by Megan Radke
It’s almost that time again! Obviously, the most wonderful time of the year, Dallas Comedy Festival (DCF) kicks off on Tuesday, March 22. To help you put together your festival schedule, we want to make sure you get to know as many of the fabulous out-of-town acts as possible that will be dropping into Dallas Comedy House.
Meet New Orleans-based comedian and writer, Kaitlin Marone!
What can we expect from your set at DCF? (Without, you know, giving everything away…)
I am really enjoying this beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy of a presidential race.
I read that when you were growing up, you would record your own episodes of All Things Considered. I did the same thing! But, my radio shows were basically just made up traffic reports and taking calls from callers who weren’t there. What were your stories like?
Cool, I never would have taken on traffic reports, too dangerous! I can't actually remember my stories. I just remember always, always assuming the role of Corey Flintoff. He was an anchor at the time, but now he's the Russia Correspondent, and to this day I find his voice to be the most soothing out of everyone on the show. Sometimes I think if I had grown up in the Steve Inskeep era of All Things Considered I would be a much worse-off person than I am today. Is this too deep into NPR? Steve Inskeep is a goon.
Tell me a little about the Womyn’s Pizza Collective.
The Womyn's Pizza Collective is an explicitly feminist pizza party that me and my friend, collaborator, and neighbor, Margee Green, host from time to time. We invite all the female comedians in New Orleans to come eat pizza and hang out. We started it because we realized that while we're both the kind of feminists that will gladly ruin Christmas by arguing about abortion, we could be better at actually having positive relationships with other women. We wanted to be more popular and we also wanted to foster positive relationships between women in the scene to collectively counteract the rampant bullsh*t that women face in comedy. I genuinely think we've achieved both of those goals, and I'm really proud of that. Being popular is great; I had no idea!
You’re an improviser and you perform stand-up. What advice do you have for anyone aspiring to do either, or both?
Just try it and see if you like it at all. Both improv and stand-up take time to be any good at them and you just have to remind yourself of that constantly. You really have to like it to stick with it long enough to get good, so make friends.
OK, anything else we should know before we welcome you to Dallas from NOLA?
I am planning to go to the Book Depository and am open to other suggestions for unpleasant tourist activities.
Don’t miss Kaitlin on Tuesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. with Seth Cowles, Grant Redmond, and Paul Varghese. Tickets are on sale now!
Megan Radke is currently a Level 3 student at DCH. She is a copywriter and social media manager by day and an essayist and mediocre musician by night. She is a constant consumer of books, music, film, and all things comedy. She is also great at racking up copious amounts of credit card debt with spur-of-the-moment travel.
With eleven sketch shows, 30 stand-ups, and 37 improv teams hitting our stage, this year’s festival, March 22-26. is the largest it has ever been. It’s bigger, it’s better, and now we can officially announce our #DCF2016 headliners.
Frank Caeti (MadTV, Second City) returns to Dallas Comedy Festival this year, ready to bring big laughs. A festival favorite, Caeti has performed, directed, and instructed improv and sketch across the world. With him, he brings Ithamar Enriquez (Jimmy Kimmel LIve!, Arrested Development, Key & Peele), his friend and fellow performer who is a star in his own right. Performing in both his critically acclaimed one-man show, Ithamar Has Nothing to Say, and an improvised set with Caeti, Enriquez’s trademark physical performance style is something you won’t want to miss.
Additionally, The Katydids - known for their breakout comedy Teachers on TVLand and several well-circulated webseries - will be closing out Dallas Comedy Festival on Saturday night. Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien, and Kathryn Renee Thomas are as supportive on-stage as they are off. Dallas Comedy Festival is more than excited to have such a comedy force of funny headlining our festival.
“Putting together this year’s Festival, it was clear that there is so much talent out there. We had a record number of submissions and are putting on a record number of shows.,” said Amanda Austin, owner and artistic director of the Dallas Comedy House. “There is something for everyone at this year’s festival.”
The Dallas Comedy Festival continues to expand its workshop lineup, and this year is no different. Workshop topics taught by The Katydids include supporting your scene partner and how to create content from web to television. Enriquez’s physical comedy workshop, shut up and move, and Caeti’s offering of a Harold introduction and acting in impov are just the start. Additional workshops are offered by instructors from Asheville to Austin to San Diego (and our very own Dallas Comedy House).
Registration for workshops are on sale now. Early bird registration ends on March 6th, and general registration closes on March 24th.
All-Access Passes to the Festival - which includes guaranteed admittance into shows, prime seating, an invitation to all festival parties, and more - are also on sale now through March 6th. All-Access passes are limited.
For more information on festival shows and workshops, press passes, or to schedule an interview with comedians for the 2016 festival, contact Maggie Rieth Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at the Dallas Comedy Festival this year!
Keegan-Michael Key (2013 Dallas Comedy Festival Headliner) and Brad Morris (2011 Dallas Comedy Festival Headliner) will star in a new pilot for USA Network.
Brad, (Second City, Cougar Town, Modern Family, The League) is a member of Uncle's Brother Improv Trio with Joe Canale and Tim Meadows, headlined the 2011 DCF with three shows and taught an improv workshop.
Keegan-Michael (Second City, MadTV), is 1/2 of the comedy duo, Key & Peele, from Comedy Central. He'll be performing Friday, March 29th @ 10:30PM at the Dallas Comedy Festival with his improv troupe, The 313.
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DCF2013 headliner @MaribethMonroe will appear on ABC's Modern Family on Wednesday, February 20th.
Hopefully your DVR can record multiple shows, b/c you can also watch Comedy Central's Workaholics, where Maribeth is known for her role as Alice.
Maribeth will be teaching a workshop and performing in three shows while in town for the 4th Annual Dallas Comedy Festival.
Workshops for 2013 DCF are now available for registration. Register before March 1st and save money! CLICK HERE to register!
We love the Dallas Comedy Festival. We think it's a grand old time. But there are tons of improv festivals all over the world. Recently, a group of festival producers got together in cyberspace and compiled a list of dos and don'ts for submitting to improv festivals. There's also a list of upcoming festivals in 2013, so you can submit until your heart is content. If you've ever thought about submitting to a festival, take a gander at this document for a few pointers. Happy submitting!
Submissions are now open for DCF 2013! Early bird submission saves you cash, so get your submissions in early. FINAL submission date is December 15th. All entries will be notified on or before January 5, 2013 of their festival status.
Find out more about submitting your act HERE!
Dallas Comedy House took a bath in funny pheromones then baited in talent from across the country for this year's Dallas Comedy Festival, which runs from March 27 through April 1. The line-up looks slammin,' and we'll have interviews with the comedians up until the fest kicks off, so that you can get to know these folks a little better before you spend an evening in their company. Until then, here's a quick run-down; consider it foreplay for your funny bone....(read the full article HERE!)
RockStar Bake Shop is another tasty food truck drivin' up to DCF! They'll be here all week, serving their delicious Whoopie Pies and other tasty treats! Oh, and did we mention...you can take your food into the Dallas Comedy House and enjoy sweet shows with your sweet treats!
You can find RockStar Bake Shop's full mobile schedule and menu HERE!
Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, the esteemed Dallas Grilled Cheese Food Truck, will be at the festival on Saturday, March 31st from 6PM-10PM. They serve some of the tastiest grilled cheeses around, so bring an empty belly to the festival on Saturday night! Even better...Dallas Comedy House will let you bring your food inside and watch the show.
Grilled Cheeses. Great Laughs. Enjoy!
Check out Ruthie's Full Menu and Mobile Schedule HERE!