Can you teach the art of being funny?
That’s what 11 amateur stand-up comedians will find out when they take the stage to show off skills they learned at the annual Fairbanks Funny Festival.
The annual comedy spectacular is a class lead by local comedy guys Jerry Evans and Glenner Anderson in which participants sign up to learn the craft of stand-up comedy. Each year, a headlining act and someone in the professional stand-up comedy world leads the classes, teaching the students the ins and outs of being funny. This year’s headlining act is Jeff Dye, who recently starred in NBC’s comedy adventure series “Better Late Than Never,” which followed the travel adventures of Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman.
He’s also taking the stage with the students when they perform tonight, Friday and Saturday at venues in Fairbanks.
In addition to “Better Late Than Never” and having performed several times in Fairbanks in recent years, Dye has been currently guest co-hosting “Access Live” for NBC and is featured in the film, “The Wedding Year.” He’s performed at “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” finished third on “Last Comic Standing,” and has had his own special on Comedy Central.
• 8 p.m. tonight at the UAF Pub on the UAF campus
• 8 p.m. Thursday at Roundup Steakhouse, 3701 S. Cushman St.
• and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Theater, located inside Dance Theatre Fairbanks, 656 Seventh Ave.
In addition to Dye and the student comics, hosts Evans and Anderson also will make appearances. Tickets for the shows are $25 each, available online at AKtickets.com and at The Comic Shop, 418 Third St., Suite 5B.
On Feb. 1, for one night only, veteran instructor Jamie Lissow will present Funny Fest veterans at 8 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre. Lissow is best known for his role in the current Netflix original series “Real Rob,” alongside “Saturday Night Live” alum Rob Schneider, a show Jamie co-wrote and co-produced. Jamie made his network television debut on “The Tonight Show” and has since appeared on “The Late Late Show,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Comedy Central’s Premium Blend,” “Gotham Live” and “Star Search, among headlining at comedy clubs across the country.