2015 Brooklyn Comedy Fest starts Sunday: lineup / schedule
The third annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be taking place across 12 different venues throughout the borough from August 24 – August 30. Showcasing a staggering array of New York’s finest comedic talent, the festival will deliver audiences everything under the comedy rainbow including stand-up, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and more. Mercifully, the shows are either free or extremely inexpensive. Who, exactly, is gonna be there? Let’s see:
Performers this year include Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Mark Normand, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Louis Katz, Kevin Barnett, Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Joe Pera, Dave Hill, Josh Gondleman, Jared Logan, Pete Lee as well as sketch and improv from groups like Murderfist, GUS, RICHARD. There will be surprise drop ins and special guests including Ron Jeremy. The final show of the festival will bring Roast Battle to The Knitting Factory!
The fest begins with a Kick-off Party and Showcase at Knitting Factory on Sunday (8/23) and will culminate, as mentioned above, with a grand finale Roast Battle at the Knitting Factory on August 29. There will be a wrap party at Crown Victoria on August 30 (1-6 PM) where folks can nurse their comedy hangovers with daytime drinking and fellowship. Festival highlights are listed below, but I urge you to VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE where you can find a more elaborate schedule that includes listings of free events and special additions.
2015 BROOKLYN COMEDY FESTIVAL
8/23 : Knitting Factory – Comedy at the Knit: Kickoff Party + Show Hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest featuring Michelle Buteau, Jon Laster, Yamaneika Saunders, John Early, Rebecca Vigil
8/24 : Littlefield – Night Train: BKCF Edition Hosted by Seaton Smith, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Michelle Buteau, Kevin Barnett, Charles McBee, Special Guest DJ Jean Grae
8/25 : Brooklyn Brewery – Comedy (at the Grocery) at the Brewery Hosted by Julian Kiani & Nick Poyner, with performances by Joe Pera, Josh Gondelman, Langston Kerman, Nate Fridson, Alison Klemp and MORE
8/26 : The Gutter – Fringe with Benefits with Nick Vatterott, Lauren Maul, Julio Torres, Nancy, Jared Logan, All Of Us Solo Quartet, Robert Dean
8/26 : Littlefield – Friends of Single People: BKCF Edition with Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000), Anna Drezen, Cole Escola, Arthur Meyer, Selena Coppock
8/26 : Annoyance Theatre – BKCF Presents
8/26 : The Living Room – The Naked Show: BKCF Edition. People doing stand up butt nekit. Hosted by Alison Klemp, with performances by Freddie Heinemann, Ryan Hoffman, Venessa Peruda, Jasmine Pierce, Erica Spera, Nick Naney
8/27 : The Living Room – Comedy as Second Language: BKCF Edition Chris Gethard, Nick Turner, Louis Katz, Big Jay Oakerson, + MORE TBA
8/27 : Annoyance Theatre – Annoyance Theatre Presents
8/27 : Union Hall – Impro(VS)tandup: BKCF Edition hosted by Boris Khaykin
8/27 : Annoyance Theatre – BKCF Presents featuring Richard, Honey, Gus, and Murderfist
8/27 : Union Hall – The Special Without Brett Davis: BKCF Edition Hosted by Brett Davis with performances by, Brian McCann, Jo Firestone, Good Cop Great Cop, Colin Burgess, Tynan DeLong & Joe Rumrill, Steve Whalen and appearances from Darren Mabee, Lorelei Ramirez, Mary Houlihan, Lena Einbinder, Brian Fiddyment, Nora Isabella
8/28 : Knitting Factory – Closing Weekend Kickoff Show With performances by Sean Patton, Dave Hill, Mark Normand, Janelle James, Jason Burke, Kyle Ayers
8/28 : Knitting Factory – First Comes Love w/ Special Guest Ron Jeremy. Anonymously solicited adult film scenes. Live on stage. Performed by comedians. LOTS of them.
8/29 : Knitting Factory – Closing Night with performances by, Myq Kaplan, Sasheer Zamata, Seaton Smith, Matteo Lane, Kevin McCaffrey and more
8/29 : Knitting Factory – Roast Battle: BKCF Edition with battles by Kenny DeForest vs. Megan Gailey, Giulia Rozzi vs. Clark Jones, Will Miles vs. Mike Denny and more