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Floodwater Comedy Festival reveals final line-up


Floodwater Comedy Festival

Various Venues — Thu., Apr. 21–Sun., Apr. 24

Andrew Steele
Andrew Steele performs Friday, Apr. 22 at Riverside Theatre. — photo courtesy Floodwater Comedy Festival.

The Floodwater Comedy Festival has announced its full line-up for later this month. Some exciting additions have been made; see the full schedule below.

In addition to the already announced headliners, two other main acts have been added. In partnership with the University of Iowa Campus Activities Board, Floodwater welcomes Amy Schumer to its line-up. She will be performing on Friday, Apr. 22 at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Also on Friday, Iowa City native (and UI alum) Andrew Steele will be joining the festival. Steele serves as the creative director for the website Funny or Die, and has won an Emmy (in 2002, for his work on Saturday Night Live) and multiple Writers’ Guild Awards. He will take part in a Q&A at 4 p.m. at Riverside Theatre.

Other Iowa Citians headed home for the event include the sketch comedy team Group Project, a Los Angeles-based group consisting of alumni from the U of I Theatre Department. They’ll be performing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 23.

One fantastic aspect of the Floodwater Comedy Festival is the multitude of educational and networking opportunities. In addition to the previously announced improv workshops, the festival will also present a comedy writing showcase on Sunday afternoon, in collaboration with Funny or Die and Earthwords literary magazine. On Saturday afternoon, local comedian, playwright and UI professor Megan Gogerty will be presenting a lecture on feminism in the world of comedy, titled “How Many Feminists Does it Take to Screw In a Lightbulb?”

Tickets to Floodwater Comedy Festival are priced as listed below for individual events. Festival passes are also available at either the Splash Pass level ($40, admission to all events excluding headliners and workshops) or Flood Pass level ($60, admission to all events except Amy Schumer and workshops). Tickets for Amy Schumer are available through Ticketmaster or the IMU Welcome Center. All other tickets, and further information, are available on the Floodwater Comedy Festival website.

Thursday, Apr. 21

Natasha Leggero / IMU Ballroom / 8 p.m. / $25
Paper-White-Janice / Public Space One / 11 p.m. / $5
TACOmedy / Governor’s Mansion / 12:30 a.m. (Fri.) / $5

Friday, Apr. 22

Andrew Steele Q&A / Riverside Theatre / 4 p.m. / FREE
Amy Schumer / Carver-Hawkeye Arena / 8 p.m. / $25
Seven Minutes in Heaven / The Mill / 10:30 p.m. / $5 (This show is ages 19+)
Cream of the Crop Improv / Public Space One / 11 p.m. / $5
Comedian’s Power Hour / Yacht Club / 12:30 a.m. (Sat.) / $5 (19+)

Saturday, Apr. 23

Youth Improv Workshop / Public Space One / 11 a.m. / $12 (This event is ages 14–18)
Adult Improv Workshop / Riverside Theatre / 11 a.m. / $12
Megan Gogerty Lecture / Riverside Theatre / 1:30 p.m. / FREE
Sketch Screening / FilmScene / 4 p.m. / FREE
Group Project / Riverside Theatre / 7 p.m. / $5
Cup O’ Jokes / High Ground Cafe / 8 p.m. / $5
Little Gary / Riverside Theatre / 9:30 p.m. / $10
Cocaine Murder Jam / The Mill / 11 p.m. / $5 (19+)
Midwest’s Best Improv Bazaar / Public Space One / 11 p.m. / $5
Yeah Buddy Awesome Time / The Mill / 12:15 a.m. (Sun.) / FREE (19+)
We Still Like You / Governor’s Mansion / 2 a.m. (Sun.) / FREE (19+)

Sunday, Apr. 24

Liz Moen / High Grounds Cafe / 11 a.m. / FREE
Brian Biancardi’s Why Don’t You Cook? / DP Dough / 2 p.m. / $5
Comedy Writing Showcase / IC Brewlab / 4 p.m. / FREE
F*ck It with Jak Knight / The Mill / 7 p.m. / $10 (19+)


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