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Comedy Group Announces New Festival


Photo credit: Provided by- Hayley Johnson

Written by: Mikaela ConleyApril 06, 2017

Let’s Comedy! Has been an active part of the Fort Wayne comedy scene for two years now, and they’re taking the next step to building their empire.

Last week, the group announced the first Let’s Fest, which will branch out from traditional comedy and incorporate music, improv, storytellers, theater and all types of performances.

The event will be a four-day festival Aug. 3-6 at various downtown venues such as Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits, The Brass Rail and Cinema Center.

Hayley Johnson, a producer with Let’s Comedy!, said this is something that the group has discussed from the beginning.

“We love the idea of bringing in all of these people who we’ve worked with before or never worked with and always wanted to,” she said in a phone interview. “Festivals are a great way to harbor community, which is something that we’ve always striven for, making a great community for comedy and the arts in Fort Wayne and the Midwest.”

The company plans to start announcing main acts within the next couple of weeks, but they are also taking applications for any performers interested in being a part of the festival. More information about the application process can be found at letscomedyftw.com/news/. The organizers will also be taking volunteer applications for individuals interested in being ushers, helping people with directions and various other volunteer positions.

According to their website, the main acts will include comedians featured on Comedy Central, “Saturday Night Live” and “Conan.”  The growth of the Fort Wayne comedy scene has attracted these more well-known acts.

“We are getting a lot of traction with a lot of credible and big names who are going back to where they’re from and saying that we are running a great room and it’s a great place to come do what they want to do,” Johnson said. “It’s not big venues but it’s good venues, and good crowds.”

While planning the festival, the Let’s Comedy! team is still hosting shows, and is excited about the growing Fort Wayne comedy scene.

“I think at large we’ve opened the door for all sorts of extra comedy opportunities, not just the shows that we are bringing to town but all the open mics in town, all sorts of different places with different crowds and different vibes that you can try,” Johnson said.