Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to establish. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
Since 2001, the NC Comedy Arts Festival has come a long way from its modest start with 27 improvisers and two instructors. The 2006 festival featured the debut of the DSI (Dirty South Improv) Comedy Theater found in Carrboro (in Carr Mill Mall). By 2009, the festival added stand-up comedy to its line up and changed its name to the NC Comedy Arts festival, reflecting the expansion in comedy genres.
The eleven day festival kicks off this week with more than 60 shows, workshops and master classes, as well as special events like The Great Durham Pun Championship (held at Motorco, in partnership with The Regulator book shop), an Adult Spelling Bee at Flyleaf Books and an on-going art show of comedy inspired art at Open Eye Cafe. In case you’re wondering exactly what “comedy-inspired art” might be, check out this picture of the “Jeff Goldbloomers” from the festival’s Facebook page.
Among this year’s special events is a free screening of the documentary film “The Muslims are Coming”, an audience award winner at the 2012 Austin Film Festival. The film follows a troop of Muslim-American comedians as they tour cities, small and large, with the goal of combating “Islamophobia”, sometimes employing unconventional tools like an “Ask a Muslim Booth”. The film is presented in partnership with the UNC Center for the Study of the American South, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC’s Department of American Studies, and Muslim Life at Duke.
To keep up with the latest fun and games, make sure you like NC Comedy Arts Festival on Facebook and follow the festival on Twitter. More importantly, make sure you get to a show and enjoy a Winter respite with a good laugh.