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It’s Festival Week

The long anticipated Laughing Spree Fest is only a few days away, and the Applause Planner says it's the place to be this weekend.

by Chuck king

BOCA RATON – This week’s forecast calls for a spree of laughter west of Boca Raton.

That’s because the week of Laughing Spree Fest is finally upon South Florida.

Laughing Spree is a self-contained festival that beings on Friday at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, west of Boca Raton, and runs through Saturday.

The festival features three shows in a two-day period, headlined by three of the nation’s biggest comics. Bryan Callen headlines Friday night’s show. Jim Norton headlines Saturday’s early show. Andrew Schulz closes the festival on Saturday night.

Line-ups on both days offer comics with South Florida ties. Yamaneika, Sean Grant, Cam Bertrand, Esther Ku and Vince Taylor are scheduled for Friday night.

Show producers Minda and Warren Scott open Saturday’s early show, with Jeff Dye, Bret Ernst, Freddy Stebbins to follow.

Saturdays’ closing show includes Orlando Leyba, Leah Lamarr, Mark Gagnon, Dan Long and Jackie Sanchez.

Tickets for the weekend are a bit pricey, but comedy fans will likely find the money to be well spent. Individual tickets for Friday’s show begin at $60, with VIP packages running $115. 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.

VIP packages are available for both Saturday shows. Full two-day passes begin at $199. Event organizes are extending their Black Friday sale at least through Monday. Enter the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY when purchasing tickets to receive 20% off.

The festival offers a little something for every comedy fan. Laughing Spree could prove to be the South Florida comedy highlight of the year.

Applause Planner – Plan On It

Tribute to Leon Arp – Dada, Delray Beach
South Florida’s comedic senior statesman Leon Arp died over the summer. On Monday – his birthday – the South Florida community will pay tribute to one of their comedic brethren. Brian Coronado, Kevin Javier, Jackie Sanchez, Dan Long, Minda, Anthony Terzo, Chris Roe, Jim Fredrick and Lisa Corrao are among those scheduled to perform. Mike Cintron hosts the free event, which begins at 9 p.m.

Tim Hanlon – Turtle Tavern, Delray Beach
Hanlon, who along with Matt Bellak comprise the headlining duo on the Dope City Comedy Tour, headlines this monthly show at the Turtle. Local favorites Nadeem Awad and Phil Isme are also scheduled to perform, with show producer David Sadman serving as host. The free show begins at 7:30 p.m.


Andrew Dice Clay – Palm Beach Kennel Club, West Palm Beach
The Diceman cometh again. Clay performs frequently in South Florida. On Thursday he’s in The Paddock room at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. Tickets prices for the 8 p.m. show begin at $75. Expensive? Yes. But fans of the Diceman know what they’re getting.

Kevin James – Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood
The King of Queens is ready to rock. A comedy, television and movie star, Kevin James heads to the Seminole Hard Rock for a Friday night show. Tickets begin at $66 and go as high as $106. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Funny First Fridays – Hop Life Brewing, Port St. Lucie
Casey Peruski headlines this show on the Treasure Coast. Phil Isme, Jen Hellman and Corey Cognac are also scheduled to perform, with David Aguilar serving as host. Hop Life beers will flow. The free show begins at 9 p.m.

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