“All Jokes Aside Festival Restores Some Respect To Standup”
Allan Johnson, Tribune Staff Writer August 07, 1994

Past participants have included Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Cedric The Entertainer, Dave Chapplle, Craig Robinson, D.L. Hughley, MoNique, JB Smoove, Carlos Mencia, Adele Givens, George Willborn, Sheryl Underwood, Deon Cole, Don DC Curry, Mike Epps, DeRay Davis, Melanie Comarcho, Damon Williams, and Sommore, to name a few.

NEXT: All Jokes Aside Vol.2: Comedy With A Cause. A reunion. The one-day festival will be a host of new activities. In addition to the nation’s hottest and newest voices in comedy; we will add a touch of music, film and tech to the mix. The high profile talents of the nations best veterans mixed with the spirit of the best up and coming talent is sure to create knock out performances.

INTERNS: Perhaps the most notable feature of the festival is that students, ages 14-22, will play a significant role in the planning and execution of the festival. Our aim is to use the production as an avenue of change and empowerment for youth. In partnership with local high schools and colleges, our interns will receive valuable training, development, and tactical experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, finance, public relations and event planning. This hands on training will provide invaluable experience for prepare them for careers in business, media, and the arts.


This award will be given annually to a comedian that exemplifies our mission and our objectives. Affect Social Change One Joke At A Time. Profits from the GALA will benefit ALL JOKES ASIDE…The FUND.