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This Year's Woodstock Comedy Festival to Feature Colin Quinn, 'A Night at Whiplash,' and More

The second annual Woodstock Comedy Festival is set to take place this month from the 19th through the 21st, and the festival just announced its full schedule and lineup of shows, panels, and films. Splitsider's own comedy documentary A Night at Whiplash will screen on Sunday followed by a Q&A with director Leo Allen, producer Jeremy Levenbach, and executive producers/directors of photography Vincent Peone and Josh Ruben, and Colin Quinn's Colin Quinn: Once Upon a Time in New York will headline the festival Saturday the 20th at 7:30pm. Other comedians set to show up throughout the weekend include Tex Alexandro, Carmen Lynch, Aparna Nancherla, Dan Soder, and some [...]

UK's V Festival Comes Under Fire for Its All-Male Lineup

V Festival, the UK's Virgin Media-sponsored music festival, is being criticized this week for its all-male comedy lineup. The Independent reports that the festival's comedy stage will feature 26 comedians, all male. After a ton of complaints, the festival responded by saying they tried to book female comedians but that "no one was available." Last year, the event featured four female comedians; the number was zero once again in 2012. This is just one of many stories about sexism in comedy to come out of the UK so far this year, following standup Jenny Collier being bumped from a UK show because "they don't want too many [...]

SXSW Announces Comedy Lineup: Bill Cosby, Good Neighbor, and More

Austin-based giant arts festival South by Southwest (SXSW) just announced the comedy portion of its 2014 lineup. Here's a rundown of what the festival will feature:

  • An evening with Bill Cosby, presented by Funny Or Die
  • Above Average, Lorne Michaels's company Broadway Video's YouTube channel, holding a showcase of past and present SNL performers that features performances by Fred Armisen, Good Neighbor (Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary), standup from Sasheer Zamata, Chris Gethard, and host Tim Robinson
  • A live installment of The Chris Gethard Show
  • James Adomian's character show Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura
  • Showcases from local standup juggernauts The Meltdown with [...]

The First-Ever Woodstock Comedy Festival Is Happening Next Week

Woodstock, NY, is getting its first-ever comedy festival, with a lot of big names set to play the event. Bobcat Goldthwait, Dick Cavett, CollegeHumor's Jake & Amir, the UCB TourCo, and more are all playing Woodstock Comedy Festival, which is taking place from September 20-22. The fest will also include screenings of the Improv Everywhere documentary We Cause Scenes and Goldthwait's new movie Willow Creek. The event is being produced by Josh Ruben (CollegeHumor, UCB) and a 75 year old former child psychology professor named Chris Collins, both Woodstock natives, with all proceeds from the non-profit festival going towards two charities: one combatting human trafficking and another for domestic [...]

Tenacious D, Chris Elliott, Maria Bamford, and Tons More Are Doing 'Everything Is Festival' Next Week

Everything Is Terrible is having their fourth annual "Everything Is Festival" starting next week, and they have one heck of a lineup for it. This year's highlights include Tenacious D closing out the event with a preview of their Festival Supreme, Chris Elliott screening rare and unseen clips from his entire career, Mike Judge showing found footage from his personal archives, Patton Oswalt hosting a screening of the comedy The Phynx,  Maria Bamford hosting a video show, Dan Harmon's HarmonQuest, Doug Benson's Movie Interruption, a screening of Comedy Bang Bang's upcoming musical episode with a Q&A, and tons more. The event is taking place at Los Angeles's Cinefamily [...]

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Announces Its 2014 Lineup

The seventh annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is set to take place at The Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn next month from September 18-22, and the full lineup was just announced. In addition to the return of Mirman's Pretty Good Friends show and two live recordings of the StarTalk Live! podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, a bunch of performers and comedy people are slated to show up including H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Che, Michelle Wolf, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Thune, and more.

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'Brightest Young Things' Shows You "How to Get Into a Comedy Festival"

D.C.-based lifestyle blog Brightest Young Things has a new piece out called "How to Get Into a Comedy Festival," in which they interviewed people who run several major festivals (Bridgetown, Riot LA, Bentzen Ball) for submission tips and tips on ways to not irritate the people who organize comedy festivals.

The Kids in the Hall Are Doing a Live Reading of 'Brain Candy'

Sketch group The Kids in the Hall is reuniting for a live staged reading of the script for their 1996 cult movie Brain Candy. On Tuesday, March 11th, the group will take the stage at Toronto Sketchfest (tickets here), complete with accompaniment with Brain Candy's original composer Craig Northey from the band The Odds, and Chris Murphy and Gregory MacDonald of Sloan. All five members of Kids in the Hall will be present, and they will also be screening the movie's original ending.

Although it's gone on to be a cult hit, Brain Candy was a box office bomb and failed to impress critics when it was released in 1996, [...]

Tig Notaro Books Doug Benson, Wyatt Cenac, Herself and More for The Betzen Ball

The Bentzen Ball, the Washington DC comedy festival curated by Tig Notaro, returns again this October 10 through 13 with an awesome looking line-up. Hosted by DC online mag Brightest Young Things, opening night features Doug Benson, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Dore, found footage gurus Everything Is Terrible, and Tig herself, while closing night's show will feature Ira Glass and friends. Tickets to those shows are available now, and more shows will be announced soon.

Tig began curating The Bentzen Ball, named after a Danish doctor who supposedly laughed so hard while watching A Fish Called Wanda that he died, in 2009 after the city's DCcomedyFest died. After her – to put [...]

Larry David, Wanda Sykes, Bill Burr, and More to Play New York Comedy Fest 2013

The New York Comedy Festival is turning 10 this year, and they're drawing some pretty big names this time around. The organizers behind the fest, which is produced in association with Comedy Central, announced the 2013 lineup yesterday. Larry David is set to engage in a one-on-one conversation with comedy vet David Steinberg, who hosts the Showtime interview series Inside Comedy. The roster also features Wanda Sykes, Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick Swardson, Whitney Cummings, Kathy Griffin, Jim Jefferies, and Bill Maher, who will be playing at the festival's prestigious venues like Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and Town Hall. Tickets [...]

Louis C.K., Amy Schumer Headline Funny or Die's Oddball Tour 2014

Last summer, Funny Or Die held its first ever comedy tour, The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, with Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords headlining. Today, they announced the lineup for the 2014 Oddball tour, with 21 dates across the nation starting out this summer, with a whole slew of big-name comedians set to appear, including Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Brent Morin, Dave Attell, DJ Trauma, Jermaine Fowler, Jerrod Carmichael, Jim Jefferies, Julian McCullough, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, Reggie Watts, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel, and a second stage hosted [...]

The Onion and The A.V. Club Are Planning 'The 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival'

After running for five years, the festival Just For Laughs Chicago is taking 2014 off, but The Onion and The A.V. Club are swooping in with their own Chicago comedy festival. Titled "The 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival," the event is set to take place from June 12th to June 14th, with Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Kyle Kinane, and a live installment of Comedy Bang! Bang! on the bill. Tickets are available now.

Inside Festival Supreme, Tenacious D's Comedy Mega-Event

If Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme was any indication, the days of the comedy tent playing second fiddle at music festivals might soon be over.

Festival Supreme was pretty fucking awesome.

More than 9,000 comedy fans took over the famous Santa Monica Pier Saturday for the first ever Festival Supreme Music and Comedy Festival, which was curated by Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The stated lineup was already a who’s who of comedy giants – Adam Sandler, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen, etc. – but it was the surprise guests – Conan O’Brien, the Lonely Island, and Billy Idol, among others – that put the [...]

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Announces Its Lineup

Eugene Mirman's comedy festival, aptly titled Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's full of great comedians as usual. The Brooklyn- based festival is set to include comedians like Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, and Leo Allen, along with the return of long-running show Invite Them Up and the New York return of Hot Tub, which Schaal and Braunohler brought to LA last year. In addition to that, there are delightfully titled shows like "Comics We Hope Don't Move to LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)" and "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in [...]