Doesn't the saying go, "Laughter is the best medicine?" Well, here's your chance to find out. The Boston Comedy Festival is back in its 14th year Nov. 8-16 at various venues in Greater Boston.
This annual event -- known as the "Comic's Comedy Festival" -- brings together some of the biggest names in the world of comedy, along with some lesser known comedians from around the country.
Throughout the week, more than 90 comedians will compete against one another in a stand-up comedy contest at the Davis Square Theater. On the final night of the festival, the top 8 will take to the stage at the Somerville Theater, and the winner will head home with $10,000.
During this year's event, Marc Maron, best known for his WTF podcast and sitcom on IFC, will receive the Comedian of the Year Award. Emmanuel Lewis, known for his role on the TV show Webster, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other featured shows include a Battle of the Improv Troupes; Funny Females, hosted by Kelly MacFarland (pictured); and individual shows spotlighting renowned comedians like Darryl Lenox, whose CD Blind Ambition was named "one of the Top 5 Comedy Albums of 2012" by Stage time Magazine.
Here are a few of the shows you can head to during the Boston Comedy Festival:
Steve Sweeney's Variety Show
Nov. 7 pm. $20. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Somerville
Stand Up Contest: Preliminary Round 1
Nov. 10. 7 pm. $12. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Somerville
FUNNY FEMALES, hosted by Kelly MacFarland
Nov.13. 8 pm. $20. Johnny D's Restaurant & Music Club, 17 Holland Street, Somerville
14th Annual Boston Comedy Festival Final
Nov. 16. 8 pm $25-$30. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
More: For a full listing of events and participating venues, visit the Boston Comedy Festival website.
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