Excused Absence Comedy Festival is open to all ages.  Youth and adults are welcome to purchase or reserve tickets to any show they are interested in! Please note that, when appropriate, some show descriptions will include a suggested age range.

Throughout the event, staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide help finding a snack, deciding on which shows to see, etc. It is important to remember, however, that this is a public event, equivalent to attending a movie, so youth attending on their own need to be capable of enjoying the festival independently. Friends and families of all ages are very welcome to attend.

All attendees are expected to respect the space, the work and one another. Any festival goer who purposely causes damage or behaves disrespectfully will be asked to leave. Obviously there is a zero tolerance policy for drugs or alcohol. Excused Absence is a warm, fun event and we count on the folks who attend to help us maintain the high level of trust and goodwill that make that possible.

Youth Performers and Troupe Directors will be in contact with festival administrators to learn their call times, warm up locations, back stage hang out areas, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will there be food?

We will have a concessions table that includes snacks, fruit and drinks.

How can I get involved in the festival?

Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page!

What kinds of performances should we expect?

This year, we have invited Improv Troupes of various ages and styles to perform shows appropriate for an all ages audience. Ideally, this means that the material focuses on what can best be described as “PG Themes.” It is important to note, however, that the nature of live performance, particularly when it’s improvised, is such that occasionally we slip into more mature territory.

The performers range from as young as 2 to the far reaches of adulthood. We are lucky to have access to some of the most talented and accomplished comics around and strive to make this an event where youth can access shows normally restricted to crowds ages 18 and older.