Year: 2014

Carolina’s Funniest Comic Stand-up Competition

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Carolina’s Funniest Comic 2015  has 80 comedians from North and South Carolina that will compete for over $1500 in cash and prizes and the first ever CFC Comedy Tour. Audience vote decides the winner! The SC preliminary shows will be Fridays and Saturdays in January, at the Alchemy Comedy Theater in Greenville, SC. The winner will be crowned South Carolina’s Funniest Comic. The top 2 SC finalists will compete along with the NC finalists in Chapel Hill, NC!


SCFC Finals: Friday, Feb 6th 9PM (BUY TICKETS)

  1. Michael Brocki (Charleston)
  2. Jeremy McLellan (Charleston)
  3. Shivani Nadarajah (Greenville)
  4. Tom Emmons (Greenville)

Top 2 move on to the CFC FINAL Round in Chapel Hill, NC and receive a free hotel room.

CFC Finals: Sunday Feb 16th 9PM (each comic performs 15 min)

Winner is named CAROLINA’S Funniest Comic

[FINALS PRIZE BREAKDOWN: Top prize: $1000, Carolina’s Funniest Comic Title and FREE entry into the 2016 NC Comedy Arts Festival and New South Comedy Festival, Second: $300, Third: $150, Fourth: $50; Alchemy and DSI Comedy Theater will sponsor the Top 4 Comics on a regional tour of at least 4 clubs in 2015 (support will include: headshots, marketing materials, professionally produced clips, and stipends to subsidize travel & lodging).]

New South Comedy Festival this Week!

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ALCH_NS_Web_Logo_Color_LargeThis Wednesday to Saturday, November 5-8th, will feature over 80 out-of-town improv, stand-up, sketch, and musical comedy guests from NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Richmond, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Raleigh, Wilmington, Charlotte, and here in Greenville, SC. All shows will take place at the Alchemy Comedy Theater located at 1 East Coffee Street Greenville, SC. Seating is limited, it is suggested you pre-purchase tickets. The full show schedule is below:








Improv comedy from

  • Alchemy’s 101 Students
  • Haymaker (Greenville)
  • Mock Turtle Soup (Clemson)
Improv/musical comedy from

  • Alchemy’s 201 Students
  • Charlotte Comedy Theater
  •  Reformed Whores (NYC)


Sketch comedy from

  • Alchemy’s Sketch Review (Greenville)
  • Unstoppable Failure (Charlotte)
  • Pineapple-Shaped Lamps (Wilmington)
Stand-up comedy from

  • Rusty Haynes (Raleigh), Matt White (Wilm.), JM (Raleigh)
  • Nick Bennett (Greenville)
  • Joseph Reese (Chicago), Ben Palmer (Atlanta)


Improv comedy from

  • Now Are the Foxes (Charlotte)
  • Human Fireworks (Charleston)
  • Zach and Jill (NC and MN)
Improv comedy from

  • Local Legends All-stars (SC, NC, MN)
  • North Coast (NYC)
Improv comedy from

  • Far Sketched (Anderson)
  • Group Hug (Chapel Hill)
  • Middle Management (Richmond)


Improv comedy from

  • Skibbereen (Chapel Hill)
  • Pigeon (Richmond)
  • CLUTCH (Charleston)
Stand-up comedy from

  • Jason Farr (Greenville), Andy Cummins (Greenville), Andy Rider (Charleston)
  • Steve Howze (Richmond)
  • Boris Khaykin (NYC)
Improv comedy from

  • Drum Machine (Minneapolis)
  • Bone Cracker (Chapel Hill)
  • North Coast (NYC)
Festival finale with

  • Live Bearded Ones Podcast (Greenville)
  • Improv All-stars (USA)

October Improv, Sketch, and Stand-up Shows So Awesome It’s Scary

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Friday, October 24th

At 7:30pm our two newest teams Harry and Hal will debut alongside a Halloween inspired Bat, improv in the dark. Then at 9pm Local Legends with Phyllis and Joshua Jackson, the Creator and Director of The First Five Years sitcom. Come hear their stories about life and making local productions and then watch the all-star cast create improv magic!

Saturday, October 25th

Early show features our weekly King of the Mountain improv competition. Then at 9pm our first Sketch Comedy show of the season!


Saturday, November 1st

1385239_10201065521173251_1841491292_nThere will be no shows for Halloween night. Following our weekly King of the Mountain improv competition will be a very special Saturday [Sabbath] Local Legends with Rabbi Marc Wilson the Founder of Year of Altruism. Marc has served as a congregational rabbi for three decades, holding pulpits in Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte and Greenville. And in he’ll be our very first Saturday storyteller to inspire an entirely improvised show!

June 27th/28th: Local Legends with Dana Swarner! Stand-up Showcase with Minori Hinds!

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Friday June 27th

King of the Mountain7:30PM – King of the Mountain: Competitive Improv Games ($8)

It’s a full on comedy battle royale! Eight players competing for points and your laughs. You may have seen some games like this on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, but here the points matter. It’s a head to head tournament where players are eliminated, dreams are made, and one is named comedy king for the evening. This week come out and watch a man vs man vs man vs man vs man vs man comedy competition. Show up and help crown this week’s champion.

9:00PM – Local Legends with stories from Dana Swarner ($10)Dana Swarner

Friday’s second show features the all-star cast of Local Legends doing improv based on stories from Toastmasters‘ Speakers Bureau Chair for District 58. Speakers Bureau is an organization within Toastmasters that connects Toastmaster Speakers and organizations looking for experienced speakers. Dana is an experienced storyteller within the Toastmasters organization and a professional piano and voice instructor,  as well as Speakers Bureau Chair for 2013-2014. This week, Dana’s true stories will inspire an entirely improvised show in Local Legends.

Saturday June 28th

Dual Duel7:30PM – Dual Duel: Competitive Improv Games ($8)

Now in it’s regular time, this Saturday’s 7:30 show is Alchemy Comedy’s players in Dual Duel. Two duos in a head-to-head comedy competition for points and your laughs. There will be a mix of familiar games like those featured on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, some Alchemy favorites, and a lot of suggestions from the audience.  Every week features the Red team vs. the Blue team vying for your affections. Come out and help decide who walks away a victor, and who simply walks away. You may have seen improv games before, but you probably haven’t seen it like this!

9:00PM – Stand-up Comedy Showcase with Minori Hinds (featuring Kelly Rowland) ($10)minori-comedy-pic-199x300

Saturday’s late show is a stand-up comedy showcase featuring some great comics from the region.

Headlining the night is Asheville comic, Minori Hinds. “She delivers her droll, multicultural perspective on anything from biscuits to psychology, delighting audiences in Denver, Atlanta, Greenville, and all over the Southeast.”

This showcase also features fellow Asheville comic Kelly Rowland.