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Rogue Island Comedy Festival Brings Standup Back to Newport

Get ready for four nights of laughs in Newport


When it comes to comedy, Rhode Island isn’t exactly on the tip of a lot of podcasters’ tongues. Heck, Marc Maron is still mad that his car got stolen in Providence decades ago. But while Boston and New York hog all the credit for East Coast comedians, Rhode Island is steadily building itself up despite not getting the same attention. It’s going rogue if you will.

Coming back again for a second year is the Rogue Island Comedy Festival, bringing more locally and nationally known comics to three venues in Newport from October 6-9. Expect a few familiar faces, as these comedians have been seen on Conan, Inside Amy Schumer and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

As the state’s first comedy festival, Rogue Island has taken it upon itself to bring the wide world of stand up to Ocean State comedy nerds who crave more options within fewer miles (Patton Oswalt’s in New Haven next month? But that’s so far…). Take advantage and get a few laughs. You may even be able to look back in a couple of years and say you saw that “it” comic when they were just starting out. Shows at Brick Alley Pub, Studio 3 and Firehouse Theatre.