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Just announced: Natasha Leggero and more to headline Floodwater Comedy Festival


Floodwater Comedy Festival

Iowa City — Apr. 22–24, 2016

Natasha Leggero headlines the Floodwater Comedy Festival
Floodwater Comedy Festival welcomes Natasha Leggero as its stand-up headliner — photo by Mandee Johnson

Iowa City’s Floodwater Comedy Festival is back for its second year of bringing a wide array of comedy programming and workshops to Iowa City.

This year, comedian Natasha Leggero comes to town as the stand-up headliner. Known for her Comedy Central show Another Period (with Garfunkel & Oates’ Riki Lindhome), Leggero has been acting since age 10. She studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory and Hunter College in New York, and has honed her comedy chops in a variety of movies and TV shows, including the 2014 Seth Rogen film Neighbors and a recent episode of Drunk History. Leggero will perform Friday, Apr. 22 at the Englert Theatre.

The festival’s improv headliner is a team out of the CiC Theater in Chicago, called Little Gary. The team coach is Kevin Knickerbocker. Its members, who include Paul Chimko, Lawrence Collerd, Laurel Krabacher, Tim Lyons, Eli Mandel, Emma Pope, Vince Portacci, Lindsey Smith and Dan White, have been performing together, in various combinations on various teams, for five years. The also perform individually and with other groups, including iO and Second City, throughout Chicago. They’ll be taking over Riverside Theatre on Saturday, Apr. 23.

Brian Biancardi is the podcast headliner for the festival. The L.A.-based comedian and podcaster, who originally hails from Chicago, will be doing a live recording of his podcast Why Don’t You Cook. The show will record on Sunday, Apr. 24 at D.P. Dough, and the ticket price includes a calzone. Biancardi will be interviewing other festival performers for the podcast.

In addition to these performances, Floodwater is also offering both adult and youth workshops over the weekend. The youth workshop, for ages 14-18, is on Saturday. Little Gary will also run an adult (19+) workshop on Saturday. The cost for each is $12.

Festival passes and headliner tickets are available today on the festival’s website. Individual tickets for Natasha Leggero are $25, $10 for Little Gary and $5 for the live recording of Brian Biancardi’s Why Don’t You Cook. A Flood Pass covers all headliners and other performances for $60. A $40 Splash Pass is available for all events except headliners.


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