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High Mud Comedy Fest with Tig Notaro

Plus Julio Torres, Dave Hill, Sean Patton, hosts Ophira Eisenberg and Thomas Attila Lewis, funny film, great beer, late-night banter, and 1,000 laughs

“High Mud is destined to be one of the most hysterical late-winter comedy festivals in the history of western Massachusetts. Unless there’s a blizzard.”

–  television comedy writer Jay Tarses

From the mind of television comedy writer and executive producer of The Bob Newhart Show (and MASS MoCA Trustee) Jay Tarses comes the High Mud Comedy Festival, a two-day laugh-fest featuring a pile of performers thick with national comedic treasures and local stand-up heroes. Provocative deadpan comedian Tig Notaro headlines the inaugural festival, hosted by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg and featuring Brooklyn- and Hollywood-based live wire Sean Patton. More national and regional talent fills stages, including the MASS MoCA return of absurdist Dave Hill and a Berkshire-based comedy slate organized by and including the hilarious Thomas Attila Lewis, North Adams-based humorist Seth Brown, and Adams-based Mark Jagiello.

The High Mud Festival slings two nights of stand-up in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center and an afternoon of comedy films and shorts—but the laughs don’t stop there. Post-mainstage, late-night gigs at local venues including The Mohawk Tavern, Desperados, and the Freight Yard Pub will feature more local talent.

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Friday, March 11

8pm

Mark Jagiello
Chris Lamberth
Caitlin Cook
Maria Heinegg

9pm

Dave Hill

9:45pm

Sean Patton

Hosted by Thomas Attila Lewis

Late Night

Freight Yard Pub: hosted by Ryan Shanahan
Desperados: hosted by Mark Jagiello
The Mohawk Tavern: hosted by Seth Brown

Saturday, March 12

3pm

Comedy writing workshop with Dave Hill

4pm

Film screening: Richard Pryor:
Live on the Sunset Strip

5:30pm

Williams College Improv Comedy:
Combo Za

6:30pm

Seth Brown
Thomas Attila Lewis
Amber Nelson

7:30pm

Dave Hill
Julio Torres

9pm

Tig Notaro

Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

Late Night

Freight Yard Pub: hosted by Ethan Ullman
Desperados: hosted by Ryan Shanahan
The Mohawk Tavern: hosted by Seth Brown

Both nights at 11pm

Head downtown for late-night laughs at Freight Yard Pub, Desperados, and an open mic at the Mohawk Tavern.

What to Expect

It’s a festival!

Take your time exploring North Adams and MASS MoCA; you never know where comedy might pop up throughout the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, admission to MASS MoCA’s galleries is included with your festival pass. A $5 gallery admission discount is offered to ticket-holders on Sunday, March 13.

Food from our museum café is available throughout the day, and, as promised, we’ll have plenty of good beer on tap, and our full bar is always well-stocked.

The venue, MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center for the Performing Arts, is general admission, seated. Preferred ticket seats are located in the first rows of the venue—first come, first serve in the preferred section.

All tickets are non-refundable. Late-night revues with local talent take place throughout our home city of North Adams. Word to the wise: High Mud might get dirty; this festival is best suited for audiences 16 and up. Watch this space for festival updates.

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