In its fifth year of existence and awesomeness, Bridgetown Comedy Festival is bringing back many favorites and veterans, like hilarious lefty mimic James Adomian and local boy/founder Matt Braunger, as well as AMAZING performers Maria Bamford, Tim Heidecker, and Todd Barry, but they have also gone out of their way to freshen up the offering to keep this festival exciting for everybody- over HALF the roster is new to Bridgetown, so look out for some hilarious new faces, as well as some great headliners that we just haven’t been lucky enough to host yet!
Also, please note that although the general population is 1%-2% red-headed, the Bridgetown line-up is 6% red-haired, which has got to mean something. Tell me if you figure out what it means.
Pete Holmes returns after setting the Bridgetown world on fire in 2011- this year, he started the very strange and funny You Made It Weird podcast, has voiced a baby who sells stocks on the internet, and made return appearances on John Oliver’s Comedy Central stand-up show!
Former SNL writer and Onion contributor Mike Drucker will be back, he’s amazingly funny and cerebral- he has worked with Brian Posehn and Patton Oswalt, and has also hung out with my dogs! Also, it’s his birthday today!
The incredibly talented, phenomenally awkward Jesse Case is returning to eat veggie dogs and crack jokes!
My tiny hero, Janine Brito, is returning from San Francisco, she made waves last year with her bowtie and her special jokes! Goddamnit but she’s funny!
Even more exciting are some of the comics making their Bridgetown premiere:
Alice Wetterlund is a recent LA transplant from Noo Yawk, where she kicked all kindsa ass at the UCB and wrote with Bridgetown alum Kurt Braunholer. She will recap the shit out of Grey’s Anatomy for you.
Dan Mintz– he’s the voice of Tina on Bob’s Burgers, and even more than that, he’s a funny Alaskan.
Nate Bargatze– A Tennessee native and national touring act, he’s the son of a magician, which is a common curse at his house. He lives in New York City and wants to tell you jokes.
Sagar Bhatt- He’s in sneaker commercials! He was a finalist on Last Comic Standing! He makes films! My God, what doesn’t he do?
Lucas Dick- We’re excited for the Bridgetown premier of Andy Dick’s son, Lucas, who is very funny in his own right, but whom I hope will not try to fight me at an afterparty, or go missing for several days after the festival.
Mary Mack is an incredible and very unique performer, having appeared on Last Comic Standing and Live at Gotham. She can play the mandolin and charm the birds out of the trees. I like her, is what I guess I’m saying. She’s on Marc Maron’s amazing podcast this week, so wet your beak!
Matt Ingebretson– he draws, he tweets, he stands up and tells jokes! He’s written for Funny or Die and the Tommy Wi-Show! Check out this amazin’ dude!
Taylor Williamson– He’s been on Last Comic Standing, Montreal Juste Pour Rire (but the English language version) MTV’s Total Request Live, and is the youngest person to do comedy on Craig Ferguson’s show. (Low whistle)
Amanda Perrin- A redheaded Canadian lady who’s funny- she might as well be our mascot. She’s from Calgary and is hilarious. Please make a point of checking her out!
Matt Fulchiron– He can be seen in his own Comedy Central Presents and has been featured on Live at Gotham, Last Comic Standing, Tosh.0, Craig Ferguson and Comics Unleashed, and is right now at SXSW, eating tacos and leering at UT students.
Guy Branum– He’s got a wikipedia page, which for me is the height of obvious awesomeness. He’s a writer and regular panelist for Chelsea Lately, “Staff Homosexual” on Chelsea Lately and worked against type as Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in No Strings Attached. Guy also writes for the “Gay Voices” section of The Huffington Post, and ironically he’s not gay, just another straight actor pretending. Just kidding, he’s as gay as the Queen’s hat. Check his business out! And when I say, “business”, I mean his comedy.
Katie Crown- What? Another funny Canadian? What are we, sponsoring green cards? This lady has appeared on the Jon Dore show (le sigh! So great), she’s a puppeteer and voice actor, and is in general crazy talented.
Ever Mainard– This lady kicks all kinds of ass in Chicago comedy, and is one of that city’s favorites. She’ll improv you, and she’ll stand you up, she’ll make you laugh!
Ben Roy- He’s outta Colorado, where he ran a show with Bridgetown returning alum Adam Cayton-Holland- he’s performed at the New Faces showcase in Montreal and just about everyplace else! His favorite Cormac McCarthy book is Suttree, which is also my favorite! Fuck “The Road!”
Tone Bell- Won NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity contest in 2011, is a theatre major, likes cats, coffee, and making breakfast for nice girls. He’s coming to Bridgetown out of Dallas, Texas. If you’ve never seen a Texan before, approach with caution.
Other shows to watch out for: the amazing film FREAKDANCE will be screened!
The incredible long-form improv show, ASSSSCAT returns with another all-star cast!
Clear your calendars from April 12th to the 15th, buy tickets and find a place to sleep! It’s comin’! Follow @bridgetown on Twitter and like them on Facebook and do all that crap! BECAUSE IT’S HOW TO HAVE FUN!
Updates! Janeane Garofalo, Rory Scovel, and Jon Glaser! And Amy Schumer! And Mary Lynn Rajskub! Holy Crap!