Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Attend the Wild East Nasty Comedy Festival, Beginning Tonight

Posted By on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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While the theaters and comedy clubs of Nashville prepare for the Wild West Comedy Festival — which, in case you've been living under a rock, kicks off tomorrow — there's another festival brewing on the other side of the river. The appropriately titled Wild East Nasty Comedy Festival sprouts up in East Nashville's alternative comedy stages starting tonight.

Organized by local comic and veteran hustler Chad Riden, Wild East Nasty Comedy Festival has absolutely nothing to do with the festival that's hosting comics like Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Chelsea Handler and more. In fact, it may be a stretch to call Wild East Nasty a festival at all — it's more like a collection of shows that were happening anyway, but under the banner of a united front of local comics. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Whatever it is, it's hard not to admire Riden's promotional hustle. WENCF (catchy!) gets a jump on its big brother tonight with the regularly scheduled Ultimate Comedy open mic at The East Room. With both regular host Brad Edwards and Grey Grays guitarist Sean Parrott out for the night, guest host Kate Spellman and mysterious duo DAFT CRUNK (which may or may not be Corporate Juggernaut dudes Gary Fletcher and Brandon Jazz in baseball helmets spray-painted silver) are substituting in their place.

Whether you're looking for a cheap alternative to the big ticket festivities or just want to enhance your stand-up comedy experience with a little local flavor, WENCF will roll on from there with five more shows by locals that are either free or cheap.

Take a peak at the line-up after the jump. Or scope their chunk of nashvillestandup.com for more information. And while we're talking unrelated comedy shows, don't forget about Chris Crofton's farewell gig at The Stone Fox on Wednesday.

Tuesday 5/13 8:30pm — FREE
ULTIMATE COMEDY open mic
The East Room, 2412 Gallatin, 37206

Wednesday 5/14 8:30pm — FREE
KAMiKAZE KiTTEN dive bar comedy
Dino’s, 411 Gallatin, 37206

Thursday 5/15 6:30pm — FREE
HOPEFULLY FUNNY open mic
Cult Fiction Underground, 2915 Gallatin, 37216

Thursday 5/15 9:30pm — FREE
JOKER’S ABBEY cigar shop show
Smoker’s Abbey, 604 Gallatin, 37206

Friday 5/16 7pm — $3
LUXURY PRESTIGE III: (IV) That Scripted Comedy Showcase
The East Room, 2412 Gallatin, 37206

Sunday 5/18 7:30pm — $5
SPiFFY SQUiRREL Comedy Show: “Bestival of the Festival” Showcase
The East Room, 2412 Gallatin, 37206

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