Bird City Comedy Festival 2016: A Field Guide to the Event in Downtown Phoenix This Weekend

By Janessa Hilliard, Phoenix New Times

Beth Stelling of Jimmy Kimmel Live fame will perform a stand-up set on Saturday night.

Beth Stelling of Jimmy Kimmel Live fame will perform a stand-up set on Saturday night.

There's no shortage of festivals geared toward funny throughout the year. Montréal has Just For Laughs, San Francisco and Chicago each have a Sketchfest, and New York City has, well, New York Comedy Festival. And while Austin's SXSW and Los Angeles' RiotLA are only a road trip away, Arizona's corner of the Southwest is still a desert when it comes to large-scale comedy shows. Until now.