Seven years…The laughter…just keeps coming.
- 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 festival committee chair Kent Warneke, festival director Lori Williams, Jared Stiek, Donna Herrick, Kathy Jedlicka, Paula Pflueger, Ruthie Galitz, Michael Brogan, Stephanie Brogan, Lonn Atwood, Linda Libengood, Anne Ausdemore, Jim Curry, Eric McKay, Susan Staub, Pam Carlson, Lisa Wattier, Ruthie Kollmar, Judy Kollmar, Shawn Severson, Dennis Collins, Sarah Pinkelman 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, festival chairman.
Eddie Brill for serving as the festival’s artistic director and Rik Cannon as executive producer. Fred Drenkow is the festival’s stage manager.
Rik Cannon and Tim Miller for their expertise in creating and producing the videos shown at this year’s festival.
And all those who bought tickets and support the festival in that way.
Instrumental in It all
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 500 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.