The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival is in its third year and is produced by Columbus comics Lisa Berry, Pat Deering, Dustin Meadows, Tom Plute, and Nickey Winkelman. The festival will feature numerous local venues and incorporate some of Columbus' best comedy showcases and specialty shows, as well as comedians and shows from across the country, including festival headliner The Reformed Whores.

The festival will run from Thursday, May 17th through Tuesday, May 22nd.

Dustin Meadows is the founder of Whiskey Bear Comedy and was one of the producers of the Columbus Comedy Festival in 2014 and 2015. He runs numerous shows in Columbus, The Pop Culture Mixtape, Hot Dog!, character roasts and more.  

Dustin Meadows is the founder of Whiskey Bear Comedy and was one of the producers of the Columbus Comedy Festival in 2014 and 2015. He runs numerous shows in Columbus, The Pop Culture Mixtape, Hot Dog!, character roasts and more.

 

Tom Plute has been running the Comedy Death Spot Open Mic since 2013 (now at it's new home at The Tree Bar), as well as the Whiskey Deep podcast.  

Tom Plute has been running the Comedy Death Spot Open Mic since 2013 (now at it's new home at The Tree Bar), as well as the Whiskey Deep podcast.

 

Lisa Berry is a writer/performer with sketch group Monday Night Live, as well as one half of the sketch comedy duo BerrySanders.  

Lisa Berry is a writer/performer with sketch group Monday Night Live, as well as one half of the sketch comedy duo BerrySanders.

 

Pat Deering is half of the team behind Columbus Stands Up For Choice, a quarterly stand-up showcase which benefits various women's reproductive health organizations.

Pat Deering is half of the team behind Columbus Stands Up For Choice, a quarterly stand-up showcase which benefits various women's reproductive health organizations.

In addition to running Comedy Collection, a monthly stand-up showcase, Nickey Winkelman also produces Tuesdays With Mak n' Winks, a weekly comedy series that brings new comedy shows to Shadowbox Live's Backstage Bistro every Tuesday. She is also a producer and co-host of monthly trivia/comedy panel game show, The Quiz Box, which takes place the last Friday of each month.

In addition to running Comedy Collection, a monthly stand-up showcase, Nickey Winkelman also produces Tuesdays With Mak n' Winks, a weekly comedy series that brings new comedy shows to Shadowbox Live's Backstage Bistro every Tuesday. She is also a producer and co-host of monthly trivia/comedy panel game show, The Quiz Box, which takes place the last Friday of each month.