Comedy festival comes to Oak Bluffs

Torris Brown is a winner or the MGM Comedy Search. — Photo courtesy of Steve Capers

Laugh it up, everybody. The Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest returns for its second summer and features six nights of comedy at The Lampost on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

On August 23, 24, and 25, comedians Brian Babylon, Kevin Williams, and Torris Brown will perform. On August 30 and 31 and September 1, comedians B Cole, Frank Collaso, Leon Rogers and Damon Williams will perform. Doors open at 7:30 pm, and showtime is at 8 pm sharp.

The show is put on by Knock-Knock Productions with sponsorship from HBO, UPTOWN Magazine, and This Week on Martha’s Vineyard.

“The festival will offer a fresh brand of humor, building on the legacy of laughter established by great comedians such as Moms Mabley, Dick Gregory, Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, Whoopie Goldberg, and Eddie Murphy, all of whom blazed the trails for future comedians,” according to a press release.

Many of the comedians are staples of the Chicago circuit, and most have performed on and at a variety of high profile shows and locations. Torris Brown is a three-time finalist and winner or the MGM Comedy Search and toured overseas for the U.S. military.

Brian Babylon placed in the finals of the New York Comedy Contest in 2009, and hosts the Morning AMP radio show on Vocalo 89.5fm. He is also now on the NPR weekly news quiz show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, contributes to BBC Radio, and hosts The Moth Story Slam in Chicago.

Leon Rogers won the competetive Miller Genuine Draft Comedy Search in 2001 and has headlined for the last two years on the RJE Urban Comedy Cabaret Tour.

Damon Williams has been all over the major comedy networks since 1994, having been featured on BET, Comedy Central, HBO, and TV ONE.

“Our shows are guaranteed to provoke the greatest amount of laughter possible by way of original stand-up comedy containing variations on the element of surprise, incongruity, conflict, repetitiveness and the effect of opposite expectations,” according to the MV Comedy Fest website.

Admission is $30, and tickets are available at