Third Annual Wild West Comedy Festival Draws Comedy Fans to Nashville for Seven Full Days of 30+ Shows
Jeff Foxworthy Performed to Sold-Out Crowd at First-Ever Ryman Auditorium Solo Appearance
Outback Concerts and Wild West Productions brought the biggest and brightest stars, as well as the hottest and most talked about up-and-comers, in comedy to Nashville. The third annual event, which is presented by Bud Light in association with Netflix and powered by SiriusXM, drew thousands of comedy fans to its over 30 shows at venues across Music City, including Ryman Auditorium, War Memorial Auditorium, TPAC's James K. Polk Theater, Zanies Nashville, Exit/In and Third Man Records. Performers included Jeff Foxworthy, Chris Tucker, TJ Miller, Trevor Noah, Kathy Griffin, Bill Burr, Miranda Sings and many more (full list below).
Making history once again, Jeff Foxworthy, the largest selling comedy-recording artist ever, not only performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time in his career, but he did it in front of a sold-out crowd.
"I will treasure and remember standing on that historic stage for all of my life," said Foxworthy of the experience.
"Working on the festival was like a wild petunia in a field of janky daisies," said Mike Smardak, president of Outback Concerts. "It brought me life."
The largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, Jeff Foxworthy headlined the historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time ever on May 21 to a sold-out crowd; Actor and comedian Chris Tucker, best known for his roles in films such as "Rush Hour" and "Friday," performed at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on May 20; host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show Trevor Noah made his Nashville debut at Ryman Auditorium on May 21; "Deadpool" and "Silicon Valley" star TJ Miller performed at TPAC's James K. Polk Theater on May 21; Kathy Griffin brought her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy to TPAC's Polk Theater on May 21; Miranda Sings brought her one woman show complete with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic reading of hate mail and never-before-seen videos, to Ryman Auditorium on May 22; Bill Burr and his "F is for Family" co-creator Mike Price appeared at Third Man headquarters on May 19; Joe Rogan, who is known as one of the most complex and exciting stand-ups working in America today, played Ryman Auditorium on May 20; international comedic superstar, Russell Peters, who has broken records around the world for some of the fastest selling and biggest comedy shows in history, performed at War Memorial Auditorium on May 19; Wild West Comedy Festival gave Nashville the chance to catch a FREE advanced screening of Adam Sandler and David Spade's upcoming NETFLIX release, "The Do-Over," on May 21 at Regal Cinemas Green Hills 16; the fastest-selling show of 2015's festival returned on May 18 & 19, when filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes recorded their popular podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old at Zanies Comedy Club; Zanies also hosted A Night of Standup Comedy with Brad Paisley on May 16, The Fighter & The Kid Live (UFC heavyweight, Brendan Schaub and actor/comedian, Bryan Callen) on May 17, comedian and filmmaker Kevin Smith on May 18 and May 19, Adam Conover, host of TruTV's "Adam Ruins Everything," on May 20, comedian and TV personality Jimmy Pardo and New York Times Bestselling Author Josh Wolf on May 21 and Ralphie May on May 22; TPAC's James K. Polk Theater hosted actress-comedian Maria Bamford on May 20 and host of truTV's hit series The Carbonaro Effect Michael Carbonaro , who performed in front of a capacity crowd, on May 22.