The inaugural Arch City Comedy Festival brings together nationally touring standup comics and some of Columbus' best for three days of performances at a handful of venues throughout the Short North (The Green Room and Short North Stage at the Garden Theatre, Axis and The Joint).

The inaugural Arch City Comedy Festival brings together nationally touring standup comics and some of Columbus' best for three days of performances at a handful of venues throughout the Short North (The Green Room and Short North Stage at the Garden Theatre, Axis and The Joint).

More than 40 comics will perform - each on multiple nights on different stages - throughout the holiday weekend, including headliners Erin Foley, Stewart Huff, Joe List, Al Jackson Henry Phillips and Beth Stelling (pictured). The local connection at Arch City is also strong, with local favorites Brooke Cartus, Sumukh Torgalkar and Erik Tait performing. Some Columbus ex-pats return as well in Justin Golak and Travis Irvine, and Arch City will feature one of Laura Sanders' last performances before leaving for New Orleans.

Tickets to individual shows are $10 ($15 for podcast recordings) and packages for general admission (entry to any six standup performances) are $50 with VIP passes (six stand-up performances and two live podcast tapings) priced at $100.