[Spotlight] the Idiot Box Presents Inaugural North Carolina Comedy Festival
A six-day long comedy festival featuring around 250 comedians is coming to Greensboro from Feb. 19 through 24. The North Carolina Comedy Festival is presented by The Idiot Box located below Geeksboro Coffee & Beverage Company and is spread out along four venues: The Idiot Box, High Point Theatre, Carolina Theatre and the Community Theatre of Greensboro’s The Starr Theatre. This festival is headlined by not one, but multiple well-known and respected comedians such as Sasheer Zamata, Todd Glass, Eddie Pepitone, Ms. Pat, Mo Alexander plus improv and sketch and Eddie Brill with Andy Forrester, Commonwealth Improv and Robot Johnson.
Co-owner of the Idiot Box and co-coordinator of the festival, Jennie Stencel said this comedy festival is the first one put-on by the Idiot Box, and it is the first of its kind in Greensboro.
“This is really large, and typically festivals aren’t this long,” she said. “And they don’t encompass so many different types of comedy.”
She said The Idiot Box has wanted to do a festival of its own for a while, but “didn’t want to steal anybody’s thunder.” However, after noticing various comedy festivals pop up in North Carolina, Stencel wanted to do this festival a totally different way.
“I am really excited because, of the 120 regular comics, you wouldn’t recognize their name necessarily, any one of these people could have their own Netflix special,” she said.
Of the 250 comedians, Stencel said 120 of them are stand-up comedians, and 40 of which are from North Carolina. Among those 40 are Stencel and other performers who have come from The Idiot Box as well.
She said that Greensboro has a wonderful, underground stand-up comedy scene that may not be as well-known.
“It is a very supportive, fun [comedy] scene here, and is incredibly diverse,” she said. “Which is part of the reason I love doing comedy in Greensboro, you never know who is going to be in your audience.”
Tickets range from $12 to $35 and $50 and up for preferred seating. Some of these ticket prices include a meal within the price. Check out nccomedyfestival.com for more information and to see the full schedule turn to page 16 and 17.