10,000 Laughs, October 17-20

Come laugh with us. Or at us. Whichever, honestly.

10,000 Laughs is a comic-centered, artist-run stand up comedy festival with heart. And a big mole, which we should probably get checked out. Since 2011, 10,000 Laughs has been bringing national headliners and unknown talent together for three October days to make Twin Cities audiences laugh their little tushies off.

This year will be bigger than ever: our headliners have Netflix specials and Comedy Central shows, and there will be more than a few surprise guests. The festival producers exhaustively scour the country, searching for a diverse and screamingly funny line up, that's sure to tickle your funny bone. 

 

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  Rory Scovel’s new Netflix special Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time recently premiered to rave reviews. He also appeared in New Line feature THE HOUSE, alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, as well as THE LEGACY OF A WHITETAIL DEER HUNTER for director Jody Hill alongside Danny McBride and Josh Brolin.  Some of his television credits include the TBS series GROUND FLOOR as well as the NBC series UNDATEABLE, ABC’s MODERN FAMILY, F/X’s THE COMEDIANS and the original series THOSE WHO CANT for TruTV. Rory starred alongside Demetri Martin in Demetri’s directorial debut DEAN which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and has an hour- stand up special available on Seeso.

Rory Scovel’s new Netflix special Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time recently premiered to rave reviews. He also appeared in New Line feature THE HOUSE, alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, as well as THE LEGACY OF A WHITETAIL DEER HUNTER for director Jody Hill alongside Danny McBride and Josh Brolin.

Some of his television credits include the TBS series GROUND FLOOR as well as the NBC series UNDATEABLE, ABC’s MODERN FAMILY, F/X’s THE COMEDIANS and the original series THOSE WHO CANT for TruTV. Rory starred alongside Demetri Martin in Demetri’s directorial debut DEAN which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and has an hour- stand up special available on Seeso.

  Ian Karmel is an Emmy nominated LA-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he is currently co-head writer for the Emmy award winning The Late Late Show with James Cordon, of which Ian was one of the founding writers in the show's 2015 re-creation.    Ian's weekly podcast All Fantasy Everything, from Headgum studios, is in its second year of production. Featured on many best of lists, it's a lighthearted show where funny people and experts come together to fantasy draft pop culture.

Ian Karmel is an Emmy nominated LA-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he is currently co-head writer for the Emmy award winning The Late Late Show with James Cordon, of which Ian was one of the founding writers in the show's 2015 re-creation.

Ian's weekly podcast All Fantasy Everything, from Headgum studios, is in its second year of production. Featured on many best of lists, it's a lighthearted show where funny people and experts come together to fantasy draft pop culture.

  Andy Erikson’s love of cats and unicorns is only surpassed by her love of performing standup comedy. In 2015 Andy placed in the top 5 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and in 2016 she played Chanel #7 on Ryan Murphy’s television series Scream Queens on Fox. Andy intertwines silly one-liners with whimsical stories in a playful but thought-provoking way. She was once a semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman award and has won several comedy competitions and performed at prestigious festivals over the years. Her favorite thing about comedy is making friends.

Andy Erikson’s love of cats and unicorns is only surpassed by her love of performing standup comedy. In 2015 Andy placed in the top 5 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and in 2016 she played Chanel #7 on Ryan Murphy’s television series Scream Queens on Fox. Andy intertwines silly one-liners with whimsical stories in a playful but thought-provoking way. She was once a semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman award and has won several comedy competitions and performed at prestigious festivals over the years. Her favorite thing about comedy is making friends.

  Known for whip-quick wit and rollicking improvisations, Sam Tallent is one of the sharpest, most original rising talents in comedy today. He has been called "the absurd voice of a surreal generation" by the Denver Post, and, when not maintaining a "Black Flag esque tour schedule" (Savage Henry Magazine), Sam has worked alongside many of the biggest names in comedy, including Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Doug Stanhope, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress and TJ Miller. Sam has performed at the Oddball Comedy Festival, High Plains Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, the Chicago Comedy Expo and the NY Film and Television Festival. Sam regularly headlines his hometown club, the legendary Denver Comedy Works. He recently won his battle on Comedy Central's Roast Battle, and was seen on VICELAND's Flophouse as well as the Chris Gethard Show. His writing has been published on VICE.com. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and his dog.

Known for whip-quick wit and rollicking improvisations, Sam Tallent is one of the sharpest, most original rising talents in comedy today. He has been called "the absurd voice of a surreal generation" by the Denver Post, and, when not maintaining a "Black Flag esque tour schedule" (Savage Henry Magazine), Sam has worked alongside many of the biggest names in comedy, including Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Doug Stanhope, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress and TJ Miller. Sam has performed at the Oddball Comedy Festival, High Plains Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, the Chicago Comedy Expo and the NY Film and Television Festival. Sam regularly headlines his hometown club, the legendary Denver Comedy Works. He recently won his battle on Comedy Central's Roast Battle, and was seen on VICELAND's Flophouse as well as the Chris Gethard Show. His writing has been published on VICE.com. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and his dog.

  Taylor Tomlinson has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, MTV’s Safe Word, Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party, was a top ten finalist on season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and was recently honored by Variety Magazine at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival as a Top 10 Comic to Watch.    Taylor started doing stand up at just 16 years old and has been letting stand-up slowly ruin her life ever since. She is one of the country’s youngest touring headliners, delighting audiences coast-to-coast with her sharp crowd-work, biting wit, and wonderfully self-deprecating point of view.

Taylor Tomlinson has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, MTV’s Safe Word, Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party, was a top ten finalist on season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and was recently honored by Variety Magazine at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival as a Top 10 Comic to Watch.

Taylor started doing stand up at just 16 years old and has been letting stand-up slowly ruin her life ever since. She is one of the country’s youngest touring headliners, delighting audiences coast-to-coast with her sharp crowd-work, biting wit, and wonderfully self-deprecating point of view.

  Many often leave his live show saying, “Does he live with us?” Strikingly brilliant comedian Mike E. has not slowed down since his debut on The Late Show W/ David Letterman and then winning a reoccurring role on NBC’s The Office. Whether its hardships or love, you’re gonna get it served honestly from this charismatic Baltimore native who got his comedy start in California’s state capitol.

Many often leave his live show saying, “Does he live with us?” Strikingly brilliant comedian Mike E. has not slowed down since his debut on The Late Show W/ David Letterman and then winning a reoccurring role on NBC’s The Office. Whether its hardships or love, you’re gonna get it served honestly from this charismatic Baltimore native who got his comedy start in California’s state capitol.

  Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City, where he currently lives and works as a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Onstage, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. He takes topics from surprise parties to his experience teaching preschool and makes them all equally hilarious.

Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City, where he currently lives and works as a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Onstage, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. He takes topics from surprise parties to his experience teaching preschool and makes them all equally hilarious.

  Emily Galati is whip-smart and not afraid to prove it. Known for her relentlessly clever style, she brings a social awareness and quick-wit to her shows. Emily isn’t afraid to delve into jokes that are controversial — occasionally bruising some feelings along the way and then gleefully waiting for those shocked and chagrined reactions after delivering the punchline.

Emily Galati is whip-smart and not afraid to prove it. Known for her relentlessly clever style, she brings a social awareness and quick-wit to her shows. Emily isn’t afraid to delve into jokes that are controversial — occasionally bruising some feelings along the way and then gleefully waiting for those shocked and chagrined reactions after delivering the punchline.

  Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Their blue collar brand of cool has endeared them to audiences nationwide, as they’ve performed standup and appeared on shows such as The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @Midnight and Conan. Rhea’s first television series, “Take My Wife” premiered as a critical hit and was reviewed by Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Vulture, IndieWire and countless other outlets. Rhea was a recurring performer on the TruTv series “Adam Ruins Everything,” and continues to tour the country, just recently on the Back To Back Tour with their wife, Cameron Esposito. Their debut standup album, “Butcher”, and recent release with Cameron Esposito, “Back To Back: Live” both debuted at number one on iTunes. Rhea was also named one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics To Watch 2017 at the Just For Laughs festival.

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Their blue collar brand of cool has endeared them to audiences nationwide, as they’ve performed standup and appeared on shows such as The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @Midnight and Conan. Rhea’s first television series, “Take My Wife” premiered as a critical hit and was reviewed by Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Vulture, IndieWire and countless other outlets. Rhea was a recurring performer on the TruTv series “Adam Ruins Everything,” and continues to tour the country, just recently on the Back To Back Tour with their wife, Cameron Esposito. Their debut standup album, “Butcher”, and recent release with Cameron Esposito, “Back To Back: Live” both debuted at number one on iTunes. Rhea was also named one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics To Watch 2017 at the Just For Laughs festival.

  Emily Heller is a comedian and writer who likes you very much. If you watch TV, you may have seen her tell jokes on her own half hour special for Comedy Central,  Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Maron, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight ,  Chelsea Lately,  or as a series regular on the TBS show  Ground Floor . Along with Lisa Hanawalt, she is also the cohost of the long running podcast  Baby Geniuses  on the Maximum Fun network. As far as nicknames, she prefers “Hell Bone.“.

Emily Heller is a comedian and writer who likes you very much. If you watch TV, you may have seen her tell jokes on her own half hour special for Comedy Central, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Maron, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight, Chelsea Lately, or as a series regular on the TBS show Ground Floor. Along with Lisa Hanawalt, she is also the cohost of the long running podcast Baby Geniuses on the Maximum Fun network. As far as nicknames, she prefers “Hell Bone.“.

  Conan and Comedy Central veteran Ahmed Bharoocha is half Irish Catholic, half Pakistani-Indian-Burmese-Muslim, and wholly a master of punctuating striking social commentary with high-energy theatrics. During high school his family relocated from Santa Barbara to Rhode Island, where Bharoocha made the leap from Stitches Comedy Club dishwasher to open micker. While attending the University of Rhode Island he frequented Boston’s Comedy Studio, becoming a Comic in Residence in the process.

Conan and Comedy Central veteran Ahmed Bharoocha is half Irish Catholic, half Pakistani-Indian-Burmese-Muslim, and wholly a master of punctuating striking social commentary with high-energy theatrics. During high school his family relocated from Santa Barbara to Rhode Island, where Bharoocha made the leap from Stitches Comedy Club dishwasher to open micker. While attending the University of Rhode Island he frequented Boston’s Comedy Studio, becoming a Comic in Residence in the process.

  A decade into his standup career, Steve Gillespie moved from Minneapolis to LA, recently made an appearance on Conan, and released his critically acclaimed second album, Alive on State, which reached #1 on the iTunes charts. Prior to that, this gentleman degenerate spent most of his life traveling the country regaling audiences with his delightful self-destruction.

A decade into his standup career, Steve Gillespie moved from Minneapolis to LA, recently made an appearance on Conan, and released his critically acclaimed second album, Alive on State, which reached #1 on the iTunes charts. Prior to that, this gentleman degenerate spent most of his life traveling the country regaling audiences with his delightful self-destruction.

The 2018 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival is brought to you in part by:

 
 

*views of 10,000 Laughs don't necessarily represent those of our partners. 

Ahamed
Weinberg
Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Orolfo
San Francisco, CA









Courtney Baka
Minneapolis, MN









Emily Heller
Los Angeles, CA

Jeff Pfoser
St. Paul, MN



Mackenzie Bublitz
Eau Claire, WI

Neel Nanda
Los Angeles, CA

Pierre Douglas
Minneapolis, MN

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Shelly Paul
Minneapolis, MN

Tyler Jackson
Los Angeles, CA

Ahmed Bharoocha
Los Angeles, CA







Andy Erikson
Los Angeles, CA






Cy Amundson
Minneapolis, MN









Henry Fuguitt
Minneapolis, MN








Jodie Maruska
Minneapolis, MN

Marlena Rodriguez
Los Angeles, CA

Patrick Hastie
Brooklyn, NY

Ron Taylor
Detroit, MI

Taylor Tomlinson
Los Angeles, CA




Ahmed Khalaf
Minneapolis, MN








Anica Cihla
San Francisco, CA




Daniel Williams
Minneapolis, MN







Ian Karmel
Los Angeles, CA

Jaff Khan
Houston, TX

Logan Guntzelman
Los Angeles, CA

Mike E. Winfield
Los Angeles, CA


Rhea Butcher
Los Angeles, CA

Sam Tallent
Denver, CO

Zack Chapaloni
Los Angeles, CA





Alyssa Yeoman
Seattle, WA




Bille The Dog
Minneapolis, MN







Danny Maupin
Los Angeles, CA

Ellie Hino
Minneapolis, MN

Jack Ross
Eau Claire, WI

Kjell Bjorgen
Minneapolis, MN

Mohtasham Yaqub
Minneapolis, MN




Rojo Perez
New York, NY

Sean Jordan
Los Angeles, CA





Ali Sultan
Minneapolis, MN







Blake Wexler


Los Angeles, CA








Dante Powell
Des Moines, IA


Emily Catalano
San Francisco, CA








James Doyle
Des Monies, IA



Kari Assad
Los Angeles, CA

Matt Bachus
New York, NY



Rory Scovel
Los Angeles, CA

Steve Gillespie
Denver, CO

Toler Wolfe
Chicago, IL






Chloe Radcliffe
New York, NY

Devohn Bland
Minneapolis, MN




Emily Galati
New York, NY









J Smitty
Boston, MA

Josh Gondelman
New York, NY

Mandal


Atlanta, GA

Mike Cronin
Chicago, IL

Ryan Kahl
Minneapolis, MN




Tommy Bayer
Minneapolis, MN

Zach Martina
Detroit, MI

 
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10,000 Laughs is a team of comedians (and Bob) who are positively in love with the art form. We obsess about making the kind of comedy festival we'd want to be a part of.

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Bob Edwards
Festival Director

The founder of 10,000 Laughs, he's been obsessed with stand up comedy since he was 12 years old. A former comedian, he's mostly known now as the booker for the Comedy Corner Underground and for talking entirely too loud. He has 3 kids, a wife, and a dog he loves very much. 

 
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Chloe Radcliffe
Producer

Chloe Radcliffe is a Minneapolis-based comic recently named a TBS Comic To Watch at the New York Comedy Festival. In 2017, Chloe was a semifinalist in StandUp NBC and listed as one of the top five comics in the Twin Cities. She was a quarterfinalist in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and performed at the Women In Comedy and Oddblock festivals. This is her second year as a producer on 10,000 Laughs and somehow no one's noticed all the things she's fucking up.

 
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mohtasham Yaqub
Junior Producer

Mohtasham Yaqub is a young and upcoming comedian from Minneapolis. He was a finalist in Acme, Sisyphus and House of Comedy's Funniest Person Contest. At just over a year in comedy, he's the newest comic ever helping with the fest. 

 
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Ryan Kahl
Associate Producer

Ryan Kahl is a stand-up comedian based out of Minneapolis. He is a cofounder and coproducer of Clear Water Comedy, a comedy collective in his hometown of Eau Claire, WI. He also coproduces Standup Sundays at Fair State Brewing Cooperative; a comedy showcase in Minneapolis. Ryan is our Venue Coordiantor, so if for some reason we miss something in your rider about only green M&Ms, he's the one to blame. What he lacks in stature he makes up for in crippling self-doubt. 

 
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shelly paul
Producer

Shelly Paul was born and raised in Minnesota, and started doing stand-up in Minneapolis. On average she spends 12-40 minutes every day sitting in her car. Not driving- just sitting there. She head's up our social media and all design (including the fancy-smancy website you're on right now), and is also in charge of telling Bob that no, that's actually a really bad idea.

 
 

FESTIVAL ARTIST

Shawn Nafstad is the illustrator for the 2018 festival. He's the one in charge of Rubber Hosing everyone on the festival. We've been told by our legal team that we need to clarify Rubber Hosing is a style of drawing and he will not be hitting performers with rubber hoses. 

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