Tuesday, May 22-Saturday, May 26
Various venues, Raleigh
Various times, $10+, www.oakcitycomedyfestival.com

Institutions such as Goodnights have made Raleigh a stopping place for many of the finest comedians in the world. Now, the city’s branding itself as a center for comedy with the new Oak City Comedy Festival, which features both local and national voices over five laugh-filled days. Guests and performers include veteran local comic Mike Mello, “N.C.’s Funniest Person” J Bliss, Wilmington’s Blaire Postman, Charlotte improv group Now Are the Foxes, and Raleigh improv and sketch groups Spectral Spouse and Dear Sirs. Events are spread out across bars and comedy clubs throughout downtown Raleigh, giving audiences a chance to experience not only a variety of comedians but also the city’s variety of venues, from Sonorous Road Theatre to Neptunes. Most events are $10; visit the Oak City Comedy Festival website for schedule, tickets, and times.