Comedy at the Grove: Trae Crowder & Drew Morgan

Liberal Redneck performs at Oak Ridge's Grove Theatre 5/28/16

Comedy at the Grove is back with Knoxville’s favorite headliners- ONE NIGHT ONLY on Saturday, May 28th at 8:00 PM viral sensation Trae Crowder the “Liberal Redneck” will perform, along with Drew Whitney Morgan in from NYC, special guest Waylon Whiskey and Knoxville’s Nate Cate. DO NOT miss out on a great night of laughs! You must be 18 to enter and 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. Beverages will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission.

Trae Crowder
Trae Crowder is a Liberal Redneck originally from the small backcountry town of Celina, TN. He likes to think of his material as being southern-fried intellectual humor. So basically he says a lot of big words in a funny sounding accent and sometimes people like that.

Trae has performed all over the country and has participated in multiple comedy festivals. He was a principle cast member in a pilot produced for CMT by the Impractical Jokers, and he is currently a member of NBCUniversal’s Talent Infusion Program as both a comedian and a writer.

Drew Morgan
Drew Morgan is a stand-up comedian based in New York City who has been featured as part of the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and The Laughing Devil Comedy Festival where he was a semi-finalist. He was the Fall 2015 winner of the StandUp ShowDown at the Pit.

Hailing from rural East Tennessee, Drew is the quintessential son of a preacher man. He draws on his experiences as a small town kid who has lived in Africa, Australia, Miami, Boston, and New York City, weaving together intense stories with cutting observations on culture, religion, and identity. He has been a backpacker, a public defender, a husband, a wonderer and comedian, all in all remaining a confused southerner experiencing this thing we call existence.

Described as having the “alpha certainty of a football coach, (and) the fulminating zeal of a charismatic preacher,” his style is decidedly southern, extremely smart, and charmingly sarcastic.

Special Guest:
Waylon Whiskey

Host:
Nate Cate

Del Rio Comedy Shuffle

Del Rio Comedy Shuffle 5-20-16

The Del Rio Shuffle proudly presents Danny Whitson! Danny will be headlining this wonderous night of comedy and magic….

You heard it kids! There will be Magic! Everyone is getting pregnant!

Danny was first introduced to magic by his father using a newspaper and a magnet. In that moment as a small child from Oak Ridge, TN, his curiosity and interest were sparked and there began his journey as a magician. For the last 15 years he has been professionally entertaining people of all ages with cards, coins and anything else he can make disappear.

Most recently he has been taking his performances to the streets of Knoxville, TN, Washington D.C., Orlando, FL and beyond. Danny’s performances span from street performing to stand-up comedy and magic to close up illusions that literally happens right under your nose. He has performed a number of shows at fairs, festivals, charity events, night clubs, and even private parties. In addition, local restaurants such as IHOP, McAlister’s, and Salsarita’s have welcomed his talents into their dining rooms.

Danny is a proud member of the Society of American Magicians as well as the International Brotherhood of Magicians which boasts members such as David Copperfield and David Blaine. If you enjoy entertainment that promises amazement, magic, and laughs for adults of all ages then you have to see the magical musings of “Supermagic” Danny Whitson!

Also featured are the very funny and talented Lance Adams and Nate Cate who are both magic in thier own way!

Grady Ray will be your host for this amazing night of entertainment and, in the spirit of the evening, will attempt to make 3 beers dissapear right before your very eyes!

Its going to be a great night for comedy and magic, plus ITS FREE so bring your ass on out!!!!

east tennessee comedy calendar

Your East Tennessee Live Comedy Guide (May 13-22, 2016)

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

Cities featured in this week’s guide are: ChattanoogaGatlinburgJohnson City – KnoxvilleNewportSevierville

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in East Tennessee: May 13-May 22, 2016.

CHATTANOOGA

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: Lil’ Duval (stand-up)
The Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 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.

Monday, May 16: Third Monday Improv (improv)
The Granfalloon. 6:30 pm. $8. PG.

It’s time for another monthly improv show from Improv Chattanooga. If it’s the third Monday of the month, the hijinks are taking place at The Granfalloon.

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

Every other Wednesday, Chattanooga’s The Comedy Catch hosts an open mic featuring rising stars of comedy from across the region. Luke Marter is your host.

Wednesday, May 18: 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 19: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Chattanooga favorite Janet Williams doesn’t hold anything back in her stand-up performances. She’s headlining a weekend of over the top comedy at The Comedy Catch.

Thursday, May 19: 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 20: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, May 21: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. Two shows: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. $15. 18+.

Saturday, May 21: Clean & Classy Comedy (stand-up)
Barking Legs Theater. 8 pm. $10. 18+.

Clean and Classy Comedy returns to the Chattanooga stages with a headline performance from Sean “Big Sean” Larkins (P Diddy’s Bad Boyz of Comedy). Also performing will be Birmingham comedian G. Quinney. Chattanooga’s Tresha Rutledge is your host for the evening.

Sunday, May 22: Janet Williams “The Tennessee Tramp” (stand-up)
Comedy Catch. 7:30 pm. $10. 18+.

Sunday, May 22: 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.

Back to top.

GATLINBURG

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!

Tuesday, May 17: A Midsummer Night’s Fairy Tale (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

Thursday, May 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.

Friday, May 20: A Midsummer Night’s Fairy Tale (variety)
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. 8 pm. $8.90-$24.95. PG.

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

Back to top.

JOHNSON CITY

Thursday, May 19: Roast of the Host – NSFW Open Mic (roast/open mic)
Mecca Lounge. 10 pm. No cover. 18+.

It’s the end of an era as the NSFW Open Mic bids farewell with one final blowout show. Tonight’s show is a roast for show host Jessica Lane with a roasting panel that includes Jay Kendrick, Jessie A.M., Aaron Chasteen, and JC Ratliff.

Back to top.

KNOXVILLE

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: Billy Wayne Davis
Pilot Light. 8 pm. $10. 18+.

Comedian Billy Wayne Davis, fresh off a tour with Americana music sensation Sturgill Simpson, performs at The Pilot Light.

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.

Monday, May 16: QED Comedy Lab presents Karaoke Roulette (improv/variety)
Pilot Light. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

This week, the comedy theme revolves around karaoke. Let’s see/hear what happens next… Matt Chadourne is the host.

Tuesday, May 17: 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 17: 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. John Miller will be your guide tonight for the fun.

Thursday, May 19: Beer Market Comedy Showcase (stand-up)
Bearden Beer Market. 7:30 pm. No cover. 18+.

The semi-monthly Beer Market Comedy Showcase returns to Bearden with stand-up performances from Lance Adams, Ashton Binkley, Matt Chadourne, Shane Rhyne, Tyler Sonnichsen. Jeff Danger and Kevin Shockley are your hosts.

Thursday, May 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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.

Saturday, May 21: Silly Saturdays (stand-up)
The Square Room. 9 pm. $25. 21+.

DJ Stearl the Pearl drops the beats and Lawrence Owens is your comedy host for the evening with a headline performance from Dave Martin (HBO’s Badboys of Comedy). Also performing will be Sweet Baby Kita, the Carolina Queen of Comedy.

Sunday, May 22: 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.

Back to top.

NEWPORT

Friday, May 20: Del Rio Comedy Shuffle (stand-up)
Brandywine Creek Steakhouse and Tavern. 9:30 pm. No cover. 21+.

Enjoy a night of comedy, magic, and moonshine at the Del Rio Comedy Shuffle hosted by Grady Ray. The show’s headliner is comedian/magician Danny Whitson, with additional comedy performances from Lance Adams and Nate Cate.
Back to top.

SEVIERVILLE

Monday, May 16: Late Night Luau Comedy Show (open mic)
Boogaloos. 8 pm. No cover. 18+.

Join your host Aaron Chasteen for another edition of the only open mic comedy show in the Smokies.

 

Back to top.
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.

Relay for Life Comedy Night in the Old City

Carleo's in the Old City

Use big laughs to support a great cause! Join the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for a night of comedy in Knoxville’s historic Old City district.

Hilarious local comics will entertain you as funds are raised for this worthy cause. Your host is Nate Cate. Comedians scheduled to perform are: Karen George, Danny Whitson, Kristine Kinsey, and Jim Seward.

Tickets are available through the show’s Eventbrite page.

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+

Back to top.

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+

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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+

Back to top.

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+

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

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

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

Comedy for a Cause on the March Scruffy City Calendar

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

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

Friday, March 4

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

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

Saturday, March 5

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

Thursday, March 24

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

Thursday, March 31

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