(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions and presenting sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka, are proud to announce the return of the Jersey City Comedy Festival (JCCF) taking place June 7-10, 2023 in Jersey City, NJ. JCCF will be held at two different locations, Art House Productions and The Laugh Tour Comedy Club at Dorrian’s Red Hand. Tickets range from $20 - $45 and are available on the JCCF website.
48 comedians from 12 States and Canada were selected from over 300 submissions. Selected comics will compete in five competition showcases June 7-9. Audiences will be able to vote for their favorite comedian at each showcase in order to advance them to the finale, headlined by Marina Franklin on June 10. All 10 finalists will receive spots at The Laugh Tour Comedy Club. Two comics (Audience pick + Industry pick) will win “Best of the Fest,” and receive $500 each. The audience pick will also receive a spot at West Side Comedy Club's new talent show. The industry winner will receive spots at West Side Comedy Club, The Laugh Tour Comedy Club, and Catch A Rising Star.
“We’re so excited to bring back the Jersey City Comedy Festival after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. This year’s fest is bigger than ever before, and will be the first time we present comedy at Art House’s new performing and visual arts center,” says executive artistic director, Meredith Burns.
Headliners for the 2023 Jersey City Comedy Festival include Rex Navarrete (Lopez Tonight, MTV Philippines, The Nutshack) Wednesday, June 7, 7:30pm at Art House Productions; Chris Gethard (Comedy Central, The Office, Broad City, Parks And Recreation, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) Wednesday, June 7, 9:00pm at Art House Productions; and Marina Franklin ( Hulu's "Life And Beth"; HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver";“Trainwreck”; Stephen Colbert’s Late Show; Showtime’s “Women Who Kill”; Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show”) June 10 with “JCCF Best of Fest,” 8:00pm at Barrow Mansion.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the JCCF website: jerseycitycomedyfestival.com. All venues are fully accessible. To request ASL interpreters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks before the event.
Producing sponsors of the event include Dorrian's Red Hand, The Laugh Tour Comedy Club @ Dorrian's, Catch A Rising Star, and West Side Comedy Club.
The full lineup of performances and selected comics for the 2023 Jersey City Comedy Festival includes:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 at ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS (345 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07302):
7:30 PM EST | REX NAVARRETE
9:00 PM EST | CHRIS GETHARD
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 at THE LAUGH TOUR COMEDY CLUB AT DORRIAN'S (555 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07310):
6:30PM EST | STAND UP COMPETITION #1 - Aditya Shankar, Aidan Kelly, Alexis Gay, Barak Ziv, Brendan Smith, Jilberto Soto, Josh Ri'Esgo, Kendall Allison, Mike O’Sullivan
8:30PM EST | STAND UP COMPETITION #2 - Ely Kreimendahl, James Mac, Jon Bander, Joshua Stokes, Laura Merli, Learnmore Jonasi, Lee Paul, Mike Atcherson, Shivani Dave, Tony Sykowski
THURSDAY, JUNE 8 at ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS (345 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07302):
7:30PM EST | NORTH COAST HIP HOP IMPROV/UNCLE FUNCTION SKETCH COMEDY
9:00PM EST | CHARACTERS SHOWCASE
THURSDAY, JUNE 8 at THE LAUGH TOUR COMEDY CLUB AT DORRIAN'S (555 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07310):
6:30PM EST | STAND UP COMPETITION #3 - Aaron Rosen, Abby Washuta, Boris Khaykin, Darryl Charles, Jaren George, Joe Mahoney, Marcy Smiles, Rayne McGowan, Steve Cohen
8:30PM EST | STAND UP COMPETITION #4 - Alex Kim, Ariel Evans, Art Cai, Dan Hurwitz, David Grebenik, Joseph Ferraro, Monique Latise, Natan Badalov, Nate Lander, Parth Shorey
FRIDAY, JUNE 9 at ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS (345 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07302):
7:30PM EST | STAND UP COMPETITION #5 - Ajay G, Calvin Reid, Cassidy O'Malley, Cathy Boyd, CH Lee, Jordan J, Karl Xie, Laura Patton, Madelein Murphy-Smith, Meka Mo
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 at ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS (345 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07302):
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST | BEST OF FEST + HEADLINER MARINA FRANKLIN
Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, festivals, events, visual art exhibitions, and adult and youth art classes. To stay up to date on all Art House events, sign up for the mailing list here here.
Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Public Funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund, The Princeton Area Community Foundation, SILVERMAN, The Albanese Group, Liberty Harbor, KRE, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and The Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs. A full list of funders can be found on their website.