What has 86 acts, 32 comedians, 48 comedy teams, for a total of 272 individual performers on 3 different stages over 4 nights of comedy? Answer: The Dallas Comedy Festival!  Running March 22nd to March 25th, it features a killer lineup of acts by comedians from around the country. And catching all of it just got a lot easier with a dayuse hotel via HotelsByDay!

The event is hosted by the Dallas Comedy House, the city’s newest performance venue run by comics. The Dallas Comedy Festival promises to be a laugh riot. Located on 3025 Main Street, the Dallas Comedy House specializes in a blend of stand-up comedy and long-form improv. And it’s right across from the Monkey King Noodle Company.

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including laughs!

We all know what stand-up comedy is, but just what is long-form improv anyway? In short-form improv shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway the rules for a sketch are set beforehand. But long-form improve, on the other hand, may have a set form, but there are no set rules. Performers are free to make up their own rules as they go along. They bend and break them to their heart’s content. The format makes for some unforgettable off-the-wall sketches.

Who’s performing at this year’s Dallas Comedy Festival? For starters, Jill Bernard, an improv comic and a founding member of HUGE Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. Jill is bringing her acclaimed interactive Drum Machine sketch to the Dallas stage. Pavlov’s Dogs, Dallas’s own native improv troupe, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary performing in the Big D. The viral sketch British-American comedy duo, We Are Thomasse, will hit the stage on Saturday night. A veteran of Last Comic Standing, James Adomian, famous for his impersonations, will be headlining on Friday and Saturday nights. From imitating George W. Bush to Bernie Sanders, to his podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!, this is a comedian not to be missed live. To keep your stamina up for all the acts, make a daycation of the event with a dayuse hotel!


Jello shots and comedy, a winning combo

The Improvised Shakespeare Company joins Adomian on the headline spot. The performance brings a touch of class to the crass world of comedy. The ISC is a Chicago-based improv troupe which interprets a Shakespearean style on the spot, with no prep. Check out their impromptu sketch “Rubber Crazy,” performed ex tempore at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Grab a seat at the Dallas Comedy Festival and see some once-in-a-lifetime sketches from ISC, Pavlov’s Dogs, We Are Thomasse, and more!

Don’t miss the beer-pong after-party with the organizers, crew and performers on Saturday night. Or Sunday morning, depending on when you arrive.  Last year’s festival sold 1,131 jello shots, and this year’s bar crew is gearing up to break their record. DCH wants to host one of the biggest comedy festivals in the country, and judging by the laughs and the number of jello shots consumed, it’s on right on track. Be sure to keep your itinerary flexible with a dayuse hotel, featuring early check in and late check out, from HotelsbyDay.

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Scott Dylan graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a B.A. in History, a Minor in Economics, and a firm belief that financial knowledge is a human right. When Scott's not writing about financial matters, he's traveling to new places, cooking strange foods and getting to know good people.