Charleston Comedy Festival
"One in Every Crowd"
Sat, Jan 20 at 7pm
There’s always one person in every group situation who ruins everything…
From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, CQ is apparently refusing to leave the business. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show. One In Every Crowd.
Sat, Jan 20 at 7:30pm
OSFUG is a fast fuckin’ sketch show that crams more excitement and comedy into a hour than scientists thought possible. Get ready for characters, songs, surprises and gut-punching laughs. We do a new hour of sketches every month at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in New York City and now we’re bringing all of our best sketches to you. OSFUG is the split second after your body dies but before your brain has shut down - ten thousand lightning bolts of pure chemical comedy rushing through your veins. Oh and the name doesn’t really stand for anything.
Sat, Jan 20 at 7:30pm
BANGIN’ presents: AVERAGE EXPECTATIONS, THREE STARS!
Straight from Brooklyn, NY, Jessika Stocker and Dan Hanf bring a new sketch show back to their hometown! They laugh. They cry (Dan cries). They sing (Dan sings). They dance (They both dance). A night of raunchy sketches that will leave you saying, “I will propose to my significant other tomorrow.”
ALCHEMY THEATER COMPANY TOURCO
The team from Alchemy Comedy Theater in Greenville likes to start out slow. Beginning with a story based on suggestions from the audience, the veteran touring ensemble crafts a back-and-forth dialogue between two characters. As that conversation begins to change and develop, the group takes those ideas and then expands upon them until the performance erupts into a fast-paced production.
As the show continues to ramp up, founder Harrison Brookie says it becomes even more vital to have a good team on stage. That's why the Alchemy Comedy Theater's most experienced members are hitting the road. Regularly teaching others the art of improv and hosting weekly performances, the Alchemy Comedy Theater TourCo will be bringing the Upstate theater's founding members to the Charleston Comedy Fest. The team made up of Ben Burris, Jason Underwood, Nichole McAden, and Brooke Johnston bring years of stage experience to the Lowcounty and a keen understanding of what local audiences want.
THE MELTING POT
The Melting Pot is an all-star improv jam featuring improvisers from all over the country. You’ll never see the same cast twice. This show is a hilarious one time only event that you don’t want to miss.
Sat, Jan 20 at 7:30pm
If Tenacious D and Dolly Parton got drunk and had a baby, you'd get the delightfully twangy & hilariously filthy musical comedy duo Reformed Whores! Southern bred, but NYC based, Katy Frame & Marie Cecile Anderson have been featured on IFC, PBS, CBS, and many other three-letter networks. Their sophomore album "Don't Beat Around the Bush" debuted in March 2016 on the top 20 iTunes comedy chart; and last summer the girls opened for their comedy idol "Weird Al" Yankovic! www.reformedwhores.com (Adult audiences only)
Sat, Jan 20 at 9pm
DARK SIDE OF THE ROOM
Based out of Atlanta, Dark Side of The Room was formed by the African American performers of Dad's Garage Improv Theater Company. In their improv format they take a classic movie (i.e. Star Wars, Jaws) and improvise what the black people were doing during that movie. Every show is a unique experience for the audience that will entertain and inspire.
GRAMPA, TELL ME ‘BOUT THE GOOD OL’ DAYS
This show is a completely improvised trip down memory lane! Matt Horgan (Dad's Garage Theatre Company, Big Ol’ Show) and Tim Stoltenberg (The Second City, iO West) are a man in his twilight years, looking back on all his mistakes in life, and his college age grandson who still has all of his ahead of him. With the help of audience suggestions, Grampa will maybe teach Junior a valuable life lesson, educate him about the family curse, warn him about the deadly danger of redheads, or any other completely made up nonsense. Those who forget history are doomed to improvise it!
Sat, Jan 20 at 9:30pm
Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems
Found Footage Festival hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) will take audiences on a guided tour of their all-time favorite VHS finds at the Charleston Comedy Festival. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
-Outtakes from an ill-fated Winnebago industrial video featuring Jack
Rebney, the world's angriest RV salesman
-A montage of unwittingly hysterical exercise videos, starring Angela
Lansbury, adult film star Traci Lords, and a bearded hippie named Zar.
-A high-concept video from 1987 called “Rent-A-Friend,” aimed at
lonely people with VCRs
-Footage from Pickett and Prueher’s appearances on local morning news
shows as a fake yo-yo expert, fake celebrity chef and fake strongman
duo Chop & Steele
Sat, Jan 20 at 9:30pm
In a world where rock was king, the drugs were free, and the women were easy; two men formed from fire and brimstone a band that would transcend time and space: "DOPPELGANGER!" Now that Clive Neilsen (Lee Lewis - Moral Fixation) and Johnny Dregg (Jason Cooper - Playlist, Weird Science), have fallen on hard times they are bringing their "hits" to their most rabid fans...the patrons of Charleston Comedy Festival!!!
Charleston's only all improvised rock show, where you, the audience, shout out the "titles" of your favorite Doppelganger! songs, and have them performed for the first and last time ever. The Critics say: "Lee Lewis and Jason Cooper are so good at what they do that the lines between fact and fiction may blur a bit during the show." - Jason Zwicker "It's a mix of VH1 Storytellers and Tenacious D" - Charleston City Paper
Onesie consists of Brooklyn based improvisers Lauren Christianson and Rachel McKay Steele who met while studying at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater. They love to go dancing and eat McDonalds chicken nuggets, though Rachel recently introduced Lauren to salads. What can you expect from a Onesie show, you ask? Gosh, if we knew it wouldn't be improv! (You can expect high-energy, silliness.)
DATE NIGHT: GETTING TO KNOW THE COUPLE
We improvise your relationship!
It's the most fun you'll ever have on date night!
One lucky couple will see their love unfold on stage through the interpretation of The Pusher's Brad McMurran and Alba Woolard, Norfolk, Virginia's two wildest improvisers!
The couple will be selected at random and interviewed on stage in front of the audience. Using the information they learn, and their imagination, Brad and Alba will show the story of the couple's love.
Sat, Jan 20 at 10:30pm
60 minutes of fun to wrap one helluva week. You’ll see sketch. You’ll see musical comedy. You’ll see improv. Anything can happen and probably will.