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The Third Annual East Texas Comedy Festival

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:34pm

Liberty Hall will kick off The Third Annual East Texas Comedy Festival on Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m. The Conan O'Brien Show, MADtv, Reno 911, Key and Peele, The Tonight Show and That 70's Show are just a handful of credits the headliners of the Third Annual East Texas Comedy Festival will bring to the stage on June 13 and 14 for a weekend of comedy with an edge.

Local comedian, Tyler Elliott, will host Friday night's stand-up comedy show. Comedian, Daryl Felsberg, whose album "Bad Fatitude" has played all over XM Sirius Radio's Comedy Channels will open the show and lead into headliner Jimmy Pardo from the "Conan O'Brien Show."

Jimmy Pardo is one of the biggest names in standup comedy. He is the warm-up comic for
Conan O'Brien and appears often on the show as a member of Team Coco. His podcast "Never Not Funny" is consistently rated as a top comedy podcast. His standup style is very interactive, as he plays off of the live audience. Jimmy stands at the very center of the comedy world. That's not only because he's the ultimate "comic's comic," as he's often called, but also because he represents where comedy is going.

New to the festival this year for late night, Friday, June 13 at 11 p.m. will be "Tyler Up Late!" hosted by Brandon Davidson. Davidson will be joined by a "house band," the local hit, "Struck by Hammerz." The show will combine standup with a late night talk show format and lots of surprises.

"We are really excited about adding the "Tyler Up Late!" show," said festival producer, Jamey Whitley. "We are writing bits for it and we will have guest stars such as the newly crowned "East Texas Funniest Comic" Ross Day and first runner up, 9-year-old comedian, Saffy Herndon. Comedians will be guests as if on an actual talk show; it will be very spontaneous (improvisational). This is a new challenge for us and who knows what will happen, but the end result is sure to please!"

Saturday night at 8 p.m., the festival continues featuring the improv madness of Tyler's own Card 53, featuring new members from Dallas's Fourth Wall Comedy. Following Card 53 will be Alice and Edward who will get a one-word suggestion to inspire a series of scenes never performed before and completely off the cuff. This will be much like an improvised sitcom.

Alice & Edward are the middle names of Susan Messing and Frank Caeti. Frank Caeti was a cast member of the hit sketch TV show MADtv and has appeared as a guest many times on "Key and Peele." He is currently working with the producers of "Key and Peele" on a new digital series. Susan Messing is an alumna of the iO Theatre, Second City's Mainstage and is a founding member of Chicago's infamous Annoyance Theatre. Her show, "Messing with a Friend," is one of the most popular improv shows in Chicago. She performed last year as a headliner in the TBS Just for Laugh's Festival in Chicago with SNL's Tim Meadows.

"I am completely honored to have Frank and Susan here," said Whitley. "Frank is one of the hardest working and most loved entertainers in the improv industry. Susan is known all over as an improv legend and is one of the most sought after improv teachers. She developed the level two curriculum at iO, the same improv school where Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, and so many others came from."

Frank and Susan will also be teaching improv workshops during the day on Saturday for the public to attend. Previous improv or theatre experience is highly recommended but not required.

The Third Annual East Texas Comedy Festival is presented by Prosperity Bank and will be June 13 and 14 at Liberty Hall. This festival is not intended for children, or the easily offended. Show and workshop tickets are available for purchase online.

For more information please visit <>, "Like" The East Texas Comedy Festival Facebook page, or call Liberty Hall Manager Anne Payne at (903) 595-7274.

The mission of Liberty Hall is to create an exciting arts and entertainment experience that will integrate the arts into the downtown's social, economic and community fabric by providing diverse opportunities for entertainment, through film, theater, comedy and music.

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