After ten years, Brooklyn’s Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is getting a rebrand. The inaugural Janelle James Comedy Festival will come to the Bell House this December. While the full line-up has not been announced, some of the talent that will be featured includes Eugene Mirman, Liza Treyger, David Cross, Mia Jackson, and Nore Davis.
The festival will take place the weekend of December 4. Tickets and full lineups will come out in the next week. The festival will include showcases at 8:00 p.m. every night boasting titles like, “Comedians Who Live Nearby” and “Comedians Who Said ‘Well, Who All Gonna Be There?'”
The new namesake of the festival, Janelle James, told Laughspin, “Mirman had a festival named after himself, so when the opportunity came up to do one of my own, I just had to. Plus, I’m a narcissist—my name in lights and whatnot.” James promises the festival will be different from the Mirman fest in more ways than just the name, saying, “There will be new acts, more music, more drunk me interrupting everyone, more side shows, more drumming, and more people like me. You know…The Blacks.”
James was recently on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup. She was also named one of Just For Laughs Montreal’s New Faces in 2016. She was a writer on BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede and opened for Chris Rock on his recent Total Blackout tour.
The festival comes from James and producer Caroline Creaghead, who was also the co-producer for the Mirman festival. James says of Creaghead, “I’ve always loved her work and disposition and she’s been killing it delivering on all my demands. I’m lucky to have her. I don’t like working with a lot of people, so it’s just us internally freaking out and getting things done.”
James handpicked everyone on the festival’s line up. When asked about who she is most excited to see on the lineup, James explained, “I love Hadiyah Robinson, and I want more people to know about her; David Cross for being famous and taking very little pay; [and] Catherine Cohen is hilarious.”
Mirman said of the new festival, “I am thrilled to be part of the first annual Janelle James Comedy Festival. She’s so funny and it’s a joy to see the joke of a self-titled comedy festival live on and be reborn.”