Laugh out loud the whole week­end

New Look­out Com­edy Fes­ti­val of­fers eight shows with 30-plus comics

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A new com­edy fes­ti­val launches this week­end with more than 30 comics par­tic­i­pat­ing in eight shows at four lo­ca­tions around town: The Com­edy Catch, Hon­est Pint, Palace Theater and Im­prov Chat­tanooga’s First Draft Theater.

Look­out Com­edy Fes­ti­val has been or­ga­nized by Don­nie Marsh, who used his own funds to start it. In ad­di­tion to head­lin­ers Janet “The Ten­nessee Tramp” Wil­liams, Ste­wart Huff and Jenn Sny­der, Marsh says there are 15 lo­cal co­me­di­ans par­tic­i­pat­ing along­side the heavy-hit­ters from At­lanta and Nashville.

Al­though the first com­edy acts took the stage Oct. 10, plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties re­main to leave folks laugh­ing all week­end.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.look­out­com­e­dyfes­ti­val.com.

THE SCHED­ULE

To­day, Oct. 11

› What: Janet Wil­liams, The Ten­nessee Tramp ›

Where: The Com­edy Catch, 1400 Mar­ket St.

› When: 7:30 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 10

The Ten­nessee Tramp doesn’t hold any­thing back when it comes to mar­riage, di­vorce, men and women. She’s been watch­ing trash TV and has a lot to say about it.

Join­ing Wil­liams will be co­me­di­ans Aaron We­ber, Brad Sativa, Laura Peek and Shane Rhyne. Hosted by Don­nie Marsh.

› What: Im­prov vs. Stand- up › Where: First Draft Theater, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 106 › When: 10 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 10

Head­liner Aaron We­ber is joined by Shane Rhyne, Laura Peek, Brad Sativa and Dave Han­nah. Each stand-up does a seven-minute set, then Im­prov Chat­tanooga’s team of im­pro­vis­ers takes the stage to riff off each comic’s set. Natasha Fer­rier hosts.

Fri­day, Oct. 12

› What: Jenn Sny­der › Where: The Hon­est Pint, 35 Pat­ten Park­way › When: 7: 30 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 15

Even though she’s 5 feet, 2 inches, Jenn Sny­der still packs a big punch in her com­edy style. She says her top­ics range from “grow­ing up as a les­bian in a good ol’ boy town” to deal­ing with the pub­lic on a daily ba­sis. The South Carolinian uses her com­edy to unite peo­ple through laugh­ter.

Also per­form­ing: Luke Marter, Ian Aber, Matt Pechiney and friends. Hosted by Natasha Fer­rier.

› What: Im­prov vs. Stand- up › Where: First Draft Theater, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 106 › When: 10 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 10

Head­liner Ian Aber is joined by comics Cort­ney Warner, Matt Pechiney, Matt Har­ris and Ian Sharp. Brid­gette Martin hosts. Af­ter each stand-up’s set, Im­prov Chat­tanooga does a se­ries of scenes based on that comic’s jokes.

Satur­day, Oct. 13 › What: Com­edy Is­land › Where: The Palace Theater, 818 Ge­or­gia Ave. › When: 2 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 10

Hosted and pro­duced by Greg Behrens and Aaron Chas­teen, Com­edy Is­land is a com­edy com­pe­ti­tion based on re­al­ity TV show “Sur­vivor.”

Co­me­di­ans Jenn Sny­der, Dan Al­ten, Luke Marter, Natasha Fer­rier, Mor­gan Gray and Bryant Smith will go through five rounds to test their range of writ­ing. Rounds will con­sist of “pun-lin­ers,” im­pres­sions, roasts, crowd work and stand-up.

Af­ter each round, the au­di­ence votes for a win­ner in that round. That win­ner is granted im­mu­nity and the re­main­ing co­me­di­ans must vote some­one off the show. The fi­nal two co­me­di­ans will per­form a five- minute set from which the au­di­ence will choose a win­ner.

› What: Chatt Talk Tonight › Where: The Palace Theater, 818 Ge­or­gia Ave. › When: 4 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 10

Don­nie Marsh hosts a talk show with guests Nick Lut­sko, Dan Al­ten, Will Foskey, Lisa Smith, Ash­ley Satur­day, Trevor Lynn, Eli­jah Craan, Joseph Dono­van and mu­si­cal guest Over Easy.

› What: Ste­wart Huff › Where: The Hon­est Pint, 35 Pat­ten Park­way › When: 7: 30 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 15 The Knoxville na­tive has been per­form­ing com­edy for 20 years. His knack for em­brac­ing the foibles of hu­man­ity and his orig­i­nal­ity make him hi­lar­i­ous.

Join­ing him will be Natasha Fer­rier, Mat Alano- Martin, Greg Behrens and friends. Luke Marter hosts.

› What: Im­prov vs. Stand- up › Where: First Draft Theater, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 106 › When: 10 p. m. › Ad­mis­sion: $ 10

Comics Ethan McFall, Lisa Smith, Mor­gan Gray and Grace Holtz each do a seven-minute set af­ter which Im­prov Chat­tanooga’s team im­pro­vises scenes based on that set. Hosted by Brid­gette Martin.

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