If you really want tickets to individual shows and events, including registration for workshops, they can be found here. However, this whole weird weekend will be infinitely more fun if you plan ahead by purchasing one of the following rad passes.

The Green Gravel Comedy Festival seeks to:


Green Gravel is dedicated to curating premium comedy events in Iowa with an alt comedy fest at its core. Offering affordable, accessible shows and workshops in progressive comedy, GG aspires to celebrate Iowa comedy while bringing the world’s funniest ladies and gentlemen to the heartland. As a collective, we value the opportunity to inspire our audience. Our state is a lush and fertile environment in terms of comedic creativity, and our goal is to generate a festival that matches that unique aesthetic; our programming method is to innovate, never imitate. All this care over a bunch of dick jokes. Pretty bonkers, we know.


We’re proud to be the premiere comedy fest in the region incorporating Q&As and workshops into our schedule to help shape Iowa’s great comedic minds to come. That’s meant offering sketch classes taught by Kevin McDonald from the legendary Kids in the Hall. It’s meant snappy improv courses via Hell Yes Fest founder Chris Trew. It’s meant an open, free panel discussion with the creators of Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Too Many Cooks.


Green Gravel is committed to tangible outreach within the comedy world; with a staff entrenched in the comedy scenes in both Los Angeles and Iowa City, we hope to bridge the quality of these communities by spotlighting talent from Iowa in LA as much as comedians from LA in Iowa. We’ve hosted events at the Improv Hollywood that have featured some of Iowa’s best and brightest with further opportunities slated for the coming year.

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Green Gravel presents an array of the finest stand-up, podcast, improv and sketch comedians, and we don’t believe that patrons should have to pay an arm and a leg to do it. That’s why we’re offering affordable options for ticketing: you can pop in for a single show, buy a day pass or snap up the Green Graveller weekend pass. We’ll also be offering drink/merch specials as a thank-you to the folks who make the gravel strip comedy trip…join us for a laugh, we can’t wait to see you!

Tickets & Passes

The Green Gravel Comedy Festival is a two-day alternative comedy festival in multiple venues in the town of Iowa City, Iowa. Offering affordable, accessible shows and workshops in alternative comedy, Green Gravel aims to bring the finest comedic voices to the heart of Iowa. Our fest is made possible by the community of Iowa City in conjunction with sponsors, partnerships and volunteer contributions.

We’re thrilled to be offering affordable options for ticketing: you can pop in for a single show, buy a day pass or snap up the Dynamite weekend pass. Our venues include The Riverside Theatre, Gabe’s, The Deadwood Tavern, High Ground Cafe, FilmScene and George’s Buffet – we’re proud that each of these venues sells a selection of wine and beers (or more) for our patrons to enjoy.

One of the fundamental goals of Green Gravel is to break the mold of what a comedy fest can be; we’re curating an experience that is meant to enchant, mystify and engage. Please peruse our lineup of experimental/breakout forms of comedy, from stand-up performed in remote locations (“7 Minutes in Purgatory”) to laser-assisted storytelling (Laser Improv) to singing cowboys (“Stampede!”). We also encourage creators of all ages to attend our complimentary Q&A with the lead creators from Adult Swim on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 28th at the fest.

Let’s beat the cold, let’s blow our minds and let’s get weird in 2015!


  • The Mill

    120 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

    Keith Dempster opened The Mill Restaurant in 1962 as a coffee house/restaurant/folk music venue. It became the center of an Americana music community in Iowa City that achieved national and international fame. The Mill also became known for great pizza and sandwiches.

    In June, 2003 Keith and Pam, closed The Mill. The Mill was important to many people in Iowa City; where local landmarks have been replaced with cookie-cutter buildings and chain restaurants. On July 19, 2003 The Mill reopened and has since thrived as a cultural gem in its area.

    The goal for the Mill has been to continue to keep it a special place in Iowa City and a home for local musicians and other creative artists. It has always sought to bring great artists from outside Iowa to this intimate venue while functioning as a place where excellent people are served excellent food and drinks at a fair price.

  • Deadwood Tavern

    6 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

    Sporting an array of gin-joint amusements, the Deadwood is famous for healthy spirits, fine gaming and an unpretentious atmosphere. The Deadwood has been serving Iowa City patrons for decades, and one sip of the town’s finest Bloody Mary will tell you damn well why.

  • FilmScene

    118 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

    FilmScene is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the cultural vitality of the Iowa City area through film that challenges, inspires, educates and entertains.

    FilmScene’s primary goal is the operation of a full-time, community-supported cinema in downtown Iowa City that showcases the best in American independent and international filmmaking in a vibrant and inviting setting.

  • George’s Buffet

    312 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

    George’s has been a burger and beer institution in the Iowa City market district since 1939. The charm and panache of this joint must never be underestimated! With brews ranging from local to a national scale, you’ll be able to hunker down and enjoy some quality comedy in this gem of a bar.

  • Public Space One

    120 North Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

    PS1 is concerned with providing the community a structure for expression in a multitude of genres and forms.

  • Gabe’s

    330 East Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

    Welcome to the legendary bar known as Gabe’s Oasis. It first started as Gabe and Walker’s back in the early 70′s and, while it has gone through many transformations, it is strangely the same. This place has operated for years bringing some of the best live music available to Iowa City. It was renamed the Picador for several years under new ownership that cleaned the place up. It was then sold to a group of people that then ran it into the ground but the current owners have cleaned the place up and Gabe’s is in the best shape it has ever been. We are bringing high quality local, regional and national shows to Iowa City and have made the downstairs and the beer garden a great place to hang out again. One of our favorite things about this place is that you can do ANY type of music upstairs. It is not uncommon to see a punk show followed by a metal show with a jam band show the next night and a hip hop show the night after. We have giant EDM and indy and rock shows too – anything goes.

  • High Ground Cafe

    301 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245

    The High Ground Cafe has a open, relaxed atmosphere were you can get some of the best coffee, always ground fresh to order. We have excellent all organic tea options which include loose leaf and flowering teas. Stop in for a fresh fruit smoothie made with no concentrates or frozen puree. Our lemonade is fresh squeezed and we do lunch too! Made to order sandwich, soups and salads. A light fair that’s affordable and available gluten free!



  • Riverside Theatre

    213 N Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52245

    Our mission is to provide an artistic home for theatre professionals from Iowa and beyond, and to entertain audiences with intimate, engaging productions from the classics to world premieres.