The Golden Spike Comedy & Podcast Festival presents comedy showcases, headliner shows, live podcasts, themed shows & special events. The festival will feature local, national and international performers seen on television, films, and specials around the world.

The festival will take place in downtown Salt Lake City at the Gateway March 8th thru 11th on 4 stages with over 75 comedians.
Come join us for a celebration of Funny!

The Golden Spike Comedy Festival will be presenting live podcasts featuring talents from the arts and entertainment industry. Be a fly on the wall and watch podcasts come to life in front of a live audience.

This is an great opportunity to see your favorite podcasts and discover new ones.


Come back often as we add more comedians, shows, special shows and podcasts.

About Last Night LIVE!


It feels like you’re hanging in the room with comedians Adam Ray & Brad Williams when they host their popular comedy podcast ABOUT LAST NIGHT. A favorite amongst comedians and fans of the industry, it’s been featured on ITUNES & several top comedy websites. With hilarious insight and stories from some of today’s biggest names, they’re consistently bringing great episodes with guests such as Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Paul Feig, Dana Carvey, Jason Derulo, Marc Maron, Neil Patrick Harris, Bret Ratner, Doug Ellin ( creator of Entourage ), Lisa Kudrow, Howie Mandel, Jeff Garlin, Jay Mohr, Whitney Cummings, Nick Kroll, Adam Devine, Billy Gardell, Michael Rappaport, The Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Attell, Tony Danza, Christopher Titus, Jerrod Carmichael, Kevin Nealon, Nick Swardson, Jaleel White, Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew, Lamorne Morris, Bobby Lee, Michael McDonald, Chris D’Elia, Pete Holmes, and Kevin Eastman ( creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ).

Adam Ray & Brad Williams


If you loved him or missed him with Bernie (James Adomian) back in June, you'll be glad that Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) is back to make The Golden Spike Comedy Festival kick-off night great again. Anthony Atamanuik is a comedian and actor in New York City. He is a member of the legendary improv team DEATH BY ROO ROO and is the co-host of ASSSSCAT3000 at UCB New York. Anthony has appeared on 30 ROCK, BROAD CITY, HULU's DIFFICULT PEOPLE, DINNER WITH BRETT GELMAN specials on Adult Swim, MTV's TEACHERS LOUNGE and as himself, bartending on Bravo's WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIFE.You can see him on a variety of platforms, College Humor, Funny Or Die, Comedy Central Digital and even a ViewMaster photo series by Colbert Show writer Erik Drysdale. Anthony will be appearing in upcoming episodes of USED PEOPLE and the feature film THE OUTSKIRTS.

Anthony Atamanuik


Cinema icon Jason Mewes is best known as the potty-mouthed vocal half of Jay and Silent Bob, the on- screen comedic duo who first appeared in Kevin Smith’s seminal 1994 indie film Clerks. Mewes would reprise the character five more times on the big screen from 1995 to 2006, becoming a sort of James Bond of mid-90’s low budget film—a fast talking, foul-mouthed, over-sexed but ultimately harmless and likable guy. Bugs Bunny with a boner. When not making movies, Mewes is buried balls-deep in new media as co-owner of SModCo, the multi- headed multi-media monster that started with SModcast. Jason also takes active roles behind and in front of the camera in the forthcoming Yoga Hosers. But it’s in the insanely popular award-winning podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old where Mewes truly shines. For nearly two years, in what’s been described as “Lake Wobegon days with anal jokes”, Jason has told the story of his tumultuous life on stage every week – initially at the 50 seat SModcastle theater in Los Angeles and now in packed theaters around the globe. His sold out UK tour spawned the home video Jay & Silent Bob Get Old: Teabagging in the UK, and the sold out Australia tour yielded the Epix special Jay & Silent Bob Go Down Under.

Jason Mewes

We'll get the festival started in style with this showcase featuring some of the best comedians from around the country and SLC locals, hosted by SLC comedy scene alum, Christian Pieper. Featuring: Bengt Washburn, Andy Gold, Gary Petersen, Jackson Banks, Becky Braunstein, Jay Whittaker, Bryan Vokey, Amerah Ames, Billy Anderson, Steve Soelberg

Host: Christian Pieper

Anyone who wants to perform on a festival stage is welcome to come sign up for this open-mic. Be there before showtime to sign up, performers chosen by random from the sign-up list. Hosted by Alex Velluto & Jordan Makin.

Hosts: Alex Velluto & Jordan Makin

Dungeons & Comedy is a monthly show ran by local SLC comics Nicholas Don Smith (creator) and Aaron Orlovitz. The show features 5 comedians on stage (4 players, 1 Dungeon Master) playing Dungeons and Dragons, armed with character sheets, dice, and their comedic wit. A stand up portion typically precedes the game. Since it's inception in 2014, Dungeons&Comedy has become a staple in the SLC comedy scene, featuring over 50 comedians, and many have returned to do the show 2 or 3 more times. Dungeons and Comedy ran a show at the 2016 Salt Lake Comic Con. This show will be at the Golden Spike Comedy Festival in the Corona Showroom which is next door to Wiseguys Salt Lake City at the Gateway.

Nicholas Don Smith & Aaron Orlovitz
Rip'n N Skip'n w/ Evan & Kevin

A live recording of the sketch comedy podcast Rip'n N Skip'n w/ Evan & Kevin! Featuring hosts Evan Cassidy and Kevin Tienken and their guests: Barbara Gray, Abi Harrison, Gary Petersen, Alex Velluto, and Bryan Vokey.

Evan Cassidy & Kevin Tienken Salt Lake's own Jacob Leigh headlines this showcase. You might recognize Jacob from his “Driving in Utah” & “Girls in Utah” videos that have rapidly become local favorites. He isn’t your “typical” stand up comedian, with his laid back, who cares, they’re just jokes “style,” but his unique sense of humor will be sure to make you laugh. Also featuring: Eric Ripley, Marty Archibald, Jay Light, Jan Gudaitis, Josh Fonokalafi, Patrick Ramirez, Joe Carl Abousakher, and Thai Rivera

Jacob Leigh

If you like it when comedians cross lines and push boundaries, then you'll love this edgy showcase headlined by the one and only Thai Rivera. Warning: if you don't want to be offended, this show is not for you. Thai Rivera will make you uncomfortable in the best way possible. His politically incorrect style of humor has taken the comedy world by storm. You've seen him on Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham or The Logo Network’s One Night Stand up. He's also the host of the popular podcast "Unbothered with Thai Rivera." Also featuring: Andy Gold, Bruce Gray, Abi Harrison, Dan Nolan, Jonathan Falconer, Zack Stien, Dylan O'Neill, Spence Roper, and Bryan Vokey.

Thai Rivera
Sorry About Last Night: THE EXPERIENCE

Join co-hosts Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson as they bring their hit podcast to life through games, audience participation, rants, stories, stand-up comedy, and never before seen video. Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson (together known as the comedy duo Sorry About Last Night) launched Guys We F@#ked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast in December 2013. The podcast now boasts over half a million subscribers is one of the top downloaded weekly podcasts on iTunes and in the top five most downloaded comedy podcasts. With its positive feminist message, the show has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Elle, Bust, Salon Shape, Glamour, and on Sirius Radio. They have had on amazing guests such as Amber Rose, Dan Savage, Jim Norton, Horatio Sanz, Andy Dick and Lizz Winstead (Co-Creator of The Daily Show), among others over the years. Catch Krystyna and Corinne on their national comedy tour LIVE in Salt Lake City

Bengt Washburn Goes Last

On this festival showcase, the one and only Bengt Washburn headlines--hence, he "goes last." Bengt is a winner of the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition and a nationally touring headliner with decades of experience. Bengt also did what we believe to be one of the best comedy sets ever on Conan. Check it out. And also come watch him go last on this show! Also featuring: Thai Rivera, Alex Velluto, Chris Redd, Jan Gudaitis, Paul Sheffield, Kevin Tienken, Patrick Ramirez, and Evan Cassidy.

Bengt Washburn

Chris Redd is one of today's most exciting rising stars of comedy and film. Come to this show and watch him introduce you to some more of those! This show features young, cool, and talented performers from all over the country. If you want to see "what's next" in comedy, this is the place to be.

Chris Redd

An Evening with Barbara Gray! Big hair. Big heart. Big mouth. Barbara’s ebullient stage presence combined with vulnerable material and goofy style have made her a quickly rising star in the Los Angeles alternative comedy scene. In 2016 she filmed sets for Viceland’s “Flophouse” and Hulu’s “Coming to the Stage” and she has written for the past three seasons of the hit show “Billy on the Street”. She recently co-starred in Comedy Central’s digital series “Deadliest Chef”, and she can be seen in the upcoming Nick Swardson series “Typical Rick” and MTV’s “Acting Out”. Along with touring all over the country, Babs has made multiple visits to SF Sketchfest and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where her performance was deemed ‘funny as get-out’ by the Portland Mercury. Her comedy has been featured on Huffington Post and Ellen, and her underground comedy show One-Two Punch, run out of her own living room in Silverlake, had a spread in the LA Times. She is also a regular at the top shows and venues in Los Angeles, including the Improv, Comedy Store, Meltdown, Good Heroin, and literally any place somebody will put a microphone and give her some attention. Barbara is also a co-host of the hit podcast “Lady to Lady”, which recently surpassed 2 million downloads from listeners all over the world. The live talk show can be seen at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and the Hollywood Improv. The show combines the roundtable discussions of The View with the antics and characters of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Described as “The funniest podcast ever” by BUST magazine, the ladies don’t slow down to discuss whether or not women are funny...they just prove it. “Lady to Lady” recently wrote an original animated pilot and are currently in meetings to get that baby on TV.

Barbabra Gray
Dr. Bemo's Pub Trivia Experience

Local SLC comedian Bemo (aka Brian Moore) is an 8-time Jeopardy champion, so he's basically smart as hell. Come and watch him marry comedy and trivia into a bizarro game show experience.


Anyone who wants to perform on a festival stage is welcome to come sign up for this open-mic. Be there before showtime to sign up, performers chosen by random from the sign-up list. Hosted by Andrew Hobbs & Travis Tate.

Hosted by Andrew Hobbs & Travis Tate

It's late-night in the PBR Lounge, and that means you're gonna get something very funny and very weird. Jackson Banks, the wild-child of Salt Lake comedy, will be your shaman on this journey into the very funny belly of the comedy beast. Don't come to this show if you like boring things. Featuring some of the best comics from around the country doing their weirdest material: Gary Petersen, Abi Harrison, Bryan Vokey, Amerah Ames, Marty Archibald, Nicholas Don Smith, Jacob Leigh, and Jonathan Falconer.

Jackson Banks

Comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are ready to meet the people. You've seen Trae’s Liberal Redneck viral videos, you've read their weekly blog ( and now you'll see them at their best - performing stand up comedy.

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Forrester & Drew Morgan

Comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are ready to meet the people. You've seen Trae’s Liberal Redneck viral videos, you've read their weekly blog ( and now you'll see them at their best - performing stand up comedy.

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Forrester & Drew Morgan
"Not Really A Gala" Gala

Is a gala a fancy event or just a really cool one? We're not sure, but we're sure this show is going to be a truly excellent one that the audience won't forget. You don't have to dress up, but come ready to party Salt Lake comedy-style. Featuring fancy headliner Nick Taverrott (Conan, Fallon, Comedy Central Half Hour) and special guests Barbara Gray, Thai Rivera, Dan Nolan, Jay Light, Abi Harrison, Connor McSpadden, Gary Petersen, and Zack Stein. Hosted by Christian Pieper.

Nick Vatterrott

Adrenaline is a one-of-a-kind comedy show where skilled comedians perform while completing harrowing challenges they're completely unprepared for. One-by-one comics come on stage, draw a random challenge from a bucket, and do their sets while doing their best to follow the bucket's commands. Adrenaline began right here on the Wiseguys stage in Salt Lake City and is now a monthly show at the world-famous Hollywood Improv, where it has hosted some of the greatest comedians in the world including Jerry Seinfeld, Laura Kightlinger, Tommy Johnagin, and more. SLC's own Christian Pieper and Bryan Vokey host this mayhem and will present the following roster of skilled comics from all over the country: Nick Vatterott, Thai Rivera, Isaac Hirsch, Amerah Ames, Evan Cassidy, Becky Braunstein, Bruce Gray, and Jackson Banks. Who knows, a special guest or two might drop in. Anything's possible at Adrenaline!

Christian Pieper & Bryan Vokey
The Alex Velluto Safe For Work Comedy Jam

Salt Lake City Weekly's 2016 Comedian of the Year Alex Velluto presents a show of skilled comedians doing their cleanest material. This is comedy the whole family can enjoy and feel good about enjoying it. Feel safe invited even your most easily offended friends and neighbors. Heck, bring your Bishop. He could probably use a laugh. Also featuring: Ray Connolly, Jordan Makin, Andrew Hobbs, Josh Fonokalafi, Spencer King, Steve Soelberg, Jan Gudaitis, and Patrick Ramirez.

Alex Velluto

Salt Lake City comedian (and father of two) Spencer King presents a night of laughs geared directly toward moms and dads. Get a babysitter or make your loved one stay home and come watch a night of jokes by parents for parents. Also featuring: Travis Tate, Kevin Tienken, Joe Carl Abousakher, Rodney Norman, Abi Harrison, Dylan O'Neill, Jay Whittaker, and Spence Roper.

Spencer King

Anyone who wants to perform on a festival stage is welcome to come sign up for this open-mic. Be there before showtime to sign up, performers chosen by random from the sign-up list. Hosted by Andy Gold and Jonathan Falconer.

Hosts: Andy Gold & Jonathan Falconer

History buff and comedian Dave Anthony was considering starting a new podcast in 2014. His idea was to write up an unknown story from American history and read it to a different comedian each week. Having not heard of the story before, Dave hoped the comedian’s reaction would be hilarious. He gave it a go and his first guest was comedian Gareth Reynolds. They immediately clicked and fans flooded social media telling Dave to never change the co-host. And he didn’t. Sticking to the formula of Dave reading Gareth a story he has never heard, The Dollop quickly shot up the charts. Fans of both comedy and history were drawn to the wild stories and quick improv skills of Gareth. With millions of downloads, The Dollop has become a regular presence on top of the podcast charts, as well as selling out shows in both the US and Australia.

Dave Anthony & Gareth Reynolds
The No Straight White Dudes Show

Because we could all use a break from listening to straight white dudes, at least for an hour and a half, right? This show features a diverse lineup of comedians from a variety of backgrounds, all talking about the things that matter to them. Hosted by rising star Barbara Gray, this show will shine a light on some of the most exciting rising comedy acts in the industry today, including Thai Rivera, Abi Harrison, Joe Carl Abousakher, Becky Braunstein, Jan Gudaitis, Patrick Ramirez, Amerah Ames, Josh Fonokalafi, and Jay Whittaker.

Host: Barbara Gray

Andy Gold moved to LA from Salt Lake City six months ago, and let's be honest, Salt Lake hasn't really figured out how to deal. Luckily, Andy's back this week from the festival and he's planned one of the biggest, wettest celebrations of comedy, free love, and debauchery to ever grace the stages of this town. Also featuring: Isaac Hirsch, Marty Archibald, Evan Cassidy, Paul Sheffield, Jay Light, Aaron Orlovitz, Connor McSpadden, Zack Stein, Jan Gudaitis, and Ari Mannis.

Andy Gold
The Early Show with Steve Soelberg

Saturday is a special day, so come to an early show, enjoy some PG-rated comedy, and get home in time to get a full night's rest, because let's face it, around here, Sundays can be pretty busy. Headliner Steve Soelberg has entertained audiences of all ages all over the country, and he's bringing his family-friendly act to our festival stage. Also featuring a group of comedians performing clean sets, including: Alex Velluto, Travis Tate, Rodney Norman, Billy Anderson, Eric Ripley, Marty Archibald, and Christian Pieper.

Steve Soelberg


This is just the tip of the iceberg.  More talented comedians and podcasters coming.




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                    GARETH REYNOLDS

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                      JASON MEWES

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                        JIMMY PARDO

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                        KRYSTYNE HUTCHINSON

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                            2017 FEATURED PODCASTS

                            We are just getting started.  More great national and local podcasts coming.

                            ABOUT LAST NIGHT

                            w/ Adam Ray & Brad Williams

                            THE DOLLOP

                            w/ Dave Anthony & Gareth Reynolds

                            Freaky Geeks

                            w/ Shayne Smith & Noelle Cummings

                            GUYS WE F@#KED

                            w/ Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson

                              NEVER NOT FUNNY

                              The Jimmy Pardo Podcast

                              2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

                              We are just getting started.  More great national and local podcasts coming.


                              w/ Christian Pieper & Brian Vokey

                              Comedians Cinema Club

                              DUNGEONS & COMEDY

                              w/ Nicholas Don Smith

                                Rip'n N Skip'n

                                with Evan & Kevin

                                  TRUMP DUMP

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