In the immortal words of Heath Ledger's Joker, "Why so serious?!"
The South Beach Comedy Festival is here for four days, so we'll have plenty of chances to practice our gleeful guffaws. This year's lineup — Dave Chappelle, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Mark Normand, and others — is bound to incite a laugh riot.
South Beach Comedy Festival
The festival is celebrating its tenth year this Wednesday through Saturday at its usual haunt, the Fillmore Miami Beach.
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Chappelle is likely the most famous of the bunch. The on-again, off-again comedian made his name on his self-titled Chappelle's Show, where he showed off his Rick James impression and filtered heavy subjects like race through a comedic lens before leaving comedy for, well, something else. But now the star funnyman is back and will perform for two nights at the festival: this Thursday, April 9, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 11, at 11 p.m.
Actor and comedian Oswalt has appeared in shows such as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The King of Queens. And in maybe his biggest claim to fame, he was the voice of the über-adorable Remy in the animated film Ratatouille. Known for his often-controversial Twitter commentary and occasional pranks (including potentially drunk-tweeting from the Oscars), Oswalt is the master of snark. He'll perform a set Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Then there's Buress, a rapidly rising Emmy- and WGA Award-nominated star who, in the words of GQ, "makes us ugly laugh. Hard." He's a cast member of Comedy Central's amazing Broad City and cohosts Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show. He even took a turn in Neighbors alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron — oh, and wrote for SNL and 30 Rock. Let's hope his routine will be as enjoyable as the humorous swings he recently took at Justin Bieber. Buress will appear Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m.
Also expect performances from Burr (of Chappelle's Show fame), Normand (Village Voice's Best Comedian of 2013), Miami's own Michael Yo, and Mad Cat Theatre Company. This roster of raconteurs will undoubtedly deliver the levity we desperately need.