Comedy festivals let audiences laugh at fresh observations, comics hear each other’s material, and airlines remember why they require comedians to fly themselves to shows. Take in a lot of people with tired arms with this GrouponLive deal to the Ventura Comedy Festival 2012, from Monday, September 24, through Sunday, September 30. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two tickets to a regular show (a $30 value). Click here for a list of valid regular shows, and check the schedule for showtimes and venues.
- For $20, you get a Saturday night comedy package that includes one ticket to Comedy Rockstars! at 8 p.m. and one ticket to Michael Yo & Friends at 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, on the Ventura Harbor Village Lawn (a $40 value).
At six venues—including The Greek at the Harbor, BlackBeard’s Seaside Barbecue, and a tent on the Ventura Harbor Village lawn—the Ventura Comedy Festival presents seven evenings of diverse and energetic hilarity. At 8 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club hosts the Ventura’s Funniest Person semifinals, an event-long competition that culminates in the finals on Sunday. Other regular events throughout the week include Paul Case’s ultra-dry wit at Ventura Comedy Club on Thursday or the Bad Girls of Comedy on Friday. The Dirty Dozen takes over Andre’s Wine and Tapas Bar with burlesque revivalist Lucky DeLuxe, who brings back the double-entendre-stacked style of Mae West.
Those opting for the Saturday night comedy package begin the evening with Comedy Rockstars!, featuring musical parodies and humorous commentary from guitar-strumming standups Mark Eddie and Pete George. Prop comic, television writer, and onetime Simpsons character Bruce Baum (also appearing in “Jews Gone Wild”) maneuvers risqué one-liners through his walrus mustache, whereas Elijah Tindall keeps his act as clean as a germaphobe’s whistle. Headliners Michael Yo, Eric Schwartz, and Ben Gleib conclude the evening with acts that audiences may have gotten a taste of on E!