For Parents

Excused Absence Comedy Festival is open to all ages. You are welcome to attend any show or workshop you are interested in. Tickets are available here. (Link to be updated)

Kids who are 12 and up may be dropped off at the festival and are welcome to attend shows on their own. Those younger than 12 who participate regularly in our programs may stay with permission from the Festival Director. Throughout the event, we will have staff and volunteers on hand who are happy to provide help finding a snack, deciding on which shows to see, etc. It is important to remember 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.

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, alcohol or excessive PDA’s. 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?

This year, due to the pandemic, we do not plan to offer concessions. Sorry. Most onsite venues will allow patrons to bring food.

How can I get involved in the festival?

Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page!

What kinds of performances should we expect?

Every year we invite Stand Ups, Variety Acts, and Improv & Sketch Troupes 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.