Excitement’s in the air this week as we approach the start of the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, September 13 and promises a week and a half of some of the best live comedy to be seen. For over a ten years, the festival has been the “Comic’s Comedy Festival,” showcasing the most innovative up and coming stand-up comedians in the country. The go-to for the industry looking for their next big comedy star, it is a great opportunity for comedy lovers to get an inside look at the best comics of today in a city legendary for producing comedy genius.
Start your weekend a little bit early on Thursday with the Loren and Wally Comedy Show with Dom Irrera at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly at 8:00 p.m. Featuring two of Boston’s most beloved radio personalities, VIP tickets are available for $75 which include first or second row ticket, and a special pre-party from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. hosted by The Loren & Wally Morning Show with hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Marty’s Caterers. Individual tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.
On Friday, September 14, the Boston’s Funniest Media Personality Show will kick off the Boston Comedy Festival and hopefully raise a good amount of much-needed money for the Wounded Warrior Project! Hosted by Chris Zito, featured special guests include Michael Graham (afternoons on 96-9 Boston Talks), Hank Morse (105.7 WROR), Lori Grande (Mornings, WKLB), Alicia Love (Mix 104.1), Steve Donovan (WXLO), and Dee Tension (Former WFNX Morning Man). The show takes place at the Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, in Somerville. Tickets start at just $12 and can be purchased online.
Saturday night features a double bill of comedy that is not to be missed. Catch Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream live on screen and stage at the Davis Square Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream is a rare theatrical production, combining a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream,” followed by a question and answer session and live performance of Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here. At 9:00 p.m., the festival is proud to present Andy Kindler. Kindler was a series judge on the seventh season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He is the star of two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and is a frequent guest and correspondent on The Late Show with David Letterman. Andy recurred on Everybody Loves Raymond, Comedy Central’s The Root of All Evil and Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, and he has appeared on the HBO Young Comedians Special, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, The Daily Show, Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, Home Movies and The Larry Sanders Show. Andy delivers the State of the Industry Address each year at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here.
This year’s Stand-Up Contest begins on Sunday, September 16 at the Davis Square Theatre with Preliminary Round One, where comedians Amy Tee, Liam Hales, Scott MacNeil, Rich Gustus, Alingon Mitra, Doogie Horner, Bethany Van Delft, Max Fox, Danny Palmer, Rohit Kohli, Robin Fox, Gary Vider and Andrea Henry will battle it out in front of the judges for a chance to advance to the semi-final rounds. Hosted by Orlando Baxter, Prelim Round One begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.
At 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, stick around for Preliminary Round Two, hosted by Jim McCue. This round features Kate Wolff, Ryan Clauson, Mike Blejer, E.J. Murphy, Guilia Rozzi, Nick Cobb, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Vicky Kuperman, Dan McCort, Laura Crawford, Paul Oddo, and Paul Varghese vying for the judges’ scores. Tickets are $12.
Check back in with the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner as the preliminary rounds continue into next week and the herd is thinned as the contest finals approach. Good luck to this year’s contestants as they gear up for the battle!