Comedian Dave Ross and Neil Campbell of ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ headline Floodwater Comedy Festival

Dave Ross performs stand-up comedy at the Floodwater Comedy Festival -- Photo by Megan Baker
Dave Ross, a rising stand-up star and consummate consumer of pizza, performs stand-up comedy at the Floodwater Comedy Festival — Photo by Megan Baker

Floodwater Comedy Festival

Downtown Iowa City (See website for details) — April 16-19

The Floodwater Comedy Festival announced this week that stand-up comedian Dave Ross and Neil Campbell, head writer of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and a UI alum, will headline the Floodwater Comedy Festival, set for April 16–19. Both performers will feature in the festival’s show ‘The Big Splash’ at the Blue Moose Tap House on Saturday, April 18 at 9 p.m. Tickets to this show and others featured in the festival are now available online.

Dave Ross is a rising talent in the Los Angeles comedy scene who has headlined the Hollywood Improv and the Nerdist Theatre, and last year was featured in an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. His sketch group, Women, started airing sketches on this January. Chicago stand-up comedian Emily Galati, a 2014 semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing, will also appear as a headline performer for the The Big Splash show.

In addition to being the head writer of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, Neil Campbell, has written for The Simpsons, Comedy Central’s Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York and the MTV Movie Awards. Apart from his writing career, Campbell has been a long time improv and sketch performer at L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where he served as artistic director of 2008 to 2012. For The Big Splash, Campbell will be joined by co-headliner Michael Cassady, an actor and musician from Iowa who currently performs in a variety of sketch shows in L.A.

In addition to the The Big Splash show, Ross and Campbell will feature in other programs for the festival. Campbell will conduct an improv workshop on Friday at 4 p.m. at Public Space One and a sketch writing seminar on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Theatre B at the UI Theatre Building. Ross will do a live recording of his podcast Terrified on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the High Ground Cafe.

Other highlights of the festival includes a video competition and discussion with College Humor executive and UI Alum Spencer Griffin on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Theatre B, and a show on Sunday at 6 p.m. (locatation to be determined) will feature C.J. Jones, a deaf comedian who’s been praised for his masterful storytelling and ability to communicate visual imagery. In addition to acts coming from out of town, the festival features a variety of local improv, sketch and stand-up comedy performers including Megan Gogerty and the members of Dan-a-Palooza.

The entire lineup of the festival’s shows is available through the Floodwater website.

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