Nashville Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of laughs

The festival brings together Nashville acts and national headliners for 10 days of comedy at Bridgestone Areana, Zanies, and other local venues.

Standup comic Nate Bargatze holding a microphone onstage with thousands of phone lights illuminating from the audiance.

Remember when Nate Bargatze broke Bridgestone Arena’s attendance record during the 2023 Nashville Comedy Festival? | Photo courtesy of Studio Moderne via Bridgestone Arena

Are you ready for the funniest month in Music City? This isn’t an April Fools punchline — Nashville Comedy Festival is back for the 10th year.

If you love to laugh (or if you saw NASHtoday’s open mic roundup), you know Music City has a robust comedy scene. There are more laughs to be had, so dive into the festival guide below.

About the festival

The Nashville Comedy Festival takes place over 10 days — Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 21. More than 30 comedians will take the stage at Bridgestone Arena, Ryman Auditorium, TPAC, the Opry House, Zanies, Clarksville’s F&M Bank Arena, and a brand new venue (more on that below).

Tickets are sold individually by event — aka, no festival passes are required for entry. Prices range from ~$10-$75 depending on the show.

Meet the comics

  • Bridgestone Arena | Tom Segura (April 12) and Jeff Dunham (April 14)
  • Ryman Auditorium | Deon Cole (April 14), The State (April 15), Kid Rock’s Comedy Jam (April 16), Matteo Lane (April 17), Tony Hinchcliffe (April 19)
  • TPAC | Updating (April 16), Letterkenny (April 17), Ali Siddiq (April 19), Shannon Ford (April 20)
  • Zanies | Leslie Liao (April 16), Dusty Slay’s Grand Ole Comedy Show (April 17), Kaitlyn Bristowe (April 20)

This is just a sampling of the lineup — visit the festival’s website for more sets and performances dates. Heads up: Some events, like Tim Robinson and Shane Gillis, are sold out.

What’s new

Enter: The Lab at Zanies, a new 100-seat theater located next door to the comedy club. It’s arriving just in time for the comedy festival (a formal grand opening will come later this spring), so save the dates for these 11 events if you want a first-look at the new development.

Beyond the festival, The Lab (a third of the size of Zanies) will offer everything from stand-up shows to improv and sketch comedy, as well as educational spaces for aspiring comedians.

Bonus: It has a full kitchen, so expect a food menu, alongside a full bar and an assortment of craft cocktails.

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