My husband likes to say that we are a “comedy only” family when someone asks him what we watch on television. It’s my fault. I can’t stand dramas or dramedies or anything where I might feel an emotion other than laughter. (If you’re a psychologist, you might want to hit me up. I probably need to unpack something there.) Anyway, all of this is just a roundabout way of saying that I LOVE THE DALLAS COMEDY FESTIVAL.
Here are some of the shows I am excited to watch….
Charmaine Christie-Primo, Tom Devenport, GretchYo, Catherine McCafferty, Paul Varghese
When most people think of a comedy festival, they think of stand up. I think #2018DCF is extra special because of its wide range of comedy styles but our stand up also never disappoints. This line up ends the first day of the festival strong as it is headlined by Paul Varghese who is as funny as they come. Add Charmaine, Tom, GretchYo and Catherine and you’re guaranteed 10,000x more laughs than any other normal Wednesday night at 10PM.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29: 11:00 PM
MUSICAL IMPROV JAM
While there are plenty of hilarious shows to see on Thursday night, I am jazzed for the Musical Improv Jam. (Get it… jazzed?) I am in awe of the talent of improvisers as it is but add in a musical component and my mind is blown. It’s bound to be a great way to end Thursday night - and IT’S FREE. Submit for your vacation day now for Friday, March 30 and plan to stay late.
Of course, I am excited for the all of the headliner shows but I think this show in particular is going to be one to watch. First, Tabooze is a fantastic troupe. I have many friends who are not live comedy regulars and if you’re not familiar with improv, it sometimes can be hard to follow. Tabooze is the perfect show for an improv-newbie. Brian & Scriven consistently deliver the goods and when I bring my friends to see them, they always walk away having had a great time. Second, 3PEAT!!! Not only am I partial because I’m a midwestern girl and 3Peat is out of Chicago, but, to me, there is nothing better than high-energy improv. This troupe is known to deliver witty, dynamic performances and I am certain they will end the Friday night lineup with a bang. Highly anticipating seeing them for the first time.
NEIL ARSENTY: A SERIES OF HATS AND MUSTACHES
The joy I feel thinking about this show is overwhelming. Imagine being in CT at your in laws’ house over the holidays, sitting on a scratchy couch they’ve had since 1977. This is exactly where I was when the gift of watching the Nameless Numberhead submission video happened. I could not stop laughing. Loudly. My in laws likely didn’t know what was going on since I tend to be pretty grouchy when I’m there for long periods of time. At that moment, I became an instant devotee of Nameless Numberhead. And Neil… what a show his will be. So hilarious, so unique and so many hats and mustaches... I love it. I cannot wait for Dallas to see these two sketch shows.
See you at #2018DCF!
Amy is the Director of Business Development of Dallas Comedy House. This is her second year as a producer of the Dallas Comedy Festival, her fifteenth year of living in Dallas, and her forty-something year of life.