The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival is in its second year and is produced by Columbus comics Lisa Berry, Dustin Meadows, and Tom Plute. This year they are also joined by new producers and Columbus comics, Pat Deering 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 Sean Patton.

The festival will run from Tuesday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 16.

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, including Whiskey Bear Comedy Showcase, The Pop Culture Mixtape, New Noise, 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, including Whiskey Bear Comedy Showcase, The Pop Culture Mixtape, New Noise, character roasts and more.

 

Tom Plute has been running the Comedy Death Spot Open Mic at Zeno's since 2013, as well as the Whiskey Deep podcast.  

Tom Plute has been running the Comedy Death Spot Open Mic at Zeno's since 2013, 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 the man behind Columbus Stands Up For Choice, a quarterly stand-up showcase which benefits various women's reproductive health organizations, as well as one half of the team behind New Noise, a monthly stand-up show where comics are never allowed to repeat previously performed material.

Pat Deering is the man behind Columbus Stands Up For Choice, a quarterly stand-up showcase which benefits various women's reproductive health organizations, as well as one half of the team behind New Noise, a monthly stand-up show where comics are never allowed to repeat previously performed material.

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.