Returning for our ninth year in October 17-19; 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. Tickets go on sale later this summer, until then follow us to stay up to date on everything 10,000 Laughs.

2019 Headliners


Aparna Nancherla

Corporate, Bojack Horseman (Hollyhock), Netflix and Comedy Central Half Hours.


Dan Cummins

Comedy Central Half Hour & Hour, Conan, Tonight Show, Timesuck Podcast


Brian Posehn

Comedians of Comedy, Mr. Show, 2 Comedy Central Half Hours

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Ron Funches

Comedy Central Half Hour & Hour Long Specials, Bob’s Burgers, Curb Your Enthusiasm


Carmen Lagala

Colbert, Being super funny everywhere


Baron Vaughn

New Negros, Comedy Central Half Hour, Tom Servo on MST3KTR

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Emma Willmann

Timeout NYC’s 10 Funniest Women, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Netflix


Joe Zimmerman

Tonight Show, Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Half Hour


Solomon Georgio

Conan, This Is Not Happening, Comedy Central Presents

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Samantha Ruddy

Colbert, Comedy Central

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Yamaneika Saunders

Fallon, Comedy Central Half Hour, Last Comic Standing



Founded and run by local comedians, the Comedy Corner Underground is the punk-rock comedy basement where 10,000 Laughs first came to be. Starting in 2011 as the mini-Minneapolis Comedy Festival, the Comedy Corner has always operated as an integral part of 10,000 Laughs.

Regarded as one of the best comedy clubs in the country, Acme Comedy Company and Sticks Restaurant has been bringing A-list comedians to the Twin Cities since 1991. Nestled in the basement of the Warehouse District's Historic Itasca Building, Acme's low ceilings, intelligent audiences, friendly staff and intimate club set-up is the perfect venue for standup comedy.

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If the CCU is 10,000 Laughs’ home, Sisyphus is 10,000 Laughs’ lake house. Fancier, newer, and we know everyone will have an amazing time there. (Plus, a boat!) (No boat.) With a back room purpose-built for comedy, Sisyphus shows are electric and intimate.

10,000 Laughs is proud to bring national headliners to Minneapolis’ Art Deco gem, the Parkway Theater. Fully renovated in 2018, the Parkway seamlessly blends old-school entertainment with new-school amenities. The velvet seats are calling your name.

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Eau Claire, WI has become THE comedy sister-city to Minneapolis, and The Plus is at its heart, attracting performers from around the country for one of the best damn comedy rooms in the Midwest. We kick off 10,000 Laughs with a show at The Plus, expanding our reach beyond just the Twin Cities.


The PHENOMENON that is 10,000 laughs may only exist for three days every October, but those three days are born from of a shit-ton of work over the whole year…sometimes even before the prior festival ends.

Below are the crazy people who breath life into 10,000 Laughs.

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Bob Edwards
Festival Founder, Executive Producer

Half ball-of-pure-energy, half human-megaphone-filled-with-beer Bob Edwards is the founder of 10,000 Laughs. A former comedian himself, he’s been obsessed with stand up comedy since way before it was appropriate. Also the owner, manager, and booker of Minneapolis’ Comedy Corner Underground, Bob lives and breathes comedy every damn day.

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Chloe Radcliffe
Producer - Artist Liaison

Chloe Radcliffe is an NYC-based comedian originally from Minnesota, the best state in the country. She has been seen on Epix, named a TBS Comic to Watch, and selected for NBC’s Late Night Writers’ Workshop. This is her third year producing 10,000 Laughs, bringing her current laugh count to over 30,000 laughs.

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Cy Amundson
Producer - Talent Acquisition

With appearances on Conan, Adam Devine’s House Party, and Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, Cy Amundson is one of the best comics on the road today. He’s also the key to 10,000 Laughs’ headliners: Cy makes sure we have the best and funniest SOBs from all across the country.

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Ryan Kahl
Associate Producer - Sponsorships

Ryan Kahl is a comedian based out of Minneapolis, MN. In 2018 he was named one of Growler Magazine’s Comics To Watch. This is his third year producing the festival, and every year he gets more confused as to what exactly he actually does for the festival.

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Mohtasham Yaqub

Junior Producer - Accounting, Logistics

Mohtasham Yaqub is a young and upcoming comedian from Minneapolis. He’s producing all the details in the background that are vital to something like 10,000 Laughs. He’s a Pakistani immigrant and would really appreciate if you’d stop saying it’s not that cold here.

Courtney Baka
Junior Producer - Venues, Volunteers

Courtney Baka is a comedian and writer living in Minneapolis. She was named one of Growler Magazines 2019 Comics to Watch and is a contributor for The Hard Times. She has appeared in such festivals as Limestone, 208 and too many others to recall at the moment. This is her first year producing The 10,000 Laughs Festival, after mistakenly signing a contract she thought was her bar tab.

Toler Wolfe
Festival Illustrator, Generally Kind of Weird Dude

Toler Wolfe is a comedian and visual artist based in Chicago. He is the mind behind the 10000 Laughs critters and has illustrated posters and logos for comedy shows around the country. As a comedian, Toler has earned spots opening for acclaimed performers such as Eric Andre, Neil Hamburger, and the Lucas Brothers.

Geoff Tice
Festival Graphic and Web Designer

Geoff Tice is a designer, illustrator, and comedian based in Denver, Colorado. He has created countless posters for comedians such as Rory Scovel, Bert Kreischer, Adam Cayton-Holland and Moshe Kasher. He is a regular at the world-famous Comedy Works and performs in clubs, bars, and basements all across America. He has also performed at SF Sketchfest, Red Clay Comedy Festival, and High Plains Comedy Festival.

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Shelly Paul
Social Media Coordinator

Shelly Paul is a comedian, illustrator and designer from Minneapolis. She’s one half the hosting team for the raucous good time show that is PSSY CTRL at the Comedy Corner Underground. She’s also the person acting at the festival de-facto face, handling all our social media.