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High Mud Comedy Fest

Our annual salute to a few funny things will gather world champion comedians to enlighten us with humor in this heightened moment. Come for laugh-filled workshops, wickedly mocking museum tours, and hilarious musical interludes.
Check back soon for more lineup announcements.


You might know Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock or Wet Hot American Summer — or, if you’re savvy, from his recent Netflix special America Is the Greatest Country in the United States— a sharp look at racism, sexism, imperialism, healthcare, immigration, gun control, the environment, and brunch.

Judah comes to North Adams with all new material in advance of his next, as-yet-untitled comedy special. “I try to make my act so it works for everybody. It’s not exclusionary. I’m not in any clique. I’m an outsider. I’m a comedian for the people.”


Over the last year, comedy club veteran Michelle Buteau’s cheeky swagger and out-sized personality have flooded radio waves and television screens. She’s the honorary third Dope Queen and hosts her own hilarious WNYC podcast, Late Night WheneverYou’ll recognize her as “The Crazy Girlfriend” on Key & Peele and from comedy specials like Comedy Line Up and Comedy Knockout. Michelle was a breakout star on Fox’s Enlisted, is a series regular on the hotly-anticipated First Wives Club series, and has an upcoming star turn in the Netflix continuation of Armistead Maupin’s cult classic Tales of the City (alongside Laura Linney and Ellen Page).

Catch this rising star at MASS MoCA, on the verge of her super-stardom.


What to Expect

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 11am-5pm. 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 are located in the first rows of the venue — and are available first come, first served within that section.

All tickets are non-refundable.

Word to the wise: High Mud sometimes gets dirty.  This festival is best suited for audiences 16 and up.


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