08/29/14 12:43pm
Eugene Mirman, holding court outside the Bell House. Photo: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman, holding court outside the Bell House. Photo: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Famous people are great and all, but what I have really come to appreciate about Eugene Mirman after attending a few EMCFs is his ability to identify and give a stage to relatively unknown comedians who are clearly on their way to the big time.

The end of summer is here, and while that means less daylight, cooler temps, and not being able to phone it in at work anymore, it’s also time to get excited for the annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which returns to The Bell House and Union Hall for five nights starting September 18. Now in its 7th year, the festival is an unfussy, intimate series of shows, panels, and events featuring top-notch talent, mostly culled from Mirman’s own list of comedian friends he’s collected over two decades in the biz.

A lot of the shows with big-name headliners are already sold out, but don’t despair if you didn’t snap those tickets up–the secret to the festival is that the less star-studded line-ups are where you’ll see tomorrow’s new favorite funny person. And everyone loves an opportunity to say, “Oh yeah, I saw her just before she got hired by SNL-The Daily Show-The John Oliver Show-moved to LA and got super famous.”

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