2017 Performers

2017 Headliners

Mark Normand

New York, NY

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Performing Friday, January 20, 2017

New York comedian Mark Normand has done a Comedy Central Half Hour special, has appeared on TBS’s Conan twice, Showtime's Live at SXSWInside Amy Schumer, TruTv, Best Week Ever, Last Comic Standing, @Midnight, and released an album with Comedy Central records titled Still Got It. He was also voted Village Voice's "Best Comedian of 2013." In 2012, Mark appeared on John Oliver’s New York Standup Show on Comedy Central.

Trae Crowder

Knoxville, TN

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Performing Friday, January 20, 2017

Trae Crowder is a comedian from rural Tennessee and the co-writer of The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark. Crowder was the first person in his family to graduate from college and earn an MBA. In 2010, Crowder got his start as a standup comedian following an open mic night at Side Splitters comedy club in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was after this that he evolved his main character,  The Liberal Redneck. After his Liberal Redneck videos went viral, he appeared on a number of television and radio shows. Fox has just given a green light to Crowder’s new scripted comedy, based on his life.

Jackie Kashian

Los Angeles, CA

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Performing Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jackie Kashian's standup "is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered." Her current hour standup special This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux was one of the top five comedy specials of 2014 on vulture.com. In the last year, she's been on the Conan O'Brien show, @midnight and has done some acting on Netflix's Lady Dynamite and IFC's Maron. Jackie has hosted The Dork Forest podcast for over 10 years, with more than 3 million downloads. She is also a co-host to a NEW comedy podcast on the Nerdist Network called The Jackie and Laurie Show.

2017 National Comics

Ian Aber

Atlanta, GA

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Geoffrey Asmus

Madison, Wisconsin

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Raj Belani

Long Island, NY

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Hannah Boone

New York, NY

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Olivia Cathcart

Atlanta, GA

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Caitlin Checkeroski

Chicago, IL

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Will Copeland

Atlanta, GA

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Mary-Devon Dupuy

New Orleans, LA

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Scott Eason

Huntsville, AL

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Brian Emond

Atlanta, GA

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Sam Evans

Astoria, NY

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John Field

Brooklyn, NY

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Max Fine

Atlanta, GA

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Ella Gale

Austin, TX

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Geoffrey Gauchet

New Orleans, LA

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Patrick Hastie

Brooklyn, NY

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Brett Hiker

Brooklyn, NY

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Tyler Jackson

Chicago, IL

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Jordan Jensen

Brooklyn, NY

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Albert Kirchner

Brooklyn, NY

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Lainie Lenertz

Chicago, IL

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David Leon

Chicago, IL

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Lane Lonion

New Orleans, LA

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Dave Losso

Chicago, IL

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Holly Lynnea

Louisville, KY

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Jake Mattera

Philadelphia, PA

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Danny Maupin

Chicago, IL

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Avery Reed Moore

Austin, TX

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Grayson Morris

Asheville, NC

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Aaron Naylor

Kansas City, MO

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M.K. Paulsen

Austin, TX

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Zach Peterson

Chicago, IL

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Joe Pettis

Atlanta, GA

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Dante Powell

Des Moines, IA

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Michael Rowland

Atlanta, GA

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Tom Russell

Atlanta, GA

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Samm Severin

Atlanta, GA

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Dan Sheehan

Chicago, IL

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Ethan Simmons-Patterson

Brooklyn, NY

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Arish Singh

Chicago, IL

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Gabe Smith

Brooklyn, NY

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Katie Stone

Austin, TX

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Grace Thomas

Minneapolis, MN

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Sumukh Torgalkar

Los Angeles, CA

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David Venhuizen

Los Angeles, CA

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Daniel Rugg Webb

Austin, TX

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Rachel Weeks

Denver, CO

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Vincent Zambon

New Orleans, LA

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2017 Florida Comics

2 Broken Grrrls

Orlando, FL

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Adam Heath Avitable

Orlando, FL

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Joey Balzac

Orlando, FL

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Wil Blaylock

Orlando, FL

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Charlie Bowie

Orlando, FL

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Chris Buck

Jacksonville, FL

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Joe Chlapowski

Orlando, FL

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Casey Crawford

Daytona Beach, FL

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Marcus Crespo

Orlando, FL

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Sean Finnerty

Orlando, FL

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Mark Gagnon

Longwood, FL

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Danii Gallegos

Chicago, IL

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Justin Lawson

Orlando, FL

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Ross Martin

Orlando, FL

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Ross McCoy

Orlando, FL

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Simon Nash

Orlando, FL

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Tommy O’Neill

Orlando, FL

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Ryan O’Toole

Los Angeles, CA

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Rauce Padgett

Orlando, FL

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Fritz Pierre

Orlando, FL

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Sadi

Orlando, FL

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Shaw Smith

Orlando, FL

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Colin Taylor

Orlando, FL

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Eugene Torres

Orlando, FL

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Akeem Woods

Orlando, FL

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Ian Vanleer

Orlando, FL

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James Yon

Kissimmee, Florida

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2017 Festival Stewards

We are an all-volunteer fest, supporting the Orlando comedy scene.

Tom Feeney

Atlanta, GA

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Alex Luchun

New Orleans, LA

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Doug McPherson

Orlando, FL

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Big Tim Murphy

Orlando, FL

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Dave Plotkin

Orlando, FL

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Nick Pupo

New York, NY

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Heather Shaw

Orlando, FL

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Abby Stassen

Orlando, FL

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In Memory of Matt Gersting

2016 has been a particularly terrible year. Few cities felt the pain as deeply as our own Central Florida family.

On April 19, 2016, we lost our dear friend and the leader of the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest, Matt Gersting.

Before he left us at age 35, Matt had become an outsized and relentlessly positive influence on Orlando’s music, art, technology, and comedy communities, to name only a few. He could make you laugh and he could make you sing. Strangers became friends when they discovered Matt was someone they knew in common.

Sometimes he closed his sets by singing “Hold On for One More Day” and he meant it. He got big laughs and his comedy was smart and sincere.

Matt would never see the Pulse tragedy that shook our city on June 12, 2016, an event that has emboldened us to act with even more love and kindness toward one another. Matt believed in ideals like access to mental health care, and the destigmatization of mental illness, the causes that our fest continues to fund.

Today, our city needs this festival more than Matt could have ever imagined. To those who knew him, it may seem fitting that Matt Gersting started something that keeps Orlando laughing, even long after he has left the stage.

Thank you for honoring Matt’s memory with us.