Just what we all need. An Ultra-Safe, Super-Fun, Drive-in, Pop-Up, Comedy Show! Featuring Jerry & Glenner. Admission is only 5 cans of food per vehicle, with ALL proceeds going to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. Just drive in, drop off your cans, grab a flyer, park facing the “stage,” stay in your car and tune into the FM frequency listed on the flyer. If you laugh or appreciate something, just honk your horn and/or flash your lights. This show is for 21+ and adult language will be used. Located at and sponsored by Good Titrations, 506 Merhar Ave. in Fairbanks.Just what we all need. An Ultra-Safe, Super-Fun, Drive-in, Pop-Up, Comedy Show! Featuring Jerry & Glenner. Admission is only 5 cans of food per vehicle, with ALL proceeds going to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. Just drive in, drop off your cans, grab a flyer, park facing the “stage,” stay in your car and tune into the FM frequency listed on the flyer. If you laugh or appreciate something, just honk your horn and/or flash your lights. This show is for 21+ and adult language will be used. Located at and sponsored by Good Titrations, 506 Merhar Ave. in Fairbanks.Just what we all need. An Ultra-Safe, Super-Fun, Drive-in, Pop-Up, Comedy Show! Featuring Jerry & Glenner. Admission is only 5 cans of food per vehicle, with ALL proceeds going to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. Just drive in, drop off your cans, grab a flyer, park facing the “stage,” stay in your car and tune into the FM frequency listed on the flyer. If you laugh or appreciate something, just honk your horn and/or flash your lights. This show is for 21+ and adult language will be used. Located at and sponsored by Good Titrations, 506 Merhar Ave. in Fairbanks.
        "20 Years of Alaska Comedy." A Comedy Special/Documenta ry/Movie featuring some of today's hottest comedians talking about their experiences while performing comedy in Alaska over the past 20 years (onstage and off). Featuring 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, Maranzio Vance, Darren Carter, Steve Hytner, Pablo Francisco, TJ Markwalter, "Glenner" Anderson and Jerry Evans. Original music by Marc Brown & The Blues Crew.Just whatJust what we all need. An Ultra-Safe, Super-Fun, Drive-in, Pop-Up, Comedy Show! Featuring Jerry & Glenner. Admission is only 5 cans of food per vehicle, with ALL proceeds going to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. Just drive in, drop off your cans, grab a flyer, park facing the “stage,” stay in your car and tune into the FM frequency listed on the flyer. If you laugh or appreciate something, just honk your horn and/or flash your lights. This show is for 21+ and adult language will be used. Located at and sponsored by Good Titrations, 506 Merhar Ave. in Fairbanks. we all need. An Ultra-Safe, Super-Fun, Drive- in, Pop-Up, Comedy Show! Featuring Jerry & Glenner. Admission is only 5 cans of food per vehicle, with ALL proceeds going to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. Just drive in, drop off your cans, grab a flyer, park facing the “stage,” stay in your car and tune into the FM frequency listed on the flyer. If you laugh or appreciate something, just honk your horn and/or flash your lights. This show is for 21+ and adult language will be used. Located at and sponsored by Good Titrations, 506 Merhar Ave. in Fairbanks.
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*IMPORTANT! For Friday, proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or negative test results (taken within 72 hours of showtime) is required for each member of the audience. For Saturday, CDC Guidelines suggested, not mandatory. Both shows will capped at 1/2 Theater capacity.
Funny Fest Story as appeared in The Fairbanks Daily News Miner   A nurse, a math teacher, a soldier and a scientist walk into a bar — but the punchline comes later. Actually, the punchlines come days later, during the live performances of the Fairbanks Funny Fest. That’s the part that the public sees — and the part that feels a little like the end of summer camp for the participants — but the process goes unseen by outside eyes, and that’s the part I spent last week exploring.  It’s the seventh year of the annual workshop hosted by Jerry Evans and Glen Anderson, who bring up a headliner from the Lower 48 to impart gems of comedic wisdom on the participants. The first few minutes of the workshop felt funny. Not funny, but awkward. Picture this: A dozen work-a-day jokesters who are never without a wisecrack gather in a room and fill it with total silence, save a cell phone being powered down. No eye contact, no getting-to- know-you banter. Silence. Maybe it’s because there are a lot of first-timers. Each class usually has 18 to 20 members, but it’s down to about 12 this year, split pretty evenly between chicks and dudes. Only a couple have done the fest before, so there’s plenty of raw talent to work with. I thought the first night would be the push off of a grueling three-day workout, where routines were created, altered and finally perfected. I pictured one-on-one training with a super big comedy star, plenty of drama and maybe a reality-TV style temper tantrum, followed up by a heartfelt group hug.  Not so much.  It’s the people who join the festival who really make it happen — the raw talent that comes with the package just needs a little refinement before it’s ready for the stage. That’s where Evans, Anderson and this year’s headliner, John DiCrosta, came in. A simple alteration of a joke — changing “Jose” to “occupant,” for example — turns a funny concept into a real zinger. DiCrosta, our headliner/teacher, gave us a little pep talk early on in the class, and it started like this: “Have any of you ever heard of me. No, I didn’t think so, and that’s a good thing. I’ve been making a living doing comedy for about 30 years, and you’ve never heard of me.” His point, of course, is that you don’t have to be headlining in Vegas every weekend to make ends meet as a comedian.  “There are a lot worse ways to make a living,” he said. His career started in the early ’80s with ventriloquism, with gigs mostly in upstate New York. Around 1986, he dropped the ventriloquism because anyone (at that time) who used puppets or props or anything but a mic stand was ridiculed. This was when stand-up was really getting hot and comedians like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld were becoming mainstays. In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles and started doing cartoon voices as well as voices for video games, and became a “dancing monkey” for Bill Maher and Craig Kilborn. He was the warm-up guy for those shows and also kept the audience entertained between shooting.“The ultimate payday is sitcoms,” he said. The 22 minutes of an actual sitcom is usually shot over five to six hours, so it was his job to keep the live audience entertained throughout. “Except for a show like ‘Will and Grace,’ most sitcoms are boring as hell for five hours.” With a little help from his lifetime friend, “King of Queens” star Kevin James, he worked as the warm-up guy on that show, making $2,000 to $3,000 a night for a five- hour shift. For awhile, he struggled to find work and decided to pick up the ventriloquism act again. It killed. DiCrosta — with the aid of Evans and Anderson — highlighted the basic rules of comedy to help us all avoid standard pitfalls. As much as those tips helped us all improve, everyone who stepped on stage the first night had something funny to say, and it wasn’t even part of a routine.  Valerie, a nurse at the local correctional facility, told us about a pregnant woman “tweaked on meth, but crying about not getting her prenatal vitamins.” Doug, who works in quality control, says the concept works on the job, but not at home with his four kids — well, “three and a psycho 13-year-old.”  Jennifer — a self- ”unemployed” former waitress, cracked everyone up with two words.  “What kind of families go to your restaurant.” Jerry asked.  “Broken ones,” she said. Matt told us about a job interview for a think tank, which he finds to be an odd concept. “So, what are you doing.” “Just thinking.”And petite, soft- spoken Peggy took her gentle place on stage wearing massive fur boots, and in the sweetest little voice said, “I’m an artist and a sculptor … and I play hockey.” Maybe it doesn’t read as funny in print, but it’s probably the most hilarious thing I’ve ever heard.  The point is, everyone came with something funny, whether they knew it or not, and we all spent the next three days “finding the funny” in our lives and turning it into a three- to five-minute routine. The second night of the workshop found me late — but only because I took a wrong turn and ended up halfway to North Pole before I figured it out.It was more of the same, except people seemed to have their material at least a little better formatted.Some people really had it together and got some solid tips on how to make it better. Others — and I will totally put myself in this category — had further to go. The most interesting people to watch were the ones who simply needed to “cut out the fat” because you could see why their stuff was funny, but getting to the point was definitely in order.  By night three, I was fascinated by how far some people had come in three days. I’m talking about people who had never set foot on stage before who were suddenly ripping it up, making the class laugh at material we’d already heard twice. At this point, it’s just minor tweaks suggested by our teachers. I guess that’s the big secret of stand-up comedy: You don’t have to be some kind of comic genius or have a brilliant idea to make people laugh, just the bravura to get yourself on stage. Anderson told us the only difference between comedians and funny people is that “comedians write it down.” Workshop participants had taken huge strides by doing simple things like getting to the punch line faster or using the rule of threes. Three, you see, is the magic number. It shows up everywhere — Three Little Pigs, Three Musketeers, The Three Stooges — and for whatever reason, it works. Hitting up an audience with a joke followed by one example gets a laugh, pop on a second and you’ll get a bigger laugh, and then you slam ‘em with a third and they’re rolling on the floor. There might be a mystical science to it, but the bottom line is that it works. Early on in the class, Evans promised “the perfect atmosphere” for a first-time performer: an audience that’s accepting, enthusiastic and forgiving. By Friday night, we could all see he wasn’t lying. The people who came out to see the show were ready and willing to laugh — even if someone spaced on stage or used notes. All I could think throughout the two performances — and forgive the sentimentality — was that I was ridiculously proud of everyone in the class. Even though we hadn’t been together more than six hours during the workshop, I felt like we’d all run the gauntlet together and come out kicking on the other side. And now I can’t go to Fred Meyer without someone saying, “Hey, that show was great. It really looks like fun.” And they’re right. It really is a lot of fun. So whether it’s you or that funny guy in the office, do more than consider it next year. You’re bound to come out better on the other side.  Of course, nothing’s 100 percent gold. Just before I stepped on stage to make my debut at the Fairbanks Funny Fest, one of the workshop’s creators imparted one last bit of comedic wisdom on me. “You don’t have to be nervous,” Anderson said. “It’s like when you’re gearing up for a really big Ultimate Frisbee match and you’re really tense, ’cause it’s, like, a really big game, but then you get out there and you see the trees and smell the grass, you’re ready — and it’s all good.”  What?
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The Funny Fest is back with Guest Instructor/Headline Jon Dore! WORKSHOP Space is Limited!  Young, Old, Shy, Class Clown, Life of the Party? Learn the art of Stand-up Comedy with guest instructor Jon Dore. You'll learn how to structure and present a 3-5 minute Stand-up Comedy routine, then perform in front of a supportive and encouraging audience, as you become the opening act for the hilarious Jon Dore. Workshops: Mon-Th Jan 10th-13rd 5:30-7:30, Shows Jan 14th & 15th at The Pioneer Park Theater. To apply for the Funny Fest, e-mail Jerry@alaskacomedy.com and tell us: *Name *Contact info *Why you want to join the Funny Fest *Favorite comedian(s) / Funny Movie Class sizes will be kept small and preference will be given to 1st Time Student. Named one of “10 comics to watch” by Variety, Jon Dore recently starred in the critically acclaimed ABC-TV series “How to Live with Your Parents”. Dore hosted HBO Canada’s Funny as Hell, and was the star of his own award-winning ‘mockumentary’ series, “The Jon Dore Television Show.” The series ran for a successful two seasons on IFC and The Comedy Network. Dore starred in the stand-up specials “Comedy Central Presents...Jon Dore” and “Comedy Now!”, appeared on a number Comedy Central’s specials including “Live At Gotham”, “CC: Stand-Up: The Bonnaroo Experience” and “Mash Up”, made guest- starring turns on “CBS’s How I Met Your Mother”, and was the lead in the CBS pilot My Life As An Experiment. A regular on late night talk shows, Dore has the honor of being the first stand-up to appear on “Conan”, and has returned many times (TBS).
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At The NAACP Image Awards with a young Kenan Thompson and Nick Cannon. Guess who stood out? It was surreal hangin’ with Cheech & Chong. At age 15 I could recite every word of Big Bambu & Los Cochinos We all look the same! Please always remember the night we shared (what the hell does that mean?)- Kevin James To Jerry, Thanks for Bringing me  to Alaska!    -  Louis CK

         "20 Years of Alaska Comedy." A Comedy

Special/Documentary/Movie featuring some of today's

hottest comedians talking about their experiences

while performing comedy in Alaska over the past 20

years (onstage and off). Featuring 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, Maranzio Vance, Darren Carter,

Steve Hytner, Pablo Francisco, TJ Markwalter,

"Glenner" Anderson and Jerry Evans. Original music

by Marc Brown & The Blues Crew.

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Home Jamie Kennedy said that may have been the craziest gig he's ever done. And that's saying something. Great time with Brian Posehn & Glenner closing out the 2015 Fairbanks Funny Festival.
“20 Years of Alaska Comedy” Live cast. L-R: Chris Porter, Jerry Evans, Jamie Lissow, “Glenner” Anderson, Bil Dwyer, Jeff Dye & Arden Myrin.
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.
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 stuff for the “20 Years of Alaska Comedy” Special. L-R: Jon Reep, Glenner, Bob Zany, Me, Brad Williams, Mo Mandel with former Alaskan Jeremy Seward making it happen behind the scenes. Oh yeah, this is gonna be good.
Workshop is $125.  Included is 4 nights of Comedy Workshop instruction w/ Jerry & Glen and our Guest Instructor, Jon Dore, plus 2 weekend tickets, and the opportunity to open on-stage at The Fairbanks Funny Festival.
SNL’s Chris Kattan closed out the 2019 Fairbanks Funny Fest. Who’d have thought when first watching Mango? A great night with Tom Arnold closing out the 2018 Fairbanks Funny Fest. Not only got to open for Tig Nataro, she gave me my best intro ever! As twisted and funny as ever, Bobcat Goldthwait. He closed out our 2014 Funny Fest at The Blue Loon Me, Larry and Dana backstage after his show at The Carlson Center. Jerry, Take yo panties off!!! Taco Bell/Safeway Forever!!! Thanks for taking my conversation and turning it into a joke & thanks 4 Showboat! - Craig Robinson