The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival brought a bizarre off-kilter, expect the unexpected comedy festival to Brooklyn for ten glorious years, but Mirman’s reign is over. He’s stepping down as master of comedy ceremonies for Brooklyn’s annual comedy festival, and he’s passing the torch to rising star Janelle James.
If you know Janelle you know she’s a killer on stage- she’s been opening for Chris Rock and last year delivered a killer first album. You also probably would not have thought of her as the successor to Eugene Mirman’s unusual throne, but we’re thrilled to hear that the annual fest is in her capable hands, and that she plans to keep things nutty.
So welcome to the Inaugural Janelle James Comedy Festival!
Mirman, says he will be attending the upcoming festival and added, “I am thrilled to be part of the first annual Janelle James Comedy Festival. She’s so funny and it’s a joy to see the joke of a self-titled comedy festival live on and be reborn.”
All shows will take place right where it all started: at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The festival will be overseen by Caroline Creaghead a former co-producer of The Eugene Mirman Festival. Tickets will go on sale in October, and the lineup will be announced as it is confirmed.
Janelle James is a New York based comedian that can be seen on The Comedy Lineup on Netflix, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac (NBC/Seeso), @midnight (Comedy Central), Uproarious (Fuse) and Crashing (HBO). She was included in the Just For Laughs Montreal’s New Faces category for 2016, named one of The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn 2016 and has been featured for her outstanding performance ability in The New York Times, Portland Tribune and Time Out Magazine. Janelle’s debut comedy album, Black and Mild was released on September 29th, 2017 on Audible, iTunes, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify and anywhere else the finest comedy is sold and streamed. Janelle recently wrapped as a staff writer on The Rundown (BET) after touring with Chris Rock on his Total Blackout Tour.
For more information on the Janelle James Comedy Festival, visit janellejamescomedyfestival.com where lineup and schedule announcements will be posted as they confirm