Ninth Annual Festival Runs September 24th through 30th
Stop laughing at New Jersey, the Hoboken Comedy Fest is a killer annual event with an outstanding line up and to benefit a great cause. This year brings the ninth annual event and it’s the fifth year they’re raising money for the Liberty Humane Society. Founder Dan Frigolette is very proud of the festival, the cause and the money they’ve raised. “Animal well-being and human well-being go hand in hand, especially for artists” he said. “You would be hard pressed to find group of artists that aren’t responsible for dogs, cats and variety of pets and those animals are both inspirations for art and facilitators of acceptance for the artists, and it feels darn good to give back.”
The line up is as strong as ever, with Jessimae Peluso, Cipha Sounds, T.J. Miller, Tim Dillon, Corinne Fisher, Rich Vos, Jacob Williams, Wil Sylvince, Myq Kaplan, Rich Vos, Sherrod Small, Mike Recine, Emma Willmann, Brendan Sagalow and Seaton Smith all making the trek across the Hudson for the six day festival.
Each night during the weekdays an established emcee, a handful of new talent comedians, a television tested feature act and a veteran headliner will take the stage for 90 minutes of comedy gold (jerry). Monday through Thursday new talenters will be competing against other new talenters to win a spot on the weekend shows and ultimately to be named Hoboken Comedy Festival winner and featured on the final show on Sunday and asked to return each year. One winner each weeknight is asked to return to perform on one of the weekend shows, along with an Emcee, two television tested feature acts and a veteran headliner. The stand out performance will be dubbed Hoboken Comedy Festival Winner. Judgement will take place by industry professionals who are responsible for booking comedy shows all throughout New York and New Jersey.
Looking to come out of the gates strong and powerful this year’s Hoboken Comedy Festival features some incredible headliners every day of the week with Monday September 24th featuring Corinne Fisher from NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and a widely revered podcast called “Guys We F*cked.” Tuesday invites Cipha Sounds, comedian/host of TruTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and the only comedian managed by Jay Z and Rocnation. Wednesday is headlined by the recognizable face of TJ Miller who’s work include Silicone Valley, and Deadpool. Thursday features comedian on the rise, on the heels of his Netflix Special Tim Dillon who also made waves with his one man comedy show held in a NYC Double Decker Tour bus. Friday brings in LA Comedian Jessimae Peluso who’s resume features multiple runs on Comedy Central, MTV, TruTV, E TV and massive country-wide comedy club success. Friday will also include a one of a kind battle style show, called Compliment Battle, where a slew of comedians are asked not to insult or “roast” one another, but rather Comedically Compliment one another. This show will feature MTV and Comedy Central’s Jacob Williams. Saturday’s early show will be headlined by NYC staple and Comedy Central legend Wil Sylvince with the late show being headlined by Myq Kaplan who’s comedy accomplishments rival the greats, with multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Conan, The Late Show, and Last Comic Standing. The festival will round out with a final performance Sunday September 30th, and a show called “Porn Stars Are Comedians” with adult film stars and comedians taking the stage together to perform comedy with the father of all NYC comedy Rich Vos headlining. The show is a spinoff of the Porn Stars Are People Podcast hosted by Dan Frigolette, who’s background includes HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Wendy Williams Show, The Artie Lange Show and The Bob and Tom Show. All in all the week will be a non stop humorfest with more than 80 comedians being featured.
Beyond all the charitable aspects of the Hoboken Comedy Festival, the goal on the website has always been listed to “Celebrate Hoboken’s Entertainment Independence” by bringing the best possible comedic talent to Hoboken for one week a year.
Even the feature acts are established with names such as Sherrod Small from VH1’s Best Week Ever, Mike Recine as seen on his Comedy Central Special, Emma Willmann who recently performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Brendan Sagalow a writer from MTV and Seaton Smith from Conan and Mulaney.
The Hoboken Comedy Festival takes place September 24th-30th all throughout Hoboken. Tickets to the Hoboken Comedy Festival are $20 on the weekday shows and $25 for the weekends, with $5 off all online sales the week prior to the festival at www.HobokenFestival.com. Venues are all over town with Monday and Tuesday at The Brass Rail 135 Washington Street, Wednesday at Arthur’s Tavern 237 Washington Street, Thursday at Barsky Gallery 49 Harrison Street, Friday’s two shows at Kolo Klub above Pilsener Haus 1422 Grand Street, Saturday in the event space of The Jubilee Center redubbed “Club Jubilee” for the event and revamped for comedy at 603 Jackson Street, and Sunday at Pilsener Haus at 1422 Grand Street. Every day features 8pm shows with 7pm doors, and Friday and Saturday both add a 1030pm show.