Vermont Comedy Pageant marries comedy & commerce on maiden voyage

Harboring a mutual love for each comedy and snowboarding, Vermont-based comedians Matt Vita and Collen Doyle have solid a reasonably new friendship into what looks like a lifetime of artistic triumphs. And whereas they’ve shredded some gnarly pow all around the trails in Vermont over the previous few years, the pair is welcoming their steepest comedy problem but, and so they’re greater than prepared for the drop.

Launching the maiden voyage of the Vermont Comedy Pageant, which takes over a number of spots throughout Killington, Woodstock, Bridgewater and Pomfret between Thursday and Sunday (December 1 to 4), the sensation is surreal for Vita and Doyle. Having been one thing of pioneers for comedy in Vermont following their roles in opening the Woolen Mill Comedy Membership, the primary brick and mortar comedy venue within the state, the duo are floored by how a lot the scene has grown and as they create comics and comedy followers from all around the nation this weekend, they’re excited to see the progress they’ve made in making Vermont a premiere vacation spot for comedy.

“We’re tremendous stoked for this, and it’s thrilling to see native companies and the neighborhood coming collectively and likewise getting stoked for it,” Vita tells Vanyaland. “It’s been a number of work, and Collen and I’ve spent what looks like 20 hours a day on the cellphone collectively, so I’m glad he’s such an easygoing and good individual to work with, or else I’d in all probability hate him by now. There’s been a number of sleepless nights ensuring the whole lot goes off effectively and everyone seems to be taken care of, however we’re feeling nice about this, and it simply feels superior.”

With an eclectic mixture of comedy and community-centered occasions scheduled for the competition, which embrace however are usually not restricted to a free dinner at Ramunto’s Pizzeria for the opening festivities in Bridgewater, step-and-repeat photographers, and a one-minute stand-up battle to associate with the opening evening pizza feast, and a headlining set by Joe Listing at Woodstock City Corridor Theatre to shut issues out, each Vita and Doyle are hoping to place an enduring stamp on comedy and leisure in Vermont. Which makes excellent, because it was that straightforward of a notion that had them enthusiastic about placing it collectively within the first place.

“A part of it was that there was no such factor as a Vermont comedy competition. Matt and I checked out it as one thing fascinating in that this hasn’t been all through the state, so we wished to take initiative to try this and we had been intrigued by the thought,” says Doyle. “One other a part of it’s that we aren’t within the greatest metropolis in Vermont, however we’re in probably the most quintessential Vermont setting. Even coming right here for just a few days with this competition, you’ll depart feeling such as you had that distinctive Vermont expertise.”

Seeing it as a “two-way road” relating to supporting the neighborhood by the lens of the competition, Vita and Doyle don’t have anything however gratitude for the companies within the space that hopped onboard as sponsors and normal, all-around supporters of the enterprise like 506 By The River Inn and Lengthy Path Brewing, whose VT IPA had been tapped to be the official beer of the competition.

And whereas they’re awestruck by the assist from native companies and residents, it’s simply as a lot of a pleasure for them to assist convey folks into the realm for what they hope isn’t the final time.

“I’m actually excited to welcome folks to an space that Matt and I actually get pleasure from and spend a number of our time, and I’m additionally excited for the folks and companies within the space to see what we will accomplish after we all work collectively, lean on one another, and construct upon what we love with the synergy of what we’re doing,” says Doyle. “Generally, it simply takes an occasion for folks to get behind. Particularly, with all the companies within the mill the place the comedy membership is positioned, it’s simply actually thrilling to see everyone working collectively to construct this space up as a premiere comedy vacation spot.”

Whereas Vita has proven what he’s able to relating to producing distinctive and electrical comedy reveals, he’s additionally identified for his means to throw an absolute barnburner of a celebration. The truth is, he’s heard tales from folks he simply met in regards to the legendary outcomes of a shindig he threw as a freshman at BU, and he’s hoping he can work his magic at the very least yet one more time to garner the identical lore and attraction to the competition. All in all, it actually comes all the way down to easy issues: Bringing folks and communities collectively, and throwing one of the best prolonged occasion possible.

“I simply love a very good fuckin’ occasion, and there’s no person I do know that may throw a greater occasion than myself, at the very least earlier than I met Collen Doyle,” says Vita. “It’s simply such an ideal alternative for us to do that, the place we get to marry our two biggest loves with comedy and Vermont and convey it to such a stage that’s not solely going to be redefining what leisure is in Vermont, however it’s additionally going to be a four-day, continuous occasion.”

VERMONT COMEDY FESTIVAL :: Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 4 at numerous places :: Present schedule and ticket data

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