The people in charge of the fifth annual Dallas Comedy Festival are doing things a bit differently this year. "We really wanted to be diverse with our headliners this year," says festival Co-Executive Producer, Sarah Adams. "Booking Rory (Scovel) to open the festival is a new concept for us. We typically have headliners and bigger names at the end of the festival, but we decided to spread the wealth of comedy gold throughout the week. It's going to be insane."
Which is exactly what five days of comedy should be. Local favorites and comedians from around the U.S., including stand up acts and improv groups, will take over the Dallas Comedy House (2645 Commerce Street in Dallas) in the heart of Deep Ellum. With a full bar and sweet location, DCH is the perfect spot for five nights of comedy debauchery. Comedians from all over the nation submit to the festival each year, but only a few are chosen by the selection committee. The schedule is jam packed and pretty killer.
Tuesday, March 18 Headliner RORY SCOVEL Wednesday, March 19 7 p.m. Stand up: Christian Hughes, Saffy Herndon, Jason Salmon, Clifton Hall, Jeffrey Jay, Aaron Aryanpur 9:30 p.m. Stand up: Andrew Hamer, Tom Devenport, Grant Redmond, Nick Sahoyah, Chris Darden, Rob Christensen, Paul Varghese Thursday, March 20 7 p.m. Stand up: Kevin Hall, Dan Pearlman, Mac Blake, Brian Moody, Chris Tellez, Dave Little 9 p.m. Improv: Dairy Based, Photobomb, Opposites 10:30 p.m. Improv: Radio! Radio!, Work Spouse, Zoom! Friday, March 21 7 p.m. Improv: Heel Turn, Manick, Stag Comedy 9 p.m. Improv: Clearance Shelf, Pavlov's Dogs 10:30 p.m. Improv: The Jeff Show Saturday, March 22 5:30 p.m. Improv: Samurai Drunk, Night Rhymers, F.A.C.E. 7 p.m. Improv: Executive Branch, David & Terry, Choke On It 9 p.m. Improv: Local Honey, APB, Virginia Slims 10:30 p.m. Improv: Roadside Couch, Headliners MESSING WITH DUFFY
Fancy yourself (potentially) funny? Several comedy workshops are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Check out the full list here and make sure to buy a ticket soon -- they're on track to sell out soon.
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Tickets to each event are available online in advance or at the door, with the online (advance) tickets being a bit cheaper. Or you can go balls to the wall and get an all-access pass, which includes VIP seating and a cool swag bag.