Previewing a Busy Summer Comedy Schedule

WBIR-TV, the NBC affiliate here in Knoxville, has generously offered Scruffy City Comedy the chance to provide viewers with a sneak preview of a few of the many great live comedy events taking place in the area in July.

Shane Rhyne was in the WBIR studio today sharing some highlights of five of the more than 70 live events scheduled.

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You can check out a video of the Scruffy City Comedy July preview over at WBIR’s website.

Of course, you can also check out our Scruffy City Comedy calendar for information on the shows Shane mentioned or any of the other showcases, open mics, improv shows, experimental shows, and other fun live comedy events we help catalog for your entertainment.

This month’s preview included these shows:

First Friday Comedy presents Jon Durnell and Katherine Jessup

Jon DurnellThe May edition of First Friday Comedy at Saw Works marks the return of two audience favorites of the 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival: Jon Durnell and Katherine Jessup.

This month’s show is hosted by Tyler Sonnichsen. Additional information coming soon.

About Jon and Katherine:

Jon Durnell grew up in the mean streets of a beautiful suburban community in Nashville, TN.  After years of experience in Los Angeles, he is becoming one of the most known unknowns in the city.  He has performed in colleges, coffeehouses, dive bars, theaters, comedy clubs, backyards and skateboard shops across the USA.  He has also performed at the Laughing Skull Festival, the Beast Village Festival and the Scruffy City Comedy Festival. Jon has appeared on Comedy Central and Funny or Die.

19KatherineJessupKatherine Jessup is a comedian based in Washington, DC. Katherine brings a unique point of view to the absurdities of daily life. Alternately called “a good person” and “tall,” Katherine draws on her own life experiences to entertain audiences all over the East Coast. A former cubicle jockey and high school coach, Katherine can be found most nights trying to make strangers laugh.

Be there as celebrate the completion of our first full year of First Friday Comedy shows at Saw Works with Jon Durnell, Katherine Jessup, and special guests.

Join us for delicious food from one of Knoxville’s great food trucks and awesome craft beer brewed by our hosts at Saw Works Brewing. And, of course, join us for the laughter.

The show starts at 7 pm and there is no cover.

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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.

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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.

First Friday Comedy presents Ian Aber

20160401 Saw WorksHappy April Fools’ Day! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the day than with a night of great live comedy, a few locally-made brews, good food, and the company of friends. Fortunately for you, we know just the place.

For April, First Friday Comedy at Saw Works welcomes Atlanta’s Ian Aber and Hayley Ellman. We’ll also have a local feature performance from Knoxville’s own Joe Leeper. Our host this month is Matthew Chadourne. Additional details TBA.

Be sure to get there early! Seats fill up fast at this show. The show starts at 7pm. There is no cover charge.

About Ian:
Ian Aber is a comedian, writer and show producer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He’s been a featured performer and host at The Atlanta Improv and Laughing Skull Lounge and accepted into the Orlando Indie Fest Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival and Hell Yes Fest. in 2015, Ian was recently a finalist in NBC’s Stand UP For Diversity talent infusion program and will be a part of NBC’s NACA tour in 2016. His comedic style highlights the absurd in even the most serious of subject matter. “He’s funny,” whispered the person you trust the most.

About Hayley:
Hayley Ellman is a comedian out of Atlanta, GA. She was inspired to start writing and performing after watching the likes of Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, and other talented perverts; she still hasn’t figured out how to tell people who her biggest influences are anymore. She charms audiences with her frankness, whimsy, and the obvious amount of fun that she has onstage.

Join us for delicious food from one of Knoxville’s great food trucks and awesome craft beer brewed by our hosts at Saw Works Brewing. And, of course, join us for the laughter.

The show starts at 7 pm and there is no cover.

 

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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.

Calendar of Events

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.

Trae Crowder and Corey Forrester will perform at First Friday Comedy at Saw Work on March 4

First Friday Comedy with Trae Crowder

Trae Crowder- Knoxville, TN
Trae Crowder- Knoxville, TN

First Friday Comedy at Saw Works Brewing welcomes Trae Crowder and Corey Forrester to the brewery’s popular comedy series.

Trae calls himself an intellectual redneck. He is a Knoxville-based comedian who performs around the country at comedy festivals and shows. In 2015, he was one of eight comedians selected from across the nation to participate in NBCUniversal’s Late Nite Writers Workshop. He has also performed as the principal cast member on a television pilot produced by TruTV’s Impractical Jokers.

Corey started performing stand-up comedy in Chattanooga when he was just 16 years old. Now at 27, he has lived and performed in New York City, and co-wrote and performed in a country music comedy video by Cledus T. Judd that hit #1 on CMT. While his North Georgia roots have given him an affinity for southern wit and story telling, don’t think you are getting a typical southern comedian. From Race, religion, politics and gender.. his opinions may not be what you would expect from the typical “Red Stater”.

Also performing at this month’s show will be Kristine Kinsey from Knoxville radio’s i105. She has performed stand-up comedy at comedy clubs across the southeast and on Nickelodeon TV’s “Nick Mom’s Night Out.”

Knoxville’s Liz Brooks will perform and our host this month is Sean Simoneau.

As usual, we’ll have plenty of great Saw Works Brewing beers for you. Gonzo Gourmet will be on hand to nourish your bellies and there will be treats available from Sugar Mama’s Bakery, too. Get there early for a good seat. They fill up fast every First Friday.

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.

NEWPORT

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.

First Friday Comedy presents Mo Arora and Brian Emond

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Fall in love with our February line-up of comedians for the First Friday Comedy Show at Saw Works Brewing. This month we have a pair of hilarious comedians from the thriving Atlanta comedy scene. Mo Arora is no stranger to Knoxville, having appeared at both the first and second annual Scruffy City Comedy Works and other shows in the area. Mo began performing standup comedy in Montreal and is now based in Atlanta. In addition to entertaining audiences with his stand-up performances, Brian Emond is also the co-producer of the popular monthly comedy showcase “Ladies Night” at the Village Theater, featuring a blend of stand-up and sketch comedy.

Our local feature this month is Angela Garrone. Sean Simoneau will also be one of our local spotlights and Matt Chadourne makes his Saw Works hosting debut.

Join us for delicious food from one of Knoxville’s great food trucks and awesome craft beer brewed by our hosts at Saw Works Brewing. And, of course, join us for the laughter.

The show starts at 7 pm and there is no cover.