The Oddball Comedy Comedy and Curiosity Festival has become more than just an excuse to throw a bunch of comedians together on the same stage. It's only three years old but it's quickly become the cultural barometer for comedy in America. If you get a headlining spot on Funny or Die's outdoor comedy festival, you don't need an ass-kissing agent or a Hollywood executive who printed reports on cultural trends to tell you that you're the next big f-ing deal.
The first tour kicked off with the reunion of Flight of the Conchords and the triumphant return of Dave Chappelle to a stage since he first tried to say goodbye to mainstream show business. The second tour saw some killer performances by two of comedy's sharpest minds: Sarah Silverman and Louis CK. Next up, Oddball returns to Dallas in October with two of the buzziest names in comedy: Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer.
Funny or Die announced earlier this week that the stars of Parks & Recreation and Inside Amy Schumer will headline the third annual festival that puts Dallas as the final stop of an 18-city tour on October18 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Before Ansari and Schumer take to the main stage, the festival will feature a ton of top-notch entertainment from just about every level of the show business scale. And I mean every level. It starts when you enter the Pavilion and see some good, ol' fashioned sideshow circus freaks that have helped make Oddball one of the more original ideas for a comedy festival. When you're done wondering why anyone would make a living carving an apple in their mouth with a working chainsaw or snapping mouse traps on their tongue, you'll make your way to the Redd's Apple Ale Festival Stage where comedian Big Jay Oakerson will emcee a roster of the best local comedians to warm up the crowd.
Then you'll make your way to the main stage where a roster of Who's Who in modern comedy will perform for your affection, laughter and a contractually obligated check. The Dallas stop will feature live performances by Anthony Jeselnik, Bridget Everett, Ashley Barnhill, Jeff Ross, Nick Thune and TJ Miller.
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Finally, after watching Ansari and Schumer's extended sets, you'll drag your tired butt to the car at the other end of the parking lot, gripe about the price of concession stand food and relive your favorite and the most inappropriate jokes with your friends on the way home. You'll also still have that image of the goth sideshow chick pulling a four-inch nail out of her nasal cavity stuck in your head until the sleeping pills start working.