Plano Comedy Fest Announces 2020 Headliners

Katie Still performed at Plano Comedy Fest 2019 // photos Jennifer Shertzer
Katie Still performed at Plano Comedy Fest 2019 // photos Jennifer Shertzer

For the past two years, Plano Comedy Festival has brought community and laughter to Plano for a weekend-long event. This year, like so many other events during the pandemic, will be different. The 2020 Plano Comedy Fest is virtual, but promises to deliver the same amount of funny as it has in years past.

Event co-organizer Britainy Goss is a lifelong Planoite. She’s been performing stand-up comedy for four years, produces comedy shows and brings 20 years of experience in event management and business operations to her work helping put together the fest every year.

Martin Urbano was one of the headliners of Plano Comedy Fest 2019
Martin Urbano was one of the headliners of Plano Comedy Fest 2019

“Plano has a lot of comedy fans, yet the comedic arts have long been underrepresented in Plano,” Britainy shared. “Comedy is important to the cultural scene because it transforms our conversations and exposes us to diverse points of view and experiences. Humor brings relief, laughter and happiness to daily life.”

If you’re a stand-up comedy fan, the idea of watching a comedy festival online may no longer be a novel concept, as comedians all over the world have continued to do what they love since the pandemic began – just via Zoom instead of in-person.

The Comedy Arena home of ComedySportz
The Comedy Arena home of ComedySportz
Wes Corwin
Wes Corwin

2020 Festival Performers

Plano Comedy Festival is Oct. 1-4 this year, with more than 100 different performers that include nationally-known stand-up comedians as well as improv, sketch and musical comedy acts. Laurie Kilmartin (Conan on TBS, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!), Karith Foster (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, VH1’s Best Week Ever), Steve Hofstetter (Laughs on Fox, CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Showtime’s White Boyz in the Hood), Roxxy Haze (YouTube, Vibe, CBS Radio), Mary E. Kennedy (Showtime’s Shameless, Conan on TBS, Boston Comedy Festival) and Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central, Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, The Big Sick) will headline shows over four days.

On Oct. 3, the festival will offer a free, family-friendly show at 12 p.m. with a performance by The Comedy Arena home of ComedySportz.

One benefit to the virtual nature of this year’s fest is that scheduled performers are no longer limited by geography. Comedians will be Zooming in from 21 states and 4 countries to perform, giving the lineup an even wider variety than before.

Plano Comedy Fest 2020 headliners (clockwise from top left): Mary Kennedy, Roxxy Haze, Steve Hofstetter, Karith Foster, Kurt Braunohler and Laurie Kilmartin
Plano Comedy Fest 2020 headliners (clockwise from top left): Mary Kennedy, Roxxy Haze, Steve Hofstetter, Karith Foster, Kurt Braunohler and Laurie Kilmartin

If you’d like to attend the entire weekend of events, you can get a VIP All-Access Pass for $50. Thursday passes are $20, Friday passes are $30, Saturday passes are $35 and Sunday passes are $35. You can also buy tickets to individual shows if you’re unable to attend the entire day’s worth of events.

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