Brad Paisley’s Funny Business

Brad Paisley will forgo his hits for an evening of laughs when the country music star hosts a night of stand-up comedy during Nashville’s Wild West Comedy Festival in May.

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Of course, hosting funny people such as Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield at Zanies Comedy Club May 16 involves more than just belting out “Here’s … whomever.”  Chances are Paisley will joke around, play the straight man and generally interact with the punch-line purveyors.  Showtime is 8:30 p.m.  Tickets for the Paisley-hosted show go on sale April 22 via the festival’s website.

Paisley’s comedy stint is just one night of the weeklong Wild West Comedy Festival running May 15-22.  Happening at various Nashville venues and featuring Chris Tucker, Jeff Foxworthy, Trevor Noah, Kathy Griffin plus many others, the fest just added T.J. Miller and Tom Green to the lineup. 

The funny stuff begins with an attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for Longest Stand-Up Comedy Show.  Starring multiple comedians, the show is expected to run the length of the festival.  Nashville-based comic DJ Buckley is the brains behind the record-shattering effort.

Here’s the schedule as it stands today:

May 15 – Broken Record Comedy Show, The East Room (ongoing)
May 16 – Ambassador of the Year, Zanies (6:00 p.m.)
May 16 – 2016 Ambassador of the Year / Honoring & Roasting Mike Dungan, Zanies
6:00 p.m.
May 16 – A Night of Standup Comedy hosted by Brad Paisley, Zanies (8:30p.m.)
May 17 – The Fighter & The Kid Live, Zanies (7:00 p.m.)
May 18 – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, Zanies (6:30 p.m.)
May 18 – An Evening with Kevin Smith, Zanies (9:00 p.m.)
May 19 – Russell Peters, War Memorial Auditorium (7:30 p.m.)
May 19 – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, Zanies (6:30 p.m.)
May 19 – An Evening with Kevin Smith,  Zanies (9:00 p.m.)
May 20 – Joe Rogan, Ryman Auditorium (7:30 p.m.)
May 20 – Maria Bamford, TPAC’s Polk Theater (7:00 p.m.)
May 20 – Chris Tucker, Nashville Municipal Auditorium (8:00 p.m.)
May 20 – Adam Ruins Everything Live, Zanies (7:00 p.m.)
May 20 – TBA, Zanies (9:15 p.m.)
May 20 – Big Jay Oakerson: What’s Your F@#king Deal?, Zanies (11:30 p.m.)
May 21 – Jeff Foxworthy, Ryman Auditorium ( 6:00 p.m.)
May 21 – Trevor Noah, Ryman Auditorium (8:30 p.m.)
May 21 – Kathy Griffin TPAC’s Polk Theater (7:00 p.m.)
May 21 – TJ Miller, TPAC’s Polk Theater (9:30 p.m.)
May 21 – The Jimmy Pardo Podcast Live, Zanies (2:30 p.m.)
May 21 – LOL TBD: Nate Bargatze, Jay Larson, Rory Scovel and Nick Thune, Zanies (7:00 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.)
May 22 – Michael Carbonaro Live,  TPAC’s Polk Theater (6:00 p.m.)
May 22 – Miranda Sings, Ryman Auditorium (7:00 p.m.)
May 22 – Kill Tony Live, Zanies (5:30 p.m.)
May 22 – Ralphie May, Zanies (8:00 p.m.)

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