Woodstock Comedy Festival, ROLL Magazine


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Mario Cantone, known for his outrageous Tony-​​nominated one-​​man show Laugh Whore and stint as “Anthony” in Sex and the City, leads the lineup at this fall’s Woodstock Comedy Festival. The festival takes place on Sept. 20 – 22, 2013.

Mario Cantone, WCF, ROLL Magazine

Mario Cantone

Comedian, actor, writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait and three-​​time Emmy winner television icon Dick Cavett, also headline the festival.

The western Catskills are celebrated for their hotel shows featuring great Jewish comedians of the past. Now, contemporary cutting-​​edge comics follow in the footsteps of Sid Caesar and Henny Youngman as they gather in the eastern Catskills to entertain the happening Hudson Valley town of Woodstock.

The Woodstock Comedy Festival opens Friday, September 20 at the Woodstock Playhouse with improv and standup featuring CollegeHumor Live! and Running Late with Scott Rogowsky, a late-​​night variety and talk show with stand-​​up comedians Rick Overton, Eddie Brill and surprise celebrity guests.

A long-​​standing comedy writer for Joan Rivers, and herself a veteran of the Borscht Belt, Hester Mundis, hosts Late Night Comedy Writing with Brill, Overton and Dick Cavett, one of three panels Saturday afternoon at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.

Saturday night’s benefits for Family of Woodstock and Polaris Project are a double whammy. First, Stand Up and Sit Down: Comedy and Conversation from Dick Cavett and Bobcat Goldthwait, together on stage for the very first time. Hosted by Eddie Brill: show time is 7 pm at the Bearsville Theater.

Dick Cavett, WCF, ROLL Magazine

Dick Cavett

Then, at 9:30 pm, Mario Cantone and his band bring An Evening of Comedy and Music to the Bearsville Theatre.

Sunday afternoon Bobcat Goldthwait presents his film “Willow Creek” at Upstate Films (Tinker Street) followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker. Also screening is “We Cause Scenes,” a feature documentary about the comedy group Improv Everywhere, followed by a Q&A with director Matt Adams and IE founder Charlie Todd.

Bobcat Goldthwait, Whiplash - UCB Theater

Bobcat Goldthwait

Closing out the weekend Sunday night is an all-​​star comedy lineup at the Colony Café featuring the Upright Citizens Brigade Mega Show with Onassis and THE BEATdown, plus Laughingstock: A Night of Local Stand-​​up Comedy, starring Verna Gillis, James Judd, Adam Mamawala and Audrey Rapoport, hosted by Rich Shultis.

Jake & Amir, WCF, ROLL Magazine

Jake & Amir

The Woodstock Comedy Festival is a 501©(3) not-​​for-​​profit corporation with a mission: Comedy for a Cause. A weekend of laughter to benefit two charities that are no laughing matter: Family of Woodstock, for domestic violence and Polaris Project, for human trafficking. “All our net profits will be given to Polaris and Family,” said festival founder and executive director Chris Collins.

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