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 Fest is a weekend of the finest alternative comedy in the heart of Iowa! Our 2017 fest takes place May 12-13 around downtown Iowa City through the support of local volunteers, sponsors, performers and fans who make funny business happen at home.

Our mission for 2017 is simple: all of our proceeds will go to benefit the ACLU Action Fund and Planned Parenthood of Iowa. This year’s guests will include acts that you won’t see at your average comedy show. With free and accessibly-priced talkbacks, Q&A’s, performances and/or workshops, GGCF has been committed to the growth of greater comedy in the heartland since 2014. 

As the first major comedy fest in Iowa, our programming has brought laughs in the form of stand-up, improv, sketch, shorts, podcasts and animated material; previous guests have included Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall), Pete Holmes (Crashing), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and many more that can be found in our archives.

GGCF is proud to be staffed by alumni of The University of Iowa who are passionate about the process of comedy, from creation to celebration. Except for Keeler, he’s weird like that. Please click on our Staff page for more details about our work!

Treat yourself or a friend to a weekend pass, or just grab individual tickets to whatever shows you think look cool; when posted, the full schedule will be able to be viewed by clicking the Events tab on our main menu. Thank you for joining us, we can’t wait to share this year’s events with you!


Tickets & Passes

Thank you kindly for your purchase!
You can pick up your Green Gravel passes at our table in the lobby of the lovely Film Scene theater (118 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240) during the following times:
Friday, May 12th: 2 to 8:30pm 
Saturday, May 13th: 2 to 7pm 
This venue is really close to where most of our shows are, so that’s groovy, daddy. While you’re there, don’t forget to look into Film Scene’s incredible schedule and selection of tasty beers. Also, don’t be afraid to get our volunteers soused if you make a day of it. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop us a line at info@greengravelcomedyfest.com
Team GG


  • The Riverside Theatre

    213 N Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52245

    The Riverside Theatre’s 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.

  • Iowa City Brewlab

    505 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

    Iowa City Brewlab is an Iowa Native Brewery & taproom located at 505 E. Washington St. in the Village Green neighborhood just east of downtown Iowa City. IC Brewlab brews a wide variety of craft beers in small batches,  served on tap along side local ciders, kombucha, and select world class beers. Brewlab supports local Iowa City food, arts and culture whenever possible.

  • 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.

  • 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!