Orlando’s Third Annual Indie Comedy Fest Is This Month!
If laughter is the best medicine, the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, a four-day, multi-venue event spanning Orlando’s hippest districts, could serve as intensive therapy.
Now in its third year, the locally cultivated festival brings dozens of nationally touring stand-up comics and specialty shows from all over the country to The City Beautiful, shines a light on the vibrant comedy scene happening right in its own backyard, and donates all of the proceeds to mental health advocacy programs.
In previous years, heavy-hitter headliners K yle Kinane, Eddie Pepitone and Sean Patton anchored the long, often sleepless, often sober-less weekend that, at its core, has one simple goal in mind: show people a good time while supporting a great cause.
“ It’s something that Orlando has never had on the scale of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” explains festival co-founder, Doug McPherson. “From the first meeting we had when the festival was nothing more than a cool idea, we talked about donating the proceeds to a charity. Mental health charities made the most sense to us because it’s something everyone is affected by either directly or indirectly.”
Festival organizers also manage to keep ticket prices reasonable. $40 gets you access to every show at every venue for all four days, including headliner shows, this year featuring M ark Normand (Comedy Central, Conan), J ackie Kashi an (L ad y Dynamite, Maron), and festival repeat performer, Trae Crowder (Liberal Redneck).
“One of my favorite things about being involved with this festival is getting to watch the evolution in the careers of all the comics,” says McPherson. “A great example is Tennessee comic, Trae Crowder, who got himself down here the first two years and now, due to his hard work and success with the Liberal Redneck videos, we were able to offer him one of the headlining slots.”
Fox recently purchased the Liberal Redneck concept for a half-hour comedy starring Crowder, co-written by Party Down co-creator, John Enbom.
And that’s perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest. Most of the shows take place in small, intimate spaces, ideal for stand-up comedy, so there’s the very real possibility you could see a star of tomorrow in a bar not much bigger than a living room.