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Dante Powell kicks off Floodwater with live album recording

Despite chilly weather and slippery sidewalks, the Iowa City comedy scene will be bustling with activity Feb. 27-March 2, as the 2019 Floodwater comedy festival kicks off its annual events. This year, Des Moines-based comedian Dante Powell will be recording his first comedy album at The Mill in Iowa City as part of the festivities. […]

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Headliner announcement: Floodwater Comedy Festival is back for 2018

The Floodwater Comedy Festival announced the lineup today for their next fest, coming up March 1-3, 2018. Leading the pack is comedian Carmen Lynch. She will start off the festival with a show at The Mill on Thursday, March 1. PREACH Improv follows with a Friday performance at the Blue Moose, and the festival returns to The Mill on Saturday, March 2 with Jo Firestone. […]

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Iowa City gets roasted!

This Sunday, Little Village brings back one of its most beloved yearly traditions: the Roast of Iowa City. Now celebrating its eighth year, the Roast returns to the Mill stage for an evening of laughs and poking fun. The Roast is a terrific way to close out the final day of the Iowa City Book Festival. For the fantastic price of absolutely free, you can gather with selected roasters from the community as they take their most humorous stab at puncturing the inflated ego of our fair city. […]

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‘Liberal redneck’ Trae Crowder checks in on politics and comedy ahead of his Iowa City Book Festival appearance

On Oct. 11, the Iowa City Book Festival brings Trae Crowder to town (the Liberal Redneck of YouTube fame). Crowder, along with Corey Ryan Forrester and Dean Morgan, will be performing at the Englert as part of their wellRED: From Dixie With Love​ tour. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $27. All proceeds will benefit the ACLU of Iowa. […]

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Interview: Daily Show co-writer Lizz Winstead’s Vagical Mystery Tour heads to The Mill

The Lady Parts Justice League is bringing its Vagical Mystery Tour to Iowa City on June 20 at The Mill at 8 p.m. The performance will feature Lizz Winstead, musician Tina Schlieske of Tina and the B-Sides and comedians Alex English, Dina Nina Martinez and Joyelle Johnson. The 19+ show is co-presented by Little Village. General admission tickets are $15. […]

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What happens when you take a joke to its grave? Find out Friday at Green Gravel Comedy Festival

Following comedy legend Andy Kaufman’s death in 1984, the character of Tony Clifton — the lounge singer with the pornstar moustache, known for his belligerence and berating his audience — lives on through a puzzle of impersonators, including Bob Zmuda. […]

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Interview: Margaret Cho opens minds through comedy

“Optimist” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of comedian and provocateur Margaret Cho. But her work, spanning three decades of dives into familial ties, racism and sexual assault, has always had resilience as its core. Little Village caught up with Cho to talk about aggression, sheet masks and performing during “difficult presidencies” before her Thursday, April 6 appearance at the Englert Theatre as part of the upcoming Mission Creek Festival. […]

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Submissions window now open for the 2017 Green Gravel Comedy Festival

The Green Gravel Comedy Festival hits its fourth year in 2017, and is accepting performer submissions starting today, March 13, at noon. The rates to submit are $15 for Iowa stand-up comedians, $25 for stand-up submissions from out of state, and $20 for all other submission types (musical comedy acts, podcasts, etc). […]

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