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Fort Wayne's Favorite Comedy Festival will return April 11, 2019!!! Check back for more information!!!

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2018 Performers

Check back often for news about the 2018 lineup!

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Keith Carey

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Tom Goss

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Story Pirates: Stuck in the Stone Age

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Connor McSpadden

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Reena Calm

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Tim Northern

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Mary Lynn Rajskub

Schedule of Events

Get tickets at https://mmjcomedyfest2018.eventbrite.com

Quiplash

8 Comedians complete by filling in a blank to make the best joke. Top 3 places will perform stand up after the game. Hosted by Steve Simpkins Featuring: Julie Heckman Rachel Crowe Dustin Hempstead Teena Green Dusty Dillinger Erik Scott Ashely Stommen

90 minutes

816 Pint & Slice

Free

Get It Started Showcase

MC: Alex Eakin Closer: Liz Greenwood Feature: Michael Moses Submitted Acts: Jason Alt Kate Foley Tyson Cox

90mins

The History Center

$10

Mean Boys Podcast

A scripted comedy podcast featuring topical jokes, games and irreverent nihilism hosted by Keith Carey, Connor McSpadden, and Tom Goss.  

90mins

O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Grill

$10

Black Hoosier Album Recording

Come be apart of the recording Terrance TV Cassell's first album, Black Hoosier! Headliner: TV Feature: Mufasa MC: Cortney White Submitted Acts: Julie Heckman Ray Hensley Mackenzie Maguire  

90mins

816 Pint & Slice

$10

For Real For Real Stories

Comedians telling completely true stories. MC: Patrick Fowler Storytellers: Rich Kiamco Anna Fleeman Jin Kim Dustin Hempstead Janice Rodriguez Jay P Brown Ethan Feldman

90mins

The History Center

Mean Boys Showcase

Keith Carey is an up-and-coming comedian from Los Angeles, California. With the unique perspective of a husky, bisexual weirdo raised in conservative Orange County, he tap-dances on the line between offensive and hilarious. Keith has been featured on Seasons 1 and 2 of Roast Battle on Comedy Central, including a coveted spot in the final tournament of Season 2. He is a regular fixture at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, and performed at the Riot LA festival in 2016. His debut album, “Forever Nap”, is available on iTunes and Spotify. In addition to stand-up, Keith is the co-star of Burn Booth, a man-on-the-street roasting web-series, as well as the co-host of the podcast "Mean Boys."
  Tom Goss is a rising star in the Los Angeles comedy scene. With his unique blend of charming wit and blunt-force strangeness, Tom finds the nonsense in wisdom and the wisdom in nonsense. Tom has toured the country, and regularly headlines shows. He is one of the co-hosts of the podcast "Mean Boys" and has been featured in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store and the Hollywood Improv.     Connor McSpadden is a comedian living in Los Angeles. He hosts the scripted comedy podcast "Mean Boys." He's been featured in comedy festivals like Riot LA, The San Francisco Comedy Competition and the Ventura Comedy Festival in which he beat out over 100 other comedians to win in 2016. Connor stars in the street roasting web series "Burn Booth" which has millions of views on Facebook. In 2017 he made his television debut on "Roast Battle" on Comedy Central.     Host: Jimmy Shaw Submitted Acts Tennah McDonald Jeremy Arroyo Albert Escobedo Kil Theodrick

45mins

O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Grill

Comedy Bingo

Comedians perform their acts, while audience members mark common premises, tropes, and cliches on their Bingo Card. Get a Bingo and win a prize! MC Jimmy Shaw Submitted Acts David Kousgard Tyson Cox Jay P Brown Erik Scott Christian Rodriguez Julie Heckman Ashley Stommen

90mins

The History Center

Free

Broken Pencil Improv

Fort Wayne's own Broken Pencil Improv Group will be showcasing their extraordinary talents!

90mins

816 Pint & Slice

$12

Reena Calm Showcase

Reena Calm is an East Coast Jew turned Chicago favorite, and one of the most respected and requested comedians in the Midwest. Pulling from a lifetime of questionable choices, Reena’s material is autobiographical, silly, and charmingly inappropriate. Reena is a featured regular at the Laugh Factory and performs all over the country on her signature #CalmedyTours. She’s featured for Arsenio Hall, Laurie Kilmartin, Eddie Pepitone and more. Notable festivals include Accidental Comedy Festival, Turnbuckle Fest, Flyover Comedy Invasion, Limestone Comedy Festival, Gilda's LaughFest - Best of the Midwest, RiOT LA, and Just For Laughs Chicago. Reena has been a frequent guest on WGN and WBEZ radio and recently made her television debut on WCIU’s One Night Stand Up. She was named Comic of The Week on The Jackie & Laurie Show, she’s been called “also terrific” by the Chicago Tribune, and “not a disappointment” by her mother. Feature: David Kousgard MC: Alex Eakin Submitted Acts: Kerri Pulley Brian Bahe Marv Barnett Cam Cooper

90mins

Phoenix

$12

Midwest Finest

Stand-up comedy showcase featuring some of the finest comics in the Midwest! MC: Ray Hensley Submitted Acts: Tennah McDonald Drew Shafer Kil Theodrick Janice Rodriguez Albert Escobedo Anna Fleeman Joe Bates

90mins

The History Center

$12

Black Hoosier Album Recording

Come be apart of Terrance TV Cassell's first album, Black Hoosier! Headliner: TV Feature: Mufasa MC: Cortney White Submitted Acts: Teena Green Dusty Dillinger Corey Wood

90mins

816 Pint & Slice

$12

Reena Calm Showcase

Reena Calm is an East Coast Jew turned Chicago favorite, and one of the most respected and requested comedians in the Midwest. Pulling from a lifetime of questionable choices, Reena’s material is autobiographical, silly, and charmingly inappropriate. Reena is a featured regular at the Laugh Factory and performs all over the country on her signature #CalmedyTours. She’s featured for Arsenio Hall, Laurie Kilmartin, Eddie Pepitone and more. Notable festivals include Accidental Comedy Festival, Turnbuckle Fest, Flyover Comedy Invasion, Limestone Comedy Festival, Gilda's LaughFest - Best of the Midwest, RiOT LA, and Just For Laughs Chicago. Reena has been a frequent guest on WGN and WBEZ radio and recently made her television debut on WCIU’s One Night Stand Up. She was named Comic of The Week on The Jackie & Laurie Show, she’s been called “also terrific” by the Chicago Tribune, and “not a disappointment” by her mother. Feature: Myles Hewette MC: Alex Eakin Submitted Acts: Rich Kiamco Christian Rodriguez Steve Simpkins Hunter Sandlin

90mins

Phoenix

$12

Keith Carey & Tom Goss

Keith Carey is an up-and-coming comedian from Los Angeles, California. With the unique perspective of a husky, bisexual weirdo raised in conservative Orange County, he tap-dances on the line between offensive and hilarious. Keith has been featured on Seasons 1 and 2 of Roast Battle on Comedy Central, including a coveted spot in the final tournament of Season 2. He is a regular fixture at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, and performed at the Riot LA festival in 2016. His debut album, “Forever Nap”, is available on iTunes and Spotify. In addition to stand-up, Keith is the co-star of Burn Booth, a man-on-the-street roasting web-series, as well as the co-host of the podcast "Mean Boys."   Tom Goss is a rising star in the Los Angeles comedy scene. With his unique blend of charming wit and blunt-force strangeness, Tom finds the nonsense in wisdom and the wisdom in nonsense. Tom has toured the country, and regularly headlines shows. He is one of the co-hosts of the podcast "Mean Boys" and has been featured in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store and the Hollywood Improv. MC: Jim Kliss Submitted Acts: David Brooks Jin Kim Mike Hullinger Rachel Crowe

90mins

The History Center

$12

Connor McSpadden

Connor McSpadden is a comedian living in Los Angeles. He hosts the scripted comedy podcast "Mean Boys." He's been featured in comedy festivals like Riot LA, The San Francisco Comedy Competition and the Ventura Comedy Festival in which he beat out over 100 other comedians to win in 2016. Connor stars in the street roasting web series "Burn Booth" which has millions of views on Facebook. In 2017 he made his television debut on "Roast Battle" on Comedy Central.   Feature: Jan Gudaitis MC: Patrick Fowler Submitted Acts: Sharup Karim Dustin Hempstead Andy Frampton Tennah McDonald

90mins

O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Grill

$12

Story Pirates: Stuck in the Stone Age

Story Pirates is a kid-centric media company and leading arts education advocate founded in 2004. It all started in a school auditorium in Harlem when a ragtag group of improv comedians put on an absurdist sketch comedy show inspired by stories written by kids. We’re often described as “a mix between School House Rock and Monty Python,” and have received widespread critical acclaim. The New York Times called Story Pirates "theatrical treasure," and many others dub it one of the best kids shows around.

45mins

Allen County Public Library Theater

All Ages

Youtheatre Presents: Our Man Shel

Youtheatre’s traveling Storybook Theatre troupe celebrates the wonderfully wacky works of author/illustrator Shel Silverstein! From the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic and The Giving Tree comes a parade of unique and hilarious characters. Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, Clarence Lee from Tennessee and more have delighted readers of all ages for over fifty years. Don’t miss them brought to vivid life by the young actors of Youtheatre’s Storybook Theatre!

30mins

Allen County Public Library Theater

Free

Kids Comedy Contest

Are you a funny kid? This is your chance to come show us how funny you are!!! Kids will have five minutes to tell their best jokes and win prizes! Age groups are 5-10, 10-14, 14+

45mins

Allen County Public Library Theater

Free

Beginner Improv Workshop

Come play improv games with Broken Pencil Improv performers and find your comedic side!

45mins

Allen County Public Library Theater

Free

Rank You Very Much

Awarded Best Local Podcast in Indianapolis, Rank You Very Much is the podcast that ranks anything and everything! It finds the best and worst of it all with your host Joe Bates and two special guest experts every episode! We've had guest who've been on it all such as Bob and Tom, FOX, and Last Comic Standing as well as work at comedy clubs across the country. You can watch these shows and be part of the show live every Saturday on the Facebook page 1 PM eastern. Btw, Rank You Very Much ranked this best podcast.

60mins

816 Pint & Slice

Free

Comedy Not Jeopardy

Come watch three comedians play a game show that is not Jeopardy, because it is much goofier. The comedians will answer trivia questions for points and the one with the most points when all the questions are answered will win the most performance time. Host: TV Competitors: Jim Kliss (returning Champ) Janice Rodriguez Jay P Brown

60mins

The History Center

Free

The After Disaster Broadcast

This show by JJ Ranvier is a podcast about Jo Prendergast, former radio show host, trying to survive the apocalypse. Follow her ham radio transmissions at https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-after-disaster-broadcast

30mins

Cinema Center

Free

Family Friendly Improv

A showcase of improv for all ages! Featuring Broken Pencil Improv, Ray Hensley, and Cam Cooper!

60mins

First Presbyterian Church Theater

Free

My Friend the Idiot

"My Friend, The Idiot" is a comedy podcast hosted by Tyson Cox and Kerri Pulley. You may know them as two of Indy's most energetic comics, but they know each other as partners in ridiculous conversations. Join them as Kerri presents a topic of interest--ranging from birth control to the Illuminati-- and tries to educate Tyson, a self-proclaimed dummy. Take pleasure in the discussion slowly unraveling into a state of hilarious chaos, and then wrap it up with a warm hug and a promise to stay on topic next time (spoiler alert: they never will.)

45mins

816 Pint & Slice

Free

Bloody Mary

A podcast hosted by Kristin Lytie discussing horror movies through a lens of sexuality and feminism. Chicago comics and local celebs pick their all time favorite horror movie to discuss. Follow me on twitter @BloodyMaryPod

45mins

Cinema Center

Free

Slice of Laughter

MC: Tyson Cox Submitted Acts: Rachel Crowe Patrick Fowler Dustin Hempstead Adrian Frimpong David Brooks Kerri Pulley Chris Dertien

90mins

816 Pint & Slice

$15

Clean Comedy

MC: Cody Streasick Submitted Acts: Anna Fleeman Brian Bahe Christian Rodriguez Ethan Fledman Myles Hewlette Jay P Brown

60mins

First Presbyterian Church Theater

$15

Veteran’s Showcase

MC: Cortney White Headliner: Leslie Battle Feature: Jimmy Shaw Submitted Acts: TV Steve Simpkins Amaru

90mins

The History Center

$15

Tim Northern Showcase

Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of Mensa,” she said. “I absolutely adore the cerebral humor.” That do-it-yourself approach is paying off for the Nashville native, whose influences are a veritable Who’s Who of comic genius. “George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Steven Wright – I like all of ‘em.” Once Tim takes control of the mike, he relies on much the same type of material that those classic comedians used to land in the national spotlight – plain and simple, Tim Northern is a word man. Feature: Jan Gudaitis MC: Alex Eakin Submitted Acts: Sonny Pandit Andy Frampton Jin Kim

90mins

Phoenix

$15

Homegrown Showcase

Comedy from some of the best comedians in Indiana! Host: Ray Hensley Submitted Acts: Jim Kliss Julie Heckman Cam Cooper Albert Escobedo Jeremy Arroyo Kerri Pulley

90mins

Cinema Center

$15

Mean Boys Showcase

Headliners: Tom Goss Keith Carey Connor McSpadden MC:Corey Wood Submitted Acts: Kristin Lytie Mike Hullinger Kil Theodrick JJ Ranvier

90mins

O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Grill

$15

Sketch After Dark

Sketch Comedy from Actual Wolves!

90mins

816 Pint & Slice

$15

Indispensable Laughter

Bryson Kool Kat Charlton will be recording his first DVD live at this event! MC: Cortney White Headliner: Kool Kat Feature: Mufasa Submitted Acts: TV Della Temple Rich Kiamco Dusty Dillinger

90mins

Cinema Center

$15

Mary Lynn Rajskub Showcase

Mary Lynn is best known for her iconic performance as ‘Chloe' on FOX’s 24, which she has reprised on 24: Live Another Day, the number-one rated show of 2014. She has appeared in recurring arcs on 2 Broke Girls and Californication, and was a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. She recently appeared in the Amazon pilot Highston, as Boyle's girlfriend on Brooklyn 99, a drunk teacher on Those Who Can't and as a lawyer on The Girlfriend Experience. On the big screen, Mary Lynn will next be seen in the indecent film In Search of Fellini with Maria Bello and Wilson with Woody Harrelson and Judy Greer. Other films include, the Duplass Brothers' Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer which she starred in with Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Megan Mullally. Additional credits include Arrested Development, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Show, Larry Sanders, Julie and Julia, Punch Drunk Love and Sunshine Cleaning. Feature: Sonny Pandit MC: Alex Eakin Submitted Acts: Janice Rodriguez Rich Kiamco Marv Barnett

90mins

Phoenix

$15

Sticks & Stones Comedy Battle

Two comics on-stage hurling their best five insults at each. Judges score the round. Audience votes on the winner. Come watch this verbal violence. Referee: Philip Evanston Judges: Keith Carey, Connor McSpadden, Tom Goss. Comics: Clint Spahr, Hunter Sandlin, Tyron Collins, Anna Fleeman, Battles: Albert Escobedo v Dusty Dillinger, Tyson Cox v David Kousgard, Sonny Pandit v Rachel Crowe, Jeremy Arroyo v Steve Simpkins, Dustin Hempstead v Drew Shafer, Kil Theodrick v Rich Kiamco, Jim Kliss v Patick Fowler

90mins

O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Grill

$15

Submissions

Submissions are currently closed for this year's festival. Thank you to all who submitted.

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