Laughs by the Lake
An Evening of Live Comedy
There is no better way to end the week than with a laugh. Lake Carolyn, located in the Las Colinas Urban Center, provides a beautiful backdrop for an evening of live entertainment. Laughs by the Lake is the largest outdoor comedy show in North Texas. The show offers adults free fun, scenic views and great food.
Over 1,500 people are expected to take in the live comedic performances, headlined by K-von, star of MTV's hit show Disaster Date. Hilarious newcomer Jasmine Ellis hosts the evening, which includes a local comedian showcase and performance by last year's showcase winner, Todd Justice.
While there will be no profanity or obscene language, all comedic content is designed and intended for an adult audience. All ages are welcome to attend; however, parental caution is recommended for this PG-13 show.
- Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair, as seating is not provided.
- No alcohol may be brought into or removed from the event site; outside food and beverage are permitted.
- Leashed, well-behaved dogs are permitted; dogs that cause a disruption for attendees must be removed from the venue. The handler is responsible for controlling and cleaning up after the dog at all times.
- Please refrain from smoking within the event grounds.
Event parking is available in area parking garages for $10 per vehicle, cash only (no bills larger than $20 accepted). Garages open to the public one hour before the event.
Restrooms & First Aid
Both standard and ADA accessible portable restrooms are located next to the food vendors. Please visit the red Information Station for assistance with first aid, lost and found, and general event information.
K-von is the most famous half-Persian comedian in the world. He is also the only one! The star of MTV's hit show Disaster Date, his comedy has received rave reviews on NBC's Last Comic Standing, NETFLIX, SHOWTIME, CNN's HLN, Good Morning America, BBC and NPR to name a few.
K-von has garnered millions of views online with sketches, stand-up comedy clips, and a viral TED Talk. He also produced an award-winning documentary about Persian New Year, and is currently working on a book which details his unique upbringing and journey into comedy.
Stand-up has taken K-von around the world several times performing in comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and for large nonprofit organizations. His style is versatile yet relatable, with fun storytelling and high-energy performances about a variety of mainstream topics. Join K-von as he headlines the 2018 show!
When Darren Carter takes the stage, he takes the audience with him. A whirlpool of impressions and observations with on-point improvisation keeps the crowd rolling through the night. From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, to Be Cool with John Travolta, to Comedy Central, BET and Showtime, the aptly named “Party Starter” gets recognized on the daily by his many adoring fans.
Darren has a popular comedy channel on Pandora Radio, where he delights audiences with fun, fast-paced material, and is always sure to make fun of himself first. See what all the fuss is about!
Winner of the 2017 Laughs by the Lake Comedy Showcase with more than 70 percent of the audience vote, Todd's style of humor appeals to a broad audience. For almost two decades, Todd has served comedy justice on a golden plate of mock sarcasm and agony. A true master in the art of hilarious self-deprecation, Todd takes any misery of life and makes it unbearably funny with one-liners flying and true incredible stories you wouldn't believe.
After two years in the Air Force, then selling appliances and not quite succeeding as a musician ... he stumbled upon comedy. By that time, he had plenty of material! Todd has appeared on Family Feud, Ed McMahon's Next Big Star, and in the comedy release Boys of Summerville, his first major role.
Host Jasmine Ellis's stand-up has been described as "energetic" and "joyfully neurotic," and she's pretty sure that was a compliment. After hosting local radio shows in college and interviewing comedians, she decided to try it herself in 2013 and hasn't looked back.
Jasmine has performed in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles, and earned spots in several festivals, including Out of Bounds Fest in Austin and Blue Whale Comedy in Tulsa. She's performed in comedy clubs, colleges, and good old fashioned dive bars across her native Texas. In 2017 she landed a coveted spot on the third season of the PBS documentary series Stand Up Empire, which profiles Austin's top up and coming comedians.
If you or someone you know can bring the funny, enter the contest. Last year over a dozen comedians submitted entries to be a part of the showcase, and the winner is now returning to open the main show. Next time it could be you, so don't miss your chance!
Submissions will be accepted online from July 9-27, 2018.
Comedy Showcase FAQ
Become a Sponsor
Thousands of people from Irving and neighboring areas attend our annual festivities. Support this community event and increase the visibility of your organization by becoming a sponsor. For more information on becoming a sponsor, view our Sponsorship Packages (PDF) and contact The Sponsor Bureau at (214) 702-6411.
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