Unfortunately the world is not a great place for live comedy right now. We hope to move the festival to this summer and will announce new dates as soon as possible. We hope all our audience members and performers stay safe and healthy in the meantime. We appreciate your support and of course the support of all our sponsors.
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Jourdain Fisher has got it all. He is a hilarious comedian, writer, actor and has a beautiful singing voice in the shower. He has written for Viceland, 50 Central on BET and most recently, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Jourdain was highlighted as one of 2018’s New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, was a finalist in 2017’s Stand Up NBC in Los Angeles. He has participated in Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Festival, he was also a two time winner of The Ultimate and consistently headlines at clubs and colleges across the country. He has also performed on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central.
This show will be at The Starr Theatre of CTG.
Laura Kightlinger is a writer, stand-up comic, and actor. She created and starred in her own critically acclaimed TV show, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman. She currently plays narcissist mom, Deb Taylor, on the hit Hulu series, PEN15. She has played popular reocurring character Nurse Sheila on Will & Graceand has been a consulting producer on the show since its inception. Laura has voiced several characters in Lego Batman, Ninjago, and is currently “Dr. Scott” in Dr. Katz: The Audio Files. At the recent JFL Comedy Festival, Kightlinger was heralded in the Montreal Gazette as “a femme fatale deadpan who took risks leading the audience into hilariously dark, unexpected territory.” Over the years, she’s had several half-hour standup specials on Comedy Cental and HBO, and is presently preparing for an hour-long special. She was a series regular on HBO’s, Lucky Louie and Amazon’s, Take My Wife. Her book, Quick Shots of False Hope, described by the New York Times BookReview as a “memorable, disturbing, and darkly comic debut.,” is being adapted for televsion.
60 Spins Around the Sun, the documentary Kightlinger directed, chronicling activist, Randy Credico’s fight to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws, won ‘Best Documentary’ in the Boston, Empire State, Black Maria and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Laura won ‘Best Director’ for her first short film, Dependable People, at the Black Maria Film Festival. Other shorts she’s written and directed include: Cat Demon: Re-Exhumed, American Heroine, Roy Fabcock: Legendary Lover, Exposition 7, Laura Gets Adopted, the three-episode short series, Cat Guys, and the stop-motion thriller, The Scrap County Murders.
Dana Gould began his professional comedy career at the age of seventeen. Between Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, Dana has six solo stand-up comedy specials to his credit. He has appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, CONAN, MARON As an actor, Dana has had memorable turns on SEINFELD, PARKS AND REC, is one of the few actors to play his live-action self on FAMILY GUY. He was a cast member of Frank Darabont’s 1940’s crime drama MOB CITY, in addition to numerous roles in films such as 2016’s cult horror anthology SOUTHBOUND. Speaking of horror anthologies, (and we were) Dana also recently completed filming CREEPSHOW for AMC’s Shudder platform.
Dana was a writer/performer on the original BEN STILLER SHOW and maintains an equally active career as a writer. After creating the pilot WORLD ON A STRING (with The Simpsons’ Jay Kogen), he co-created MTV’s late, lamented SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM with his old Ben Stiller office-mate Rob Cohen. Dana then joined the staff of THE SIMPSONS, where he was a Co- Executive Producer and performed several voices for the show. He was also a producer on NBC’s PARKS AND REC.
Dana is the creator and executive producer of the IFC horror-comedy STAN AGAINST EVIL starring John C. McGinley. STAN AGAINST EVIL premiered in October of 2016 to strong reviews and stronger ratings. STAN AGAINST EVIL ran for three seasons on IFC.
In addition, Dana recently developed a hour-long series based on Steve Niles’ comic book series THE OCTOBER FACTION for NETFLIX, and his graphic novel adaption of Rod Serling’s original draft of the screenplay for PLANET OF THE APES is now on the shelves from Boom! Comics.
Despite all this, stand-up remains a focal point of Dana’s career, and he continues to perform regularly across the country. His monthly podcast, THE DANA GOULD HOUR, frequently resides in iTunes’ top ten comedy downloads. In 2017, Dana released MR. FUNNY MAN on Kill Rock Stars, a predominantly indie music label. MR. FUNNY MAN, Dana’s first comedy album since 2015’s I KNOW ITS WRONG, debuted on iTunes comedy chart at #1.
Award winning improv comedy from Greensboro’s longest running house team.
Between the two of them Steve Lesser and AJ Schraeder have decades of sketch comedy experience. Their festival show includes a selection of their favorite sketches from the shows they’ve done over the years together.
JD Etheridge is a comic out of Greensboro, NC. He loves video games and grilled cheese sandwiches. He’s opened for Rodney Perry, Tom Segura, Ms Pat, Mo Alexander, and Ian Bagg. His energy and crowd working skills keeps the people engaged and laughing their asses off. He’s also the co-host of a podcast called “The Open Micers” with fellow comic Micah Hanner.
Daredevil is a collective group of Improvisers spanning over 25 years of experience & training from UCB, the Groundlings, iO, Second City in Chicago & Hollywood. Somehow this merry band of fools found each other in the small beach town of Wilmington, North Carolina, where they perform weekly doing a variety of improv comedy shows. For this festival, they plan on doing some fearless longform, spiced with characters, romance & nonsense.