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Salt Lake Comedy Festival

Richie T. Steadman—actor, comedian and X96 Radio From Hell producer—had spent four summers traveling to workshops and comedy classes in other cities, including Chicago’s legendary Second City. But he asked himself, “Why isn’t there more of a training ground here?”

Aspiring comic minds of all kinds will be thrilled to find that Steadman decided to answer his own question. The inaugural Salt Lake Comedy Festival is a two-day event featuring both performances and a variety of classes for those looking to hone their abilities in a number of comedy disciplines.

For those strictly looking to be spectators, two competitions are the centerpiece. The traditional Rocky Mountain Laugh-Off gives 20 stand-up comics a chance to earn the coveted title and big-time bookings, while the two-night PC Laptops “Improv Survivor” event gives audience members the power to enjoy wild improvisational performances before “voting off” the least successful participants.

But the real innovation for the weekend is the Saturday “Comedy Boot Camp,” offering several classes led by talented comedy professionals. Want to learn how to use funny social media to market yourself? Let’s own Deena Marie Manzaneres help show you how. Do you dream of writing great comedy? Daily Show staff writer Jenna Kim Jones offers her expert perspective. Wiseguys’ Keith Stubbs (pictured) and Quick Wits’ Bob Bedore also offer guidance in stand-up and improv skills, respectively.

Enjoy a weekend with some of Utah’s funniest people—or, better yet, learn how you can become one of them. (Scott Renshaw)

Salt Lake Comedy Festival @ The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, 801-957-3322, June 10-11, performances $10 each/$30 for all four, $100 for boot camp plus performances; student discounts available.

Date: Jun 10, 2011
Time: Sa 9
Phone: 801-957-3322
Address: 1575 S. State, Salt Lake City, 84115
Where: Grand Theatre