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2017 Festival

10,000 Laughs, October 19-21

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

10,000 Laughs is an independently-produced, artist-run comedy festival with heart. And a big mole, which we should maybe get checked out. We founded the fest in 2011 to share our love of standup with the Twin Cities, and six years later, we're bringing talent from around the country to thousands of festival-goers in Minneapolis (that's you!).

The three-day festival puts indie comedy in the spotlight with thirteen shows, six venues, and sixty screamingly funny comics - from national headliners to total unknowns. Come laugh, drink, and listen to out-of-town comedians say, "Hey, Minnesota isn't that bad!"

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we announce our full line ups, selections, and shows during this year's festival!



Shane Torres is a New York based standup comedian, writer, and actor originally from Fort Worth, TX.  Having made his late night debut on Conan in 2016, you may have also seen him on Last Comic Standing or on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang. He was featured at the Montreal Just For Laugh’s festival as a New Faces in 2013 and was one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2012.

Shane’s Comedy Central half hour and album will be released in fall 2017.

Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress based in Los Angeles, who Time Out Magazine named a Comic to Watch in 2016.  Beth made her late night television debut on Conan in 2012 and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2015. Beth has appeared on various television shows as herself including @Midnight, Chelsea Lately, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.  Beth can be seen acting in Season 2 of Red Oaks on Amazon, and the upcoming Season 3 of Another Period on Comedy Central.

Dan St. Germain has a Half Hour Special on Comedy Central and has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Best Week Ever, @Midnight, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, This is Not Happening, We Love the 2000s, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Electric Company, Guy Code, Video by Trial, Adam Ruins Everything, and has developed shows for both Fox and Comedy Central.

Featured Performers

Bryan Miller renounced all seriousness and quit his job as a newspaper editor to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and try standup comedy in 2008. In his first year he was a finalist in Acme’s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest, and just two years later he was spotted by Craig Ferguson, who invited him to do a spot on CBS’s The Late Late Show, where he made his network television debut. 

In 1997, Geoffrey Asmus hung an eight foot by six foot map of the world above his bed. The map still travels with him to remind him that everyone in Germany is blue and everyone in Cameroon is a weird shade of fuchsia. When South Sudan and East Timor gained their independence Geoffrey even drew in their borders to maintain accuracy.


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Dante Powell is a comedian from Bernice, Louisiana. He currently lives and performs out of Des Moines, Iowa where he moved in 2012 for a girl, but was too lazy to leave after she dumped him. Dante is best known for a photo of him holding a box of Cheerios that went viral. (He was offered temporary membership into the Illuminati, kinda viral...)

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Actual Sisters, Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh are revolutionizing comedy. They are single (or double) handedly bringing the comedy duo back… or at least to the back of every dive bar in Chicago. The Puterbaugh Sisters have spent their entire lives developing their own brand of alternative comedy.

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Matt Monroe is a Philadelphia born comedian splitting his time between Denver & Portland. He is a regular at Helium Comedy Club in Portland & Denver Comedyworks and has performed all over the country at clubs, independent venues, and festivals such as The Limestone Comedy Festival, The Fest, High Plains Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, Out of Bounds, & Pickathon.


Starting comedy on a whim at an open mic in the year 2000, Mike Brody has since devoted his life to perfecting the delivery of his high-energy act. Bucking the trend of the apathetic comedian, his genuine passion for his craft draws audience members into the unique world of Mike Brody: An affable, clever guy whose life is often derailed by his own neurotic, obsessive-compulsive and clumsy tendencies.  



Bob Edwards

The founder and lead producer,  Bob is known for not liking long bios. He has 3 kids, a wife, and a dog he loves very much. 


Chloe Radcliffe

Chloe Radcliffe is a standup comic and writer out of Minneapolis. She has performed at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and the Women In Comedy Festival. Chloe produces Real Shit, a comedy storytelling show, and the ROSA open mic at Dulono's Pizza in Uptown Mpls. This is her first year producing the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival and somehow no one has noticed all the things she's fucking up..


Henry Fuguitt

Henry Fuguitt is a stand up living in Minneapolis originally from Madison, Wisconsin. The 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival is the only half decent thing he has ever done with his life. This is his third year producing the festival.


Ryan Kahl

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. This will be his first year helping to produce the 10,000 Laughs Festival.


shelly paul

Shelly Paul was born and raised in Minnesota, and started doing stand-up in Minneapolis. She is a co-producer of the monthly show “PSSY CTRL” at the Comedy Corner Underground, a club where she is also a show-runner, producer and frequent performer. Shelly is also a producer/host for the weekly shows "Rosa" comedy open mic and showcase and "Shame As it Ever Was" storytelling showcase. This is her second year producing for 10,000 Laughs.