#NCCAF has become one of the premiere comedy festivals in the United States. Acts from New York, LA, Chicago, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and every city in between, flock here to perform, network and develop as the next generation of comedy talent. #NCCAF takes place Feb. 3–15, in the heart of North Carolina.


Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford @ NCCAF

Maria Bamford live at the North Carolina Comedy Festival

Maria Bamford has been praised as "fantastic" by Entertainment Weekly, a "standout" by TIME, one of Rolling Stone's "50 Funniest People" and a "cold blast of brilliance" by The New Yorker.

Maria is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. She has made numerous late-night appearances, most recently on Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.


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Festival Spotlight

Festival Spotlight


Master Classes & Workshops with Top Instructors

NCCAF offers master classes that focus on advanced improv technique and diagnostics, comedy writing and acting skills. NCCAF 2015 will feature: Charna Halpern (iO Chicago), North Coast (New York), Rick Andrews (Magnet TourCo), Chet Siegel (Magnet TourCo), Alan Fessenden (Magnet TourCo), Corey Brown (UCBT NY), Eric Hunicutt (iO West, Steppenwolf), Josh Sharp (UCBT NY), Harrison Brookie (Alchemy), John Serpico (ImprovBoston), Mike Descoteaux (ImprovBoston, BLANK! The Musical) and many other incredible coaches and teachers.


North Carolina Laughter Championship

DSI Comedy and the NC Comedy Arts Festival proudly partners with Albert Nerenberg, director of Laughology, to host the 4th Annual North Carolina Laughter Championship. Competing in a series of Laugh-offs contestants will be awarded the title 2015 NC Laughter Champion by the crowd and our winner will be entered into the North American Laughter Championship. The 2014 NC Laughter Champion was recently crowned the North American Laughter Champ in Atlanta.


Return of The Rap Battle

This classic show is a real crowd pleaser. An NCCAF staple of years gone by, 16 emcees will take the stage in an all-out improvised battle of wits, rhymes, and tenacity. The show is a single-bracket elimination-style tournament of the best improvising emcees in North America. At the end of the night, only one emcee will remain standing and be declared the 2015 NCCAF Rap Battle Champion. Featuring Kaila Mullady, beatboxer for North Coast.


Awesome Special Events Throughout the Entire Festival

Every year the festival hosts a number of special events and parties. NCCAF 2015 will features its 2nd annual Art Show, an Adult Spelling Bee, "Love Factually" a Love (and Anti-Love) inspired pubquiz, the North Carolina HomePun Derby, "Mad Love" stories as part of the RISK! podcast recorded live at DSI, hosted by Kevin Allison, educational panel discussions, and so much more.