If you’re in need of a good laugh, look no further than the All Things Comedy Comedy Festival.
Coming to downtown Phoenix and Tempe on Oct. 26 through 29, it’s the inaugural festival from All Things Comedy, a podcast network launched in 2012 by comedians Bill Burr and Al Madrigal. The group features a wide community of professional comedians.
The festival will feature mostly live comedy podcast shows, including ones from Bill Burr, Doug Stanhope, Jen Kirkman, Doug Benson and Bert Kreischer, as well as stand-up shows. The shows will take place at Stand Up Live, Copper Blues, the Orpheum Theatre and Tempe Improv. Matt Komen, partner and VP of talent for Stand Up Live, said they felt the Phoenix audience was ready for an event like this.
“Phoenix has been one of the most amazing comedy audiences, and they turn up for established comics and up and coming comics,” Komen said. “They are also really knowledgeable. Since the day we opened (in 2011) there have been great audiences.”
Fans can buy tickets separately to each show; there aren’t all-inclusive passes since that is difficult to manage for comedy shows. The ATC Pop Up Pod will feature comedians streaming their podcasts live all weekend from the former Jos. A. Bank space at CityScape. On Saturday, Patriots Park in CityScape will feature a lounge where fans can grab drinks, play games and watch movies before heading to the shows.
“We want people to walk by and say, ‘Oh, I recognize that person’ and pop into some of these other podcasts,” Komen said. “Podcasts are like being in a green room with the comedians. Fans can get to know the talent because they are basically just sitting around talking.”
All shows are for audiences 21 and older. Details at allthingscomedyfestival.com. Here’s the full line-up:
Thursday, Oct. 26
What’s Up Fool?
Hosted by Felipe Esparza, this podcast features the comedian chatting with strangers he finds interesting. Esparza had been doing stand-up for 17 years before winning NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. He produced a comedy special for Showtime in 2012 called “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You,” and launched his podcast in 2014. His HBO comedy special, “Translate This,” was released on Sept. 30.
Details: 7:15 p.m. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25. 480-719-6100.
The Doug Stanhope Podcast
Stanhope’s podcast features discussions with the comedian and individuals he encounters on the road and at his home in Bisbee. The recording at the festival will feature Chad Shank, Greg Chaille and other special guests. He is known for his cynical style, and has been in the comedy world since 1990. He was a host on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” was the Voice of America on the BBC’s “Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe” and has appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” and “Louie” on FX.
Details: 8 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. $28.
Ari Shaffir’s podcast is described as a way “to help better understand humanity and also to make fart jokes.” Shaffir created a web series called “This Is Not Happening” in 2013, which was later picked up by Comedy Central in 2015. He co-hosts the sports podcast “Punch Drunk Sports” with fellow comedians Sam Tripoli and Jayson Thibault, and his two-part Netflix special “Double Negative” was released in July.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25. 480-719-6100.
Stand Up Stand Up Show
The late-night shows will feature a variety of comics, to be announced.
Details: 11:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 26.28. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $20. 480-719-6100.
Friday, Oct. 27
Call In Sick To Work
Bert Kreischer’s podcast takes place in the middle of the day on Friday, so fans are actually encouraged to skip out on work or school to attend the show. He hosts the podcast “Bertcast,” and his college party life was loosely the inspiration for National Lampoon’s “Van Wilder.” Kreischer is known for his story about drinking with the Russian mob while on a college trip to Russia, and has shared this story on “WTF with Marc Maron,” “Loveline” and his Netflix show “Comfortably Dumb.” His book “Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child” was released in 2014. An after-party will take place at Lustre Rooftop Bar.
Details: 1 p.m. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $30. 480-719-6100.
Comedians Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson focus on storytelling in this weekly podcast. Sickler pays tribute to his home city of Baltimore in the podcast, and has appeared on “The Pete Holmes Show” and “Comedy Central’s Tosh.O.” Larson is a storyteller, and his stories have appeared on NPR’s “This American Life” and Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening.” He appeared in the new season of “Twin Peaks” and co-hosted “Best Bars in America” on the Esquire network.
Details: 7 p.m. Copper Blues at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $22. 480-719-6100.
I Seem Fun
Jen Kirkman’s podcast features only herself and is described as an “improvised monologue” about her life. She has filmed two Netflix specials: “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” in 2015 and “Just Keep Livin’?” this year. She was a roundtable guest on “Chelsea Lately” and appeared multiple times as the drunk narrator on the Comedy Central series “Drunk History.” Her New York Times-bestselling book “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids” was released in 2013.
Details: 7:15 p.m. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $22. 480-719-6100.
Saturday. Oct. 28
Doug Loves the Movies
Comedian and marijuana rights advocate Doug Benson talks about his passion for movies in this podcast, featuring special guests. He’s starred in the film “Super High Me,” hosted the video and podcast show “Getting Doug with High” and is currently the judge in the Comedy Central show “The High Court with Doug Benson.” He has also appeared on numerous television and podcast shows including “You’re the Worst,” “Trailer Park Boys” and “Comedy Bang Bang.”
Details: 4:20 p.m. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $20. 480-719-6100.
My Morning Podcast
Burr will be recording his “My Morning Podcast” on Saturday evening, in which he speaks candidly about his experiences, as well as current events and other topics. This is the first show to sell out at the festival. Burr’s comedy special “Let it Go” appeared on Comedy Central in 2010, and he has two Netflix specials, “You People Are All the Same” and “Walk Your Way Out.” The second season of animated series, “F is for Family,” was released earlier this year and has been renewed for a third season.
Details: 7 p.m. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Sold out. 480-719-6100.
Guys We F****d: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast
Hosted by Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher, the podcast features the comediennes interviewing men they have slept with, well-known figures in the sex industry and discussing sexual taboos. The podcast is very popular and is one of the most downloaded shows in iTunes, with more than 500,000 subscribers.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Stand Up Live at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $22. 480-719-6100.
The Harland Highway
Actor and comedian Harland Williams will host his podcast that features crazy characters, and touches on both serious and silly topics. He’s appeared in a number of films including “There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Half Baked.”
Details: 7 p.m. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive. $22. 480-921-9877.
Hear Me This Book
This podcast from Steve Rannazzisi features the actor and comedian talking to guests about their favorite books and what happens in them on the premise that Rannazzisi himself hasn’t read many books. Rannazzisi is best known for his role on the RX show “The League,” and has also appeared on “Daddy Knows Best,” “Big Day” and “Punk’d.”
Details: 9:30 p.m. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive. $22. 480-921-9877.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Never Not Funny
Comedian Jimmy Pardo’s podcast has been running since 2006, and features conversations between him and his producer Matt Belknap, as well as famous friends including Sarah Silverman, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler and Bob Odenkirk. Pardo was the longtime warm-up comedian on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.”
Details: 6 p.m. Stand Up Live, CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $20. 480-719-6100.
John Reep and Sarah Tiana host this podcast about the pair, who are both from the South, trying to live in southern California. Reep was the winner of season five of “Last Comic Standing” and has appeared on “Eastbound and Down,” “Black-ish,” and “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” Tiana was a regular on “Chelsea Lately” and Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” and also appeared on “Reno 911!”
Details: 6 p.m. Copper Blues at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $22. 480-719-6100.
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