Mike Epps

*The Big Easy Comedy Festival will feature an all-star lineup of comedians for its run from Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, May 30, including Mike Epps, D.L. Hughley and Damon Wayans.

Others include Don “DC” Curry, Bruce Bruce, Sommore, Earthquake, Anthony Anderson and George Wilborn are also on the bill, which takes place each of the three nights at 8 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena.

The BECF will kick off on Thursday, May 27 with the finals of the Big Easy Comedy Showdown at 8 p.m. at Club NV, 1901 Poydras Street, New Orleans. The showdown features amateur comedians who won regional competitions in nine cities across country. These winners will go head to head in front of local celebrity judges from New Orleans. The Top 3 winners will get to perform on the main festival arena stage.

Tickets for Thursday night only will be available at the door for $10, with fifty percent of the proceeds going to local New Orleans organization, Read and Rise Foundation ,which works to fight juvenile illiteracy in New Orleans.

The main festival events will take place on the main stage at Lakefront Arena on the campus of UNO (6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans). Tickets for Friday – Sunday night shows are $75, $55 and $45 and are available at the Lakefront Arena Box office, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Thursday, May 27th @ 8 PM – Club NV Big Easy Comedy Showdown Competition

Friday, May 28th @ 8 PM – Lakefront Arena
Bruce Bruce
Don “DC” Curry
D.L. Hughley
Gary Owen

Saturday, May 29th @ 8 PM – Lakefront Arena
Arnez J
J. Anthony Brown
George Wilborn
John Witherspoon

Sunday, May 30th @ 8 PM – Lakefront Arena
Anthony Anderson
Mike Epps
Jay Lamont
Damon Wayans