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Local Laughs at the Iowa Comedy Festival

One of the great features of our new site is a forum to Suggest a Story. All of the bloggers on Des Moines is NOT Boring love to showcase what we know and love about our city; however, we cannot know everything that is happening. I recently came across such a submission that I wanted to share with everyone.

Next month Des Moines will host the second annual Iowa Comedy Festival. This three day festival runs October 11-13 and features both seasoned and unknown comedians from across Iowa and the Midwest. We have our fair share of comedians who tour through our state, but we aren’t really known for our local comedy. I think this event is a perfect way to give local comedians the exposure they need and for us to get the laughs that we need. With five shows over three days featuring over 30 different comedians, this event promises to make everyone laugh out loud.

Here’s a breakdown of the events, which all take place at People’s on Court:

Tuesday, October 11:
CORNerstone Comics – Four breakout comedians from the 2010 Iowa Comedy Festival will perform to kick off the festival. The show runs from 7-9.

Wednesday, October 12:
Best of the Midwest Showcase – Twelve comedians from across the Midwest perform for eight minutes each from 7-9:30. A complete list can be found here.  Tickets to the Best of the Midwest Showcase will be available to purchase starting September 15.
ICF presents Mike Brody – A native Iowan and the host of the SyFy channel‘s “Ghost Hunters,” Mike Brody performs. Chris Schlichting and Ben Herman open up the performance, which runs from 9:30-11.

Thursday, October 13:
Cross Country Comedy Competition (C4) – Forty comedians performed in four rounds of prelims to advance to this final. The 12 remaining comedians will compete for a $1000 cash prize from 8-10. Tickets for the C4 can be purchased through the Iowa Comedy Festival’s website for $7.00.

The 2010 festival was successful for many comedians; several were signed to record deals or received paid work immediately following the festival. What an exciting opportunity for not only the comedians, but also for comedy fans. I hope that the Iowa Comedy Festival gives the Iowa comedy scene more exposure to gain ore momentum. Whatever the result, the festival promises to bring in more-than-enough crowd-pleasing material for us all to enjoy.

What do you think? Would you like a larger Comedy scene in Des Moines?