Festival Fever: High Mud Comedy Festival @ MASS MoCA


From the mind of television comedy writer and executive producer of “The Bob Newhart Show” Jay Tarses comes the High Mud Comedy Festival at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, a two-day laugh-fest featuring a pile of performers thick with national comedic treasures and local stand-up heroes.

Provocative fearless comedian Tig Notaro headlines the inaugural festival, hosted by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg and featuring Brooklyn- and Hollywood-based live wire Sean Patton. More national and regional talent fills stages, including the MASS MoCA return of absurdist Dave Hill and a Berkshire-based comedy slate organized by and including the hilarious Thomas Attila Lewis, North Adams-based humorist Seth Brown, and Adams-based Mark Jagiello.

The High Mud Festival slings two nights of stand-up in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center and an afternoon of comedy films and shorts, but the laughs don’t stop there. Post-mainstage, late-night gigs at local venues including Desperados and the Freight Yard Pub will feature more local talent, and the Mohawk Tavern will host a comedy open mic.

An all-festival pass is available for $42 in advance; $55 at the door; $75 preferred; $32 student.

Here’s the festival’s schedule of events:

Hosted by Thomas Attila Lewis
8pm: Mark Jagiello, Chris Lamberth, Caitlin Cook
9pm: Dave Hill
9:45pm: Sean Patton

Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg
3pm: Comedy writing workshop with Dave Hill
4:30pm: Film – “Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip”
5pm: Williams College Improv Comedy – Combo Za
6:30pm: Seth Brown, Thomas Attila Lewis, Jo Firestone
7:30pm: Dave Hill, Julio Torres
9pm: Tig Notaro

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