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A Laugh Fest

Bryan Callen destroys at Laughing Spree Fest comedy festival, tickets moving briskly for Saturday's final day.

by Chuck king
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BOCA RATON – Last night’s attendance wasn’t ideal for Laughing Spree Fest, but those who did attend appear to be spreading the word that there’s fun to be had.

Show producer Warren Scott says the comedy festival is enjoying a substantial boost in ticket sales for Saturday’s shows.

“They’ve been flying since last night and this morning,” Scott said.

A few hundred attended Friday night’s opening show.

Saturday, the festival’s final day, offers two more shows, culminating with a performance by Andrew Schulz.

“The number of people sold for Andrew Schulz tonight is significantly more than last,” Scott said.

Despite the smaller-than-hoped-for crowd at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Bryan Callen delivered an uproarious performance as Friday night’s headliner.

Callen interspersed some jokes especially for Floridians – How can you spend everyday knowing there could be an alligator right over there? – with his normal set, generating laughs throughout his entire 40-minute set.

Vince Taylor, Sean Grant and Yamaneika also delivered notable performances.

“Callen closed it out super strong,” Scott said.

Show producers Scott and Minda Long open Saturday’s early show, which begins at 5:30. Jim Norton headlines that show, with Bret Ernst and Jeff Dye also on that bill. Miami favorite Freddy Stebbins hosts.

Saturday’s closing show includes Palm Beach County favorites Dan Long and Jackie Sanchez, along with Mark Gagnon, Leah Lamarr and Orlando Leyba performing before Schulz closes the festival.

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The combo ticket for both of Saturday’s shows runs $99. Tickets to see only the festival’s final show headlined by Schulz are $69.99. Daily parking passes begin at $20.

Show producers limited the number of tickets in an effort to make comedy fans who fear large crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic more comfortable at the show.

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