Manitowoc translates to, "dwelling of the great spirit"
We had a stellar first year! Nearly 800 people laughed the night away and raised over $7,500 for our local charity partners - AdaptFIT at the Y, The Rahr-West Art Museum Education Fund and Roncalli High School’s music department.
Our SECOND ANNUAL Great Spirit Comedy Festival is going to be even better than our first! We are returning a few of the crowd favorites from 2018 - Johnny Beehner, Marz Timms and Chris Marrs. We’ll also be features some of the best up and coming comics the Midwest has to offer!
810 CHICAGO STREET, MANITOWOC WISCONSIN
FRIDAY APRIL 12, 2019 SATURDAY ARPIL 13, 2019
7PM AND 9PM
BEER, WINE, SODA and WATER will be available for purchase
GENERAL ADMISSION: $28
VIP ADMISSION: $400 (limited to 3 tables for each show)
VIP includes reserved, preferred seating for 8 and a post-show Meet-N-Greet with the performers with complimentary drinks and snacks for the 7pm shows and a pre-show Meet-N-Greet for the 9pm show
Tickets for sale at www.bit.ly/MantyLaughs
2019 LINE UP
Saturday Night April 13, 2019
Friday Night April 12, 2019
Adam Cayton-Holland (www.adamcaytonholland.com) is a national touring comic who has appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central Presents, @midnight, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Happy Endings, Deadbeat, Flophouse, Hidden America and was named one of Esquire’s “25 Comics to Watch,” as well as one of “10 Comics to Watch” by Variety. Along with his cohorts in The Grawlix, he is one of the creators and stars of the truTV show, “Those Who Can’t,” in which Adam plays Spanish teacher and bon vivant Loren Payton. His albums, “I Don’t Know If I Happy,” “Backyards,” and “Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits,” are all available on iTunes, and his writing has appeared in Village Voice, Spin, The A.V. Club, The New York Times, Esquire and The Atlantic. His first book, Tragedy Plus Time, is available everywhere
Beth Hoyt grew up in Manitowoc doing plays in Roncalli’s cafeteria, and now she lives in Los Angeles, where she performs stand-up in the back of bars and weird restaurants. She has been on Inside Amy Schumer, High Maintenance, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She was a New Face Character in Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, a wrote and starred in a series for Elizabeth Banks’ comedy site WhoHaHa, and her YouTube channel "BethInShow" has over 3 million views.
You can check-out Beth In Show here where she answers the age-old question, Can a Wisconsin accent be sexy?
Stand-up pro and Wisconsin native Johnny Beehner now lives and works "in the biz" in LA. He frequently tours the United States show his comedic prowess with audiences far and wide. His talents have also taken him to Late Show with David Letterman.
See Johnny make David Letterman laugh out loud with his stand-up here.
Actor/writer Chris Marrs began his comedy career on Chicago’s improv comedy stages. As a writer, Chris has most recently worked on Netflix’s Arrested Development and truTV’s irreverent comedy Those Who Can’t. He has created, written and starred-in hit web comedies LA I.C.E. for Fremantle NorthAmerica and The Book Club from Executive Producer Justin Lin. As an actor, credits include The Odd Couple, Happy Endings, Hot in Cleveland, Bones and NCIS among many others. He recently recurred for 12 episodes on the hit TNT drama The Last Ship until his character took an RPG to the head, blasting him into thousands of tiny pieces across a vast post-apocalyptic seascape. He is in dozens of your favorite commercials because, frankly, his face just straight-up moves product.
Check out Chris in LA I.C.E. here.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION PARTNERS
RAHR-WEST ART MUSEUM EDUCATION FUND
At the Rahr-West, they believe that arts education is a vital part of developing our community. From pre-school and family programming to evening adult classes, they use their incredible art collection to offer education programming for people of every age.
LAKESHORE HUMANE SOCIETY
The Lakeshore Humane Society's mission is to ensure humane and compassionate treatment of all animals entrusted to its care, reunite lost animals with their owners, place adoptable animals in responsible and permanent homes, and extend humane education to the public.
WISCONSIN YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT
The Wisconsin Youth in Government program seeks to foster the next generation of thoughtful, committed, and active citizens. Once we know that leaders are developed by doing, youth participants learn the principles of a democratic society by engaging with their peers in the process of civic action. The program is open to all students in grades 7-12 and engages approximately 20 kids locally and hundreds of students from across the state each year. Individual delegations meet starting in the fall and the program culminates with a weekend-long trip to the state capitol in Madison for our Model Government session.