Combining iconic Comedians with icons-in-the-making, the 20th Annual Boston Comedy Festival Gala will showcase some of the best-established and new comedic talents.

  

 The final nine up-and-coming stars from a 48-comic field go head-to-head for a $10,000 first-place prize. 

Jim McCue, “Boston’s King of Crowd Work”, will be hosting this gala comedy event. Jim is Fresh off Gotham Live and Dry Bar Comedy specials. 

 

 In addition to the competition, comedy legend, comedian Emo Philips will receive the Boston Comedy Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Comedian of the Year Award will be presented to Boston’s own Eugene Mirman

 

This show has sold out for the last 6 years at the Somerville Theater, so get your tickets now!

 

 

Tonights Finalist are:
Michelle Sui

Jake Mattera

Janet McNamara 

Shawn Jackson

Raanan Hershberg

Tanael Joachim 

Wilfred Padua

Chris Post

Kate Sisk

 

 

 

Sat • Nov 16 • 8:30 PM

Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA

Comedian of the Year Eugene Mirman 

Hosted by Jim McCue

Comedian of the YearEugene Mirman​

About our Honorees: 

Described by Jay Leno as "the best joke writer in America," and considered by many, including "Weird Al" Yankovic, as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed over 6000 times throughout the English-speaking world (including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End). Since starting out, at the age of twenty, in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in films (most notably, as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF) and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Doctor Katz and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.

 

 

 

Eugene Mirman is a comedian, actor, and hero who lives in Massachusetts. He voices “Gene” on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers and hosts the Audible podcast, Hold On. He appeared regularly on Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and Archer, and has two standup comedy specials on Comedy Central. His latest comedy special is available on Netflix. Eugene is also a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science/ comedy show, StarTalk. His fifth comedy album, I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), is available from Sub Pop Records in multiple formats — a 9 Volume Digital Set, 7LPs, a chair, and a robe.

 

He’s appeared on lots TV shows, including, @Midnight, Broad City, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Inside Amy Schumer, Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Seth Myers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Home Movies, and more.

Eugene was named “Best New York City Comedian” by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, “Best Comedian in Boston” by Boston Magazine, and one of the “10 best comedians of the last decade” by Paste Magazine. He was also named by Rolling Stone as “Hot Twitterer” and keeps his 418k+ followers entertained daily.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Emo Philips 

About our Honorees: 

Lifetime Achievement Award Emo Philips Described by Jay Leno as "the best joke writer in America," and considered by many, including "Weird Al" Yankovic, as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed over 6000 times throughout the English-speaking world (including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End). Since starting out, at the age of twenty, in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in films (most notably, as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF) and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Doctor Katz and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.

 

 

 

Eugene Mirman is a comedian, actor, and hero who lives in Massachusetts. He voices “Gene” on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers and hosts the Audible podcast, Hold On. He appeared regularly on Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and Archer, and has two standup comedy specials on Comedy Central. His latest comedy special is available on Netflix. Eugene is also a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science/ comedy show, StarTalk. His fifth comedy album, I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), is available from Sub Pop Records in multiple formats — a 9 Volume Digital Set, 7LPs, a chair, and a robe.

 

He’s appeared on lots TV shows, including, @Midnight, Broad City, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Inside Amy Schumer, Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Seth Myers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Home Movies, and more.

Eugene was named “Best New York City Comedian” by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, “Best Comedian in Boston” by Boston Magazine, and one of the “10 best comedians of the last decade” by Paste Magazine. He was also named by Rolling Stone as “Hot Twitterer” and keeps his 418k+ followers entertained daily.

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