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FESTIVAL PASSES

Memphis Comedy Festival VIP Pass

$60

Access to all ticketed shows for the 2018 Memphis Comedy Festival, **including** the headliner show with Lizz Winstead. Plus an opportunity to say you're a supporter of performing arts in Memphis. Pretty awesome!

Memphis Comedy Festival Show Pass

$45

Access to all ticketed shows for the 2018 Memphis Comedy Festival, **excluding** the headliner show with Lizz Winstead. Still a chance to say you're a supporter of the arts in Memphis!

2018 SCHEDULE

THURS

Opening Showcase
6:30–8:30PM | TheatreWorks
P&H Open Mic
9–11:30PM | P&H Cafe

FRI

420 Show
4:20–6:30PM | Hi Tone
Fri Showcase
7–9PM | TheatreWorks
God Hates Improv
6:30–8PM | Hi Tone
Black Nerd Power Hour
8:30–10PM | Hi Tone
Strip Joker
10–1AM | Hi Tone

SAT

Sat Showcase 1
3–4:30PM | TheatreWorks
Gimme Props
4–5:30PM | Hi Tone
Sat Showcase 2
5–6:30PM | TheatreWorks
Character Assassination
6:30–9:30 | Hi Tone
Sat Showcase 3
7–8:30PM | TheatreWorks
Headliner Show
9–11PM | TheatreWorks
You Look Like
11–1:30AM | Hi Tone

SUN

Don’t Be Afraid
5–7PM | Midtown Crossing Grill 

TICKETS 

Individual shows are $10 excluding Headliner Show w/ Lizz Winstead ($20) and P&H Open Mic (Free!)

Memphis Comedy Festival | Opening Showcase

Opening Showcase

Two hours of side-splitting standup from the funniest comedians the U.S. has to offer. Previous years’ performers have gone on to be featured on Comedy Central, HBO, late shows, and more. See them first at MCF and impress all your future friends!

Hosted by Nathan Hiller

Featuring:
Jason Earl Folks (IL), Amanda Golob (LA), 
Brittany Meyer (IL), Josh Ogle (AR), 
Ben Popkin (GA), Elliott White (AL)

Memphis Comedy Festival | 420 Show

420 Show

The 420 showcase is a secret. You shouldn't even be talking about it. It starts at 420, and there may be baked goods, that's all you're getting.

Hosted by Richard Douglas Jones

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God Hates Improv

God may hate Improv, but we love it! This one of a kind improv show features comics from around the country who all just met backstage. We have no idea what will happen, but we guarantee it'll be hilarous!

Hosted by John Hancock.

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Friday Showcase

Two hours of side-splitting standup from the funniest comedians the U.S. has to offer. Previous years’ performers have gone on to be featured on Comedy Central, HBO, late shows, and more. See them first at MCF and impress all your future friends!

Hosted by Azizah Shaheed

Featuring:
Sam Gordon (GA), Roxxy Haze (TX) 
Melissa Richelle (IL), Michael Rowland (GA) 
Brian Stoltz (GA), Charlie Vergos (NY)

Memphis Comedy Festival | Black Nerd Power Hour

Black Nerd

 

Power Hour

The Black Nerd Power Comedy Hour is the premier place to see amazing material from the funniest people of color around the country.

Hosted by Richard Douglas Jones

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Strip Joker

Strip Joker features a roster of stand-up comics who are willing to bare it all in the spirit of totally vulnerable, inclusive, and uncensored comedy. Backed by Chicago's own guerrilla art movement, the “You Are Beautiful Campaign." Strip Joker will be presenting Memphis Comedy Festival's finest stand-up comedians and revealing their candid stories about nudity, and also getting nude themselves.

Memphis Comedy Festival | Saturday Showcase 1

Saturday Showcase 1

Two hours of side-splitting standup from the funniest comedians the U.S. has to offer. Previous years’ performers have gone on to be featured on Comedy Central, HBO, late shows, and more. See them first at MCF and impress all your future friends!

Hosted by Basial

Featuring:
Drew Lausch (NY), Leland Long (NY)
Danish Maqbool (NJ), Charley McMullen (TN)
Tyler Snodgrass (IL), Jennie Stencel (NC)

Memphis Comedy Festival | Gimme Props

Gimme Props

This new show pairs audience participation with standup comedy. An audience member selects a prop or outfit and the comedians have to tailor their set to incorporate it. If the comic cannot do it they have to spend time in the doghouse.

Hosted by Mark Brimble

Memphis Comedy Festival | Saturday Showcase 2

Saturday Showcase 2

Two hours of side-splitting standup from the funniest comedians the U.S. has to offer. Previous years’ performers have gone on to be featured on Comedy Central, HBO, late shows, and more. See them first at MCF and impress all your future friends!

Hosted by Brandon Sams

Featuring:
Shain Brenden (OR),  Matt Gubser (CA)
Jon Durnell (CA), V Lince (NY)
MANDAL (GA), Brandon Ream (NY)

 

Memphis Comedy Festival | Character Assassination

Character Assassination

Memphis Comedy Festival is bringing Character Assassination a comedy show rooted in fictional and historical roasts, with homes in Louisville, KY, and Chicago, IL.

Memphis Comedy Festival | Saturday Showcase 3

Saturday Showcase 3

Two hours of side-splitting standup from the funniest comedians the U.S. has to offer. Previous years’ performers have gone on to be featured on Comedy Central, HBO, late shows, and more. See them first at MCF and impress all your future friends!

Hosted by Hunter Sandlin

Featuring:
Ian Aber (GA), Georgia Barnes (OH)
Rob Christensen (CA), Scott Eason (AL)
Brendan Gay (IL), Emily Walsh (NY)
Sam Wiles (CA)

Memphis Comedy Festival 2018 | Headliner Show Lizz Winstead

Headliner Show

 

MCF gives you Lizz Winstead! 

Comedian, co-creator of The Daily Show, co-founder of Air America Radio, HuffPost contributor, and warrior of lady parts, Lizz is a force you DO NOT want to miss.

Hosted By Katrina Coleman & Cole Bradley

Featuring:
Lauren Faber (NC), John Dick Winters (PA)
Powell Masfield (GA), Shelly Colman (NY)
Rana May (MN), Justin Covington (MI)

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You Look Like

A local Memphis showcase of spite, a battle of bitchery, a competition of OH HELL NO of 6 comics battling for the crown. Watch the quickest wits from this year's festival talk mad shit.

Hosted By Katrina Coleman

Memphis Comedy Festival | Don't Be Afraid

Don't Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid of the Comedy Memphis is the longest running Memphis comedy showcase. It’s a show where comedians can come and do the material they want to do.

Hosted by Josh McLane & Kyle Kordsmeir

Full descriptions and tickets on Eventbrite

2018 Comedians


2018 Comedians


Lizz Winstead

2018 HEADLINER

Lizz Winstead has built her amazing career hilariously responding to the world. As co-creator and head writer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Winstead has forever changed the way people get their news. As co-founder of Air America Radio, she laid the foundation for such personalities as Al Franken and Marc Maron, all while hosting her own show called “Unfiltered”, sharing the mic every morning with the amazing Rachel Maddow and Hip Hop legend, Chuck D. As a stand-up she continues to tour, bringing her rapid response brand of comedy to theatres across the country and in 2014, was initiated into the Harvard Lampoon.

Winstead has now taken her satirical brilliance one step further, combining it with her passion for reproductive justice to form her latest passion project, Lady Parts Justice, a non profit organization made up of comedians, writers and technologists creating videos that use humor and outrage to expose sexist, anti choice local politicians in all 50 state legislatures while providing support to clinics around the country, working to remove the stigma around abortion.

PERFORMERS

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venues


 

Theatreworks

2085 Monroe Avenue

 
 

 

HI-TONE

414 Cleveland St

 
 

 

P&H Cafe

1532 Madison Ave