Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter. Please join us for the 2016 Festival at the Nantucket Dreamland and the Nantucket VFW July 13th–16th, 2016.

May 21st - Maya Manion & Mike McDonald at The Dreamland


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Saturday, May 21st @ 7:30 PM - $20

May 21st - Stand Up & Learn Kids' Comedy Performance - FREE


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Saturday, May 21st @ 5:00 PM - FREE (tickets required)

What a way to kick off Comedy Fest! The students of Stand Up & Learn have been working hard to bring you hilarious original comedy sets. Come see the end result of all their hard work and witness the positive impact of this transformative comedy education program. Stand Up & Learn is the beneficiary of Nantucket Comedy Festival proceeds.

FREE Comedy Education Program for Kids @ The Dreamland


Want to see your kid light up the Dreamland Theater with his or her own original standup comedy set? Stand Up & Learn is a comedy education program that is open to island youth ages 8–18.

Winter workshops are taught by Kevin Flynn, professional standup comedian and executive director of the Nantucket Comedy Festival (NCF), with help from his pro comic friends. Come summer, participants get the exciting chance to perform live in front of the NCF audience at a special Kids' Night performance. And did we mention it's free?

Upcoming 2016 workshop and performance schedule:

January 7–9: Thursday/Friday, 3:30–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–12.p.m.
Sponsored by Jill & Steve Karp

February: TBD
March 24–26: Thursday/Friday, 3:30–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–12.p.m.
Sponsored by Tricia Quick

April 7–9: Thursday/Friday, 3:30–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–12.p.m.
Sponsored by Tricia Quick

May 19–21: Thursday/Friday, 3:30–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–12.p.m.
Sponsored by Chris Stadler

June 2–4: Thursday/Friday, 3:30–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–12.p.m.
Sponsored by Jill & Steve Karp

Kids' Performances: Saturdays after the workshop at 5 p.m.
Pro Performances (for adults 18 and over): Saturdays after Kids' Performance at 7:30 p.m.

Want more details or ready to sign up? Call Alyssa at (413) 539-3115, email

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