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When Jerry Evans hosted his first comedy show, opening for the then unknown Kevin James, he had no idea he was starting what would become Alaska's premier comedy circuit. Now after more than 20 years, Evans has been organizing, promoting and hosting comedy throughout Alaska. From Barrow at the top of the state to Ketchikan, over 1,300 miles to the south, from Nome to Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian Islands, to Anaktuvuk Pass (which roughly translates to: Where the Caribou poop).  He's opened for George Carlin, Jim Gaffigan, Howie Mandel, Paula Poundstone and brought up many more household comedy names like Pauly Shore, Jamie Kennedy, Bobcat Goldthwait, Brian Posehn, Louis CK and Tom Arnold. He's dragged some of today’s top comics to some strange comedy adventures all around the state. He's gotten Todd Glass and Jimmy Pardo stranded on the Aleutian Islands, seen Craig Robinson fly off the back of a dog sled and taken Chris Titus to the World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez. Not to mention the time the power went out during Jamie Kennedy’s show and he did 50 minutes in the dark with nothing but the sound of his voice and the light of over a hundred iPhone flashlights. He's shown the Northern Lights, moose and midnight sun to Maria Bamford, Natasha Leggero, Lachlan Patterson, Godfrey, Jeff Dye, Alonzo Bodden and over a hundred more. Putting pen to paper he can list well over 70 different bars, clubs, theaters, gyms, tents, retirement homes, tribal halls and strip clubs that he's promoted and performed alongside major headlining comedians. According to Evans, "The shows are always great, but one of the best things about them, is hearing these comics give their take on Alaska. Talk about fish out of water. Alaska is normal to us, but strange and foreign to them." To try and capture that feeling and share it with the rest of the world, Evans started planning what would become the “20 Years of Alaska Comedy” special/documentary. He started by inviting 5 of the most accomplished comedians who’ve performed in Alaska in the past, loved it, and couldn’t wait to come back to talk about it. After professionally taping two shows at The Blue Loon in Fairbanks, Alaska, Evans flew to Los Angeles to film some popular, well known comedians who won’t be able to make it up for the taping, to include them in the special. Evans explains, "a lot of pretty impressive comedians have expressed interest in appearing in the project but logistically it's not feasible to bring them all up for the taping, so we'll tape them wherever it's convenient for them." Much of the LA footage was shot inside the historic Laugh Factory on Sunset Blvd. 20 Years of Alaska Comedy," features Chris Porter, Jeff Dye, Arden Myrin, Jamie Lissow, Bill Dwyer, Todd Glass, Jimmy Pardo, Jamie Kennedy, Bob Zany, Brad Williams, Jimmy Schubert, Lachlan Patterson, Doug Benson, Brian Posehn, John DiCrosta, Jon Reep, Andi Smith, Mo Mandel, Maronzio Vance, Darren Carter, Steve Hytner, Pablo Francisco, TJ Markwalter, "Glenner" Anderson and host Jerry Evans. Original music is provided by Alaska's Marc Brown and the Blues Crew.
Thanks to everybody that helped make the “20 Years of Alaska Comedy”taping a success. Hold on to your VIP bracelet, that’ll be your ticket to the premiere screening. Then email me at Jerry@AlaskaComedy.com  with your bracelet number and full name to get your name in the credits!
“20 Years of Alaska Comedy” Live cast. L-R: Chris Porter, Jerry Evans, Jamie Lissow, “Glenner” Anderson, Bil Dwyer, Jeff Dye & Arden Myrin.
Gathering more gold for the “20 Years of Alaska Comedy” Special with the hilarious Jimmy Pardo, Glenner, me and Todd Glass who is obviously happy to be there.
Gathering more gold for the “20 Years of Alaska Comedy” Special with the hilarious Jimmy Pardo, Glenner, me and Todd Glass who is obviously happy to be there.
In Los Angeles at The Laugh Factory, shooting more stuff for the “20 Years of Alaska Comedy” Special. L-R: Bob Zany, Glenner, Maronzio Vance, me, Jimmy Shubert. Not pictured is former Alaskan Jeremy Seward making it happen behind the scenes.
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