Dallas — The 2019 Dallas Comedy Festival will be the last shows ever held at Dallas Comedy House’s 3025 Main Street address before the DCH crew moves across the street.
Boy, are they going out with a bang.
This iteration of DCF is the tenth (that’s the aluminum anniversary, by the way), and it’s the largest yet: 46 shows with 213 performers. That includes improv, sketch, storytelling, standup, and two new pieces of the puzzle: industry panels, which will range on topics from “Building Your Brand” to “The DFW Entertainment Industry,” and podcasts.
Dallas Comedy House is going forward with a focus on podcasts. Not only will local podcast Sinisterhood be cutting two episodes of their hit show (it was recently featured in the AVClub), but the co-headliners are Daniel Van Kirk and Rory Scovel doing their show Pen Pals (description on their website: "Every week, your pen pals Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk respond to the letters you send, from free will to freeway etiquette, from mental health to manatees. It’s your podcast, we just talk about it.") The new Dallas Comedy House space will have a podcast studio, to boot.
The other headliners are Jaime Moyer and Maribeth Monroe. Their show, simply titled Moyer & Monroe, is a frenetic deep-dive into some of the best improv in the nation.
Another record-breaker for DCF this year, going hand-in-hand with the record-breaking number of shows, is five stages including Deep Ellum staples Independent Bar & Kitchen and Deep Ellum Art Co. hosting DCF events.
As for the non-headliners and non-podcasts, there are really too many to mention, but two events stand out: The Women of Texas standup showcase (that’s right: all women, all Texas) on Wednesday and DCH’s hit LGBTQ improv showcase on Saturday, Let’s Get Busy Tonight.
The festival kicks off tonight and runs through Saturday night. Tickets and schedules are available at the Festival website.
Look for daily reports of the festival on TheaterJones.com.