Boston Comedy Festival Strong Laughs

Share Article

The Boston Comedy Festival -- Nov 8 through 16

Have a laugh you deserve it and it's good for you!

Comedians First Big Break at Comedy Festival
96 Top Comedians Compete for $10,000 Cash
November 8 - 16, 2013

96 comedians from around the world are pinning their hopes on Boston this November as they prepare for the 14th Annual Boston Comedy Festival. Finalists from the comedy competition will go head-to-head in front of industry judges for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could launch their careers. The Boston Comedy Festival will also feature headliners like, Marc Maron, Kevin Meaney, Steve Sweeney, Judah Friedlander, Tony V, Lenny Clarke and Andy Kindler just to name a few. The Boston Comedy Festival will also feature Boston ’s hottest new Improv group Comedy Sportz Boston who will defend Boston against Improv groups from around the nation. The Boston Comedy Festival will culminate with The Boston Comedy Festival Final on Saturday Nov 16 at 8pm at the historic Somerville Theatre. Comedian Jim McCue will host, as the great eight finalists will compete for the $10,000 first prize check and a chance to launch their career. The finale will also feature an appearance by comedian Marc Maron who will be receiving this year’s Comedian of the Year Award. Marc is best known for his WTF pod cast and his sitcom on IFC Maron as well as showcases on Conan, Comedy Central and Netflix. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Emmanuel Lewis who will receive his award for his iconic role on the hit sitcom Webster.

Performances will take place at six theaters and clubs from Friday, November 8 through Saturday November 16. Tickets range from $6 to $25. Shows sell out fast so advance ticketing is encouraged. Tickets and info at:

A Boston tradition, now in its 14th year, this event is not to be missed.
Additional Info:

About The Finals: The excitement builds to a comedic crescendo as one extra talented comedian is awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to launch a career. "The cream rises to the top," adds Festival founder Jim McCue -- on the stellar lineup that makes up the Final show. The eight comedians that have made it through the preliminaries and the semi-finals will perform. Celebrity judges (historically, a panel of agents, managers, and network executives, many from NY and LA) that night will choose this year's Boston Comedy Festival winner and are also in town to scout talent. Numerous comedians have appeared on late night television and Comedy Central and received significant comedy career boosts such as opportunities for management and agent representation, as a result of the festival. Past success stories include Joe Wong (semi-finalist whose credits now include performing at the White House Correspondents Dinner and Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres show); Tom Cotter (BCF Winner, America’s Got Talent); Tommy Savitt(BCF Winner); Darryl Lenox(BCF Finalist, Conan) Myq Kaplan (Conan, BCF Finalist); Kelly MacFarland (TNT,BCF Finalist)
; And many more.

Not only does the festival showcase some of the hottest talent in the country, it also celebrates the legendary exceptional talent of Boston itself -- making Boston a well-known name as one of the best places to find comedy talent. Steve Sweeney, Lenny Clarke, Tony V, and are just a few of the comedians who will be headlining shows at the festival. Boston comedians who are rarely back in the city where they first cut their comedy teeth will also return -- including Kevin Meaney and Marc Maron.

Additional fun facts:

  • Jim McCue will be featured on the "Morning Buzz" - a nationwide TV comedy show -- Nov. 9 @ 8pm and 10pm during the Judah Friedlander show, he will do a special Boston "shout-out" to get the show rolling.
  • Daughter of Tommy Chong, "Precious Chong," is among the comedians who are competing in the competition portion of the festival.

The 96 comedians in the competition bring a variety of experience -- some are fresh new talent, others have headlined shows and appeared on television, radio, and toured, including performing for the military. They were selected out of hundreds of international submissions.

Information for all shows and locations can be found @

More details to follow (lineups subject to change – please check web site for most current info)

Boston Comedy Festival Headliner Shows
November 8 through 16

Friday Nov 8- 7pm
Steve Sweeney (Davis Square Theatre)
This year’s festival kicks off at the Davis Square theatre at 7pm with Steve Sweeney. Steve is known as the "undisputed King of Boston comedy“, Sweeney will host show, which will include both music and comedy and Soprano's alum Frank Santorelli.
Friday Nov 8- 8pm
Darryl Lennox (Nicks Comedy Stop)
2012 was a big year for Boston Comedy Festival alumni and comedian Darryl Lenox. Stage time Magazine named his CD Blind Ambition “one of the Top 5 Comedy Albums of 2012. Along with the album release on Stand Up! Records, 2012 also saw the release of his hour-long standup special of the same name on Starz. This marked the first feature comedy special to appear on the network.

Kevin Meaney (Davis Square Theatre)
Kevin Meaney is no stranger to the Boston Comedy scene, and this is a rare opportunity to see him in the intimate Davis Square Theater. Since his first HBO special, Kevin has enjoyed an incredible career including legendary performances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live, Oprah, and many more.
Saturday Nov 9 - 8 and 10pm
Judah Friedlander: (Davis Square Theatre)
Judah Friedlander On the comedy stage, Judah Friedlander is The World Champion. You have watched Judah as “Frank Rossitano” on the Emmy-winning “30 Rock”. Judah has made multiple hilarious appearances on many late night talk shows including: Letterman, Conan, and Fallon & The Daily Show.

Saturday Nov 9 8pm
Jim Florentine (Nicks Comedy Stop)
Jim Florentine is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, comedian, who is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic's hit heavy metal talk show series "That Metal Show". Jim Florentine is best known for his work on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers.

Wednesday Nov 13 8pm
Funny Females Show (Johnny D’s)
Hosted by: Kelly MacFarland
One of Boston’s most popular comedians Kelly has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. She will be joined by some of the funniest woman on the planet.
Friday Nov 15 8pm
Lenny Clarke: (Johnny D’s)
Lenny Clarke is one of a kind. Since his early days in Boston, Clarke starred in his own short-lived network sitcom Lenny (1990), and in such TV shows as Contest Searchlight, The Job, The John Larroquette Show and It's All Relative and movies like Monument Ave., Fever Pitch and Southie. From 2004 to 2011, Clarke appeared in the recurring role of Uncle Teddy on the FX comedy-drama Rescue Me.
Friday Nov 15 8pm
The Dirty Show (Nick’s Comedy Stop)
Tom Dustin
Tom Dustin has been busy assembling the dirtiest acts he could find to push the limits of good taste into the gutter. Warning: If you can be offended you will be at this show.
Friday Nov 15 8pm
Tommy Savitt: (Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den)
Multi- Award winning comedian, Tommy Savitt, has won the prestigious 2007 Boston Comedy Festival, 2008 Seattle Comedy Competition, and was honored for the "Best In Comedy” category at the 2009 LA Comedy Awards. Tommy has dedicated this past decade to performing for our troops here and abroad.
Sat Nov 16 7pm
The Tony V experience (The Davis Square Theatre)
Tony V has been a card carrying Comedian ever since Punch lines were discovered by Portuguese explorer, Vasco DiGama I'm 1789...since them he has appeared in movies, like The Heat and the The World's Greatest Dad. He has also performed on Television, which is that flat screen appliance with the moving pictures on it. Mostly, though, he tells quality jokes at a fare price...go to to read all about also register there to win valuable free time.
Several special comedy guests will join Tony.

Sat Nov 16 8pm
Jon Rineman: (Nicks Comedy Stop)
Jon Rineman is a multi-talented funnyman. People might know his name from his job as a monologue writer at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and he also performs stand-up, as you will see for yourself if you are lucky enough to get a ticket to this show.
Saturday Nov 16 9:00pm
Tommy Savitt: (Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den)
Multi- Award winning comedian, Tommy Savitt, has won the prestigious 2007 Boston Comedy Festival, 2008 Seattle Comedy Competition, and was honored for the "Best In Comedy” category at the 2009 LA Comedy Awards. Tommy has dedicated this past decade to performing for our troops here and abroad.
Saturday Nov 16 9:00pm
Andy Kindler: (Davis Square Theatre)
Andy Kindler was a series judge on the seventh season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He is the star of two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and is a frequent guest and correspondent on The Late Show with David Letterman. Andy recurred on Everybody Loves Raymond, Comedy Central’s The Root of All Evil and Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, and he has appeared on the HBO Young Comedians Special, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and The Daily Show.
Andy delivers the State of the Industry Address each year at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Boston Comedy Festival Finale (Somerville Theatre)
14th annual Boston Comedy Festival Finals – Hosted by Jim McCue with Special guest Marc Maron of WFT pod cast and IFC hit show Maron fame will be receiving the Comedian of the year award, The Boston Comedy Festival Contest is one of the most prestigious Comedy Contests in the world! During the week long festival 96 comedians from all over the world have competed in a no-holds-barred stand up comedy contest. Now just 8 of the funniest comedians on the planet remain. The winner will walk away with $10,000!
Since 2000, the Boston Comedy Festival has made a name for it’s self as the comedian’s comedy festival. For more details, visit

Boston Comedy Festival Venues:
Somerville Theater
55 Davis Square Somerville, MA
617 625-5700
The Davis Square Theatre (few blocks from the Davis Square T, situated between Foundry-on-Elm and The Burren)
255 Elm Street, Somerville MA.
Nicks Comedy Stop
100 Warrenton St Boston, MA
(617) 248-1976
Johnny D’s Davis Square Somerville
17 Holland Street Somerville, MA 02144
617- 776-2004
Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den
Below Howl at the Moon
Located at 184 High Street Boston MA
(617) 248-1976

The Center for the Arts Armory
191 Highland Ave #1A Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-2191

More Comedy…

Sunday Nov 10 through 15 @ 7 and 9pm nightly

Preliminary and Semi Final Rounds of Contest (Davis Square Theatre)

November 9,10 Start time @ 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Comedy Sportz Boston (Davis Square Theatre)
If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? Then you’ll love ComedySportz. The show pits two teams of comedians against each other in a variety of games, in which they compete for audience laughter.
November 9 @ 2pm
Funny Shorts (films) (Davis Square Theatre)
Films TBA
Massmouth Story Telling: (The Center for the Arts Armory)

Friday Nov 8th 6:30- 7:30PM Workshop 8pm -10 pm show

This fall the Boston Comedy Fest features funny stories from Boston. Come to tell! Come to listen.
Not sure if you have a story? Always wanted to learn how storytelling differs from stand-up and tying balloon animals? Come an hour before the show for a fun filled story workshop with Norah Dooley, co-founder of massmouth,inc,. It will be right in the café. Workshop limited to 25 people. $15 + ticket price on line or $25 + ticket price at the door.

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2013
Contact-Jim McCue Helen McCue
For Immediate Release: October 2013
Press Contact (numbers not for publication) –
Jim McCue
or Helen McCue

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Jim McCue

Jim McCue
since: 02/2009
Follow >
Boston Comedy Festival
since: 05/2009
Like >
Visit website