National College Comedy Festival

National College Comedy Festival

January 31, 2017

Skidmore College is excited to host the 28th Annual National College Comedy Festival Feb. 10 - 11, 2017 in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater. Established in 1990 by Emmy Award winning producer David Miner '91, the National College Comedy Festival is a student-produced annual comedy show that features popular professional comedians and premier college groups from around the country. This year's co-producers are Andrew Uebelein, Sarah Rabinowtiz, and Keegan Kelly, all class of 2017. Past participants include Tig Notaro, Eugene Mirman, Derrick Comedy, Rory Scovel, and The Upright Citizens Brigade. The festival has gained national recognition, including a profile in the New York Times.

Founder David Miner '91 and past co-producer Jared Greenbaum '11 discuss ComFest at Skidmore.

This year's lineup includes the following:  

Aparna Nancherla is a comedian of the stand-up variety, but can often be seen sitting. She recently worked as a writer and performer for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC. You can also catch her on the current season of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and on the upcoming season of Judd Apatow’s Love on Netflix.

Opening for Aparna Nancherla is Troy Walker. Walker serves as an ambassador of Denver comedy at national and local comedy festivals including The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Telluride Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Montreal's New Faces of Comedy and most recently on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Saturday night The Improvised Shakespeare Company takes the stage to create a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes. Nothing is planned-out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you're wondering where the story is going...so are they! The Improvised Shakespeare Company, founded in 2005 by Blaine Swen, has been performing its critically-acclaimed show every Friday night at the world famous iO Theater for over nine years and continues to entertain audiences around the globe with its touring company. The ISC has been named Chicago's best Improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received a New York Nightlife Award for "Best Comedic Performance by a Group” and was recently honored by the Chicago Improv Foundation as its "Ensemble of the Year".

Opening for The Improvised Shakespeare Company is the sketch duo Nick and Gabe. Nick and Gabe join us from Chicago, where they recently closed their third hit comedy and musical revue show at The Second City. They are known for their hilarious satirical sketches and songs.

Tickets are available for purchase beginning at 10AM on Monday, February 6 in Skidmore College’s Case Center.  

College Performances Lineup

Friday, February 10, 7pm:

Whistling Shrimp  (Cornell University)

Chocolate Cake City  (Emerson College)

Starla and Sons  (Brown University)

The Sketchies  (Skidmore College)

Lunchbox  (Wesleyan University)

Feral Christine  (Sarah Lawrence College)

Out of Bounds  (Brown University)

AKT  (Skidmore College)

 

Saturday, February 11, 7pm:

45 Kings  (Loyola University Chicago)

Hammerkatz  (New York University)

Purple Crayon  (Yale University)

Skidomedy  (Skidmore College)

The Skits  (Cornell University)

Dangerbox  (New York University)

The Institute  (Tufts University)

The Ad Libs  (Skidmore College) 

Tags: Campus Life, Student Clubs, National College Comedy Festival, David Miner '91, Andrew Uebelein '17, Sarah Rabinowitz '17, Keegan Kelly '17
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