UPDATE: Sadly, Ben Kronberg has had to cancel his appearance at the Scruffy City Comedy Festival, but happily we’ve got Andy Sandford on board to headline the show now (read the update here).
I’m quite excited to have been among the local comedians selected to host shows at this year’s Scruffy City Comedy Festival.
And, while hosting is an honor for any show of the festival, I’m especially honored to be hosting the first headliner show of the festival on Friday, November 13, 2015. Our headliner is Ben Kronberg, a funny man who isn’t afraid to experiment with comedic forms by mixing his brilliant observations with music he digitally creates on his iPhone, or simply upending the standard joke telling format.
For me personally, there’s a nice moment of kizmet at play here, as my first comedy festival hosting will be for Ben Kronberg, almost two years after I performed on one of his shows in Knoxville for my first paying guest spot in comedy. I guess whether he likes it or not, Ben gets to serve as my milestone marker for various points along my comedy path.
Ben has been on Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Last Call with Carson Daly, among other credits. And, though he probably doesn’t care one way or the other, I can say I still like him way better than Roseanne Barr does.
Ben is the headliner that night, but he isn’t the only talented comedian to hit the stage at that show. He’ll also be joined by Lydia Popovich who is returning to #SCCF2015 (that’s the fancy hashtag we’re using this year) after winning hearts and minds at the inaugural Scruffy City Comedy Festival last year. Clark Jones returns to Knoxville for the festival. Back in June he was one of the first headliners (along with Kenny DeForest) at the first ever First Friday Comedy at Saw Works Brewing, a monthly comedy showcase I co-produce along with my friends Tyler Sonnichsen and Sean Simoneau. We’ll also be welcoming to the stage Brock Wilbur and Carmen Morales to round out an amazingly funny opening headliner show at Scruffy City Comedy Festival.
Tickets are available for Friday only passes or full weekend passes on the Scruffy City Comedy website. I can’t wait to see you there as I get to take the stage at my first comedy festival surrounded by so much amazing talent as Ben, Lydia, Clark, Brock, and Carmen.