• Bob Newhart to headline first Minneapolis Comedy Festival

    Bob Newhart will perform at the newly-announced Minneapolis Comedy Festival this June. The 89-year old comedy icon has his own theater show in a festival line-up that includes Seth Meyers, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, and more.

    The weeklong, inaugural festival will be held at venues throughout Minneapolis. The Midwestern city has a vibrant stand-up scene with multiple clubs, theaters, and newer venues featuring comedy. In 2016, Thrillist called Minnesota and the Twin Cities the “comedy capital of the Midwest” and “one of the country’s best places to see comedy for quite some time.”

    Newhart also plans to perform at the upcoming Nashville Comedy Festival in April, along with Jay Leno, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Ali Wong. Opportunities to see the aging comic are fairly rare. While Newhart did announce a small handful of appearances on his Twitter account last year, he had to postpone his November appearance at The Grammy Museum due to some “back issues.” Newhart is the only comedian to have won Grammy Awards for both Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

    Despite his age, Newhart continues to release new content. Last year, the deadpan comic released an audio series (=cough= podcast) on Audible called Hi Bob!—a phrase from The Bob Newhart Show. That series captured the comedy veteran in conversation with comics such as Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, and Will Ferrell. It has been over 40 years since The Bob Newhart Show concluded but its influence over the modern-day sitcom remains. The actor also appeared on The Big Bang Theory from 2013 through last year, for which he won an Emmy.

    Little is known about the newest of what seems like an onslaught of comedy festivals. Unlike others that can rely on new talent ‘contests’ and submission fees to pay for bigger talent, the Minneapolis Comedy Festival plans to do what many should—throw a great festival with excellent talent.

    The Minneapolis Comedy Festival will be held June 24-30, 2019. Tickets are available here: https://minneapoliscomedyfestival.com

    Mary Stevens

    Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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