The Scruffy City Comedy Festival is returning to Downtown Knoxville on Friday November 13th through Sunday November 15th, 2015. All venues will be within walking distance of Market Square. Nearly 3 dozen comedians will be traveling to Knoxville to perform from all over the United States. In addition to these featured comedians the festival will also have nationally recognized headline performing each night at Scruffy City Hall. Last year the event was solely produced by Super Cat Productions. This year, we have joined forces with Scott and Bernadette West to make the festival bigger and better than before! Tickets are on sale at ScruffyCityComedy.com They are $30 for festival passes or $15-$20 for individual day passes. VIP packages are also available which include dinner and two drinks on Friday and Saturday, pre-show, priority reserved seating and early show entry, an event poster signed by the headline comics and a private meet and greet with the headliners after their performance. VIP packages start at $65.
Friday November 13th: Ben Kronberg
Since his breakout performance at the 2007 HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, Ben Kronberg has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly, and he was recently named one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.” Kronberg can also be seen on Comedy Central in the third season of John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Special.
Kronberg was featured on the 2014 season of Last Comic Standing as a semi-finalist. He is a regular performer at the SXSW Music Festival and has also been featured at the Vancouver Comedy Festival and Boston Comedy Festival. Kronberg combines clever one-liners and witty observations with catchy songs that he performs while playing instruments including the guitar, casio-keyboard and even the iPhone. Much of his material has been inspired by girlfriends, who are now, incidentally, ex-girlfriends.
Saturday November 14th: Jackie Kashian
Jackie Kashian‘s comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is a national touring comic with a new hour standup special “This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux.” She has appeared on Conan and has her own half hour special on Comedy Central. Jackie was also semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and has recorded This American Life with Ira Glass for NPR. She has a weekly Podcast where she interviews people about their obsessions. Tune into The Dork Forest on iTunes or here for Android or PC.
Sunday November 15th: 8pm Show Mia Jackson 10pm show Shane Mauss
Mia has appeared on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly and TLC’s Wild Weddings. She was a semi-finalist on this season of Last Comic Standing as well. She wrote for BET’s re-launch of the Soul Train Awards in 2009 and 2010. Jackson has also appeared on NickMom Night Out and Laughs on Fox. A native of Columbus, Georgia, Mia now resides in Atlanta. She is a testament to just how strong the Atlanta comedy scene is!
Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special ‘Mating Season‘, and most recently released album inspired by breaking both of his feet in a hiking mishap called ‘My Big Break’ which spent time at #1 on the comedy iTunes charts.
Shane has also been getting a lot of attention as a popular guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Bertcast, WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, TOFOP, Crabfeast, Never Not Funny, Keith and The Girl and last year he started traveling around the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast “Here We Are” which has a 5 star rating on iTunes.
The Scruffy City Comedy Festival was founded in 2014 by Knoxville comedian and comedy producer Matt Ward. Ward had helped orchestrate the growth of the local independent comedy scene beginning in 2010 upon moving to Knoxville from Wilmington, North Carolina. Ward also runs the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, now in it’s 6th year, in Wilmington.
Matt pulled together a team of comics and comedy fans to put on the festival in venues in the Old City and Downtown in November of 2014. Nearly 40 comics performed and hundreds of comedy fans turned out to usher in the inaugural event.