The downtown streets were overrun by a chortling mob this past weekend when the third annual Charleston Comedy Festival descended upon the city. Improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy pros from around the country transformed the peninsula into a laugh incubator while the official late night scene (hosted by King Street Grille, Mellow Mushroom, and Charleston Beer Works, respectively) was best described as “anything goes.” From wacky to witty, performances ran the gamut, and the number of sold-out shows leads me to hope that next year’s schedule will be twice as explosive. To keep the funny going year-round, remember to check out The Have Nots!, cofounders of the festival, who host comedy improv shows each week at Theatre 99 on Meeting Street.

Earlier in the week, Kimberly and Brett McKee celebrated the first anniversary of Oak Steakhouse with a rollicking party that rattled the windows and shook up sleepy Broad Street thanks to the booming sounds from the DJ’s turntables.

1. Sherrie Bakshi, Smith Colman, and Vladia Jurcova enjoy the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association’s winter gathering at the Sanctuary 2. Kimberly and Brett McKee 3. Tim Stoltenberg (Dad’s Garage Theatre) and Eugene Cordero (Upright Citizens Brigade) toast themselves for being so damn funny 4. Nicholas De Nitto and Aziz Ansari, friends from S.C. Governor’s School, exchange a quick hello before Aziz’s hysterical show 5. Skip Lesemann and Janelle Riolo 6. Spinning the hits at Oak 7. Kudos to the Comedy Festival volunteers, who managed the overwhelming crowds with their own brand of humor 8. Sara and Greg Tavares celebrate the festival’s success at the post-finale party held at Beer Works 9. Even those waiting in line were all smiles! 10. Benj Brennman, Betsy Wolcott, and Anna Rigby 11. The Late Night Players blow off steam at the festival’s conclusion

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