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Funny, Humboldt

Thursday night, comedy megastar and one-time “Garth” Dana Carvey will take the stage at the Van Duzer Theatre -- be sure to check out his appearance with KSLG's Myles Cochrane from this morning here. But if you think that is the only funny going down in town, well, you don’t know S.H.I.T. 

For the next three days, the absolute number of wiseasses within Humboldt’s borders is set to rise sharply thanks to the return of Savage Henry Independent Times’ Comedy Festival. Let the Lowdown assure you one thing: This is way more yuks than you can handle, of for no other reason than that it would be physically impossible to attend every standup show stretching across 11 local venues. Try. We dare you. 

Here’s how it works: Festival-goers can purchase a $25 wristband granting them access to any of this weekend’s out-of-town comedian-heavy shows, or you can pick and choose the ones that look the best for slightly less cash — take the grand finale showcase which closes the fest at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday, for example.

If you do plan to wander this thing, make sure to refer to your Lowdown which seems to be the only place online that conveniently lists complete venue and performer schedules for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For further preview, listen to Eric Black’s KMUD piece featured below.

Now go laugh, HumCo.

—Andrew Goff


Third Annual Savage Henry Magazine Comedy Festival, Thursday Schedule

See Event Description / 7 p.m. / $25

More than 70 comics descend upon Arcata, McKinleyville and Eureka for three days of jokes and variety shows. $25 for an all-show bracelet or choose single shows for $3-$15. Thursday venues include HumBrews, Blondies, Jambalaya, Six Rivers Brewery, Eureka Inn and more.

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Dana Carvey

Van Duzer Theater / 8 p.m. / $65 / $25 HSU students

"One of the most beloved Saturday Night Live cast members from the acclaimed show’s golden era, actor/comedian Dana Carvey brings his remarkable talent for sketch comedy and uncanny comedic impersonations to the CenterArts stage."

826-3928 / Web site

Henderson Center Farmers' Market

Henderson Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Locally grown food. Live music. Runs from June to October.

McKinleyville Farmers' Market

McKinleyville Shopping Center / 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Locally grown food. Runs from June to October.

268-1800 / Web site

CR Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition

College of the Redwoods / 4-6 p.m. / Free

476-4559 / shawn-oconnor@redwoods.edu / Web site

Evil Twin Blowout Tap Takeover

The Local / 4 p.m.

497-6320 / Web site

Become a Volunteer with Arcata Fire

Arcata Fire Station / 6-8 p.m.

Fred and Junior (He's not my dad)

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m.

668-4151 / Web site

Waterproof Bike Panniers

SCRAP Humboldt / 6:30-8 p.m. / $15

822-2452 / education@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Open Mic

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 6:30 p.m.

Irish/Celtic music.

442-1177 / Web site

Open Mic

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Perform yer stuff. Make some chums.

822-3453 / Web site

Test, 908, Dispara, Skoptsy, Capital Decay

The Ink Annex / 7-10 p.m. / $8 / $6 members

A night of punk and grindcore courtesy The Placebo and Dead Tree Presents.

Claire Bent

Libation / 7 p.m.

Local jazz vocalist.

825-7596 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

Bear River Casino Resort / 8 p.m.

Please don't do "Bohemian Rhapsody." That never works.

733-9644 / Web site

Karaoke w/ KJ Leonard

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8 p.m.

When selecting your song, please keep in mind your audience would like to dance.

668-9770 / Web site

Blues Night

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 8 p.m. / $5

With Brian Smith and Kimberli Hudson. Open dancing at 9 p.m. No partner necessary.

616-6876 / Web site

Buddy Reed & th' Rip it Ups

Plaza Grill / 8-10 p.m.

Lowdown Thursday blues.

826-0860 /

The Dank at The Logger Bar - Thursday, August 28

Logger Bar / 9 p.m.

668-5000 / Web site

Jimi Jeff's Open Mic

Central Station / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Jammin' with Jimi.

839-2013 / centralstationtavern@gmail.com /

Accurate Productions

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+

DJ night.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Dirty Thursdays

Pearl Lounge / 9 p.m. / 21+

Humboldt's finest DJ duo Pressure/Anya makes Old Town asses wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle.

444-2017 / Web site

Roots 'N' Culture Night

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Selectahs T Aura, Noble Tobal and Pozitive iDiaz team up with Special Guests for a night of excellent vibes.

826-9463 / goodmanbooking@gmail.com / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Sidelines / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Hip hop krunkage for your butt.

822-0919 /


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