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Jim Gaffigan's Gala

Fresh off winning Best Concert Comic at the 2014 American Comedy Awards, Jim Gaffigan is back to host a Gala featuring some of the Festival’s funniest acts! Join one of the world’s most popular touring comedians and his funny friends for a hilarious evening (that may include bacon). *Bacon not guaranteed

Featuring:  John Heffron, Dave Hughes, Justin Willman, Ron Josol, Mike MacDonald, Judy Gold, Ian Edwards and more!


Jim Gaffigan

He wins at stuff: won the American Comedy Awards for Best Concert Comic

He’s a giant (not literally): one of the biggest touring comedians in the world

He’s got comedy cred: released his fourth stand-up special Obsessed, which was Comedy Central’s most watched special of the year and it debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Comedy Album charts

He’s an author: his book “Dad Is Fat” also spent 17 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List

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DAD IS FAT in German or as they call it, Bed Time or Negotiating with Terrorists

John Heffron

He wins at stuff: won the second season of NBC's Last Comic Standing

Humble beginnings: was Danny Bonaduche's side-kick on a Detroit morning radio show at 25 years-old

He's an author: is a bestselling author with his book I come to you from the future

Dave Hughes

He’s a veteran :  he’s been one of Australia’s most popular comedians since 1999.

Humble beginnings: Before finding success as a stand-up comedian, he worked as an abattoir, a bricklayer’s labourer, and a shop assistant.

He hangs out with spiritual leaders: Hughes was one of the few people allowed to do a one-on-one interview with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Australia.

Justin Willman

He's on TV: host of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and is a regular guest on Ellen and The Tonight Show

Humble beginnings: began entertaining at the age of 12, after breaking both of his arms trying to ride a bicycle while wearing rollerblades. His doctor recommended he learn card tricks to get the dexterity back in his hands

Fans in high places: was invited by Barack Obama and the first family to perform at the White House Halloween party


Mike MacDonald


Judy Gold

She stars in hit off-Broadway shows: has starred in off-Broadway hits The Judy Show – My Life As A SitcomThe Judy Show and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.

She’s on TV: makes regular appearances on The ViewSay Anything with Joy BeharThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Tonight Show.

She wins at stuff: has won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show and won a GLAAD award in 2007 for “Outstanding New York Theater.”

Ian Edwards