Oddball Comedy Festival preview: Set times, lineup breakdown and more
On a recent episode of his Nerdist podcast, Chris Hardwick said he suspected the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which kicks off Friday in Tampa, would feel a bit like an evening at the Improv. That iimplies a series of shorter sets by a string of headline-caliber comics.
Details on Oddball's actual format, however, have been curiously hard to come by. But on the eve of the Tampa kickoff, organizers provided a little more insight on what comedy fans can expect at Oddball -- and it sounds like Hardwick's not that far off.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Oddball's set times are fluid, as the lineups vary by city, but Brody Stevens is expected to open his secondary stage between 5:15 and 5:30, with appearances by local comics Maurice Jovan, Matt Fernandez and Ken Miller, and national contest winner Grant Cotner. But according to the official Oddball FAQ, the secondary stage could feature "some surprise performances from time to time," so it might be worth getting there early. You never know who might drop in.
The main stage opens at 7 p.m. and will feature sets by, in order, Jeff Ross, Brent Morin, Marc Maron, Reggie Watts and Hannibal Buress. Midway through the night, there will be a 30-minute intermission, followed by another set by Ross, then Hardwick, Aziz Ansari and headliner Louis C.K. The festival is expected to wrap up by around 10:30 p.m. It's safe to assume Ansari and C.K. will get longer sets; do the math and you can guess about how long each comic will be on stage.
Tickets to the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival are available starting at $35; click here to get them. The Oddball FAQ is also worth reading -- cameras are strictly forbidden at the festival, and you'd better be careful using your phone, too.
Did you miss the rest of our Oddball Festival preview? Stephanie Hayes interviewed Hardwick; click here to read it. She also broke down the comedy of Louis C.K., Ansari and Maron; click here for that.
And comic Mary Lynn Rajskub goes back a long way with several comics on the bill. She discussed her history with C.K., Maron, Hardwick and Ansari in a recent interview with Jimmy Geurts; click here for her thoughts on Oddball's lineup.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*