Skankfest NYC 2017 announces headliners Jim Gaffigan, Reggie Watts and Michelle Wolf

New York City comedians likely knew or heard about last year’s inaugural Skankfest, which brought in Doug Stanhope, Todd Glass, the Impractical Jokers and more alongside organizers Legion of Skanks (Luis J. Gomez, Dave Smith and Big Jay Oakerson) at The Creek and the Cave.

For their second year, they’re aiming bigger, naming headliners Jim Gaffigan, Reggie Watts and Michelle Wolf, hosting events at multiple comedy clubs in both Manhattan and Queens during the week of June 18-22, 2017, with the goal of a nationwide touring festival for 2018.

Here’s the official release announcing Skankfest NYC 2017, held June 23-25:

Celebrating free speech and the positive treatment of comedians in the industry, from June 23-25 in NYC, over 100 of America’s funniest comedians including Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show with James Corden), Artie Lange (HBO’s Crashing), Jim Gaffigan(new album Cinco comes out 6/13), Michelle Wolf (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), Bert Kreischer (new special currently on Netflix),Ari Shaffir (just finished shooting season 4 of This Is Not Happening for Comedy Central), Dan Soder (Showtime’s Billions), Mark Normand (1-hour special presented by Amy Schumer premieres on Comedy Central 5/12), Chris Gethard (solo show premiered on HBO 5/6), Big Jay Oakerson (Season 2 of What’s Your F*&king Deal?! on Seeso), Robert Kelly (FX’s Louie), Ron Bennington (Host of Bennington on Sirius XM), Nate Bargatze (new special premiering soon on Netflix), Duncan Trussell (The Duncan Trussell Family Hourpodcast & The Joe Rogan Experience podcast), Yamaneika Saunders (just shot her special for Comedy Central), Dave Smith (filming first 1-hour special in NYC on 6/1) & more are set to take part in Skankfest NYC, a two-and-a-half-day Comedy Party featuring artists that take chances & challenge the way the industry is shaping comedy. Visit for more info. There is also a planned tour in 2018 with events in Los Angeles & Miami already confirmed.

What makes Skankfest special is the party vibe…you aren’t just watching top comedians perform but are interacting with them for the entire weekend. Audiences can expect some of the best comics in the world, incredible live podcasts, meet & greets, contests, tattoos, cheap drinks, great food, and so much more. The festivities will take place in Long Island City over the course of June 23rd-25th Weekendand it all kicks off with “Skank Week” (Sun 6/18-Thu 6/22) in which “VIP All Access” passholders will be granted admission & discounts at various comedy venues throughout NYC.

The weekend will also feature The Naked Roast (where comedians roast battle each other…naked!) Goddamn Comedy Jam (which was just made into a TV show for Comedy Central), and the popular podcasts Legion of Skanks, Kill Tony, Tuesday’s With Stories, and more. Skankfest NYC is produced in association with The Creek and Cave, Legion of Skanks, and The GaS Digital Network, with Marquee Sponsor

Most of Skankfest’s shows take place at The Creek and Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue Long Island City), a multi-level comedy “club house” with 2 stages, a restaurant, 2 bars, and an outside deck to chill! Skankfest is very excited to partner with the Gantry Loft, a beautiful 4500 sq ft industrial loft space walking distance from “the Creek” where we will be hosting a few of the festival’s larger shows.

Tickets are: $90 (VIP ALL ACCESS), $50 (SATURDAY PASS) and $50 (SUNDAY PASS). “VIP All Access” passholders will also be granted admission to the Skankfest Kick-Off Party which will take place on Friday night, June 23rd, 9pm, at The Creek and Cave. The party includes open bar, DJ & a private viewing of Dave Smith’s (Legion of Skanks, FOX News) 1-Hour standup comedy special before it’s available anywhere else!

Skankfest will have over 100 performers & surprise guests including: Artie Lange, Reggie Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Michelle Wolf, Ari Shaffir, Bert Kreischer, Annie Lederman, Anthony DeVito, Big Jay Oakerson, Chris Gethard, Dan Soder, Dave Smith, Duncan Trussell, Greg Stone, Jessica Kirson, Joe List, Justin Silver, Keith Robinson, Luis J. Gomez, Mark Normand, Matteo Lane, Mike Britt, Mike Cannon, Mike Recine, Mike Yard, Nate Bargatze, Robert Kelly, Ron Bennington, Josh Adam Meyers, Sean Donnelly, Ted Alexandro, Yamaneika Saunders, Yannis Pappas, Zac Amico, Owen Benjamin, Earl Skakel, Kevin Brennan, Tim Dillon, Tony Hinchcliffe, Brian Redban, Louis Katz, Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane, Aaron Berg, Kurt Metzgerand many more!

“Skank Week NYC” Sunday 6/18-Thursday 6/22 Participating Venues:

The Creek & The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue LIC) 718.706.8783

The Village Underground (Late Shows) (130 W. 3rd Street NYC) 212.254.3480

The Stand NYC (Late Shows) (239 3rd Avenue NYC) 212.677.2600

Stand Up New York (236 W. 78th Street NYC) 212.595.0850

New York Comedy Club (241 E. 24th Street NYC) 212.696.5233

The Standing Room (47-38 Vernon Blvd. LIC) 347.309.7666


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