National Comedy Festival Will Be Hosted in the Triad
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Greensboro, NC – After 100’s and 100’s of submissions, the producers and talent selection committee have selected over 250 of the best stand up, improv, and sketch comedians to participate in the NC Comedy Festival.
There will be over 50 shows Feb 19 – 24 at one of 3 main venues in the Triad plus additional pop up shows throughout the week. On top of that, the NC Comedy Festival features some big names to headline: Todd Glass, Ms. Pat, Eddie Pepitone, and Sasheer Zamata. Other featured performers include Chicago’s Second City improv group “Mr. Chrysler” with Sayjal Joshi and Julie Marchiano, the “Don’t We Boys” a nationally-touring sketch group with Joe Anderson, AJ Schraeder, Sonny Pandit and even more big names in stand up including Andy Woodhull, Tom Simmons, Mo Alexander and more.
This major comedy festival was brought to the Triad by executive producer Jennie Stencel. Stencel has deep roots in the Triad since moving her in 2001; widely recognized for her traffic reporting on our local NBC affiliate WXII and performing in 1000’s of shows for the Idiot Box Comedy Club (which she owns and operates). This is not Stencel’s first go-around producing a major comedy event. The Ultimate Comic Challenge, a ~100 comedian stand up comedy competition, is also produced by Stencel and wraps its 10th year at the Carolina Theatre Jan, 20.
“Our goal with the [NC Comedy] Festival is to do something significant in our community” said Jennie Stencel, owner of the Idiot Box Comedy Club and executive producer of the UCC-X. “Bringing in over 250 amazing performers for some amazing shows drawing the audiences they should, should be a win for the NC comedy scene, comedy lovers in the Triad, local businesses, and the Idiot Box Comedy Club.”
“There’s been a lot of excitement across the board and especially for our headliners. People are very excited about Ms. Pat, Eddie [Pepitone], and Todd [Glass]. We’re especially excited about Sasheer Zamata – her time on Saturday Night Live and her stand up make her a perfect fit for an improv/sketch/stand up festival,” Stencel explained.
Steve Lesser, Idiot Box manager and producer of the NC Comedy Festival “It’s both exciting and nerve wracking. It’s a lot to do and lot of work to put on 50+ shows in one week. But most importantly is that we need the support of the Triad community – we need audience to come out for all of these amazing shows.”
Stencel pointed out that we are proud of the support that we have already received. “We’ve been able to partner with Community Theater of Greensboro (Starr Theatre), the Carolina Theatre (the Crown), and Geeksboro (The Idiot Box) who will providing performance venues throughout the event.” Stencel added “we’ve also been able to gather local sponsors that want to support this major comedy event, help make it successful, and make sure that it will grow to make it an even bigger community event in 2019.”
THE NC COMEDY FESTIVAL – The NC Comedy Festival is one of the largest comedy festivals in the country. The festival aims to be the biggest and best festival in the Southeast, bringing in a diverse group of improv, sketch, and stand up comedians to help further the NC comedy scene and the Triad community. www.nccomedyfestival.com
THE IDIOT BOX COMEDY CLUB – The Idiot Box Comedy Club is an award winning Comedy Club in the heart of midtown Greensboro featuring improv, stand up, and sketch comedy. With over 3000 improv comedy shows in Greensboro, the Idiot Box has the longest run of any stage show in Greensboro. The Idiot Box is co-located (with Geeksboro Coffee House) at 2134 Lawndale Dr., in Greensboro. www.idiotboxers.com.
TICKETS – Tickets prices vary from show to show. Information and ticket links may be found online at nccomedyfestival.com
For More Information Contact – Jennie Stencel – 336-834-8058