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THE CROSSROADS COMEDY FESTIVAL IS A 3-DAY COMEDY FESTIVAL FEATURING THE BEST STAND-UP, SKETCH, IMPROV AND PODCASTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

 

OCTOBER 7-9 | INDIANAPOLIS

 

 

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the crossroads of comedy, where all of comedy's forms meet

INDIANAPOLIS OCTOBER 7-9, 2O15
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HEADLINERS
STAND-UP
IMPROV
IMPROV

SHELDON

Friday at 8:00 pm | Saturday at 8:00pm

SHELDON

Sheldon is Rob Belushi and Jon Barinholtz and they've been headlining festivals all over the US including the Chicago Improv Festival. Combined, their credits include Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings and Dumb and Dumber Too.

SEAN PATTON

Friday at 9:30 pm

SEAN PATTON

Hello, my name is Sean Patton. I began doing standup in the Crescent City and have since performed in comedy clubs across the US and Canada. I’ve also performed at The Melbourne International

Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Chicago, Just for Laughs Toronto and Motreal. I’ve appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Live at Gotham’, ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’, and twice on ‘Conan’ and in 2013 I release of my Comedy Central Half Hour. I’ve also been on ‘@midnight’ and on 'The Meltdown’. As for acting, I’ve appeared on IFC’s ‘Maron’ and Inside Amy Schumer’.

THE BOYS

Headliner - Saturday at 9:30 pm

THE BOYS

Susan Messing and Rachael Mason are The Boys. They have toured the globe with their unforgettable, unabashed, and  unapologetic balls out improv comedy. Separately, they are powerful forces of nature… Together they own the world. They guarantee a show that´s disturbingly delightful and their classes will change they way you see improv.

 

We make it worse.

PERFORMERS
COMBINATION
STAND-UP
IMPROV
PODCAST
SKETCH

PERFORMERS A-D

 PEFORMERS E-L

PERFORMERS L-R

PERFORMERS S-Z

IMPROV
STANDUP
IMPROV
STANDUP

ANDREW RUDICK

SHOWS: TBA

ANDREW RUDICK

Cincinnati, Ohio

Andrew is a self-described "party slut" with the sass to match.

BLAKE HAMMOND

SHOWS: TBA

BLAKE HAMMOND

Cincinnati, Ohio

Blake Hammond is equal parts funny and honest. He weaves well written material into his growing story telling ability to create a show almost everyone can enjoy.

ANARCHY: An Improvised Rock Opera

SHOWS: TBA

ANARCHY:
An Improvised
Rock Opera

Chicago, Illinois

A completely sung, completely improvised rock opera inspired by the themes and stylings of concept albums and modern musicals such as Tommy by The Who and Green Days American Idiot. They tempers the comedy of improvisation with sincerity and truth creating a new type of musical you've never experienced before!

BILL & CHRIS

SHOWS: TBA

BILL & CHRIS

San Diego, CA

Bill and Chris are two very smart, intelligent players.  They don't live in the same town, but they very nearly may be the same person.

IMPROV
STANDUP
STANDUP
IMPROV

BRIAN PLUMB

SHOWS: TBA

BRIAN PLUMB Longmeadow, Mass

Brian Plumb confrontational yet poignant style will the audience guessing and wanting more. His stories reek of a millennial degenerate trying to navigate life one joke at a time.

BUDDY BUDDY

SHOWS: TBA

BUDDY BUDDY

Indianapolis, IN

Improv Inspired by Music Inspired by Improv. A musician (tbd) plays a song, and Buddy Buddy will do a short set inspired by the song. The musician will play one of their songs inspired by the Buddy Buddy set, and THEN Buddy Buddy will do a set inspired by that song, and THEN the musician will do a song inspired by that set, and then Buddy Buddy will do a set inspired by... It's fun. Come see us!

BRIANA HANSEN

SHOWS: TBA

BRIANA HANSEN
Los Angeles, California

Briana Hansen is high-energy comedian who uses her sketch and improv background to make ever set different and more ridiculous than the next. As a native of Indianapolis who loves to travel back home from LA and make fellow midwesterners laugh!

BLARF

SHOWS: TBA

BLARF

Indianapolis, IN

Blarf: (noun) - what's created when your brain overloads with ideas and they come pouring out of your mouth

 

Indianapolis' newest long form team with the speed and finesse harnessed from years of short form.  You'll laugh.  You'll guffaw.  You'll blarf.

IMPROV

CALEB

SHOWS: TBA

CALEB

Chicago, Illinois

CALEB (Courtney Cohen, April Hutter, Laura Cebula, Ellyn Michalak, and Bridget Brown) is a group of five, fresh, Chicago trained improvisors that play from the heart; with love on their lips and hilarity in their quips. CALEB prides itself on one, long form scene with all 5 players always on stage carving out a true to life relationship based in absurdity and empathy.

CHARLIE VERGOS

SHOWS: TBA

CHARLIE VERGOS Memphis, Tennessee

Charlie Vergos is a piano playing BBQ aficionado who puts audiences at ease with his slow Memphis drawl. The spaced out 25-year old may have the presence of a man who got lost while looking for fruit snacks, but hey, the jokes work.

STANDUP

BUZZED BROADWAY

SHOWS: TBA

BUZZED BROADWAY

Chicago, Illinois

Buzzed Broadway creates completely improvised Broadway musicals! Oh, TWIST! This show also has a drinking game!

IMPROV

CARINA MAGYAR

SHOWS: TBA

CARINA MAGYAR

Austin, Texas

Carina Magyar has been performing stand-up comedy in Austin since 2010. In 2015, she participated in Hell Yes Fest (New Orleans), the inaugural Crossroads Comedy Festival (Indianapolis), and the 10th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Austin).

 

She’s just a girl who used to be a boy. Some people find that pretty funny. For everyone else, she tells jokes.

STANDUP

DAVID BRITTON

SHOWS: TBA

DAVID BRITTON

Bloomington, Indiana

David Britton is a huge weirdo. I've been doing comedy about 5 years. The last two years I've won the funniest person in Bloomington Contest at the Comedy Attic, and been a finalist in Go Banana's Funniest person in Cincinnati. I've appeared at the Limestone Comedy Festival, and this year I'll be returning to Cape Fear in North Carolina. I've also made a couple appearances on Bob and Tom.

 

STANDUP
IMPROV

DUDESICAL

SHOWS: TBA

DUDESICAL Indianapolis, Indiana

Dudesical is simple, two dudes creating an improvised musical. Based on a couple of suggestions from the audience, Jon Colby and Will Pfaffenberger will create an entire musical right before your very eyes.

DADDY LONG LEGS

SHOWS: TBA

DADDY LONG LEGS

St. Louis, MO

Daddy Long Legs works hard to see how far they can take the idea of group mind. They work very hard and feel extreme joy on stage.

IMPROV
STANDUP
SKETCH
IMPROV
PODCAST

AN EVENING W/ THE AUTHORS

SHOWS: TBA

AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

Indianapolis, Indiana

Fake authors. Fake Books. Real funny.

The show features a rotating cast of comedians from around the Indianapolis area.

THE FRIEND SHIP

SHOW:TBA

THE FRIEND SHIP
Indianapolis, Indiana

Two moderately attractive young men who chat with a comic and make a new friend. It's real sexy.

 

Hosted by: Daniel Gauer, Allen Walton and Caitlin Stephens with guests Drew Davis, Stewart Huff, David Britton and

Alex Kumin.

 

FLEECE ACADEMY

SHOWS: TBA

FLEECE ACADEMY

Indianapolis, Indiana

Frolic in the art of puppetry and spontaneous comedy. Never the same show twice. Expert puppeteers improvise scenes based on a single audience suggestion.

ERIN CARR

SHOWS: TBA

ERIN CARR

Indianapolis, IN

Erin Carr, comediatrix, performs the death-defying feat of being a female stand-up comic! Thrill to the oddity that is a mother in her *early* thirties making her way in comedy and being pretty freakin' sexy and funny whilst doing so.

IMPROV
STANDUP
IMPROV
IMPROV

HOLLY LYNNEA

SHOWS: TBA

HOLLY LYNNEA

Louisville, KY

Always engaging, Holly Lynnea presents her quirky worldviews, in an unapologetic little package... with southern charm and bow sold separately.

INDYPROV

SHOWS: TBA

INDYPROV

Indianapolis, Indiana

INDYPROV is an Emmy Award nominated comedy troupe that performs short-form improv all over the country. Known for the high energy and highly interactive gameplay, INDYPROV will make you part of the show!

 

I'M A TURTLE

SHOWS: TBA

I'M A TURTLE
Chicago, IL

Laugh and ugly cry with I'm A Turtle as we mix long form improv with our short form roots. Experience what the 2016 Big DIF Improv Festival and the 19th Annual Chicago Improv Festival have called "an act in our festival".

HISTORY UNDER THE INFLUENCE

SHOWS: TBA

HISTORY UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Austin, TX

Inspired by the popular series Drunk History, a group of sober improvisers try to keep up with an extremely drunk narrator in "History Under the Influence.” Kevin spends the hour before the show getting hammered, then stumbles onstage and asks the audience for a historical event they’d like to see re-enacted. The result is  hilarious and occasionally accurate.

STANDUP
SKETCH
STANDUP
STANDUP

JIM & MELISSA

SHOWS: TBA

JIMM & MELISSA

Chicago, IL

Reilly Willson and Shelby Quinn are Jim & Melissa. The duo hails from Chicago, writing and performing original satirical material.

JON BENNETT

SHOWS: TBA

JON BENNETT
Melbourne, AUS

“Armed only with self-deprecating wit and memories, Bennett reminds us that ordinary people lead extraordinary lives. ★★★★★” – The Sunday Mail (AUS)

 

“Bennett is the patron saint of storytelling. ★★★★★” – Broadway Baby (UK)

 

“Hilarious. ★★★★★" – Edmonton Sun

 

JOE BATES

SHOWS: TBA

JOE BATES

Chicago, Illinois

Joe Bates is a hero and his stand up can be described in one word: Confidence. Whether it's Power Moves, vanity plates, or family feud, Joe has always captivated audiences our of sheer bluster that he's the only one who truly has the answers.

JEFF HORSTE

SHOWS: TBA

JEFF HORSTE

Southfield, MI

Jeff has a fun, laid back style of comedy with a natural stage presence that will have you laughing from beginning to end as he points out the oddities we miss in everyday life.  Jeff covers everything from His workout routine, to dog training, to his point of view about being a single man trying to avoid adulthood in his thirties..  Charismatic, Charming  and relatable you will fall in love with Jeff and become an instant fan!

STANDUP
STANDUP
SKETCH
IMPROV

JUSTIN HICKS

SHOWS: TBA

JUSTIN HICKS

Austin, TX

Justin Hicks is a stand-up comedian based in Austin, TX.  He was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Funniest Person Austin Competition and performed at MR Fest 2016 in San Marcos, TX.  His comedy has been described as "you kind of remind me of...wait...nah, never mind.  Good set, though!"

LOS IMPROVIACHIS

SHOWS: TBA

LOS IMPROVIACHIS
Crown Pointe, Indiana

Los Improviachis is an improvised mariachi band where traditional mariachi music, dance, and song are fused with modern day improvisation!

 

LIQUID COURAGE

SHOWS: TBA

LIQUID COURAGE

Chicago, IL

Bloody Mary is ready to spill and Fireball is ready to burn so, let’s Gim-let go at the Crossroads Comedy Festival! Fresh off their successful run at the Second City Beat Lounge, the cast of ‘Liquid Courage: A drinking show’ bring you your favorite drink characters who chat, sing and, of course, drink the night away in this interactive drinking show!

JORDAN SCOTT HUGGINS

SHOWS: TBA

JORDAN SCOTT HUGGINS

Charlotte, NC

An improv-influenced style of comedy so whether you've heard his jokes once or a hundred times each of his performances is fresh and eccentrically funky ensuring that audiences are given a unique and personal experience.

STANDUP

MATT WHITE

SHOWS: TBA

MATT WHITE

North Carolina

His outgoing personality shows through every time he steps onstage, his, brand of observational humor mixed with his improv training, work ethic and overall passion for the craft leaves crowds wanting more. He has a special energy that draws people in and once your in, be ready to take on a comedic journey thru the mind of Matt White!

STANDUP

MICHAEL MEYERS

SHOWS: TBA

MICHAEL MEYERS
Chicago, Illinois

Michael Meyers has been active in stand up throughout the midwest for the past five and a half years. His comedy employs a dry wit with a dark twist to his life experiences.

STANDUP

NATHAN GROPP

SHOWS: TBA

NATHAN GROPP

Indianapolis, IN

Grounded in his love of absurdity as well as the guilt-ridden weirdness of growing up very Catholic in a single-parent household, Nate's comedy is irreverent, whimsical, somewhat edgy, and always fun.

SKETCH

THE LULLABISEXUALS

SHOWS: TBA

THE LULLABISEXUALS

Chicago, IL

The Lullabisexuals tell rather sketch surrealism of satire on top of the bad, the worse and the ugly society. By stepping brave into the American political realities, weird assemble the characters around to laugh at America dystopia fun.

IMPROV
STANDUP
IMPROV
STANDUP

RACHAEL GOLDMAN

SHOWS: TBA

RACHAEL GOLDMAN

Evansville, IN

Biting yet upbeat, Rachael's entertaining rebuke of the "Midwestern nice" attitude has led her to work with Bobcat Goldthwait, Rich Vos and Bill Burr.

 

RAY CONNOLLY

SHOWS:TBA

RAY CONNOLLY

San Rafael, CA

Stand up comedy doesn't need another straight white middle aged guy, but Ray needs stand up.  So, here we are.

RAINSTICK

SHOWS: TBA

RAINSTICK
New York, New York

RAINSTICK takes the 4th wall and breaks right through. After a ceremonial rainstick opening, these goofs explore parallel universes by playing out one long scenario, including the audience and occasionally serving rotisserie chicken. Rain is in the forecast, so stick around.

OFFICE PARTY

SHOWS: TBA

OFFICE PARTY

Chicago, IL

Office Party blends grounded, yet playful, scene work with movement and vocal explorations to create an original, improvised narrative musical.

SKETCH
STANDUP
STANDUP

ROBERT JENKINS

SHOWS: TBA

ROBERT JENKINS

Lansing, MI

Robert Jenkins uses his sharp wit to explain why America has, at most, about 15 good years left.

RONNIE LORDI

SHOWS: TBA

RONNIE LORDI

Brooklyn, NY

Ronnie quickly established himself on the NYC’s stand up comedy scene with fun loving sets covering everything from his fascination with self driving cars, to his relationship with his  girlfriend. He is part of the new wave of comedians emerging on the NYC scene and can be seen performing throughout the Northeast. Ronnie also produces the popular Barber Shop Comedy show in East Village.

REHNER & NIXON

SHOWS: TBA

REHNER & NIXON

Chicago comedy duo Rehner & Nixon have been making audiences laugh, cry, and groan with their high-energy, musical, absurd (yet emotionally resonant) material for years. With wacky characters and countless wigs, Mollie Rehner and Katie Nixon use personal stories and a dash of feminist wit to create fresh, exciting, laugh-out-loud shows.

STANDUP
IMPROV
STANDUP
IMPROV

SNOOZE BUTTON

SHOWS: TBA

SNOOZE BUTTON Kansas City, Mossouri

Snooze Button loves going on adventures but can't do it alone! Josh and Andy pull an audience member up on stage, get to know them a little bit, and allow a vivid story to sprout filled with eccentric characters. And on top of that, the audience member gets to be the hero of their own story by playing along with this delightful duo.

 

STROLLER BLADES

SHOWS: TBA

STROLLER BLADES
Austin, TX

We do a mono-pop show that starts with an intimate scene that slowly builds until the entire world we've created caves in around us.

STEVEN KING

SHOWS: TBA

STEVEN KING

Chicago, IL

Steven King is part of the new age of Alternative Comedy, he's been said to be one of the most entertaining performers to watch. Utilizing sound effects and an unusual high energy, Steven King has been described as a cross between Steve Martin and Michael Jackson.

SAMUEL PRIEST

SHOWS: TBA

SAMUEL PRIEST

Chicago, Illinois

Samuel Priest is an honest to a fault stand up comic from Chicago with dimples that offset some of the bad things he says.  He has a cat that he sometimes takes for walks.

IMPROV
STANDUP
PODCAST
IMPROV

Terence Hartnett

SHOWS: TBA

TERENCE HARTNETT

Chicago, IL

Terence Hartnett is a Chicago-based standup comedian even though he looks like he hosts a game show about yachts. A former high school English teacher and virgin, Hartnett mines comedy from his embarrassing life experiences and also the life experiences that weren’t supposed to be that embarrassing.

THREE DOLLAR BILL COMEDY

SHOWS: TBA

THREE DOLLAR BILL COMEDY

Indianapolis, IN

Indy's best sketch group since 2009!      Three Dollar Bill Comedy Company is a cast of professional performers, writers, comedians, and improvisers who create original sketch comedy shows - kind of like Saturday Night Live - only live in a theatre!  BUT, we can do stuff you can't do on TV.

SWITCH COMMITTEE

SHOWS: TBA

SWITCH COMMITTEE

Chicago, Illinois

Switch Committee is a controlled chaos teeming with outlandish physicality, hyper-listening, and seamless transformations between scenes. With deft play making and quick group work, Switch attacks each scene, allowing nothing to go unnoticed, bringing the fun out of any situation and theme.

THAT'S HOW I REMEMBER IT

SHOWS: TBA

THAT'S HOW I REMEMBER IT Toronto, Canada

4 Toronto Improvisers and best buds recreate your favorite movies through improv to the best of their memory. Spoiler alert: They have terrible memories, and make little to no effort in following the original plot, which leads to hilarious results every time. Hosted by: Michael Mongiardi, Sharjil Rasool, Raul Delgado & John Richardson

IMPROV

VAMP

SHOWS: TBA

VAMP

Chicago, IL

VAMP is a high energy showcase of some of Chicago's best musical comedy talent, performing original short form music improv. It's like "Whose Line Is It Anyway", but everyone is Wayne Brady.

IMPROV

WISENHEIMER

SHOWS: TBA

WISENHEIMER

Rock Island, IL

Wisenheimer is a long form improv comedy troupe formed in 2011 in the Quad Cities, IA/IL, where they have a residency at The Establishment. Leslie Mitchell, Jeff De Leon, & Brent Tubbs have a myriad of improv training from nationally renown institutions in Chicago and Los Angeles, and in late 2015, launched Wisenheimer: The Podcast - available on iTunes -  with new episodes every week.

STANDUP

ZACH NOE TOWERS

SHOWS: TBA

ZACH NOE TOWERS

Hollywood, CA

The most butthole jokes your money can buy

FESTIVAL EVENTS
SCHEDULE OF PERFROMANCES
STAND-UP
IMPROV
PODCAST
SKETCH
COMING SOON
VENUES

Performances will take place at
THEATRE ON THE SQUARE and
COMEDY SPORTZ and INDYFRINGE!

Theatre on the Square

627 Massachusettes Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46202

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CSz Indianapolis

721 Massachusettes Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46202

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FLAT 12

414 Dorman Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

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HOW TO GET TO CROSSROADS COMEDY FESTIVAL ROUTE FROM MONUMENT CIRCLE
Head northeast toward East Market Street, exit the traffic circle onto East Market Street, turn left onto North Delaware Street, turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Destination will be on the right. ROUTE FROM COURTYARD MARRIOTT Head north on North Senate Avenue toward West Vermont Street, turn right onto West Vermont Street, then a slight left onto Massachusetts Avenue. ROUTE FROM AIRPORT Get on I-70 EAST (3.8 mi), follow I-70 EAST to E. Washington Street in Center, take exit 111 from I-70 EAST (11.6 mi), take North College Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue (1.1 mi)
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CROSSROADS COMEDY FESTIVAL

 

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

BILL SKAGGS

info@crossroadscomedy.com

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902. N. Meridian #115

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 721-3001