Beast Village 2016 festival headliners: Janelle James, and Ian Karmel!


Janelle James is a Caribbean-born comedian and writer living in New York. She has performed all over the country and in the best clubs, including the Laugh Factory, Gotham, Helium and Caroline’s Comedy Club. She has also traveled extensively as the feature act with Hannibal Buress, Todd Barry and Rob Delaney and many others. Janelle can be seen on NBC Seeso’s Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, @midnight on Comedy Central and Uproarious on Fuse (2016). She was named one of The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn 2016 and has been featured for her outstanding performance ability in the Portland Tribune, Time Out Magazine and The New York Times.




Ian Karmel is a homegrown Portland comedian whose style zig-zags between the eclectic and the universal. He is currently a writer on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In 2013, Ian was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was a breakout stand up in the New Faces category. Ian’s unique perspective helped him win the 2011 Funniest Person in Portland, 2010 Portland Amateur Comedy Competition and has given him the opportunity to perform at the Moontower Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Portland’s Helium Comedy Club, Philadelphia’s Helium Comedy Club, Minneapolis’ Acme Comedy Club, Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club, Seattle’s Comedy Underground and various clubs in Los Angeles. Ian’s other television credits include IFC’s Portlandia and the Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America, as well as a post-game analyst and commentator for the Portland Trailblazers. His training includes The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade and he is a regular contributor for the Portland Mercury. He currently lives in Los Angeles.



Beast Village Comedy Festival is taking place September 29th to October 1st of 2016!

Submissions are now closed.

We will be accepting about 45 comics total this year. Those accepted will not be paid, but (as last year) we will provide a few complimentary meals, drinks, and other fun party favors, as well as throwing a real badass raging party.

We will be accepting some of the same performers from last year, but keep in mind we also want to bring new people in to the Beast Village family.