post-title Where the Land Ends and the Laughs Begin: 2nd Cabo Comedy Festival in Full Swing

Where the Land Ends and the Laughs Begin: 2nd Cabo Comedy Festival in Full Swing

After an opening night kick-off fiesta and two full days of shows, the second Cabo Comedy Festival in three years–the 2014 event was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Odile–is in full swing, with top stand-up comedians performing in English and Spanish at nightclub venues around Cabo San Lucas.

After a slow start on Thursday, Friday was standing room only, with locals and visitors packed into downtown nightclubs La Divina and Desperados. Macario Brujo and Alan Saldaña led a star-studded lineup at La Divina, while Desperados’ slate was highlighted by Idiotest host Ben Gleib and Mexico City native René Franco, whose comedy brilliance helped make up for the festival’s one disappointment: that popular Mexican-American comedian Paul Rodriguez was forced to cancel his appearances, which were to include stand-up sets in both English and Spanish.

Tonight is the festival’s final night of shows, with tomorrow’s concluding fiesta scheduled to take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Médano beachfront party spot non pareil Mango Deck.


Idiotest host Ben Gleib performs at Desperados during the 2nd Cabo Comedy Festival.

In addition to the finals of the Jack Rollins Breakthrough Talent Competition at 8 p.m.–with the winner to appear on Gotham Comedy Live–Desperados hosts headliners Sid Davis, Francisco Ramos, Ahmed Ahmed, and Frank Nicotero at 10 p.m.; followed by the Sirius/XM simulcasted “Best of the Fest” at midnight, featuring Al Jackson, Deb DiGiovanni, Tiffany Haddish, Francisco Ramos, Monroe Martin, and Drew Lynch. Tickets are $10 for the talent competition–special guest Elayne Boosler will be presented the Giant in Comedy Award at the conclusion–and $20 for the later shows.

La Divina hosts a Spanish language show tonight at 9 p.m., headlined by Cisco, René Franco, Roberto Flores, Fran Hevia, Carlos Ballarta, and Gon Curiel. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here, or at the door. The after-party for both venues will be held at Baja Junkie, and begins at 1 a.m.

For more information on lineups and venues, visit

Published on: Oct 3, 2015

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