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We Could All Use a Lot More Laughter

The annual Nantucket Comedy Festival, which brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island opens Thursday, July 11 at 7 pm with Ladies of Laughter, featuring nationally headlining female comedians, including Marina Franklin, Casey Balsham, Emma Willmann, and Jessica Casciano. This event is for both ladies and gentlemen, so make it a date night or bring your friends. Don’t miss this rousing night of comedy with these 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 Comedy Festival. This year, 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 suitable for all ages.

Later that evening, at 7 pm in the Dreamland, a new event is coming to Nantucket: the World of Comedy. Star comics who hail from different countries and backgrounds will perform Friday night, each with their own funny 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 on Saturday, July 13, with comedians from Boston and New York facing off in the world-renowned “SmACKDown” event, the final show of the 2024 Nantucket Comedy Festival. Taking place at 7 pm in The Dreamland, 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, so buy your tickets now at! At press time, some Patron Passes were still available, offering VIP access to all shows, cocktail parties, and Comedy Festival gatherings. And remember to sign up for the NCF Newsletter to be the first to know about NCF events and announcements, comedians, Stand Up and Learn shows, and fund-raising activities. They will never share or sell your name or contact info (but Kevin may ask to crash on your couch).

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