Kentucky Comedy Festival

2024 Summer Series


Wrather Hall – Murray, Kentucky
July 19 – 20, 2024


Clemens Fine Arts Center – Paducah, Kentucky
July 26, 2024

Welcome to the

Kentucky Comedy Festival!

The Kentucky Comedy Festival returns for the 2024 Summer Series! Our first summer series event will take place July 19 – 20, 2024 at Wrather Hall in Murray, Kentucky. Friday, July 26, 2024 we’ll host our first event at Clemens Fine Arts Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

Created by Western Kentucky native Ben Wilson and his English Bulldog Farley, the Kentucky Comedy Festival is dedicated to bringing laughter and joy to our community. Profits from the Kentucky Comedy Festival go to support Mr. Wilson’s Living the Dream with Ben and the Bulldogs Scholarship at Murray State University and future Kentucky Comedy Festivals in Western Kentucky!  Support comedy and support Kentucky, and buy your tickets to the Kentucky Comedy Festival today!


Don’t miss your chance to see these incredible comedians live on stage!

july 19 – 20 Event Information

Night 1

Kentucky Comedy Night
July 19, 2024 – 7:00 PM

Get ready to laugh like never before at the Kentucky Comedy Festival’s 2024 Summer Series, starting on July 19, 2024!

This year’s lineup features the charismatic Southern Gentleman, Mike Armstrong, whose real-life tales from his police days and family life promise a wholesome yet hilariously relatable experience.

Joining him is the seasoned comic Bob Batch, renowned for his wide range of performances, from governors’ gatherings to national conventions.

Keith McGill, with his clever, insightful, and subtly provocative comedy, is set to deliver laughs that are as intelligent as they are entertaining.

And towering above the rest, literally, is Jake Hovis, a high school teacher and improv master whose unique perspective on life’s absurdities is as refreshing as the Denver air he hails from. Don’t miss this spectacular night of clean, family-friendly comedy that’s sure to leave you in stitches!

Night 2

Jeff Allen
July 20, 2024 – 4:00 PM

The laughter continues at the Kentucky Comedy Festival with an unforgettable night on July 20, 2024! 

Headlining the night is the comedy veteran Jeff Allen, whose remarkable five-decade career has made him a familiar face on platforms like America’s Got Talent, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the viral Dry Bar Comedy. With over 700 million views online, Jeff’s relatable humor and engaging storytelling resonate with audiences of all ages. He’s also a celebrated author, with his latest book “Are We There Yet?” becoming an Amazon bestseller, and is currently involved in the pre-production of a TV series based on his book. 

Night 2 also features multi-talented June Vaughn Colson, a Bowling Green native known for her versatile and 100% clean comedy. As the co-host of the Laugh Support Podcast and Nashville’s 2020 Clean Comedy Challenge Champion, June brings a unique blend of humor and inspiration to the stage, making her a hit at clubs, churches, and community events alike.

We look forward to sharing a night of laughter and support for our community at the Kentucky Comedy Festival.

Get your tickets today!

Our Comedians: July 19 – 20 Event

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen is in his fifth decade as a working comedian. You may have seen him on America’s Got Talent, Dry Bar Comedy, HBO, Amazon Prime, Huckabee, Pureflix, Comedy Central, VH-1, Showtime, TBN, CBN, Family Net and numerous other television networks and Podcasts. Jeff has also produced and starred in his own sitcom pilot for Castlerock Television and in the critically acclaimed films, “Apostles of Comedy.”

Mike Armstrong

Mike has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Fox and CMT as well as opening for major musical acts such as Michael Buble, Alan Jackson, Tracy Lawrence and David Allan Coe (just to name a few.)  In addition, Mike was a consultant and actor on the hit show, “American Dumbest Criminals,” and has made cameo appearances in shows such as “Zena, Warrior Princess,” and “Vice.”  The list of all that Mike has done and appeared in could go on for days.  Mike has a knack of being in the right place at the right time, and that coupled with his natural comedic talent in improve and observational comedy, he has been very blessed in his entertainment career.

Bob Batch

Bob Batch is a veteran of more than 10,000 shows and has worked with everyone from Ray Charles to Robin Williams. Bob has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, A&E’s Comedy on the Road and America’s Funniest People. He was asked to perform for the governors of all 50 United States and since then, has kept busy cracking up State Legislatures, NBA Teams, National Conventions, Professional Associations, Trade Unions, Correctional Institutions and every imaginable group of people that can be sat together….or not.

Jake Hovis

Jake Hovis is huge. Seriously, he is 6’8” and well over a hundred pounds. His comedy, like the air in his hometown of Denver, tends to be clean and fresh. Jake is a high school teacher who works out new bits during class. He has a solid background in improv performing in front of paid audiences of adults 83 times in 2018 (He kept a spreadsheet). They described him as “funny” and “big”. Jake enjoys the little things in life like his 5’3” wife and 2 miniature dachshunds.

Kentucky Comedy Festival | Jeremiah Martin

Jeremiah Martin

Jeremiah Martin was raised in western Kentucky where he first observed and laughed at the norms of small-town life. His outlook and comedy have gotten him booked and in front of crowds in several clubs throughout the country such as Loony Bin’s, Comedy Off Broadway, The Caravan, Ft. Wayne Comedy Club, and many others where he’s been fortunate enough to work with comedians such as Dale Jones, Jodi White, Slade Ham, Stewart Huff, and Matt Holt.

Keith McGill

Keith McGill is clever, insightful, and a little bit eye-opening.  His comedy is truth with a twist. Keith was also a STANDUP NBC Competition finalist. As well as touring internationally on Royal Caribbean and Holland America Cruise Lines, Keith has appeared on BET, CMT, LAUGHS on FOX and is a Bob and Tom Show favorite, and a much sought-after entertainer for corporate events.

June Vaughn Colson

June Colson is a Clean/Christian Comedian from Bowling Green, KY. She is the co-host of the Laugh Support Podcast and Nashville’s 2020 Clean Comedy Challenge Champion. June’s comedy is 100% clean and family friendly. June can go from straight up standup to inspirational testimony. She has the ability to be diverse in her delivery. She has performed in clubs, churches, community events, date nights, women’s events, and crowd warm up for the Huckabee Show. You can’t go wrong with “June Bug”!

july 26th Event Information

July 26, 2024 – 7:00 PM

Join us as we welcome the hilarious Brad Upton back to the Kentucky Comedy Festival for his Tap Out Nap Out Crap Out tour with new material!  If you loved his sold out show at the inaugural Kentucky Comedy Festival this past October, you will love his new show in June!  Brad is one of America’s funniest comedians, and his video specials on Dry Bar Comedy have over 90 Million views!  joining Brad will be the amazingly funny Dave Dugan, who has been featured on Comedy Central, Dry Bar Comedy, HBO, FOX and the Bob & Tom Show.

Guests will be treated to a pre-show concert at 6:00 p.m. with the amazing Paducah based classic rock band Midlife Crisis who wowed our audiences in October and will do so again in June!  The comedy show begins at 7:00 p.m.

We look forward to sharing a night of laughter and support for our community at the Kentucky Comedy Festival.

Get your tickets today!

Our Comedians: July 26 Event

Brad Upton

A veteran of the comedy scene, Brad Upton has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years with his clever jokes and quick wit. He’s a favorite among comedy fans and with appearances on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and more, Brad Upton is a comedian that will have you laughing all night long.

Dave Dugan

Dave’s first job was working on construction jobs for his dad. After shoveling pea gravel for 8 hours a day, Dugan discovered he was allergic… To hard labor. Also, not a good salesman or delegator and with no known musical abilities, he admits “I fell into comedy as a default. I had nowhere else to turn.”

His back-up plan seems to paid off. Dave’s original, clean humor and observations have earned him appearances on HBO, Comedy Central, Fox, CBS, ABC, the Bob and Tom Show, Sirius/XM and have made him a highly-sought after corporate comedian. An award-winning writer, he customizes humor for each performance to best fit each audience.


meet your hosts

Ben Wilson, Founder
Kentucky Comedy Festival

Ben Wilson is the founder of the Kentucky Comedy Festival and native of Paducah, Kentucky and Calvert City, Kentucky.  He is a 1999 graduate of Murray State University and a 2004 graduate of the University of Miami (FL) law school with a Masters of Law in Real Estate Development.  Ben has been practicing law as a real estate attorney in Florida since 2004.  He is excited to bring the Kentucky Comedy Festival to his hometown area to bring laughter to Western Kentucky and support to Murray State!

Mallory Hudson
Miss Kentucky 2023

 Mallory Hudson served as Miss Kentucky 2023 and was third runner-up for Miss USA in 2024. She’s a passionate advocate for inclusion and education. She’s a senior at the University of Kentucky, studying Communications and Political Science. Mallory has a strong background in theater, championing her Community Service Initiative, “Inclusive Stages.” She serves as the official spokesperson for Kentucky Proud, supporting local agriculture. Mallory aims to be remembered for her advocacy, leadership, and commitment to empowering others.

Sponsor Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to support a great cause and gain valuable exposure for your business? Look no further than the Kentucky Comedy Festival Sponsorship program!

Presenting Sponsor


As a Presenting Sponsor for the festival, you’ll receive a variety of benefits that will give your business the recognition it deserves. For a contribution of $5,000, you’ll receive 20 tickets to the festival, be listed as the Presenting Sponsor on the festival website and marketing materials, with 2 dedicated social media posts promoting only your business. Your business logo and website link will also be displayed on the Kentucky Comedy Festival website to direct our customers to your business website.

Additionally, you’ll get a meet and greet with Kentucky Comedy Festival participating comedians, who have been featured on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent, Showtime, Dry Bar Comedy, and more.

Plus! A dedicated special episode with the President of your company (or other designee) on the Living the Dream with Ben and Rodney podcast to promote your business and brand and how you are “Living the Dream.”

General Event Sponsor


If you’re looking for a more modest investment, our Sponsor package may be the perfect fit. For a contribution of $2,500, you’ll receive 10 tickets to the festival, be listed as a Sponsor on the festival website and marketing materials, with 1 dedicated social media post promoting only your business. Your business logo and website link will be displayed on the Kentucky Comedy Festival website to direct our customers to your business website. And you’ll also get a meet and greet with Kentucky Comedy Festival participating comedians.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support the community and gain valuable exposure for your business.

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