2nd Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival: Saturday, October 10, 2015


laughopus11 venues + 60 comics + 1 funny night . . .   at the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival on  Saturday, October 10, 2015!

Be prepared to hop around downtown between 8:30-10:30pm for the simultaneous laughter happening at restaurants, bars, and retail shops throughout Santa Cruz at one of our free events … OR … plan in advance to park it at one of our ticketed boutique events at Kuumbwa Jazz Center or Pure Pleasure.

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“Next Wave of Comedy” All-Star Showcase at Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Bring your laughter and your appetite for fresh pie and a comfortable seat to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center for the “Next Wave of Comedy” all-star showcase of the 2015 Santa Cruz Comedy Festival on Saturday, October 10, 2015 ($20 advance / $25 at the door; recommended for ages 16+; curtain is 8:30pm).

Featuring the latest talent appearing on Conan, Comedy Central, Letterman and more. . .

8:30 DNA opens the show…
8:40 Andy Wood (Surfing Comedian)
8:50 Brendan Lynch  (Comedy Central)
9:00 Lucia Carol Tuman takes over as host (Best of Santa Cruz)
9:10 Jessica Sele (Best of SF)
9:20 Conor Kellicutt (Blue Jasmine)
9:30 Thai Rivera (Best of LA)
9:40 Emmett Montgomery (Last Comic Standing)
9:50 Chris Storin (Best of SF)
10:00 Sammy Obeid  (Conan)
10:10 Kaseem Bentley (HBO)
10:20 Kellen Erskine (America’s Got Talent)

“Thai Rivera” at Pure Pleasure

Pure Pleasure is delighted to be selected as one of the venues for the 2015 Santa Cruz Comedy Festival on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 8:30-10:00pm ($10 advance / $15 at the door; recommended for ages 16+; curtain is 8:30pm).

Tickets on sale via Pure Pleasure here.

8:30 Emily Catalano Host …
8:40 Shannon Murphy
8:50 Jessica Sele
9:00 Hannah Marianetti
9:10 Susan Maletta
9:20 Iris Benson
9:30 Eloisa Bravo
9:40 Lydia Popovich
9:50 Thai Rivera

This show will be hosted by Santa Cruz comic, Emily Catalano, and the headliner will be Thai Rivera.

Thai Rivera will make you uncomfortable in the best way possible. His politically incorrect style of humor has taken the comedy world by storm. Having moved from Arizona to LA Thai quickly became a fixture and force on the comedy scene. After becoming a favorite and regular at clubs such as the Hollywood Improv and World Famous Laugh Factory he started to travel across the country in the most unlikely of places, redneck bars.

He has performed with some of the biggest name’s in the world of stand up, some of you may recognize him from the Jo Koy Comedy Tour, he has also been featured on Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham and The Logo Network’s One Night Stand up.

While Thai is very proud of who and what he is his disarming style and easy going delivery will put you at ease and there is no doubt that by the end of his set you will understand that Thai is comic who happens to be gay and not a gay comic, or as he would put it “a comic who happens to be a fag and not a fag comic.”


Free shows at 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, Metavinyl, Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – Santa Cruz, Surf City Billiards, Berdels and Tampico Kitchen & Lounge.
99 Bottles Line-Up:
8:30 Steve Robinson Host.
8:40 Sammy Obeid
8:50 Thai Rivera
9:00 Shannon Murphy
9:10 Eloisa Bravo
9:20 Butch Escobar
9:30 Matt Gubser
9:40 Kellen Erskine
9:50 Ben Feldman
10:00 Phil Griffiths
10:10 Lydia Popovich
10:20 Conor Kellicutt
10:30 Kaseem Bentley
Metavinyl: With the Vice Principals of Comedy
8:30 Walker Glenn
8:40 Iris Benson
8:50 Ben Feldman
9:00 Allison Mick
9:10 Mean Dave
9:20 Chris Barylick
9:30 Erik Krasner
9:40 Sammy Obeid
9:50 Hayden Greif-Neill
10:00 Emmett Montgomery
Surf City Billiards
8:30 Sean McKenzie Host.
8:40 Daymon Ferguson
8:50 Mimi Vilmenay
9:00 Tyler Hinz
9:10 David Nguyen
9:20 Walker Glenn
9:30 Ben Feldman
9:40 Jessica Sele
9:50 Brendan Lynch
10:00 Allison Mick
10:10 Butch Escobar
8:30 Bryant Hicks Host.
8:40 Matt Gubser
8:50 Erik Krasner
9:00 Chris Barylick
9:10 Brendan Lynch
9:20 Chris Storin
9:30 Macho Man
9:40 Mean Dave
9:50 Andy Wood
10:00 Joe Praino
Rosie McCanns Front Room
8:30 James Francisco Matthews (HamBurger WifCheese) HOST:
8:40 Conor Kellicutt
8:50 Kaseem Bentley
9:00 Iris Benson
9:10 Kellen Erskine
9:20 Mimi Vilmenay
9:30 Daymon Ferguson
9:40 Tim X Lee
9:50 Eloisa Bravo
10:00 David Nguyen
10:10 Jordan Thewlis and Jon Alcabes HOST
10:20 Sammy Obeid
10:30 Brendan Lynch
10:40 Kellen Erskine
10:50 Butch Escobar
11:00 Andy Wood
11:10 Chad Opitz
11:20 Mean Dave
11:30 Joey Avery
11:40 Ben Feldman
11:50 Emmett Montgomery
Rosie McCanns Back Room.
8:30 Sam Weber and Hannah Marianetti host
8:40 Tyler Hinz
8:50 Emmett Montgomery
9:00 Tim X Lee
9:10 Phil Griffiths
9:20 Hayden Greif-Neill
9:30 Allison Mick
9:40 Mean Dave
9:50 Trevor Shane Rogers
10:00 Sam Meeker
10:10 Chris Storin
10:20 Noah Gain and Caitlin Celic Host
10:30 Thai Rivera
10:40 Kaseem Bentley
10:50 Emmett Montgomery
11:00 Conor Kellicutt
11:10 Joe Praino
11:20 Lydia Popovich
11:30 Chad Opitz
11:40 Lucia Carol Tuman
11:50 Brendan Lynch
12:00 Sammy Obeid
10:30ish Pablo Yale and Caroline Hawkins Host.
Sign Ups Night of Show
Poet and the Patriot
Midnight Mic hosted by Sam Weber


Your Headquarters for all things funny in Santa Cruz:

–>Be sure to also follow the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival Facebook event page for links to artists, special give-aways, and more (see below).

Tons of artist bios, photos, and more on the Facebook Event Page

–>Thank you for inviting your friends on Facebook!

octopusoperator_Artis Mary Blair



Please email if you would like to volunteer in advance or on the day of the event.


Media coverage of last year’s 1st Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival:



Artist Submissions: Know someone funny? Submissions to this year’s festival are CLOSED!! Better luck next year!





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