Roanoke Comedy Fest returns this weekend


ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – The idea for the Roanoke Comedy Fest was formed in 2020.

“Obviously fate conspired against us that year, but last year was our first. It’s a collection of shows throughout the Roanoke Valley at some of the best venues in the area” , said Johnny Camacho, executive producer of the Roanoke Comedy Fest.

With a new year, comes new talent performances in our regions, in Virginia and even across the United States

“Last year our biggest venue was around 200 seats, this year we are doing the Grandin Theater which holds north of 300. That has really allowed me to elevate the brand to such an extent that I was able to start reaching out to bigger touring acts.”

Friday night’s headlining performance at the Grandin Theater was Rahmein Mostafavi, Saturday’s headliner is Jono Zalay at 5 Points Music Sanctuary and Sunday’s headliner is Brent Blakeney at Martin’s Downtown.

“I hope everyone who comes out realizes that the people I booked have worked really hard to cultivate a number and I hope they have a really good time. What if they don’t already, learn to love comedy and see it as important as I do.

Saturday’s performance at 5 Points Music Sanctuary opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. with general admission tickets at $25. Sunday’s performance at Martin’s Downtown opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. with general admission tickets at $20.

Follow Roanoke Comedy Fest on social media here and find the Alternative Arts Inc website here.


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