At long last, the Scruffy City Comedy Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday, November 13) in downtown Knoxville. And, perhaps, you’re one of the handful of people wondering where you might be able to find me either performing or enjoying a show during the weekend. Well, it’s your lucky day, because I’ve included that info for you right here. There may be changes to the schedule here and there during the weekend as festival schedules tend to flex and amend themselves on the fly. So, feel free to follow me on Twitter at @shanerhyne for live updates to my own personal schedule or @scruffycomedy for general updates on the festival. The hashtag for the festival is #SCCF2015, by the way.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
8 pm – Andy Sandford headliner show (Scruffy City Hall, Market Square) – I am fortunate enough to host the first headliner show of the festival starring the hilarious Andy Sandford. Also on the schedule for tonight’s show are Lydia Popovich (San Francisco), Clark Jones (Brooklyn), Jeff Blank (Knoxville, TN), and Carmen Morales (Chicago). You can revisit where I had written about this show earlier on the blog.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
10 am-5 pm – Podcast Brunch (The Pilot Light, Old City) – This was one of my favorite events of last year’s festival and I’m excited that it’s back again. I’m not a scheduled performer this year (or last, although I did make a cameo appearance as a Smokey and the Bandit II expert during one podcast), but you can certainly find me in the audience for many of the podcast recording sessions this year, while enjoying a free buffet of a variety of breakfast cereals. I’m especially looking forward to a return visit from Dustin Meadows’ “How Have You Not Seen This?” along with the acclaimed Golden Girls-themed podcast “Thank You for Being a Podcast” hosted by Genevieve Rice and Anthony Desamito. A full schedule of podcasts is on the Scruffy City Comedy brunch article.
(POST-EVENT EDIT: I was excited to learn that I was going to be a guest host of the “How Have You Not Seen This?” It was a lot of fun. A link will be posted when it is ready.)
6pm – The Blue Umbrella Walking Tour of Haunted Knoxville (starts on the stage at Market Square) – The notorious guerrilla comedy event staged by QED Comedy Lab earlier this year returns to downtown Knoxville. Join me and several local and visiting comedians from the festival, under the direction of QED Comedy Lab’s Matt Chadourne, as we lead you on a guided walking tour of downtown unlike any other you’ll ever have. Other comedians scheduled to participate include: Lauren Bencaz (Columbus, OH), Matt Chadourne (Knoxville, TN), Anthony Desamito (Tempe, AZ), Dustin Meadows (Columbus, OH), Lydia Popovich (San Francisco), Hunter Roberts (Johnson City, TN), and Sean Simoneau (Knoxville, TN). We’ll dispense fact-like information about Knoxville’s haunted past and paranormal activities that can’t be found on Wikipedia or any other reputable source of information. It’s free and should last about an hour, getting you back to Market Square in time for the 7 pm shows.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
7 pm – The Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Showcase (Preservation Pub’s 2nd Floor Speakeasy, Market Square) – Back in 2011, Matt Ward launched what would become Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic at Preservation Pub’s 2nd floor speakeasy. Tonight, I am honored to host a stand-up comedy showcase for the festival during Upstairs Underground’s normal weekly hours. Join me as I bring to the stage a baker’s dozen of great comedians from around the nation. Scheduled to perform are: Jeff Blank (Knoxville, TN), Paige Bowman (Atlanta), Matt Chadourne (Knoxville,TN), Anthony Desamito (Tempe, AZ), Jon Durnell (Los Angeles), Scott Eason (Huntsville, AL), Tom Emmons (Greenville, SC), Travis Irvine (New York City), Katherine Jessup (Washington, DC), Dustin Meadows (Columbus, OH), J.C. Ratliff (Knoxville, TN), Genevieve Rice (Phoenix), and Tyler Sonnichsen (Knoxville, TN).
So, that’s where you’ll certainly find me as a performer or audience member. But, I’ll be in the audience, too, for plenty of other showcases and events over the course of the weekend. There’s no shortage of events to choose from this weekend with showcases for improv comedy, hilarious experimental audience participation shows like Chris Trew’s “Air Sex Championships,” late night standup showcases, and more. Visit ScruffyCityComedy.com for a full schedule of events and for Scruffy City Comedy Festival ticket information.
See you this weekend, friends! Let’s have fun. #SCCF2015