Nashville, TN – The Wild West Comedy Festival announced that Bud Light, “The Perfect Beer for Whatever Happens,” has returned as presenting sponsor; and Netflix, the premiere destination in original and stand-up comedy programming, as associate sponsor for year two of the festival. The festival takes place in Nashville through Sunday, April 19.
“After a successful collaboration in the first year of our festival, we’re thrilled to have Bud Light and Netflix back as premiere sponsors,” said Vince Vaughn, head of Wild West Productions. “We couldn’t be aligned with better partners; both of these brands share the festival’s passion for, and commitment to, comedy.”
“Comedy fans epitomize Bud Light’s ‘Up for Whatever’ mindset,” said Alex Lambrecht, vice president of Bud Light. “We’re excited to bring the spirit of spontaneous fun to Nashville as a sponsor of the Wild West Comedy Festival.”
“Netflix is committed to supporting the stand-up community, from rising stars to legendary acts,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary and comedy. “We look forward to once again being a part of this year’s Wild West Comedy Festival which features some incredible talent.”
This year’s Wild West Comedy Festival’s stellar lineup includes performers Kevin Hart,Cristela Alonzo, Eric Andre, Doug Benson, Lewis Black, Hannibal Buress, Steve Byrne, Frank Caliendo, Jeff Garlin, Greg Hahn, Anjelah Johnson, Colin Jost, Nick Kroll, Joel McHale, John Mulaney, Tig Notaro, John Reep, Jeanne Robertson, Rory Scovel and Sarah Tiana.
In addition, Brad Paisley will host A Night of Comedy; truTV’s Impractical Jokers will return with their all-new Where’s Larry? Tour, starring The Tenderloins; and Kevin Smithand Jason Mewes will present their popular podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. FilmmakersDavid Zucker and Jerry Zucker will oversee a screening of the classic comedy Airplane!, followed by an audience Q&A. Ralphie May will host The Dirty @ 10:30; and Paul Aldrichwill host Cuss Free Comedy, starring Keith Alberstadt. The Festival will also present a special advance screening of the 20th Century Fox film, SPY, starring Melissa McCarthy,Jude Law and Jason Statham, directed by Paul Feig.
More than 20,000 attended the inaugural Wild West Comedy Festival in 2014, and were treated to more than 29 shows from all-star talent. Based on last year’s success, the 2015 event was extended to six days and will have over 35,000 attendees. Full schedule and ticket information is available at www.wildwestcomedyfestival.com.
The festival’s venue partners include some of the most iconic locations in Nashville such as the Ryman Auditorium, TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall and James K. Polk Theater, Bridgestone Arena, Belcourt Theatre, City Winery Nashville, Zanies Nashville and Exit/In.