Declared “comedy’s secret weapon” by Esquire in 2017, it looks like the secret is finally out on comedian and actor John Early. Since amassing head-turning roles on hit shows like 30 Rock, High Maintenance, Drunk History, and Broad City, Early quickly catapulted to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-out character actors (see The Characters on Netflix). He now stars in Search Party as Elliott Goss, a self-absorbed 20-something who is “a baby-boomer’s worst nightmare” (Vanity Fair), has been featured in all your favorite podcasts, and is selling out comedy clubs all around the world. Catch the exuberant jokester in prime-time on the High Mud stage.
Roy Wood Jr. comedy has entertained millions across stage, television, and radio. Wood joined Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, as a correspondent in 2015. In 2017, he was named the new host of Comedy Central’s storytelling series, This is Not Happening. Wood’s first Comedy Central one-hour stand-up special, Father Figure, premiered in 2017 and was followed in 2019 with his second, Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You. This April, Wood steps off the screen and onto our stage — get ready to laugh.
Comedian Jacqueline Novak’s GET ON YOUR KNEES is the most high-brow show about blow jobs you’ll ever see. Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that’s part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph. Ira Glass calls it a “nearly Talmudic dissection of a subject. Really funny and just really like nothing else.”
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I have seen the Muhammad Ali of comedy.” – John Mulaney
“Critic’s Pick! Brilliant on the absurdity of having and being a thinking, feeling, desiring, body. Shrewd, explicit, though not exactly raunchy, this is the funniest show about Cartesian dualism you will see all year!” – The New York Times
Mixing genuine reason with a sexy suggestion of street smarts, Marcella Arguello’s not afraid to tell you how she really feels on hot-button topics like gender, race, or whatever else is on her mind that day. Her debut comedy album, The Woke Bully, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Comedy Charts and was named one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2019 by NPR’s Bullseye. Catch this rising star at MASS MoCA, on the verge of her super-stardom.
In the two short years since the onset of Larry Owens’ comedy career he’s already sold out venues, toured throughout the U.S. and Canada, and topped “Best Of” lists from TimeOut Magazine to The New York Times. Lauded for blurring the lines between cabaret and stand-up, see why this breakthrough artist is turning heads from the Berkshires to NYC.
Named one of the best comedy shows in New York City by The New York Times and New York Magazine, Tinder Live is a totally improvised, anything-can-happen interactive comedy showstopper with real-time swiping, hosted by comedian Lane Moore. Former Cosmopolitan Magazine sex and relationships editor, author of #1 best seller, How To Be Alone: If You Want To, And Even If You Don’t, and named one of the “50 Funniest People In Brooklyn” by Brooklyn Magazine, Moore injects huge heart in between the laughs, reminding us how challenging it can be to find a match in the digital age. So which will it be High Mud — left or right?
Returning to MASS MoCA for his 3rd High Mud, Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, actor, and musician originally from Cleveland now living in New York City. He has appeared on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Joe Pera Talks with You, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Tick, and The Jim Gaffigan Show among other programs, and stars in the film Boy Band. Dave has also starred in his own TV series, The King of Miami, on the MOJO Network.
Ruby McCollister is an actress and comedian in New York City. She recently has been featured in Dazed Magazine and Cultured Magazine, as downtown artists to watch. She also has appeared in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, High Maintenance, and The Deuce, and on Comedy Central’s Idiotsitter and is the creator and star of cult web series ZHE ZHE. Bringing old world show biz to new millennium chaos: she is here to entertain you, and she’s terribly happy to be here.
Josh Sharp is a NYC-based comedian who has been seen on 2 Dope Queens (HBO), The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central) and At Home With Amy Sedaris (TruTV). He was named a Comedy Central Comic to Watch in 2016 and included on Vulture’s 2015 Comics You Should Know list. On the internets, you can see him on the Funny or Die’s series Jared and Ivanka. Sharp returns to MASS MoCA after a hilarious 2018 summer showcase.
A comedy duo featuring the sensual voices of Ned Riseley and Rachel Wenitsky, Friends Who Folk makes us laugh Flight of the Conchords style. They have been called “razor-sharp satirists” by Time Out New York and “a crazy insanely madly unbelievably inconceivably unthinkably good faux-folk band” by Paste Magazine. They have performed at places like Ars Nova, The Bell House, Littlefield, Caveat, and Caroline’s on Broadway, and host a monthly show at Union Hall. Their work has been featured in The New Yorker, Vulture, on NPR, and WNYC. Their self-titled album is available to stream and download on Spotify and iTunes.
Make a Plan
It’s a festival! Take your time exploring North Adams and MASS MoCA; you never know where laughs might pop up throughout the weekend. The museum galleries are open from 10am-5pm, and museum admission is included with your High Mud Comedy Fest tickets. Food from our museum café is available throughout the day. There are delicious dining options in downtown North Adams or find a nosh right here on our museum campus: Lickety Split Cafe, Gramercy Bistro, Bright Ideas Brewing, and A-oK Berkshire Barbeque are all ready to serve you.
The venue, MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, is general admission. Preferred ticket seats will be located in the first rows of the venue — and are available first come, first served within that section.
MASS MoCA strives to provide the best possible experience for all our visitors; for information about accessibility at ticketed events click here.
All tickets are non-refundable.
Word to the wise: High Mud sometimes gets dirty. This festival is best suited for audiences 16 and up.