First annual Island Comedy Cup


Get those funny bones ready, because the first annual Island Comedy Cup is headed to the Vineyard’s shores at the end of the month.

The event is part of the 12th annual Nantucket Comedy Festival, and brings together kids to compete in a pretty funny competition. According to a press release, each of the kids who participates has taken the Stand Up and Learn workshops, a nonprofit, educational program that teaches children creative writing, self-confidence, and public speaking through comedic storytelling.

The competition is broken into two rounds. Round one takes place on Nantucket at the Dreamland Theater on Friday, July 12. Round two takes place at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Saturday, July 27, at 7 pm. A preshow reception will be held at the Daniel Fisher House. After the kids’ show, an adult Island Comedy Cup will be held.

“We are thrilled to present this new addition to the Nantucket Comedy Festival as kids ‘compete’ in this fun, fast-moving celebration of the performing arts. Audiences will enjoy seeing Stand Up and Learn students perform their ‘comedic routines’ as they build confidence and self-esteem by showcasing what they have learned from this rewarding educational program,” executive director Kevin Flynn said in the release.

Tickets for Round One of the Island Comedy Cup (which takes place on Nantucket) are on sale now at Tickets for Round Two of the Island Comedy Cup (taking place on Martha’s Vineyard) can be purchased at