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Laugh Out Loud

Sonoma Laughfest takes over the county



Due to the fires throughout Sonoma County, this event has canceled.

Featuring standup comedy stars, hilarious improvisation groups and imaginative sketch shows, Sonoma Laughfest turns three this year. Created by actress-producer Brooke Tansley and actress-writer Kristen Rozanski, the festival is moving from its old digs at the Sonoma Community Center to feature shows at three historical venues throughout the county.

"We wanted to include more of Sonoma County," says Tansley. "Especially after feedback from folks hoping that we'd start doing shows closer to them."

Each evening boasts three varied one-hour long shows with 30-minute breaks in between. On Friday, Oct 13, the Laughfest kicks off in Sonoma at the Sebastiani Theatre, featuring comedy-inspired live art created onstage by Sonoma artist Jill Valavanis. Next, the festival moves to Santa Rosa for a night at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 14. Finally, the fun comes to Healdsburg for a packed finale at the Raven Theater on Sunday, Oct. 15, that includes popular Seattle sketch team Villains, and beloved comedy team Erin & MeLissa (pictured) among others.

Tansley also promises to keep the experience intimate and engaging for North Bay audiences. "I'm looking forward to seeing people happy," says Tansley. "Laughter is such a simple yet essential thing." For more information and tickets, visit


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