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Laugh for a good cause in Oscoda this weekend

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) The Paul Bunyan Comedy Festival turns two-years-old this weekend!

Oscoda Township, Mich. — If you need a couple of laughs in your life, the Sunrise Side certainly has that Friday and Saturday.

Comedians from all over the country battled through blizzards to perform st the 2nd annual Paul Bunyan Comedy Festival. Festival organizer Brandon Young is excited to bring these nights of laughing back to the Hilltop Bar & Grill.

“There is some comedy that comes every once and awhile, but not as much as I would like to see,” said Festival Organizer Brandon Young. “I grew up loving comedy. I just want to be able to bless the great people of Oscoda and the area with that comedy.”

This year features plenty of comics new to the Sunrise Side. Eight comedians will take the stage over the weekend. Ellen Doyle is one of those comedians. She’s excited to bring her dark humor to the stage

“I don’t know anything about this area,” said Doyle. “I’m assuming that the demographic, like, I grew up in Pennsylvania and live in Los Angeles, we’re probably very different, and that’s always a lot of fun when you’re doing comedy, is to find the connections of people who also thinks something horrible is funny.”

All proceeds from ticket purchases go towards the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, the festival raised just over $2,000 for the cause. This year, they are hoping to top that and raise $3,000.

“We’ve got eight comedy shows coming this weekend, and, in one weekend, that’s pretty darn impressive,” said Young.

For a full list of shows and to buy tickets, visit the festival website You can also buy tickets at the door.


Friday April 12 @ 7pm (General Showcase)

$10 in advance/$15 at the door

Friday April 12 @ 9pm (Dirty Show #2) SOLD OUT

$10 in advance/$15 at the door

Friday April 12 @ 11pm (Live Podcast Recording)

FREE (R-Rated)(Donations Welcome)​

Saturday April 13

Saturday April 13 @ 4pm (Family-Friendly Show)

$8 in advance/$12 at the door

Saturday April 13 @ 6pm (Story-Telling Show)

$10 in advance/$15 at the door

Saturday April 13 @ 8pm (General Showcase)

$10 in advance/$15 at the door

Saturday April 13 @ 10pm (Dirty Show #3)

$10 in advance/$15 at the door