east tennessee comedy calendar

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

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

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

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

CHATTANOOGA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back to top.

GATLINBURG

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

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

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

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

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

JOHNSON CITY

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

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

Back to top.

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.

Back to top.

SEVIERVILLE

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.

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

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.

Full Disclosure Improv Comedy Tonight 11/11 at Open Chord

11737844_905612922808145_4428461618774203900_n (1)Full Disclosure has just come on the scene in the last year bringing their long-form inform style to Knoxville. The troupe consists of members Keri Koczen, Kristen Ballard, Billy Kyle Roach, Travis Donahoo, Mark Jennings, Malorie Cunnigham and Rollin Prince.

Full Disclosure has a monthly FREE show at Open Chord State in West Knoxville. Here is the groups bio. Here is the show info

Full Disclosure
Open Chord
8502 Kingston Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37919
8pm-9:30ish

w/ guest Matt Chadourne

Full Disclosure Comedy is a long-form improv & sketch comedy group self-taught on the UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual and “Truth in Comedy” by Charna Halpern. Before each practice and performance, we share our “full disclosure moments” and let everyone inside our heads.

Full Disclosure Comedy was formed in Fall 2014. Kerri Koczen and Rollin Prince threw around the idea of studying long-form improv while working together on show about sex trafficking in Knoxville, Tennessee. Shortly after that discussion, Koczen met Malorie Cunningham at a party in New York City. The two discussed their love for improv before realizing that Cunningham was moving to Knoxville. After the three began to create a comedy troupe, along with Mark Jennings and Billy Kyle Roach, they spent close to nine months studying techniques before their first performance. They continue those studies twice a week. Kristen Ballard and Travis Donahoo joined the group in March and help make up the improv team you see on stage today.

Besides monthly performances at Open Chord Music, FDC is apart of Scruffy’s Cinepub each month, a sort of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. Full Disclosure has also been apart of the Third Coast Improv Festival and now the Scruffy City Comedy Festival!

Full Disclosure Improv Comedy Troupe “Full House Disclosure”

Einstein Simplified w/ Jay Kendrick

Einstein

Photo of Einstein Simplified

Einstein Simplified

Web Site: EinsteinSimplified.com

In the summer of 1994 twelve wannabe comedians took a course in improvisation based on the Improv Olympics and Second City teachings. Ten managed to survive the rigorous eight weeks and joined forces to burst upon the Knoxville, TN comedy scene as “Einstein Simplified”. Starting out by opening for an open mic night they were allowed fifteen minutes and maybe they would be asked back.…

Einstein Simplified Improv Comedy Troupe has been entertaining Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area since 1994. In our 21st year with over 1100 shows of comedy improv. The troupe is currently performing at 8:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square.

Opening for Einstein Simplified this week, also performing at the Scruffy City Comedy Festival this weekend, is Jay Kendrick!

Photo of Jay Kendrick

Jay Kendrick

Jay Kendrick is a stand-up comedian in Knoxville, Tennessee who has opened for the likes of Dan St. Germain, Ben Kronberg, Tim Northern and Kyle Kinane. His stand-up style is loud, fun and in your face like an obnoxious frat boy. He also loves America to the point of concern.

EinsteinSimplified.com

First Friday Comedy at Saw Works Featuring Sumukh Torgalkar

First Friday Comedy Shows Prove Very Popular at Saw Works Brewing Company

Give thanks for a November edition of the First Friday Comedy Show at Saw Works Brewing. This month’s show is headlined by Columbus, Ohio’s Sumukh Torgalkar, along with performances from Asheville, North Carolina’s Minori Hinds, and Knoxville’s own Matt Chadourne. Tyler Sonnichsen is hosting this month’s show.

Also performing, Asheville's Minori Hinds
Also performing, Asheville’s Minori Hinds

As usual, there is no cover charge and plenty of great locally-crafted beers to enjoy, as well as a a food truck outside.

Here’s a bio of our headliner:

Sumukh Torgalkar was born in Cleveland, Ohio to two Indian people. It’s a simple statement but covers the adventure that is Torgalkar’s comedy. Focusing on such varied topics as his Midwest upbringing, his Hindu faith, and the Insane Clown Posse, Torgalkar weaves his personal experiences and observations via his dry but engaging sense of humor.

Torgalkar has helped organize numerous comedy festivals and tours the country performing anywhere from independent stages to comedy clubs to corporate events. He has opened for such major acts as Reggie Watts, Russell Peters, Kyle Kinane, and Chad Daniels.

Torgalkar also works as a freelance comedy writer and has contributed to MAD, 614, and Columbus Alive.

He released his first stand-up comedy album, “The Mispronunciation of Sumukh Torgalkar,” which appeared in the top 10 of the iTunes comedy charts in August 2015.

He probably has other credits, but he doesn’t remember them or you’re not interested anyway.

Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000: The Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of HorrorsThis month, the Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000 will feature the original 1960 version of The Little Shop of Horrors. Roger Coreman directed it and Jack Nicholson performs a memorable early role as masochistic patient Wilbur Force.  This one is sure to have some spots that could use “punched up” by our all-star cast of local comedians.

Scruffy Science Cinepub 6000 is our tribute and live reboot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. If you are a fan of that show, you will love how we do it.  The main difference is  MST3K was written and performed in a studio, whereas SSC6K is improvisation performed live in front of an audience.

The show was dreamed up over drinks by Scruffy City Comedy Festival owner, Scott West, Scruffy City event coordinator Cullen Kehoe and local film guru Michael Samstag. Victor Agreda Jr. and a dedicated group of other local comics have helped bring it to life.

Widows and Orphans Fund Benefit Show at Open Chord

Open Chord has one of the best stages in Knoxville for live comedy. Check out this amazing show that is donation only, Tuesday October 27th, 2015 at 8:30pm!
All proceeds will go to the Widows and Orphans fund.

Open Chord Brewhouse & Stage
8502 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

18+
8:00 open Time.
8:30 show Time.

Lineup featuring
Host: J.c. Ratliff
Headliners: Larry Fulford Alex Luchun
Local Support: Jay Kendrick Lance Adams, Tyler Sonnichsen, John Lee Grogan, John Andrew Miller

The charity:
The “Widows and Orphans Fund” refers specifically to the Tennessee Masonic Widows and Orphans Fund. It is a charity that makes sure the children and wives of Master Masons who have passed on want for nothing in the event they need help with some measure.

As an example, the fund was recently the source of materials used to help rebuild the home of a widow in Middle Tennessee that had serious structural deficiencies and was falling apart each day.

It is one charity that 100% of the funds received goes directly to the intended recipients.

More on your headliners:
Larry Fulford
One part ’80s nerd with an affinity for ’90s rock and one part political satirist with a penchant for blasphemy, Florida native Larry Fulford enjoys reveling in his own self-deprecating geekdom just as much as he enjoys holding a mirror up to society to show itself how ridiculous it is.

Aside from producing his own independent shows — “Life’s a Gift” with Alex Luchun, “Good at Bad Decisions,” and “No Drink Minimum” (a live, online streaming show via StageIt.com) — Fulford appeared at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival (2013), the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival (2014), and has had the pleasure of sharing stages with the likes of Brian Posehn, Nick Thune, Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), The David Mayfield Parade, and Zach Sherwin (“Epic Rap Battles of History”).

Alex Luchun
Alex Luchun is a force of nature. A comedy hurricane. And you never know which direction the winds will shift, which is half the fun.

A favorite of both crowds and comics alike, Luchun emerged onto the Central Florida comedy scene in 2010 and, let’s keep the weather analogies going, took it by storm. With left-field, nonsensical impressions, sharp observations, and a style once described as “hilarious as it is terrifying,” Luchun commands and captivates a room without talking down to it or over its head, but by being its loud, weird friend.

In addition to opening for the likes of Sean Patton, Shane Mauss, and Eddie Pepitone, Luchun has appeared at the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival (2014-15), and, in 2015, co-created and co-hosts “Life’s a Gift,” a live “game show” combining stand-up, stories, improv, and music that encourages the entire crowd to come out of its shell and live in the moment before the moment is gone.

Because Luchun himself lives by one rule:
“If you love yourself, let yourself go.”

Widows and Orphans Fund Benefit Show at Open Chord

Open Chord has one of the best stages in Knoxville for live comedy. Check out this amazing show that is donation only, Tuesday October 27th, 2015 at 8:30pm!
All proceeds will go to the Widows and Orphans fund.

Open Chord Brewhouse & Stage
8502 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

18+
8:00 open Time.
8:30 show Time.

Lineup featuring
Host: J.c. Ratliff
Headliners: Larry Fulford Alex Luchun
Local Support: Jay Kendrick Lance Adams, Tyler Sonnichsen, John Lee Grogan, John Andrew Miller

The charity:
The “Widows and Orphans Fund” refers specifically to the Tennessee Masonic Widows and Orphans Fund. It is a charity that makes sure the children and wives of Master Masons who have passed on want for nothing in the event they need help with some measure.

As an example, the fund was recently the source of materials used to help rebuild the home of a widow in Middle Tennessee that had serious structural deficiencies and was falling apart each day.

It is one charity that 100% of the funds received goes directly to the intended recipients.

More on your headliners:
Larry Fulford
One part ’80s nerd with an affinity for ’90s rock and one part political satirist with a penchant for blasphemy, Florida native Larry Fulford enjoys reveling in his own self-deprecating geekdom just as much as he enjoys holding a mirror up to society to show itself how ridiculous it is.

Aside from producing his own independent shows — “Life’s a Gift” with Alex Luchun, “Good at Bad Decisions,” and “No Drink Minimum” (a live, online streaming show via StageIt.com) — Fulford appeared at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival (2013), the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival (2014), and has had the pleasure of sharing stages with the likes of Brian Posehn, Nick Thune, Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), The David Mayfield Parade, and Zach Sherwin (“Epic Rap Battles of History”).

Alex Luchun
Alex Luchun is a force of nature. A comedy hurricane. And you never know which direction the winds will shift, which is half the fun.

A favorite of both crowds and comics alike, Luchun emerged onto the Central Florida comedy scene in 2010 and, let’s keep the weather analogies going, took it by storm. With left-field, nonsensical impressions, sharp observations, and a style once described as “hilarious as it is terrifying,” Luchun commands and captivates a room without talking down to it or over its head, but by being its loud, weird friend.

In addition to opening for the likes of Sean Patton, Shane Mauss, and Eddie Pepitone, Luchun has appeared at the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival (2014-15), and, in 2015, co-created and co-hosts “Life’s a Gift,” a live “game show” combining stand-up, stories, improv, and music that encourages the entire crowd to come out of its shell and live in the moment before the moment is gone.

Because Luchun himself lives by one rule:
“If you love yourself, let yourself go.”

HUGE Halloween Party Sunday Oct 25th at Preservation Pub

This Sunday will be the 5th Annual Knox Comedy Halloween “costume” show. Comedians performing for the evening will be performing as famous comedians and entertainers past and present. Show starts at 8pm

Downstairs and at Scruffy City Hall will be the final night of the Knoxville Horror Film Fest. We are super excited for this Sunday. It will be the biggest Sunday we have ever had and a great precursor to our 2nd Annual Comedy Festival which concludes Sunday November 15th at Scruffy City Hall as well.

KHFF_logo

More info on the Knoxville Horror Film Festival

KHFF7_Link