Now in it’s 13th year, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival continues to draw big crowds to a 700 acre plot of farmland in Manchester, Tennessee, about one hour outside of Nashville. While music is the driving force behind the festival, live comedy has become a staple since its introduction in 2005. In addition to scheduled sets, it’s not uncommon to see comics making surprise appearances all over the festival, both on-stage and off. This year’s comedy lineup, which kicks off tomorrow, boasts an eclectic blend of heavy hitters, rising young comics, current SNL cast members and the chance to interact with some of comedy’s best filmmakers.
Some of the weekend’s most anticipated shows include Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, TJ Miller and Hannibal Buress. Robinson, on keyboard and lead vocals, will be delivering his trademark dirty R&B jams. Miller, along with opener Rory Scovel, will have no problem fitting in with — and maybe one-upping — the hedonistic festival crowd. Buress will keep it cool as always with help from opening acts Emily Heller and SNL freshman Sasheer Zamata.
Along with Zamata, Saturday Night Live will be well represented at Bonnaroo. Taran Killam is performing two shows, enlisting the help of current cast member Brooks Wheelan, former SNL featured player/current writer Tim Robinson, along with sketch group Good Neighbor (Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Dave McCary and non-SNL member Nick Rutherford). Audiences can expect a variety show combination of sketch, standup and a few of Killam’s celebrity impressions thrown in for good measure.
Comedy Central will be on site with special interactive panels for Drunk History and Brickleberry, along with Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer hosting the Down ‘n Dirty Show with special guests Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments and Brad Williams.
Movie fans will have the unique opportunity to talk with the Farrelly Brothers and David Wain, as the writers and directors host Q&A sessions and special film screenings.
If that’s not enough to get you pumped, the Bonnaroo Comedy and Cinema Tents are fully air-conditioned and make for a great escapes from the Tennessee heat. Check out the full Bonnaroo comedy schedule below.
5:00 – Taran Killam w/ Good Neighbor, Ryan Bellville and Tim Robinson
7:00 – Hannibal Buress w/ Sasheer Zamata and Emily Heller
9:00 – Brooks Wheelan w/ Emily Heller, Sasheer Zamata, Brad Williams and Seth Herzog
1:00 – Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious w/ Brooks Wheelan and Seth Herzog
3:00 – Hannibal Buress w/ Sasheer Zamata and Emily Heller
5:00 – TJ Miller w/ Rory Scovel
7:00 – Taran Killam w/ Good Neighbor, Ryan Bellville, Tim Robinson and Brooks Wheelan
11:00 – Kingpin Q&A w/ Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Cinema Tent)
12:30 – Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious w/ Seth Herzog
1:20 – Dumb & Dumber Screening w/ Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Cinema Tent)
2:30 – Down ‘n Dirty hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer w/ Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments and Brad Williams
3:45 – Comedy Central’s Drunk History Live (Cinema Tent)
4:15 – Down ‘n Dirty hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer w/ Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments and Brad Williams
5:15 – Comedy Central’s Brickleberry Live (Cinema Tent)
6:30 – TJ Miller w/ Rory Scovel
1:00 – They Came Together Q&A w/ David Wain (Cinema Tent)
2:00 – Down ‘n Dirty hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer w/ Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments and Brad Williams
4:00 – TJ Miller w/ Rory Scovel
5:00 – Wet Hot American Summer Screening w/ David Wain (Cinema Tent)
6:00 – TJ Miller w/ Rory Scovel
8:00 – Ed Helms hosts the Bluegrass Superjam
Photo by Stefan Klopp