Supported by the Mexico Tourism Board, the Los Cabos Tourism Board and the state of Baja California Sur, the five-day Cabo Comedy Festival, produced by LA-based Zaring Group and Wind Entertainment, will take place on October 2-6.
The festival will take place in Cabo, Mexico (pictured above) and will feature performances by some of the industry’s top stand-up headliners, panel discussions on the business of comedy and a celebrity charity golf tournament. An awards ceremony wherein legendary Improv founder Budd Friedman will receive the Giant of Comedy Award will culminate the festival.
At the heart of the festival is the ‘Jack Rollins Breakthrough Talent Competition,’ named for the legendary NYC-based talent manager and producer who discovered Woody Allen and has served as producer of Allen’s films.
During the competition, 16 ‘opening act’ level comedians from across America will perform over two nights at the Hard Rock Café, with the top three acts from each night advancing to compete before a panel of industry experts, including Friedman. Actress and comedian Niecy Nash will host the finals and the winner will perform on the “The Arsenio Hall Show” on October 9.
The original, Emmy Award®-winning Arsenio Hall Show broke ground with iconic moments including Bill Clinton playing his saxophone, Michael Jackson’s guest appearance with Eddie Murphy and Mariah Carey’s television debut. The Arsenio Hall Show will premiere nationwide on September 9 (check local listings).
Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, Eduardo Segura, said: “We are thrilled to bring this exciting festival to our destination.
“This event is the first of its kind in Cabo and we couldn’t be happier with the level of talent that has been confirmed to perform and host thanks to the hard work of our partners at the Zaring Group and Wind Entertainment.
“We look forward to making the Cabo Comedy Festival a highly anticipated and celebrated event for many years to come.”