Join us June 14-17, 2017!


Ten Years later…The laughter…just keeps coming.

Steve-Wright1The Great American Comedy Festival marks its tenth year in 2017, remaining committed to:

  • Paying tribute to the legacy of Johnny Carson
  • Bringing world-class entertainment to Norfolk
  • Making Norfolk the place to be each June for comedy

Who helped make the festival possible?

Where to begin? How about in recognizing:

The festival planning committee, which is made up of Executive Chair, Mark Zimmerer, Festival Director, Lori Williams, Board Members Paula Pflueger, Michael Brogan, Kent Warneke, Becky Wacker, Linda Libengood, Janelle Gerharter, Dennis Collins, Austen Hagood, Denice Hansen and Lisa Wattier. Festival Committee members Donna Herrick, Sue Fuchtman, Traci Jeffrey, Ruthie Galitz, Lonn Atwood, Susan Staub, Jean Hopkins, Ruthie Kollmar, Judy Kollmar, and Susan Warneke.

All of the many companies and individuals who financially supported the festival. “None of this would be possible without them,” said Kent Warneke, the festival’s founding father.

Thanks to Eddie Brill for serving as the festival’s Creative Director,  Rik Cannon as Executive Producer and Pat Buckles as the festival’s stage manager.

Also thanks to Rik and Tim Miller for their expertise in creating and producing the videos shown at our festival.

And all those who have bought tickets and support the festival in that way.

Instrumental in It all

Eddie BrillFrom the start, Eddie Brill has been instrumental in the creation and success of the Great American Comedy Festival.

While the inaugural festival still was in its early planning stages, it was suggested that festival planners make contact with Eddie because his fondness and admiration for Johnny Carson was well-known.

Barely had a description of what was envisioned been presented to him, and Eddie signed on to help guide the festival, and has been doing so ever since.

As the festival’s artistic director, he’s responsible for auditioning and inviting the 20 comedians who compete for the professional title each year. This year, he conducted auditions in 14 cities and evaluated more than 800 comedians.

He also books all of the festival talent and takes an active role in the overall festival itself.

All this while entertaining audiences throughout the nation as a stand-up comedian himself.