Pittsburgh Gets Funny @ the 2nd Annual Pgh Comedy Festival

Published On August 17, 2015 | By Megan Tomasic | The Arts

Pittsburgh’s bringing funny back at this year’s second annual Comedy Festival – a riotous 3-day celebration full of grins, laughs and knee slappers – from August 27-29. Organizers are working diligently to expose our city to the art of comedy, while also engaging performers from around the Pittsburgh area. The extended weekend will include stand-ups and improvisers, informative workshops, comedic shows, and programming for comedians and comedy fans of all ages.

Last year’s festival was the first of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. The festival’s featured performances included Judah Friedlander, and Cacowski & Talarico, along with 30 other acts, which attracted over 1,000 attendees. Sponsor Comedy Arts Pittsburgh (CAP) works towards raising the profile of comedy as a performing art in Pittsburgh by encouraging local comedians to emerge in national comedy acts.pghcomfest3

Scheduled celebrities for this year’s festival include stand-up act, Todd Glass, and Bombardo, an all-female improv team which includes Aubrey Plaza from “Parks and Recreation.”

Todd Glass often speaks about inventive material that has the intention of mocking stand-up, itself. Starting at the age of 16, Glass has continued to maintain a successful career, and he’s now working on his second movie.

The Kids Comedy Cabaret, hosted by Uke & Tuba, will also provide family-friendly fun in the form of a magic show and comedic performance. Vince Charming’s performance will combine illusion and magic with uplifting comedy.

CAP is still looking for volunteers to help out at the festival. All volunteers are required to attend an informational session prior to the event. Volunteers will also receive an official PCF 2015 t-shirt, access to all festival performances, lunch/dinner before or after shifts, and access to the happy hour and afterparty.

The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival will take place August 27 through August 29 at the Henry Heymann Theater. One-day Laugh-All-Night passes ($25) and weekend passes are still available, and a tentative schedule of the acts performing can be found on the event’s webpage.

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