Join us June 14-17, 2017!

2014 Festival

Wednesday, June 11 – Saturday, June 14


Jim Breuer

Serving as the headliner for the Saturday, June 14th Gala performance will be Jim Breuer, a former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and on the list of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time.

“Jim is one of the most versatile comics in the country,” Brill said. “He’s hilarious, energetic and passionate.”



 Caroline Rhea

In addition to her stand-up career, Rhea started as Aunt Hlda on the television sitcom “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.” She also served as a host for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and has hosted her own daytime television talk show.

It’s all that, plus her talent as a stand-up comic, that has Brill excited about her being in Norfolk for this summer’s festival.


2013 Hosts and Winners:

Drew Carey

Gala Headliner: Drew Carey

Carey — who was born May 23, 1958, in Cleveland — is known not only as a stand-up comedian, but also as an actor, game show host and sports executive.

He was first brought to the national eye as a comedian when he competed in the 1988 “Star Search” television show. But it was his 1991 appearance on “The Tonight Show” that catapulted his career. His performance that night impressed Carson, who invited Carey to the couch next to his desk; which was considered a rare honor for any comedian. Later that same year, Carey joined the 14th annual Young Comedians Special on HBO and made his first appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman.”

Professional Comedian Winner: Phil Palisoul

Amateur Comedian Winner: Leif Cedar

Legend Award Winner: Steven Wright