Oddball tour brings comedians together
The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival is kind of like summer camp for comedians, who are used to performing and touring solo.
“It’ll be fun to be with all my friends, I’m psyched for that,” says Rachel Feinstein, one of nine comedians performing on the main stage of the festival Sunday when it hits DTE Energy Music Theatre. “There’re a lot of amazing comedians on the tour, and usually we’re all alone.”
Presented by comedy website Funny or Die, the Oddball tour launched in 2013 and is one of the few events of its kind. The support lineup varies from city to city, but the headlining acts are usually among the biggest names in comedy. This year’s headliners are television stars Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer. (T.J. Miller, star of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” was originally slated for the Detroit date but dropped off last week.)
Feinstein, a New York City-based comedian, is part of the support lineup. She is pals with Schumer and two of the other women on the tour, comedy cabaret performer Bridget Everett and stand-up Nikki Glaser (who isn’t on the Detroit date).
Feinstein and Schumer appeared on the reality competition “Last Comic Standing” (Schumer on season five, Feinstein in season seven). Feinstein says she, Schumer and Glaser all vacation together. “We went to the beach in East Hampton, that was nice, and we went to Hawaii.”
The Oddball Fest will be Feinstein’s first high-profile Detroit show. She opened for “Last Comic Standing” season two winner John Heffron, a Detroit native, at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Club.
“I think at that time I hadn’t been doing stand up all that long,” said Feinstein, who said she remembered the Detroit crowds being accepting of an “odd joke” here and there. “I was definitely a lot newer and greener in my career.”
The rest of the lineup for the Clarkston stop includes insult comic Anthony Jeselnik, roastmaster Jeff Ross, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah and Nick Kroll of Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show.” Seasoned stand-up Big Jay Oakerson will also host a second stage featuring local stand-ups Stu McCallister, Dan Currie, Heather Jay and Ron Taylor.
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Bridget Everett, Jay Pharoah, Jeff Ross, Nick Kroll and Rachel Feinstein, plus a stage of local comedians hosted by Big Jay Oakerson
DTE Energy Music Theatre
7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston
5:15 p.m. Sunday
$36 lawn, $45.75-$146 pavilion