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The hilarity begins tonight when national headliners Marina Franklin, Casey Balsham, Emma Willmann, and Jessica Casciano when the 2024 Nantucket Comedy Festival opens with Ladies of Laughter at 7 pm in the Dreamland. This event is for both ladies and gentlemen, so make it a date night or bring your friends to this rousing night of comedy with very funny women!

As a major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn (SUL)—a year-round comedy education program for kids that teaches them life lessons through comedy—children are always a part of the festival. This year, the talented SUL Kids who have been working throughout the year to “find their funny,” will perform on the White Heron Theatre stage Friday, July 12 at 5 pm in a free show for all ages.

Later that evening, at 7 pm in the Dreamland, the World of Comedy is coming to Nantucket for the first time ever. These star comics hail from different countries and backgrounds, each with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. You won’t want to miss this riotous comedy show that celebrates the hilarity of multiculturalism and the absurdities of cross-cultural interactions. This year’s Friday night all-stars include Simon Fraser, Tanael Joachim, Jocelyn Chia, Wil Sylvince, and more!

The festival concludes with top comedians from Boston and New York facing off in the renowned “SmACKDown” event, the final show of the 2024 Nantucket Comedy Festival. Taking place Saturday, July 13 at 7 pm, Emmy Award-Winner Bob Ley from ESPN will once again officiate and keep the game (relatively) clean as these comics swing for the fences. Beantown comics including the infamous Jim McMCue, Paul Nardizzi, and Emily Ruskowski up against Big Apple comedians Jourdain Fisher, Christian Finnegan, Cory Kahaney and more surprise stars you won’t want to miss.

Nantucket Comedy Festival shows sell out every year. Patron Passes, which include pre-show cocktail parties, VIP passes, and the opening night party may still be available at Tickets to individual Comedy Festival shows can be purchased at

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