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2024 Schedule

Full list of performers below

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 Improv Sketch & Standup Comedy Talent 

Keven McDonald

Kevin Hamilton McDonald (born May 16, 1961) is a Canadian actor and comedian. He is a member of the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, who have appeared together in a number of stage, television and film productions, most notably the 1988–1995 TV series The Kids in the Hall. He played Pastor Dave in That '70s Show, and starred as a co-pilot in the 2011 web comedy series Papillon. He also does voice work in animation, most notably as Agent Wendy Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Waffle in Catscratch, and the Almighty Tallest Purple in Invader Zim.

He starred alongside Rodney Dangerfield and Dom DeLuise as the titular character in the gangster parody film The Godson.

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Mid-City Live!" is a one-of-a-kind variety show featuring original skits written by Baton Rouge’s only local sketch comedy troupe, as well as comedy stand-up sets from the entire cast. "Anything is possible with this diverse group of comedians; be prepared to witness the silly, political, absurd and outrageous," says host/performer Gloria O. McConnell, who also produces and directs the show.

Cast Includes: 

Brandon Bruffett

Abby Cramond

Ryan Gray

Barry Hebert

Mike Honore

Marielle King ("Mighty King")

Risha Marks ("Crazy Ree")

Gloria McConnell

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Loretta Ocelot

Saturday Aprip 26th at 7 pm

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Tee Ray Bergeron is a Louisiana favorite. He has toured clubs, casinos, and theaters all over the county. 

  Tee’s act has been described as ‘Observational Humor, with A Twist’ and as ‘Self Deprecating…but he always comes out on TOP!’ He has a Master’s Degree in Sarcasm, and a twisted view of the world!  An ordinary trip to Wal-Mart, or McDonald’s can become a twisted, humor-filled tale!

“One of my southern faves. Great comic and great vibes. Big fan of the Tee Ray! " - Mark Normand (Comedian)

"Tee Ray is one of our favorite comedians"


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Ryan Rogers

Ryan has toured the country and has played festivals everywhere. He is one of Lousiana's rising stars of comedy. 

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Two for the Road crafts gripping improv centered on honest and powerful relationships. Improvisers Sarah Brown Rankin and Nico Zaunbrecher fully embrace the duo dynamic, shaping stories around the always transforming space between "I" and "thou."  Sarah and Nico started improvising together over 20 years ago while attending the University of Louisiana Lafayette with iconic student troupe, Cult of the Stage Monkey. The pair's collective obsession with improv has never waned, with Sarah training at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and Nico obtaining his doctoral degree in Communication through research on the subject of improv from Southern Illinois University. Currently, Sarah resides in Houston, TX, where she performs improv with Hodge Podge AF. Nico currently resides in Lafayette, where he serves as Artistic Director of Silverbacks Improv Theatre.

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Nicole Kerbs is a stand-up comedian and improv comedian based in Charlotte, NC. She is part of 2 improv teams - Breakroom Improv and Shameless Society. When she’s not performing in and around Charlotte, she is working on her YouTube channel.

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Justin Russet is a North Carolina-based comedian (via the DMV). Sharing his feelings in his humor, Justin helps you laugh at the subjects and ideas you might normally shy away from. He's performed at venues including The State Theater (VA), West Side Comedy Club (NY), Goodnights Comedy Club (NC) and The Dead Crow Comedy Club (NC) opening for notable comedians like Tony Woods, Nate Jackson, and Lawrence Owens.

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JQ Palms is a prominent stand-up comedian and improviser known for her witty delivery and parody songs. Her brand of comedy has been described as “stupid in a good way.” JQ was a featured comedian for the premiere opening of Comedy House New Orleans in June 2021 and has been performing there ever since. She’s an improv teacher at the New Orleans School of Comedy Arts and she teaches stand-up comedy classes at Boomerang Comedy Theater in Baton Rouge. Her weekly podcast with comedian friend Ryan Rogers is called "Seen Partners" and can be found on Apple Podcasts.


JQ has been a headlining performer at Hell Yes Fest, LGBTLOL Fest, The New Orleans Comedy Festival, The Bayou Boogaloo Festival, Thalia Women's Comedy Festival, and Fete du Void. She recently toured the southeast with fellow comedians Matt LaRocca and Ryan Rogers for the second annual "Fat Tuesday Comedy Tour."

She is a mainstage cast member of the weekly improv comedy show called "Swamp City" and the ladies-only improv troupe "You"re Invited.”

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Matthew is a comedian from Mandeville Louisiana who is quickly making a name for himself in the New Orleans comedy scene. He has been a featured comedian in the successful Hell Yes Fest comedy showcase two years in a row, opened for national touring comedians Natalie Cuomo, Dan Lamorte, and Sean Patton, was awarded “Roasters Choice” award at the Roast Fantasy League, and was named as a Breakthrough Comic to Watch in 2023. He has been featured in newspapers and podcasts, and performed at the legendary Laugh Factory in Chicago. He looks forward to touring in 2024 after a successful run in 2023.

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Carin Chapman is a New Orleans based comic with a high energy style and a loveable stage presence. She's opened for Maria Bamford, Rich Voss, and Greg Fitzsimmons and regularly performs across the south. 

Brett Duggan is the Artistic Director of BRICF he has toured the country created musicals been on ABC and Netflix. 


Cindy Carter, Brian Gouri, and Brett Duggan are performers who bring years of improv experiences and too many letters after their names and years of education to be this silly. 


Harry will be performing

Thursday at 8pm at the Standup Showcase 


Friday at 9 pm The Standup Shoot out! 

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Mahtub is unable to attent the festival because of an amazing opportunity in her career. We wish her good luck and safe travels. 

Sunday night at 7 pm

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Wednesday Night 8 pm 

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Wednesday night at 8 pm

Friday night at the Standup up shoot out! 

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Thursday Night Standup Showcase at 8pm


 Thursday Night April 25th at 8pm 

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Saturday Night at 10pm 

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Sunday night at 7 pm

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Sunday night at 8 pm

2024 Schedule 

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Past BRICF Performers

BRIF has had the opportunity to welcome some brilliant and inspired improvisers and comedians. 

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The Overeducated

Friday Night

The Overeducated is a Baton Rouge-based improv troupe that loves music, theater, and movement. They play their unique brand of pseudointellectual, long-form, spontaneous comic performance. And yes, they've all gone to school for a long time! Friday Night


Friday and Saturday Night

ImprovLSU is Louisiana State University's official improv troupe. LSU Improv is a self-trained long-form improv troupe and a club with the Student Union performing Friday and Saturday Night and Friday afternoon at the Greek theater. 

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Two Friends

Saturday Night

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Intelligent Fools

Friday and Saturday Night

Casey Haeg is an improviser, performer and teacher from Minnesota. She has been performing in the Twin Cities since 2010. Jon Butts, from New Orleans, has been performing and coaching improv for over 10 years. Together, their mission is to support the New Orleans community through performance and education. Saturday Night

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The Plural Noun

Saturday Night

instagram: @Thepluralnoun

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Kristina Kelley

Thursday night

The Intelligent Fools are a BIPOC short-form troupe with dynamic and hilarious players bolstering their quick wit layered with tons of pop culture references. Led by South Florida improviser Ernest Mitchell this young new troupe is poised to do improv in a way that includes those new to the art form while paying homage to the art of improv and live sketch comedy. @intelligentfoolsimprov Performing Friday and Saturday Night



Friday night

Silverbacks Improv Theatre (Lafayette, LA) has been entertaining the Acadiana area for 11 years. Bringing their decades of combined experience to the stage, Silverbacks specialize in Narrative Improv, weaving stories that range from comedic to dramatic. Silverbacks also produce a monthly Improv Showcase, SuperCollider, which features Acadiana improvisers, sketch comedy, and standup comedians and regularly hosts visiting troupes, from Houston to New Orleans. Other Silverbacks Improv Theatre Productions include The Improv Rumble and the Improvised Holiday Show. For more information, visit us at


Brett Duggan

Thursday night

Kristina was in ‘Best of the Fest’ at Burbank Comedy Festival ’22, a ‘21 Semi-Finalist in NYC Queer Comedy Festival (Yaaas Fest!), a ‘21 Finalist in the Comfy Comedy Clash, and performed the 2022 Portland Maine and Midwest Queer Comedy Festivals. Kristina has played The Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club (NYC), Flappers (LA).  She regularly produces and hosts shows in NYC and has played in New York, Florida, California, Ohio and Maine.  Thursday Night

Brett Duggan has played clubs colleges casinos and cruise lines he has been seen on NETFIX and ABC he was excepted to the Boston Comedy Festival this year and will be touring across the country this May.

Maggie Shipley


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Maggie Shipley 

Thursday night

Recovering high school church kid earns English degree and reaches her mid-30s with nothing but drinking stories and fun aunt energy to show for her 20s. Co-host of the Wurst Open-Mic presented by Lafayette Comedy. Co-host of the podcast Re-Kindled with Jeff and Maggie.

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Will Merrill

Thursday night

Hailing from Baton Rouge, LA, Will Merrill has been performing stand-up comedy for over 12 years. He has performed across the gulf coast and has worked with touring comedians like Dulce Sloan, TK Kirkland, and Bob Kelly. In 2012, he was a regional finalist in the Stand Up, It’s Miller Time comedy competition hosted by Kevin Hart. In 2019, he released his debut comedy album Wirk: The Album which is available on all streaming platforms. Thursday Night

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Alana J

Thursday night

Alana J is an actor, comedian and teacher originally from NYC. She’s been seen on CBS’s Blue Bloods, and Power Book 3 on STARZ, and is the co-creator of the BET Digital Series Two Grown. In 2018, she was one of 9 out of thousands to be selected as a US Finalist for the ABC Discovers Digital Talent Competition. In 2022, her talents took her across the pond to perform as an actor and comic at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she opened for Chris Gethard. She came to Baton Rouge to earn her MFA in Acting from LSU, Class of 2023. You can follow her  on Instagram & TikTok, or visit Thursday Night.

Trevor Chapman

Trevor is a Lafayette born, Spanish-Mexican raised comedian, actor and producer.  His comedy is an energetic wit about his life’s experiences.  When not on stage he is talking to himself in a park  or acting out foolish characters. 


Marla Eyvette Massie

Thursday night

Marla Eyvette Massie is a standup comedian, actress, writer, and producer. When she is not serving up food and drinks at her day job, you can find her serving up jokes and laughs on stages all across the country. She travels extensively and has performed from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. In February 2021, she and several other up-and-coming Black female comedians were panelists on "Room For Discussion: Mentorship & Black Women in Comedy", as part of a joint collaboration with Facebook Messenger and Variety Magazine.



@MarleyFromCLE on IG/Twitter/Twitch. @MarleyFromCLE216 on TikTok

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AJ Bell

Thursday night

AJ Bell is a  New Orleans-based comedian best described as absurdly irreverent in the most endearing and hilarious way possible. He is a comedy fiend whose footprints are on every stage you can find comedy. He produces the Killer's Row Comedy Show coming in April. Thursday Night 

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