What to do this weekend: Laugh out Loud at the 5th Annual Dallas Comedy Festival

Written by: Jasmine Ellis

If your looking for something fun to do? You don’t have to wait until the weekend The  annual Dallas Comedy Festival is happening this week at the Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum. Starting Tuesday March 18th The Dallas Comedy Festival, an annual celebration of improv, sketch, stand up and short film comedy for the past 5 years the DCF has recruited top notch comedy acts from all over the United States for one week packed full of shows, workshops, and parties. DCF has been called one of the Must See Dallas events of the year and is a staple for lovers of live comedy.


The festival opened with Rory Scovel,  a nationally recognized comedian whose half hour comedy special premiered in may on Comedy Central. This talented comedian has been seen allover late night making appearances on Late night with  Jimmy Fallon and CONAN.

On Wednesday two stand up shows featured some of DFW’s best with performers from Chicago and Austin shows will start at 7 and 9pm. DCF features comedians from every walk of life and all age ranges. The 7pm show made history featuring the youngest comedian to ever perform in the festival, Saffy Herndon along side fellow   Dallas natives Christian Hughes,Clifton Hall, Jeffrey Jay, Aaron Aryanpur and all the way from New York City Jason Salmon.

The 9:00pm Show featured New Yorker Rob Christensen, who jokes of his colorful past in Los Angelos the former skateboarder, rapper, graffiti artist, and drug dealer will be performing along side local comics such as Andrew Hammer, Grant Redmond, Chris Darden and  Paul Varghese  who was voted “Best Stand Up Comic in Dallas” and opened for Dave Chappelle at his surprise house of blues show.

Thursday March 20th is a mixture of Stand Up and Improv as 3 shows at 7, 9 and 10:30 pm

At 7pm a stand up showcase headlined by Dave Little the veteran comic has been performing since 1980 along side comedians fromAustin, New Jersey and Chicago. After the Stand up there will be two improve shows at 9:00pm  with local acts Dairy Based, Photo bombed and the Austin based team “Opposites” , Show two starts at 10:30 with improv troupes from Dallas and Oklahoma City.

catch March 21st is a line up with shows at 7, 9 and 10:30 featuring improve and sketch comedy groups

Once the weekend Starts you can Susan Messing and Kate Duffy on March 22nd the Festival Headliners are comedy legends and after teaching their respective workshops will be gracing the stage after several improve troupes. Saturday March 22nd the Final day of the festival is packed with events with shows at 5:30, 7, 9 and 10:30


Comedy legends Susan Messing and Kate Duffy close out the 5th Annual Dallas Comedy Festival
Featuring: Roadside Couch (Dallas) Messing with Duffy (Chicago/LA) 

The festival also features Comedy Workshops  taught by Kate Duffy, Susan Messing and Timmy Mayse the work shops are focused on creating organic characters and unique material are already sold out but if you are an improviser or actor there are still spots available in those work shops

You Can buy tickets for each show of the festival Tickets are discounted online from 10-15 per show and go up 12-20$ at the Door.

Go Check out the Dallas Comedy Festival and tell us what you think! Tweet us @DEJournal and Instagram us @dallasentertainmentjournal.