Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival reveals 2014 lineup

Reverb - June 25, 2014

Last year’s inaugural Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, presented by Funny or Die, was a massive event compared to most stand-up comedy shows, and an experiment in packaging hip comedians with large-scale venues.

Despite an unfortunate incident in Connecticut, in which headliner Dave Chappelle walked off stage after verbally tussling with a handful of hecklers, the festival seemed to go well overall. So it’s not too surprising that organizers announced the second-year lineup this morning — which we more or less knew was coming, given the “Road 2 Oddball” tour that took place in May.

This year’s roster includes another packed A-list of comedians who represent an even bigger slice of the stand-up world, at least compared to last year’s mega co-headliners Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords.

The 21-date tour, which kicks off Aug. 8 in Tampa, Fla., and continues through Sept. 21 in Austin, Texas, includes a Sept. 7 stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (a far superior choice to last year’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, in our humble opinion).

Confirmed performers this year include a who’s-who of contemporary stand-up greats, including Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Brent Morin, Chris D’ella, Chris Hardwick, Dave Attell, Demetri Martin, DJ Trauma, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Jermaine Fowler, Jerrod Carmichael, Jim Gaffigan, Jim Jefferies, Jullian McCullugh, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, Nate Bargatze, Reggie Watts, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel and Whitney Cummings.

That’s a killer bill by any standard, although it’s important to note that not all listed performers will be present at each tour stop (likely, bigger and coastal markets will get the full complement, and smaller/interior ones will get a modified lineup).

However, Denver’s in luck: according to the Oddball website, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin, DJ Trauma, Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman and Whitney Cummings will all be on the Red Rocks stop, plus a second stage hosted by Brody Stevens that will likely feature regional performers, such as members of Denver’s Grawlix and Fine Gentleman’s Club stand-up collectives, who last year played the side stage at Fiddler’s (see photos above).

In addition to Oddball’s two performance stages, there’s also the return of the Cut Throat Freak Show, a “roaming troupe of misfit performers” and the usual food and drinks.

Tickets aren’t cheap at $99, but given the quality of the lineup we think it’s entirely worth it. They’re on sale at noon this Saturday, June 28, via livenation.com.

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John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and critic for The Denver Post. Follow him @johnwenzel.