Thursday, March 24: Relay for Life Comedy Night (stand-up)
Carleo’s. 7 pm. $10. 21+

It’s a night to laugh for the cure, as comics participate in a fundraiser for cancer research. Nate Cate is your host at Carleo’s, with performances from Karen George, Danny Whitson, Kristine Kinsey, and Jim Seward.

Friday, March 25: 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, March 27: 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.

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NEWPORT

Friday, March 25: The Del Rio Shuffle (stand-up)
Brandywine Steakhouse & Moonshine Tavern. 9:30 pm. No cover. 18+

Grady Ray hosts another hilarious evening of comedy at the Brandywine Steakhouse. Nashville’s Brad Hinderliter is the headliner, with a feature performance from Nashville’s Joe Kelley. Knoxville comic Daniel Wade will also perform.

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OAK RIDGE

Saturday, March 19: Comedy at the Grove presents The Future Queens of Comedy (stand-up)
Grove Theater. 8 pm. $10. 18+

Comedy at the Grove presents an evening with the Future Queens of Comedy, with scheduled performances from Jenn Snyder, Kristine Kinsey, Jennifer Lynch, and Miss James Holdiness. Bridgette Martin is your host for the evening.

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SEVIERVILLE

Monday, March 21: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+

Join host Aaron Chasteen for the only live comedy open mic in the Smokies.

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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.