2019 DALLAS COMEDY FESTIVAL #2019DCF WHAT: Stand-Up. Improv. Sketch Shows. Workshops. 5 Incredible Days of Comedy in the Heart of Dallas. WHERE: Dallas, TX WHEN: Tuesday, March 26 - Saturday, March 30, 2019
The History of Dallas Comedy Festival
The Dallas Comedy Festival (DCF) is an annual celebration of improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy that seeks to showcase the best up-and-coming local and national comedic talent while igniting a passion for the comedic arts in hearts of Dallasites.
Now in itʼs tenth year, the Dallas Comedy Festival continues to recruit top notch comedy acts from all over the United States for one week packed full of shows, workshops, and parties. The past decade has been a wild ride, and we can't wait to see where the next ten years take us.
The Dallas Comedy Festival began in 2010, when improv greats Jill Bernard (Huge Theater, Minneapolis) and Joe Bill (iO, Chicago) signed on to headline the festival and blew the crowds away with their nationally touring act, SCRAM! With over 25 acts in the inaugural year, the festival garnered attention from the press and the Dallas arts community as a “Must See” event that year. It set the tone for the fun-filled week comedy fans in North Texas have come to expect every March.
DCF was met with tremendous growth. Over 45 comedy acts appeared at the festival, with an impressive lineup of headliners. David Razowsky (Second City/Steppenwolf, Chicago) and Molly Erdman (Second City, The Break Womb) performed together in a show that is still one of the most talked about shows in the history of the Dallas Comedy Festival. They were joined by Uncleʼs Brother, featuring Joe Canale (Second City), Brad Morris (The League, Cougartown), and Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls).
DCF procured five of the top working improvisational comedians in the business today. Frank Caeti (MadTV, Second City) and Matt Craig (Saturday Night Live) brought the house down with their national touring sketch comedy show, FrankenMatt. Rich Talarico (Key and Peele), Bob Dassie (MadTV), and Craig Cackowski (Community), performed their trademark LA-based improv comedy show, Dasaraski for a standing room only.
With over 68 comedy acts, 7 workshops, and five days of shows and parties all culminated with headliners The 313 (featuring Key and Peele's Keegan Michael-Key and Workaholic's Maribeth Monroe). The Detroit-based improv team brought down the house with their high energy ensemble performance. Monroe and DCF favorite, Dave Razowsky, closed out the festival with a memorable two man show. Other great shows included Chicago's Sean Flannery's Black Out Diaries and of course a sell out show from Dallas favorite, Paul Varghese.
Celebrating 5 years of the festival, DCF was a great week of comedy. More submissions and shows than ever before, DCF 2014 brought a whole new range of talent from all over the nation. Comic Genius Rory Scovel opened the festival as one of the festival headliners. Scovel's was one of the best comic routines to ever grace the stage of DCH. Closing out the festival were improv legends Kate Duffy (Los Angeles) and Susan Messing (Chicago) with a most memorable performance, all in front of a sold-out audience.
We said, "goodbye" to our 2645 Commerce location and went out with a bang. Los Angeles based improv troupe Bangarang (featuring Orange is the New Black's Lauren Lapkus) led a series of workshops and top notch performances Friday and Saturday night. Their side splitting performances were followed by the improv greats, TJ and Dave (TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi) out of Chicago. It was a great way to say goodbye to the old 2645 Commerce Street location, with sold out shows and crowds busting at the seams of the small theater.
Our first year hosted at the new Dallas Comedy House location, the 2016 Dallas Comedy Festival changed the face of DCF. 200 performers, 33 showtimes, 10 workshops made the inaugural DCF at 3025 Main Street a smashing success. DCF Favorite Frank Caeti (MadTV, Second City) and Ithamar Enriquez (Ithamar Has Nothing to Say, Key and Peele) brought down the house with their two-man show. They were joined by the hilarious women of The Katydids (Cate Freedman, Katie Lambert, Kate O'Brien, and Kathryn Renee Thomas) of TV Land's Teachers fame for a sold-out performance on Saturday night.
The 2017 Dallas Comedy Festival brought in some of our most popular acts to date. Building off the success of 2016, a third stage to accommodate more acts, and a press night for Dallas bloggers and reporters to interview the many talented comedians. Headlining the festival was Improvised Shakespeare Company out of Chicago and Los Angeles, performing for sold-out shows on Friday and Saturday night, and comedian James Adomian bringing huge laughs on Thursday and Friday.
With stand-up headliner Sasheer Zamata (SNL, I Feel Pretty) and improv headliner 3Peat, the 2018 Dallas Comedy Festival recorded the highest attendance records to date. Selling out eleven of the 33 shows, crowds enjoyed improv, sketch, and stand-up shows across the Deep Ellum neighborhood on stages at both the Dallas Comedy House and Independent Bar & Kitchen. The laughter continued in the ten workshops and multiple after parties, building community among comedians and comedy fans alike.
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