An invitation to #ComedyFest (BYOB)

This week Twitter is turning into a comedy club, and you’ve got the best seats in the house, all for the price of free. We’re not saying that enjoying your favorite comedians on Twitter is a cheapskate’s way to avoid the cover and two-drink minimum at your local club. By all means, pull up a chair, get on Twitter, and pour a couple of glasses as Comedy Central’s #ComedyFest unfolds on Twitter from April 29-May 3.

Almost from the beginning of Twitter, comedians have been pushing the boundaries and creating a new form of comedy within the limits of 140 characters.

And this week, Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) is celebrating that comedy and those comedians, with the Comedy Central #ComedyFest, running from today through Friday. On Twitter, on and on the air, you’ll be able to enjoy over 20 events featuring 67 comedians, including Q&As, roasts, and live-tweeting stand-up specials and favorite funny films.

Wait - make that 68 comedians. In the first event of #ComedyFest, the incomparable Mel Brooks will be joining Twitter today as @MelBrooks. He’ll be participating in a discussion with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner (@CarlReiner) -- the 2,000 year old men, if you will -- hosted by contemporary funnyman Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow). Everyone is invited to watch the conversation between these icons of comedy: the event will live-stream in @MelBrooks’ first tweet, as well as on, starting at 2pm PT. You can ask these legends questions of your own by tweeting with #ComedyFest... and if you’ve ever seen their routines, you’ll know that nothing is off-limits.

And that’s just the beginning! Make sure you don’t miss a single laugh by checking out the full schedule here -- and be sure to follow @ComedyCentral for updates and programming. To find and follow all the participants on Twitter, visit this page. Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find during the week-long #ComedyFest:

Key & Peele episode live-tweet 
Monday (4/29) 8:00 p.m. ET 
Tune-in to COMEDY CENTRAL and follow creators and stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as they live tweet an episode of their hit show "Key & Peele."
Featuring: Keegan-Michael Key @KeeganMKey, Jordan Peele @JordanPeele

Tweeting All Up Inside Amy Schumer 
Tuesday (4/30) 10:30pm ET 
During the premiere of the new COMEDY CENTRAL series, “Inside Amy Schumer”, Amy Schumer herself will be livetweeting--giving you the inside scoop, telling you things that went right and wrong during shooting, and more!
Featuring: Amy Schumer @amyschumer 

The Comedy Directors of Comedy: A Panel 
Wednesday (5/1) 12:30pm ET 
This panel gathers some of the best comedy directors out there--Paul Feig, Lance Bangs, Neal Brennan, and more--and gets them to discuss the ins and outs of directing comedy successfully.
Featuring: Jordan Vogt-Roberts @vogtroberts, Lance Bangs @lancebangs, Rob Schrab @robschrab, Paul Feig @paulfeig, Neil Brennan @nealbrennan; moderated by Oren Brimer @orenbrimer

Reno 911! Movie! Reunion! 
Wednesday (5/1) 2:45pm ET 
Stars Tom Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver livetweet their opus, Reno 911!: Miami, with the help of Kumail Nanjiani. Watch the movie with them and get lots of behind-the-scenes stories.
Featuring: Tom Lennon @thomaslennon, Kerri Kenny-Silver @kerrikenney, Kumail Nanjiani @kumailn; moderated by Michael Ian Black @michaelianblack
This week marks the evolution of Twitter’s role as the great public square to now include a special corner for the smartasses, fools and funny people. BYOB.

Posted by Fred Graver (@fredgraver)
Head of TV


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