The Woodstock Comedy Festival is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation with a mission: Comedy for a Cause. Each year our net profits will be donated to our charity partners Polaris and Family of Woodstock for the battle against human trafficking and domestic violence. Our second-annual festival is a three-day weekend event (Sept. 19-21) in the little town with a lot to laugh at, with everything from stand-up comedy to sketch comedy, improv to panels, films and more.

The WCF was founded in 2011 by Chris Collins, a semi-retired psych professor who believes in a good laugh and a good cause. Either that or he had nothing better to do other than enlist the aid of the funniest people around to spread laughter in the town of Woodstock, while gaining some good karma — always popular in Woodstock. Chris and his team of modestly attractive producers will make the Woodstock Comedy Festival a good time (for good causes) this year, and for many years to come.

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upcoming events

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Weekend Pass

Woodstock, NY
19 Sep Friday

Comedy Nation with John Fugelsang and special guests

Woodstock, NY
Woodstock Playhouse
07:00 PM-09:00 PM
19 Sep Friday

Opening Night VIP party

Woodstock, NY
09:30 PM-
19 Sep Friday

How to Write for Laughs: A Comedy Writing Panel

Woodstock, NY
Kleinert James Art Center
01:00 PM-02:00 PM
20 Sep Saturday
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Laughter Sells: Comedy in Advertising panel

Woodstock, NY
Kleinert James Art Center
02:30 PM-03:30 PM
20 Sep Saturday

Making the Internet Funny panel

Woodstock, NY
Kleinert James Art Center
03:30 PM-04:30 PM
20 Sep Saturday

Colin Quinn: Once Upon a Time in New York

Woodstock, NY
Bearsville Theater
07:30 PM-08:30 PM
20 Sep Saturday

Whiplash: A Night of Stand-Up Comedy

Woodstock, NY
Bearsville Theater
09:30 PM-
20 Sep Saturday

Laughter for Wellness

Woodstock, NY
Mountain View Studio
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
21 Sep Sunday
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“Irwin & Fran” documentary screening

Woodstock, NY
Upstate Films
12:30 PM-02:30 PM
21 Sep Sunday

“A Night at Whiplash” documentary screening

Woodstock, NY
Upstate Films
03:00 PM-04:30 PM
21 Sep Sunday

Laughingstock! & Bobby Tisdale and the Knot Bads

Woodstock, NY
Colony Cafe
06:30 PM-10:00 PM
21 Sep Sunday

latest news


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meet the team

  • Chris Collins

    Founder/Executive Director

    Adjunct Professor of Psychology, former Woodstock Town Board member

  • Linda Corradina

    Executive Producer

    President, Dog Run Pictures, Oxygen Media, VH1, MTV, ABC News

  • Nick Sonderup

    Creative Director

    BBDO, Wieden + Kennedy, MTV

  • Sharon Moran

    Director of Marketing

    Entertainment Marketing Consultant, MTV

  • Sheila Isenberg

    Director of Media Relations

    Author, Professor at Marist College, Press Secretary

  • Bob Small


    President, RSE@Small Industries, MTV, Comedy Central, HBO

  • Eddie Brill

    Talent & Booking

    The Late Show With David Letterman, Great American Comedy Festival, Comedian/Actor

  • Josh Ruben

    Talent & Booking

    Director/Comedian/Actor, UCB, CollegeHumor

  • Thomas Berger


    Design Director, MTV Creative

  • Nancy Noto

    Coordinating Producer

    Appnexus, Actor/Producer/Writer

  • Kaitlyn Flynn

    Coordinating Producer

    Principato-Young Entertainment, Penguin, ICM

  • Liz Zwiebel

    Coordinating Producer

    Actor/Producer/Writer, My Damn Channel

  • Clark Frankel

    Coordinating Producer

    CollegeHumor, UCB Theater

  • Sunshine Flint

    Media Consultant

    The Wall Street Journal, BBC Travel, Conde Nast Traveller, The New York Times

get involved

Interested in volunteering? Drop us a line here and someone will get back to you. Sign up here

Donate to the cause(s)! We appreciate it, and so will your soul. Click here

press center

Press contact:
Sheila Isenberg, Director of Media Relations

Some nice things people have said about us:
New York Magazine “Approval Matrix” (9/23/13)
The New York Times “Comedy Listings” (6/28/13-7/4/13)
Brooklyn Vegan “Woodstock Comedy Festival is coming” (6/27/13)
Woodstock Times “Woodstocker Josh Ruben returns home for Comedy Festival” (9/20/13)
Daily Freeman “Mario Cantone ready to make people laugh, raise money for causes at Woodstock Comedy Festival” (9/15/13)
WAMC “Dick Cavett at the Woodstock Comedy Festival” (9/16/13)
Chronogram “Scenes from the Woodstock Comedy Festival” (9/24/13)
Times Herald Record “Woodstock welcomes a weekend of comedy” (9/20/13)


Pin Location

Woodstock Comedy Festival

P.O. Box 523
Woodstock, NY 12498 woodstockcomedyfestival@gmail.com