Expect Big Laughs at the CloudTop Comedy Festival - SantaFe.com Expect Big Laughs at the CloudTop Comedy Festival - SantaFe.com

They say that laughter is the best medicine. If that’s the case, prepare yourself for the most therapeutic three days of your life! The CloudTop Comedy Festival returns this Fall to Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District, with a full slate of world-class headliners and up-and-coming local comics giving their all in a three-day celebration of mirth. Mark your calendars for the CloudTop Comedy Festival, September 15 – 17, 2022, 5 – 11 p.m.

Boasting over 50 seasoned stand-up, improv and rising-star comedians from across the country, at six different venues across the Railyard, The CloudTop Comedy Festival is a showcase like no other. Many of the featured comics have been spotlighted on Netflix and HBO specials, and new this year, the organizers have put together an Indigenous showcase of all Native American comics, as well as Queen Comedy, an LGBTQIA+ comedy and drag show.

Performers in the Indigenous Showcase include Ricardo Cate, Adrienne Chalepah, Josh Fournier, and Corey Herrera. The showcase is presented in partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts and will take place at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

Headliners for the event include Hari Kondabolu and Beth Stelling. Hari is an Indian-American comic, actor, filmmaker and podcast host, whose comedy covers subjects such as race, inequity, and Indian stereotypes. He is also the creator of the controversial 2017 documentary film The Problem with Apu. Beth is a stand-up comedian and writer whose work has been seen in the Netflix series The Standups. She also served as a writer for the HBO television series Crashing.

This year, the festival is partnering with venues located within the Railyard Arts District, all within walking distance. Headliners will perform in the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion, while other performances take place at Altar Spirits, The Jean Cocteau Theatre, Violet Crown, The Sage Social Kitchen + Bar and more.

Weekend passes and individual tickets are available via the website, and run between $10 for single events (though there are a few free shows), to $150 for a full weekend pass. All tickets are on sale as of July 15.

CloudTop Comedy Festival is a nonprofit focused on making Santa Fe an even more vibrant place to live by adding an accessible, inclusive art form to the city’s existing arts and cultural offerings. In addition to stand-up and improv comedy, CloudTop offers several programs to make the festival available for all Santa Feans to enjoy. These include several free comedy shows, a showcase that brings comedy to students at IAIA, and opportunities to earn festival passes in exchange for volunteering.

For a full schedule of events, as well as comedians and venues participating in the CloudTop Comedy Festival, visit the website. You’ll be laughing your way to a better frame of mind in no time!

This article was posted by David Salcido

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