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March 26, 2014

Limestone Comedy Festival returns

Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Pardo, Emo Philips set to headline.

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BLOOMINGTON —

“I was supposed to be [at Ebertfest] last year and … my schedule went crazy,” said Oswalt. “I couldn’t do it. So, I’m doing it this year, which is bittersweet because [Roger Ebert is] not with us anymore. … Last year, I was going to show ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets,’ but then I ended up showing it on Turner Classic Movies. … There will be a ‘Young Adult’ screening that I’ll be at, and then I’m going to screen the [original version of] ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.’”

Elsewhere in the Midwest next month, both Philips — April 3 to 6 — and Pardo — April 18 to 19 — are scheduled to play Wiley’s Comedy Club in Dayton, Ohio.

Pardo’s most recent album, “Sprezzatura,” was released in September 2013. Oswalt’s latest hour-long special, “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time,” was recorded at the Spreckels Theater in San Diego, and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. It originally debuted on Epix HD in January, but will premiere at 10 p.m. April 6 on Comedy Central. The CD/DVD combo album will be released April 8 by Comedy Central Records.

Alongside the seasoned professionals at the LCF, the event will also play host to some relative novices. In association with Ivy Tech Community College, the LCF has once again sponsored beginner — and now, advanced — stand-up comedy classes. Alano-Martin said the advanced class students will perform a graduation show at 4 p.m. May 30 at The Comedy Attic.

“The advanced class is for those who want to then maybe pursue it, and really are interested in being part of the Midwest comedy scene,” he said. “There have been at least one or two people from each class that have … at least kept on open miking in Bloomington or Indianapolis.”

Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at rob.burgess@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/robaburg.

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