The Cinder Block Comedy Festival, presented by the Meatball Shop, returns for another year of shows throughout Williamsburg and Bushwick, Brooklyn and it remains committed to showcasing a diverse lineup of talent. This year, Cinder Block is even bigger, with 80 shows and 18 venues, and most tickets are $5. Performers include Janeane Garofalo, Judy Gold, Jeffrey Joseph, Nikki Carr, Jo Firestone, and many more. The festival kicks off on Thursday, September 7th with The Educated Guess Science Fair, hosted by Jo Firestone and Steven DeSienna at Rough Trade in Williamsburg.
Other Cinder Block highlights include:
-A showcase from the What a Joke! Festival on Saturday, September 9th at The Gutter. What a Joke! raised $50k for the ACLU on Inauguration Day weekend. Tickets are $10 and sales from this showcase will be donated to the ACLU as well.
-Speakout Laughout on Sunday, September 10th at Cantina Royal – an abortion storytelling show promising to bring both tears and laughter. Tickets are $10 and a portion of sales are donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF).
-Two panels to help performers grow on Saturday, September 10th at Bar Matchless: Everything Explained with Carole Montgomery and Podcast Promotion with Stephanie Lyons. Both are $5.
-The Gold Comedy Showcase: The Gold School for Comedy was created by Lynn Harris to help give a platform and guidance to young female performers. Students will perform along with their mentors Joanna Briley and Jes Tom and will be hosted by Elsa Waithe. Saturday, September 9th at Artichoke Pizza.
-Sketch Screening: Last Comic Standing’s Kara Buller hosts a screening of comedy sketches submitted to the festival. Friday, September 8th at Cantina Royal.
Full schedule and lineup: http://www.cinderblockcomedyfestival.com/schedule/
and dozens more amazing comics will get to share their talent with you as well.