5 Reasons To Go To Memphis Comedy Fest 2017

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 8th 2017 7333 0

Ed. Note: Comedy fest starts tomorrow (Thursday, March 9). I’m out of town this week (more on that later) but luckily contributor Katie Schnack has the scoop on why you should make it out to this huge Memphis event. I gotta say, after reading these reasons, I am seriously bummed I can’t go. Please attend and have a laugh for me. – Holly 


Need a laugh? You probably do, especially if you have watched any amount of news lately. Pretty soon there is going to be more than enough ways to get your lol fix, as Memphis Comedy Fest descends upon our city.

This year the festival falls on March 9 – 12, and you can find the whole schedule here.

If you haven’t been before, or need a little extra motivation this year to achieve temporary bliss, here are five reasons to check out Memphis Comedy Festival:

1. The headliners are legit.

Baron Vaughn is a series regular on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie. I actually binge watched Grace & Frankie, and am pretty dang picky when it it comes to a serious TV binge, so clearly I think Baron is amazing. He has also been in films like Black Dynamite, Cloverfield, and been on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Conan (twice!) and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and more. More about him can be found here. 

Dominic Dierkes. Perhaps the most important thing to know about Dominic he is a native Memphian, which has huge weight around these parts. Welcome back, Dominic! After that, you should know that he now lives in Los Angeles he has been doing stand up for more than a decade.

His popular internet sketch group DERRICK has had more than 200 million views. He has written for some great shows like The Mick, The Grinder, Ash vs. Evil Dead and Making History. He has also appeared on shows like Parks & Recreation, Community, House of Lies, Mad Men, Weeds, and Workaholics. Dang Dominic, you are making Memphis proud.

2. All the other acts are also legit.

There are dozens of comics from around the country and you know they are all top-of-the line acts, because not just everyone can sign up. MCF’s organizing committee selects the final lineup of comics from hundreds of submissions, and they only accept about 10 percent of entries. So, you’ll get a good show no matter who you see.

3. Events are held all over town and at a ton of different times, so there is always something that  will fit your complex lifestyle.

While anchored at Theatreworks behind Overton Square, the performances will also take place at several other local venues like The P&H Café on Madison, The Hi-Tone and Growlers. I will point you back to this handy schedule for all the specifics.

4. There is something for every taste.

What people find funny varies, and luckily the Memphis Comedy Festival has pretty much every angle covered. Among the unique acts are Chicago’s Late Late Breakfast, an improv, standup and variety show- case that features games, balloons and pancakes — because why not throw some carbs in there? There is also the late-night Atlanta sensation, Comedy Underwear Party, which is literally comics performing in nothing but their underwear so….there is that.

Or, for you smarty pants, Little Rock’s Brain Trust, a nerd’s quiz show for comics. And for the sassy ones out there, the incredibly popular local roast show You Look Like, in addition to all the more traditional stand up acts, and much more.

Between events, stand-up showcases, specialty shows, workshops, parties, open-mics and the Don’t Be Afraid of the Shorts comedy short film showcase, the festival provides more than 60 hours of comedy shows and events. Basically, there is a ton of stuff to satisfy whatever comedy itch you may have.

5. You can make it fit your budget.

There are three different passes you can purchase, ranging from $30 – $60. Or, just want to see the headliners? Those tickets are $25. You can also buy individual tickets for acts that go even cheaper than that, ranging around $10, so there is no excuse not to check one out.

Go there:

Memphis Comedy Fest 2017
March 9 – 12
Full lineup of performers can be found here.
Full schedule and links to buy tickets can be found here.

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About The Author

Katie Schnack is a writer, book publicist and founder of the Memphis Women Writers. Her work has been published on HelloGiggles, ScaryMommy, XOJane,  I Love Memphis, and more. Say hello at katieschnack.com and on Twitter @katieschnack.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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