FEST: High Mud Comedy Festival @ MASS MoCA


The High Mud Comedy Festival, a two-day laugh-fest featuring a pile of performers thick with national comedic treasures and local stand-up heroes, returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend.

Unapologetically smart and goofy comedian Phoebe Robinson of cult-inspiring podcast “2 Dope Queens” headlines the festival, hosted by the charmingly deadpan comic-writer-actor-guitar hero-man-about-town Dave Hill.

High Mud laughs don’t stop at stand-up: comedy films, funny museum tours with performers, a joke cam, a workshop on “Comedy in the Time of Trump” with Jordan Carlos and a Dave Hill-led beer tasting and tour of Bright Ideas Brewery on the MASS MoCA campus will leave your sides aching.

Post-mainstage, late-night gigs at local venues — including Desperados and the Freight Yard Pub — will also feature local talent.

FRIDAY: $12; $10 student; $24 preferred
SATURDAY: $32; $24 student; $60 preferred
TWO-DAY: $42 in advance; $55 at the door; $32 student; $75 preferred

Here’s the schedule of fun at the High Mud Comedy Fest:

7pm: Beer tasting at Bright Ideas Brewing
Evening Performance hosted by Dave Hill
8pm: Maggie Crane, Ryan Shea, Thomas Attila Lewis, Mike Lebovitz
9pm: Erin Markey
9:30pm: Aparna Nancherla
11pm: Late Night at Desperados organized by Thomas Attila Lewis

3pm: Workshop on “Comedy in the Time of Trump” with Jordan Carlos
4pm: “High Maintenance” webisodes
Comedian-led museum tour with Thomas Attila Lewis
6pm: Comedian-led museum tour with Julie Kottakis
Live music by Common Folk Fools
6:15pm: Beer tasting with Dave Hill at Bright Ideas Brewing
Evening Performance hosted by Dave Hill
7pm: Jenny Rubin, Dylan Carlino, Julie Kottakis, Ian Fidance
8pm: Dave Hill
8:15pm: Jordan Carlos
9pm: Phoebe Robinson
11pm: Late Night at Freight Yard Pub organized by Thomas Attila Lewis

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  1. Ryan Berney says

    Freaking love Dave Hill.

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