BLOOMINGTON — For the second year, the Limestone Comedy Festival is ready to take over downtown Bloomington this spring.
“We’re excited,” said Mat Alano-Martin, LCF co-director. “We’re bringing in some really cool people this year.”
The 3-day, five-venue comedy extravaganza begins at 7:30 p.m. May 29 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, with none other than two-time Grammy-nominated comedian (“Finest Hour”); voice-over artist (“Ratatouille”); actor (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”); and author (“Zombie Spaceship Wasteland”), Patton Oswalt.
“I was flattered to get asked,” said Oswalt, in a phone interview earlier this month.
The original impetus for the LCF sprang from Bloomington’s highly-regarded and well-known venue, The Comedy Attic.
“It’s probably my favorite club in the country,” said fellow LCF headliner and “Conan” warm-up comic Jimmy Pardo, who is scheduled to perform at 7 and 10:30 p.m. May 30 at the BCT. “They are sharp, smart comedy people, and [they have] really educated the audiences as to good comedy.”
To close out this year’s LCF, headliner Emo Philips is set to perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. May 31 at the BCT.
“The promoters are connoisseurs of comedy,” he said. “I played The Comedy Attic in late September 2010, and I truly enjoyed walking around Bloomington; as well as through it.”
Philips’ long list of credits ranges from TV (“The Weird Al Show”), to movies (“UHF”), to cartoons (“Home Movies”). Earlier this month, Oswalt called him a “master” on Twitter. Philips said he was “stunned” to be described as “legendary” by the LCF organizers.
“I think it's something I could easily get used to,” he said. “Besides, I'm pretty sure a bard would be far cheaper than a publicist.”
In addition to the headliners, the LCF will also feature more than 40 top comedians including Sasheer Zamata (“Saturday Night Live”); Cristela Alonzo (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”); Carmen Lynch (“Last Comic Standing”); Erin Foley (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”); Ben Moore (“The Bob and Tom Show”); and Ryan Singer (CMT’s “Next Big Comic” contest).