Boston Comedy Arts Festival Announces 5th Anniversary Line-Up
Now in its fifth year, the Boston Comedy Arts Festival continues to kick-off the Fall with an explosion of comedy. This year, the festival runs from Tuesday September 3-Sunday September 8. It will include shows at ImprovBoston and at the Brattle Theatre. The festival begins with two performances from the famEd Cambridge Footlights, and will also include shows with Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall and Jimmy Tingle. The festival will also see the return of improv from Junior Varsity and the Magnet Theater Tour Co. Stand-up highlights along with Jimmy Tingle include NYC comicsBoris Khyakin and Justin Williams, Boston comics Lamont Price and Matt D., and Matt White the winner of the 2013 Carolina's Funniest Comic. Tickets cost $18 for every show and student rush tickets are available for $14 at the door. ImprovBoston is located at 40 Prospect Street. The Brattle Theatre is located at 40 Brattle Street. Tickets to the festival are available online at www.bostoncomedyarts.com.
The festival kicks off Tuesday, September 3 with two performances from the world famous Cambridge Footlights. At 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the Footlights will present Canada, their sharpest and most ambitious sketch show yet. With 129 years of experience, the Footlights have launched the careers of a long list of internationally-renowned comedic talents, including household names like John Cleese (Monty Python), Hugh Laurie (House) and Emma Thompson (Love Actually) while continuing to nurture exciting new performers like Mitchell and Webb (Peep Show) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat).
Then the festival continues to be star-studded through the weekend. Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall returns to Boston for the festival. On Friday, September 6, McDonald is teaching an all-day sketch workshop. Later that night, his students will perform at ImprovBoston. Then, Saturday, September 7, McDonald will perform a set of stand-up and songs at the Brattle Theatre at 8 p.m. He is on a bill with the improvised hip-hOpera North Coast and New York Comedian and Boston native Josh Gondelman (co-creator of the @ModernSeinfeld Twitter feed).
New England comedy legend Jimmy Tingle takes the stage at the Brattle Theatre on 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6. Tingle is regarded as one of the top social and political humorists in America. He has worked as a stand-up comic, producer, writer, actor, filmmaker and commentator in several mediums from the early 1980's to the present day. His set is followed by a loaded 10 p.m. block with NYC based comedian Boris Khyakin (who has over one million hits on his Google Glass video on YouTube) and the stellar improv from NYC based Junior Varsity and the Magnet Theater Tour Co.