Oddball Comedy Festival cancels Friday's concert in Tampa
Nothing funny about this.
The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival has canceled the first run of dates on its 2016 tour, including Friday at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. A Live Nation representitive blamed "routing issues," but no further information was immediately available. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
"I would like to apologize to my fans who expected to see me performing on the @OddballFest," headliner Gabriel Iglesias, above, tweeted late Monday. "The promoters just canceled this weeks dates."
Presented by Live Nation, Funny Or Die and IFC, the third annual festival was to feature Iglesias, Hannibal Buress, Sebastian Maniscalco, Bert Kreischer, Iliza Shlesinger and others to the Amp. Previous headliners included Amy Schumer, Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari. This year's Oddball will now kick off Sept. 2 near Chicago.
No word on whether there'll be a rescheuled Oddball date in Tampa, or whether any of the aforementioned comics will book a makeup show in town. But at least one of them was really looking forward to the trip -- especially after her shows at the Tampa Improv were also canceled last year.
"I always really enjoy the Tampa audiences," Shlesinger told the Times' Jimmy Geurts in a recent phone interview. "The couple times I’ve been there, they’ve been very supportive of me and the crowds are good. So I can’t say I’ve seen much of Ybor City — it’s a town primarily made of drag clubs and tattoo parlors. But it’s not about what’s in the city, it’s about the people. I’ve always felt very loved by my audiences there and was sad I had to cancel it. But it was out of my control, it was for a TV thing and I couldn’t move it."
-- Jay Cridlin