The Boston Comedy Festival had announced its return next month for a five-night stint of laughs and legacy around Somerville. And this time around, there will be no shortage of beer thanks to a string of brewery shows that accompany the impressive program.
James Scott Patterson will also be returning to Boston, where he started his comedy career, to film his first one-hour special, Superior Design, September 21 at The Rockwell.
Barry Crimmins, legendary comedian and social critic — not to mention, the architect of the Boston Comedy scene as we know it — will be honored for his work both on and off the stage with the Boston Comedy Festival Lifetime Achievement award, as well as the Lenny Bruce Founding Father award.
On September 24, Stand Up for Recovery, a benefit show hosted by Tony V, will benefit the Lenny Bruce Foundation, as well as Right Turn, unifying two charities that benefit those struggling with addiction. Taking place at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, the lineup will include Lenny Clarke, Jim McCue, Jack Lynch, Joey Carroll, and a few other surprises that have yet to be announced.
The weekend will also feature its annual stand-up contest, with shows hosted by Will Smalley, Corey Rodrigues, Tom Dustin as well as other comics well-known around the city, featuring locals like Sean Sullivan, Andrew Mayer, and others, with guest appearances throughout the contest by Christine Hurley, Carolyn Plummer, and Orlando Baxter.
Boston native Robert Kelly will be presented with the Comedian of the Year award ahead of the contest finals at the Somerville Theatre on September 23. To end the festival, there will be three different shows, at three different breweries, all beginning on September 24. It’s the first time Boston Comedy Festival has attempted such a stunt, and if you’re conflicted as to what show to attend, just follow yur taste buds to either Aeronaut Brewing, Somerville Brewing Company, and Winter Hill Brewery.
Here’s everyone who is taking part over the course of the week:
Matt Braunger | Judah Friedlander | Todd Barry | Ms. Pat | Robert Kelly | Michelle Buteau | Barry Crimmins | Tony Hinchcliffe | Brian Redband | Bethany Van Delft | Chad Daniels Nick Chambers | Orlando Baxter | Will Smalley | James Patterson | Ashley Gavin | Michael Keegan | Jim Flannigan | Brent Terhune | Jill Weiner | Alvin David | Xazmin Garza | Joshua O’Neill | Mark Gallagher | Alvin Irby | Drew Dunn | Anthony Kapfer | Sherlonda Clarke | Jason Cheney| Mickey Housley | Rich Gustus | Brian Longwell | Logan Guntzelman | Amy Garson | Mike Baldwin | Mark Riley | Pedro Gonzalez | Erin Maguire| | Usama Siddiquee | AJ Foster | Andrew Mayer | Janet McNamara | E.J. Murphy | Erin Spencer | Zachary Brazao | Jessica Fleischer | Pamela Ross | Justin Chambliss | Nick Ortolani | Dwayne Murphy | Jeff Pfoser | Bill Miller | Chris Post | Emily Ruskowski | Susanne Boitano | Dan Harumi | Amber Preston | Sean Sullivan | Kathe Farris | Fumi Abe | Alex Carabano | More to come!