Emily Heller and Beth Stelling to Headline Bird City Comedy Festival in Downtown Phoenix

No joke, Phoenix is a pretty funny place. Thanks to comedians hosting shows on the regular, solid comedy clubs, and a thriving improv and sketch scene, there's pretty much no excuse not to laugh — a lot.

And that'll be extra true the weekend of April 8 through 10, when the Bird City Comedy Festival makes its debut. 

The fest will spotlight local and national alternative comics and comedy groups in 33 shows and events taking place at six downtown Phoenix venues, including Space 55 Theatre, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Last Exit Live, and Renaissance Downtown Phoenix. 

Headlining stand-up performers are Emily Heller (who appeared on Conan and hosts the Baby Geniuses podcast), Beth Stelling (of @midnight and Jimmy Kimmel Live fame), and Dana Gould (former Simpsons writer and producer). Other featured performers include Ron Babcock, Ryan McKee, Mishka Shubaly, and Chris Trew. Improv and sketch showcases are slated for each day and include performances from Phoenix's own The Neighborhood, Bully Mammoth, and Dangerville, to name just a few.

The festival's lineup also includes two live podcasts: Thank You for Being a Podcast and How Have You Not Seen This? So, yeah, this is gonna be hilarious. 

Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $25 for a single-day pass show. Weekend passes cost $50. To buy yours and to see the complete schedule, head to the Bird City Comedy Festival website
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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