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Lady Laughs Comedy Festival 2018


  • Multiple venues Madison, Wisconsin (map)

The annual festival returns with five days of shows focusing on female comics. Info/tix

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The Lady Laughs Comedy Festival's third edition highlights the talents of women comedians from around the Midwest and beyond, via events with titles like "The Broad Side" at Plan B, "Trail Blaze-HERS!" at the Nomad World Pub, and a "Clam Slam Open Mic!" at Camp Trippalindee. The whole five-day fest culminates with a show titled “I ❤ Funny Women!” at The Barrymore, which festival organizers have announced will will be "filmed with 3 cameras in a Streaming Network style."

The lineups for the shows, at least the ones featuring Madison comics whose work I know, look really great. The set of shows I could recommend most enthusiastically would be the four-pack of formidably funny lineups on November 8 at Plan B, which builds to sets from notable locals Cynthia Marie and Vanessa Tortolano, and the "Slay All Day! Show" on November 9 at Plan B, anchored by Stevie Leigh Crutcher and Brittany Tilander. The aforementioned "Clam Slam Open Mic!" at Camp Trippalindee, on November 9 and 10, should also be an entertaining grab bag given the number of performers in town for the fest—on top of a vibrant local scene that's always up for some stage time.

Passes for the whole festival are $75, and passes for individual days are either $15 or $20 depending on the day. —Chris Lay

Earlier Event: November 3
Dumb Vision, No Men, Proud Parents
Later Event: November 7
Too Late To Die Young