For over 10 years Tower City Comedy (Formerly LMAO Comedy) has hosted live stand-up comedy, dueling pianos, celebrity Q&A’s, IMPROV and more in downtown Paris. After a year-long collaboration, the Tower City Comedy Festival will take place in downtown Paris, Texas, from January 24-26, 2019.
Over 250 comedians, improv groups, podcasters, etc from all over the western hemisphere submitted in hopes of being one of the 50 selected to perform. The shows will take place in different stages at various times across downtown. During the day the comics will take part in panels, clinics regarding the industry and meet with casting agents, bookers and venue owners.
“Paris has cemented itself as a comedy town. It’s great to travel on the circuit and listen to the talent talk about all the great things they have heard about the venue and the crowds here in Paris” said Daryl Felsberg comedian and festival organizer. “This will be a great reoccurring event for downtown Paris and the overall community.”
Felsberg estimates over the three day period 100-200 out of town guests will be in town to participate in some sort of capacity. The public will have their pick from two continuously running stages with different shows with various themes throughout the festival.
“We may have an all-female showcase, or a fresh faces show, or all sports themed shows, depends on the submissions and how we can fit them,” said Felsberg.
Headliners announced so far are Sarah Tiana who just had her Comedy Central Special air. She is a fixture on the Roast Scene winning Jeff Ross’ Roast Battle on Comedy Central. She currently appears with Rob Riggle and writes for FOX NFL Sunday.
Eric Schwartz is a comedian, actor, voiceover artist, musician and content creator. In addition to television appearances on Showtime, the Tonight Show, Comics Unleashed, BET and his one-hour special, “Surrender to the Blender,” on Hulu, Eric is known for his popular digital stand-up clips, sketches and parody videos. He has been going viral long before social media existed and continues to deliver hit after hit to his growing and engaged online fanbase. Eric Schwartz is an internet sensation, known for his popular song parodies and videos.
Originally from Montana’s Big Sky Country, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Chris Fairbanks headlines comedy venues internationally. His fast-paced, quirky, and constantly improvised act has been showcased on Comedy Central, Conan, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Seeso. For TruTV, Chris was a cast member and director of ‘World’s Dumbest’ and the host of “Almost Genius”. In the past year, he’s been featured on @midnight w/ Chris Hardwick, FOX’s new (and very similar) series Punchline, and the film ‘Punching Henry’ starring JK Simmons. Chris also has upcoming appearances on HBO’s ‘Crashing’, Amazon’s ‘One Mississippi’, and Comedy Centrals upcoming series ‘Corporate’. Chris’ comedy album, “Fairbanks!” was named one of Amazon MP3’s Top Ten.
Festival-goers will have a choice between different passes from all access VIP passes which get them into every show and private events, or single show passes. Passes go on sale January 1 at www.towercitycomedy.com and individual show tickets go on sale January 7. The Pass is a much better bargain for festival goers. Sponsors include: Quality Care ER, Peoples Bank, Lamar National Bank, Big Boys Memorabilia, Paris Texas.gifts, Everett Toyota, Weezy’s, Paris Neighbors, East Texas Broadcasting, Eparis Extra, David House Jewelry, Ballard Insurance, East Texas Broadcasting, Dollins Bailbonds, Stone Title, David’s Meat Market, Richard Drake Construction, Roadrunner Auto Service Center, South Main Iron On Top of it Catering and Holiday Inn / Comfort Inn.
WHAT: Tower City Comedy Festival
WHERE: Downtown Paris Texas
WHEN: January 24-26 2019