5 Midwest comedy festivals to check-out this June and July

By CCF Staff writer Logan Rishaw

1.The 3rd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival
WHERE: Chicago, IL
WHEN: June 1-5
What: Presented by TruTV, The Onion, and AV Club, the 3rd
Rendition of the 26th
Annual Comedy Festival is a five day event with shows taking place at
some of Chicago’s best theatres.
Who: Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, Michael
Che, Chris Gethard, and many more!
For more info, check out their website: www.26comedy.com


2.Limestone Comedy Festival
WHERE: Bloomington, IN
WHEN: June 2- 4
What: The 4th Annual Limestone Comedy Festival features the some of the
best stand-up acts and podcasts with nearly 30 shows across five venues in
Bloomington, Indiana.
Who: Bobcat Goldthwait, Beth Stelling, Roy Wood Jr., Andy Erikson, Doug
Loves Movies, Picture This, The Mike Adams Show, and more!
For more info, check out their website: www.limestonefest.com

3. Great American Comedy Festival
WHERE: Norfolk, NE
WHEN: June 15-18
What: Now in its 9th year, The Great American Comedy Festival has been
Successfully committed to doing three things every year goals:
-Paying tribute to the legacy of Johnny Carson
-Bringing world-class entertainment to Norfolk
-Making Norfolk the place to be each June for comedy
Who: Tom Cotter, Rocky LaPorte, Tony V, Derek Hughes, Mark Normand,
Joe List, Dwayne Perkins, and more!
For more info, check out their website:

4. Chicago Women’s Funny Festival –Chicago, Il –June 16-19
WHERE: Chicago, IL
WHEN: June 16-
What: The fifth iteration of this all-female festival features hundreds of acts
of all kinds, from stand-up and sketch to improve and even burlesque.
Who: Abby Vatterott, Mary Zee, Gorilla Tango Burlesque, Improvised Jane
Austen, Love Me Tinder, and so much more!
For more info, check out their website:

Tickets: http://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2016/06/01/next-level-comedy-showcase-featuring-al-park-bop-stop

5.The Kansas City Fringe Festival –
Kansas City, MO –July 21-31
WHERE: Kansas City, MO
WHEN: July 21-31
What: This 11-day festival aims to blend performing and visual arts in a
delicate balance between mass and niche appeal with over 400 shows in 20
venues. The festival is put on for the benefit of KC Fringe, a not-for-profit
organization that supports the arts in the Kansas City area.
Who: All You Need is Love, Presto! An Improvised Musical, Erotic Circus,
What’s the Pointe?, River Cow Orchestra, Dueling Preachers Fringe Revival,
and hundreds more shows!
For more info, check out their website: www.kcfringe.org