Orlando hosts 4-day comedy festival

September 22, 2011, 2:49 am

The Orlando Comedy Festival is set to kickoff its four days of laughter with more than 35 different acts on Sept. 29. This year marks the inaugural Orlando Comedy Festival, hosted and presented by Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows in cooperation with Todd Feren of Mama’s Comedy Show and Wally Dog Entertainment. The acts include standup, magic, improv, silent comedy and sketch comedy. The festival boasts, “If it’s funny, it’s here!”

This year’s headliner, Nick DiPaolo, will be taking the stage Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 p.m. DiPaolo has been nominated for two Emmy awards for the work he’s done in scripting “The Chris Rock Show,” he’s also been featured on Comedy Central, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the “Late Show with David Letterman” to name a few.

Sal The Stockbroker and Shuli Egar from “The Howard Stern Show” will be present for a festival-opening party at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Later that same night, at 10, the two will be performing their routine on the Main Stage.

Other comedians scheduled to perform in the multi-venue complex include: “The Sons of Hilarity,” Pedro Lima and Tom Murphy at 8 p.m. on Sept. 29; the “Heavy Hitters of Orlando” on Oct. 2 at 8:45 p.m.; and the Infinite Jester — Arnie Ellis on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

A kid’s comedy and improv festival is planned for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children ages 7 to 14 are invited to participate in an improv workshop, see family friendly comedians and maybe even perform their comedic routines in front of an audience.

Tickets can be purchased at OrlandoComedyFestival.com or the day of the show at Sleuths box office. The price for most shows is $5-$10, with headlining shows varying from $10-$20. Patrons can save up to 20 percent when purchasing shows together as a package.

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/os-orlando-comedy-festival-091911,0,5131561.story

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