Bill Burr, Bert Kreischer, Taylor Tomlinson and more

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The sudden cold snap in Nashville already has some of us counting down the days until spring, but here’s another reason to start: The return of the Nashville Comedy Festival.

Bill Burr, Bert Kreischer, Taylor Tomlinson and Janeane Garofalo are among the standups who’ll perform at the annual fest, which runs from April 18 to 24.

Burr’s previously announced April 22 show at Bridgestone Arena is now part of the festival. It’s the only arena show on the schedule, but comedian/podcaster Kreischer is clearly a massive draw, with two sold-out Ryman performances on top of a gig at the Grand Ole Opry House.

28-year-old phenom Tomlinson continues her ascent with her first headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium, and alt comedy mainstay Garofalo will return to Zanies.

Nashville comedian and local social media favorite Joshua Black will host a “Music City Roast Battle” at Zanies.

The fest will also host two shows at Zanies with Shane Gillis — the Pennsylvania comic who made headlines in 2019, when he was added to the “SNL” cast and fired days later for using racial slurs on a podcast. 

Tickets to all shows are available at and their respective venues’ sites. As for additional performers and shows, organizers say there are “many more to be announced.”

The Nashville Comedy Festival (and its predecessor, the Wild West Comedy Festival) has brought the likes of Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Bob Newhart, Chelsea Handler and Seth Meyers to town since 2015. 

Nashville Comedy Festival 2022 lineup and schedule

Monday, April 18 – New Material Monday: Special Edition – Zanies – 8:45pm

Wednesday, April 20 – Joshua Black Presents: Music City Roast Battle – Zanies – 9:15pm

Thursday, April 21 – Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour – Opry House – 7:00pm

Friday, April 22 – Bill Burr: Slight Return – Bridgestone Arena – 8:00pm

Friday, April 22 – Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour – Ryman Auditorium – 7:00pm & 9:30pm (SOLD OUT)

Friday, April 22 – Janeane Garofalo – Zanies – 7:00pm

Friday, April 22 – Shane Gillis and Friends – Zanies – 9:15pm

Saturday, April 23 – Taylor Tomlinson – Ryman Auditorium – 7:00pm

Saturday, April 23 – Brunch of Laughs – Zanies – 1:00pm

Saturday, April 23 – Shane Gillis and Friends – Zanies – 9:15pm

And many more to be announced…


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