Comedy Central Expands its Annual Up Next Showcase

Comedy Central builds on its success of last year’s Up Next showcase at Clusterfest, featuring the network’s rising stars, by including another stand-up showcase and adding a variety showcase. The weekend will highlight over 20 comedians with two separate and distinct stand-up showcases taking place on Friday, June 1, hosted by Chris Redd with special guest Tim Dillon and Saturday, June 2, hosted by Jullian McCollough with special guest Mark Normand; and a brand new variety showcase taking place on Sunday, June 3, hosted by Matthew Broussard. All shows will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in the 415 Comedy Club room.

Clusterfest is co-produced by Comedy Central, the #1 brand in comedy, Superfly, the brains behind Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands co-producer Another Planet Entertainment. The three-day comedy and music festival takes place in San Francisco June 1-3, 2018 and tickets are on sale at

Up Next is an annual showcase featuring a wide range of diversely talented comedians who have been selected by Comedy Central following a nation-wide search with showcases across the country. The showcases serve as an important step in Comedy Central’s development process and are designed to spotlight the most exciting new voices in comedy. This year’s addition to stand-up is the Up Next Variety showcase which features some of the most exciting and innovative sketch/character/musical performers in a multimedia show that includes both live performance and pre-taped sketch videos starring each variety performer.

The curated showcases will feature the following comedians:

Friday, June 1 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (stand-up)

Saturday, June 2 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. (stand-up)

Sunday, June 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (variety)

Performers from past showcases have gone on to make more appearances on Comedy Central including on Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents…which for many comedians is their first solo stand-up special. Past Up Next/Comics To Watch comedians include: Jak Knight, upcoming Comedy Central Variety Special The Playlist w/ Jak Knight;  Emmy Blotnick, Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and The President Show Co-EP/Head Writer; Josh Sharp, citizen journalist on The Opposition with Jordan Klepper; Yamaneika Saunders, Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and Roast Battle; Josh Johnson, Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and Daily Show writer; Sam Jay, Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, upcoming album with Comedy Central Records; Chris Distefano, upcoming Comedy Central one-hour special Chris Distefano: One of The Good Ones; upcoming Sam Morril, Comedy Central one-hour special Amy Schumer Presents Sam Morril: Positive Influence; Matt Ingebretson and Adam Lustick, Corporate; and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-anchor, SNL co-head writer, and former Daily Show correspondent.

This second annual Clusterfest is headlined by Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, The Lonely Island, Trevor Noah and John Mulaney, the first of its kind comedy and music festival features more than 70 comedians and musicians performing across multiple stages. From stand up to podcast recordings and live reads, Clusterfest will bring together a diverse group of established and emerging artists such as Tiffany Haddish, Jim Jefferies, Third Eye Blind, David Cross, Michael Che, Roy Wood Jr., Maria Bamford, Salt-N-Pepa, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Action Bronson, Desus & Mero, Kyle Mooney & Nathan Fielder’s Video Treasures, This Is Not Happening, Bert Kreischer, Last Podcast on the Left, John Early and Kate Berlant, Alaska Thunderf**k, Manila Luzon, Jinkx Monsoon, and many more.

In addition to comedy and musical performances, Clusterfest attendees will step into the worlds of their favorite television shows with interactive attractions from South Park, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Double Dare and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Instagram: @Clusterfest
YouTube: @Clusterfest

About Comedy Central
Available on-air, online and on-the-go, Comedy Central provides its audience access to the cutting-edge, laugh-out-loud world of comedy wherever and whenever they want it, featuring award-winning late night, sketch, scripted, and animated series, along with stand-up specials and series, including Emmy® Award-winning series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, South Park and Drunk History, along with critical and fan favorites Broad City, Tosh.0, Nathan For You, The Jim Jefferies Show, Detroiters, Another Period, Corporate and The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper. Comedy Central’s online, mobile and app experiences include, a leading online video platform featuring exclusive Comedy Central content and the Comedy Central App. The #1 brand in comedy, Comedy Central also produces nationwide stand-up events, boasts a Grammy® Award-winning record label (Comedy Central Records), and operates Comedy Central Radio on SiriusXM (Channel 95). In addition, Comedy Central’s category-leading branded gaming and licensing contribute to one of the most successful home entertainment divisions in the industry.

About Superfly
Superfly is passionately driven by curating culture through experiences, immersive live events and creating award-winning campaigns for some of the most recognized brands in the world. Founded in 1996, Superfly’s expertise is building hand crafted cultural experiences with a distinct identity, such as the iconic Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Outside Lands, Clusterfest and Lost Lake. Additionally, Superfly strategically helps brands establish and raise their profile through programming, design, digital, social and experiential platforms. Superfly is headquartered in New York, with offices in Chicago and San Francisco. Learn more at, and follow Twitter @Superfly, Facebook and Instagram @superflypresents.

About Another Planet Entertainment
Since 2003, Another Planet Entertainment (APE) has produced and promoted thousands of events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Neil Young, Chance the Rapper, Daft Punk, Adele, The Weeknd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Lorde, Metallica, Bruno Mars, twenty one pilots, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Named the Top Independent Promoter (U.S.) by Billboard Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and Top Promoter (Worldwide) in 2017, APE is the exclusive promoter for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Fox Theater in Oakland, the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, The Independent in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys and operates a private events division, Another Planet Event Group. APE also produces three major annual festivals – Outside Lands (since 2008), Treasure Island Music Festival (since 2007) and Life Is Beautiful (since 2013) in Downtown Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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