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The Columbus Comedy Festival

A city-wide celebration of all things comedy.

A week PACKED with laughs!

The first annual Columbus Comedy Festival takes place August 14-18, 2024 and features over 100 performers — including national, regional and local comedians.

The festival was created and operated by Columbus Underground — an award-winning local media outlet — in collaboration with a variety of venue partners. Collectively, this partnership is booking, organizing and hosting dozens of standup, sketch, improv and variety shows throughout the run of the festival.

With each show priced affordably, attendees and pick and choose which shows to attend each day, providing a variety of comedy experiences to suit everyone’s sense of humor.



About Columbus Underground

Columbus Underground is a locally owned and operated online news publication that was established in 2001 by Anne Evans and Walker Evans. For over twenty years, CU has been an invaluable resource for local information, events, news and much more. For more info, visit

Anne and Walker began attending comedy shows shortly after they began dating in 2001. One of their favorite comedy memories is stopping by the Cleveland Improv (now the Funny Bone Cleveland) in the summer of 2004 to watch Mitch Hedberg perform, on their way home from getting engaged at Niagara Falls.

Some of their other favorite live comedy performances over the years include Bob Saget, Maria Bamford, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Normand, Lewis Black, Demetri Martin, Joe Pera, Mateo Lane, Zack Galafanakis, TJ Miller, Joel McHale, Richard Lewis, Marc Maron, Aziz Ansari, David Spade and Nick Swardson just to name a few — and they look forward to making many more memories in the future!