Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco Focusing on The Next Big Thing in Comedy


Treasure Island Music Festival is coming up and this year they have an amazing comedy lineup to go along with their great music festival stages.

This will be the first year Treasure Island has officially offered a comedy tent during their festival, and they’ve partnered up with Funny or Die to make sure everything is great. They’re calling the comedy stage “The Blah Blah Blah Comedy Tent presented by Funny or Die” and they’re going to be filling the tent/stage with some pretty spectacular talents.

Tim Heidecker, Jonah Ray, John Dore, Kate Berlant, John Early, Max Silverstri, Barry Rothbart, Jermaine Fowler, Chris Gethard, Michelle Wolf, Guy Branum, Lauren Lapcus and Jerrod Carmichael are some of the names who will be taking center stage in the Blah Blah Blah Comedy Tent.

We talked with Rae Einerson who has had a hand in the booking of the comedians along with Funny Or Die about setting up a first time comedy tent at a festival that has been building up for nine years.  Einerson told us she’s always been a huge comedy fan and so when the opportunity arose to suggest a comedy tent in conjunction with Funny or Die, she jumped at it.

The comedic personality of the comedy tent will match the tone of Treasure Island’s music line up, Einerson told us. “Treasure Island, in terms of the music line up has always been those bands that are on the brink, bubbling below the surface and alternative and indy,” she said. “So we wanted to mirror that with the comedy line up and find those comedians that maybe you haven’t heard of yet but give em a year, give em six months and they’ll be a household name.”  The last few years musically, for example performers like Amon Tobin and Edward Sharp start with the festival on smaller stages, and then ome back and can headline.  “So we were looking for those sorts of special acts that we know are great and as soon as everyone else hears about them is gonna explode.”

The “Blah Blah Blah Tent presented by Funny or Die” will house variety shows, podcasts, and of course traditional stand up shows.   “We just booked what we wanted to see and then we hope people like our taste,” Einerson said. And their test is outstanding.  Tim Heidecker is on the bill, Chris Gethard is performing, Jerrod Carmichael, and Jermaine Fowler are on the line up, and you’ll see Guy Branum, Kate Berlant, John Early, Jonah Ray, Max Silvestri, Michelle Wolf and more.

Guy Branum will be hosting “Talk Show the Game Show” which puts comedians competing to see who is the best talk show guest, getting points for dropping celebrity names, and going on exotic vacations in tropical locations, and other talk show tropes.  Hey! With Kate Berlant and Jon Early will blend stand up, clips, and conversation and will definitely be one of the shows you won’t want to miss if you’re heading out to San Francisco for the festival.  And the Throwing Shade podcast with Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi  is promising to be electric.”It’s a popular podcast,” Rae said, “but the casual folks are going to be blown away by what they’re seeing and it will create fans. anyone who wasn’t already, will walk away being a fan.”

In addition to the comedy, Treasure Island Music Festival has an incredible music lineup slated for the two-day Fest with no overlapping sets during this memorable weekend in the San Francisco Bay. Saturday’s music includes Deadmau5, FKA twigs, Big Grams, STS9, Run The Jewels, Gorgon City (Live), Hudson Mohawke and more. Music sets on Sunday include The National, Chvrches, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Jose Gonzalez, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, and more. For the full daily lineups, visit TIMF will also host a variety of official night shows following the Festival each day and featuring an eclectic mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts.

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