High Mud Comedy Festival: Get ready to laugh out loud


NORTH ADAMS — Mass MoCA's High Mud Comedy Festival, the museum's annual mud season yuk-fest, returns to North Adams Friday and Saturday stacked with comedy-club kings and queens, funny film, uncommon workshops, half-brewed beer tastings, mocking museum tours (and whatever else we can think to poke fun at).

Storytelling funny man and "This American Life" regular Mike Birbiglia headlines the festival Saturday night, joined by comedic songstress Nellie McKay. "Saturday Night Live" alum Sasheer Zamata will kick things off Friday night with "Sasheer Zamata Party Time!" featuring Maggie Crane, Comedy Central-favorite Matteo Lane, Joyelle Johnson and glamazon hip-hop icon Shasta Geaux Pop. Saturday afternoon Reductress helps you hone your comedy chops with a satire writing workshop.

Take your time exploring North Adams and Mass MoCA; you never know where comedy might pop up throughout the weekend. Museum galleries open until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Food from the museum caf is available throughout the day, and, there will be plenty of beer on tap, and a full bar.

The venue, Mass MoCA's Hunter Center, is general admission. Preferred ticket seats are located in the first rows of the venue — first-come, first-serve in the preferred section. Preferred: $75; general admission: $20 to $55; all tickets are non-refundable. The festival is best suited for audiences 16 and older.

To get you warmed up for a weekend of laughs, we asked some of the headliners and featured comedians to share their favorite jokes — their own and other comedians' — in advance of the festival.


"Old people that buy at Costco ... Why are you buying 18 large jars of mayonnaise? You're not even going to make it to the god damn check out counter!" — Joan Rivers


Q: How do you get a T-shirt on an elephant?

A: Take the "f" out of "way"


Q: What does a 500-pound canary say?

A: "Here kitty, kitty ..."


"Last night I wrote a joke about karate, and I hope I never have to use it." — Nick Vatterott.


My favorite joke is Chris Rock talking about rap music: "People always say rap music is misogynistic. But what I realized was that women who like rap don't give a f--k. If the beat's alright, she will dance all night."


"I once had a neighbor who was a mime. To annoy him I'd play a blank CD at full blast on my stereo."


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