Last Best Comedy Fest Brings In Top Talent

Angie Ripple

Comedy enthusiasts, mark your calendars for what will be the funniest event of the year: Last Best Comedy Fest — the first-ever Standup & Improv Festival hosted by and for Bozeman’s comedy community! The only dedicated standup and improv comedy venue in the history of the Treasure State, Last Best Comedy (LBC) will be taking stages by storm to tickle your funny bone from September 6th to 10th, 2023!

​Last Best Comedy Fest will feature top-notch comics, performers and instructors from across the globe who will educate and entertain local audiences while showcasing community, connection and, of course, COMEDY! Last Best Comedy is leading a grassroots effort to bring this special event to Montana, and inviting all fans of comedy to help bring this dream to life. We’re talking about a comedy fest that will not only entertain you, but will also celebrate the sense of community and connection that comedy brings. The inaugural fest theme and artwork combines the apocalyptic TV hit Last of Us with the Last Best Place’s iconic critters and sights — the SURVIVAL OF THE FUNNIEST.

Still reading? Then you must be a comedy connoisseur who wants to support The Last Best Comedy Fest! Producer VIP Festival Passes will be on sale for a limited time, and will not only provide traveling performers the best Bozeman experience, but also include four shows each night (Thursday-Saturday); access to VIP after-parties; an LBCF Producer badge; festival t-shirt, and entrance into a raffle for donated items including a set of Cudaway Knives.

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​“LBCF is all about bringing people together to laugh. It’s like a great big comedy party right in the middle of the most beautiful place in the world, and we want EVERYONE to be a part of the fun,” says Levin O’Connor, the Artistic Director of Last Best Comedy Fest.

​Over four days and nights, Last Best Comedy Fest’s world-class workshops and shows will take over LBC’s headquarters in downtown Bozeman, as well as stages at The Rialto (Bozeman) and Live from the Divide (Bozeman), plus satellite shows at The Orphan Girl Theatre (Butte), Canyon Ferry Brewing (Townsend), and The Windsor (Helena). In addition to participating in shows across the state, LBCF performers will have the opportunity to experience some of the natural beauty that makes Montana such a special place; they’ll be able to hike trails, float rivers and, of course, sample some of the many craft beverages at the nightly VIP afterparties!

​LBC has rounded up over 80 improvisers and stand-up comics from all over the country, including headliners who will rock your world: Josh Johnson (Daily Show) Rich Hall (SNL, Letterman), Craig Cackowski (Community and Drunk History), Paul Brittain (SNL), and others. The LBCF team has also tapped some of the brightest rising stars in comedy, so catch them here first!

​Last Best Comedy began a mission in 2021 to build a vibrant and inclusive comedy community right here in Montana. With exceptional comedy programming, signature cocktails at the top-notch bar, as well as world-class classes and workshops, Last Best Comedy has become the place to be for creativity, inclusion, and good times in Gallatin County and beyond.

​So there you have it, folks! Make sure to join the fun at Last Best Comedy Fest from September 6th to 10th, 2023. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of comedy history in the making!

​For more info and laughs, visit And follow along on Instagram @lastbestcomedyfest for sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes hilarity!   

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