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 and 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. 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!



  • Art Building West

    150 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246

    Art Building West (ABW) was designed by New York architect Steven Holl. The building stands as a marvel of modern design in the Iowa City landscape while housing numerous classrooms, offices and studios for the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.

  • The Englert Theatre

    221 E Washington St

    Built in 1912, The Englert Theatre is a renovated vaudeville-era playhouse now serving as a community arts center and 725-seat performance venue. Boasting a year-round schedule of music, comedy and dramatic events, it serves as the crown gem of performance venues in downtown Iowa City. The Englert is owned and operated year around by Englert Civic Theatre, a non-profit art organization.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!