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10,000 LAUGHS, October 13-15

The year was 2011. Barack Obama was in the White House, Americans still lit their homes with incandescent bulbs, and the goblin known as Bruno Mars had just begun his stranglehold on the American people. 

Then, from the minds of the greatest comedians from the Midwest*, came the beast known as 10,000 Laughs. A comedy festival showcasing amazing local and national talent. From such humble origins began a tradition that, 5 years later, we continue as the world's largest** comedy festival with numbers in its name. Local media often calls us things like, ”A local comedy festival”, “Happening at multiple places”, and, “Tickets still available.”

We're a team of people who have a real passion for stand up comedy, and want the Twin Cities to fall in love with it the same way we have. 

 

*Excluding Chicago and anywhere outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul, or the 3 block radius we live in if we’re being totally honest.
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Thursday, October 13th

To kick off the festival, we return to what is now one of the absolute best comedy clubs in all of the Midwest. Sisyphus brewing is synonymous with great comedy and great beer, and there's no better place in the Cities to get this party started.   

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Friday, October 14th

Friday, we thought we'd switch things up just a little. We're taking over Minnesota's newest comedy club: the Royal Comedy Theatre. At the same time across town, watch some of the funniest women on earth at the uptown VFW for PSSY CTRL, wrapping up the night at the grand ole' Comedy Corner Underground.

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Saturday, October 15th

Saturday we're pulling out all the stops; we're heading back to where it all started at Sisyphus Brewing, along with The Comedy Corner Underground, and The Royal Comedy Theatre, wrapping up with a showcase of the best performers of the 2016 festival at a show aptly called "Best of the Fest" at Sisyphus Brewing!

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10,000 LAughs Runs on you!

10,000 Laughs is nothing without the team that helps us put it on every year. If you're short of money to check out this year's shows, this is a great way, as our volunteer team is allowed access to all festival shows free of charge. Follow the link for more info!

 

Performers

10,000 Laughs is nothing without the brave performers that come to Minnesota in early Fall (or Mid-Winter in opinion of the comics from L.A.). We've got one hell of a line up this year, get the down low on everyone below.

 

We'll start with this year's headliners...

Andy Erikson

Andy Erikson’s love of squirrels and unicorns is only surpassed by her love of performing standup comedy. She intertwines silly one liners with whimsical stories in a playful but thought provoking way.

 

Emily Galati

Emily Galati offers up intelligent and hilarious material with impeccable timing and a charm rarely seen on the comedy stage. In 2016, Emily made her late night debut on Conan. In 2014, she was chosen as a semi-finalist on "Last Comic Standing", appeared on Fox's "Laughs", and "Comics Unleashed".

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Mary Mack

Folk Humorist Mary Mack performs her sometimes-musical comedy at festivals, colleges, clubs, casinos and anywhere you can find a llama or a buffet line.  She has acted in cartoons, weird student films, and commercials that urge you to buy food for your hamster. 

Derek Sheen

Derek Sheen is a cuddly mess of insecurities, a gifted, one of a kind, storyteller. He’s quickly becoming a favorite among comedy fans all over the globe! He’s toured with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Janeane Garofolo and Rory Scovel! 

 

Outside of our headliners, we have an EARTH-SHATTERINGLY bombastic line up for the 2016 fest, including: 

Dante Powell

Dante Powell

Phoebe Bottoms

Phoebe Bottoms

Jeff Pfoser

Jeff Pfoser

Kate McCarthy

Kate McCarthy

David Freeburg

David Freeburg

Chris Maddock

Chris Maddock

Casey Flesch

Casey Flesch

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^What it says up there

Raghav Mehta

Raghav Mehta

Rana May

Rana May

Charlie Vergos

Charlie Vergos

Johan Miranda

Johan Miranda

Jakey Emmret

Jakey Emmret

Abby Marose

Abby Marose

Jack Boyd

Jack Boyd

Son Tran

Son Tran

Chris Knutson

Chris Knutson

Matthew Kohr

Matthew Kohr

Shelly Paul

Shelly Paul

Liz Ziner

Liz Ziner

Edward Salazar

Edward Salazar

David Harris

David Harris

Courtney Baka

Courtney Baka

Arish Singh

Arish Singh

Josh Ejness

Josh Ejness

Mike Lester

Mike Lester

Drew Janda

Drew Janda

Lance Richards

Lance Richards

Jon Bennett

Jon Bennett

Danielle Perez

Danielle Perez

Jordan Casner

Jordan Casner

J Tyler Menz

J Tyler Menz

Ryan Kahl

Ryan Kahl

Patrick Susmilch

Patrick Susmilch

Chloe Radcliffe

Chloe Radcliffe

Jason Webb

Jason Webb

Collin Klug

Collin Klug

Robert Flanagan

Robert Flanagan

Jamie Blanchard

Jamie Blanchard