An invitation to #ComedyFest (BYOB)

This week Twitter is turning into a comedy club, and you’ve got the best seats in the house, all for the price of free. We’re not saying that enjoying your favorite comedians on Twitter is a cheapskate’s way to avoid the cover and two-drink minimum at your local club. By all means, pull up a chair, get on Twitter, and pour a couple of glasses as Comedy Central’s #ComedyFest unfolds on Twitter from April 29-May 3.

Almost from the beginning of Twitter, comedians have been pushing the boundaries and creating a new form of comedy within the limits of 140 characters.

And this week, Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) is celebrating that comedy and those comedians, with the Comedy Central #ComedyFest, running from today through Friday. On Twitter, on and on the air, you’ll be able to enjoy over 20 events featuring 67 comedians, including Q&As, roasts, and live-tweeting stand-up specials and favorite funny films.

Wait - make that 68 comedians. In the first event of #ComedyFest, the incomparable Mel Brooks will be joining Twitter today as @MelBrooks. He’ll be participating in a discussion with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner (@CarlReiner) -- the 2,000 year old men, if you will -- hosted by contemporary funnyman Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow). Everyone is invited to watch the conversation between these icons of comedy: the event will live-stream in @MelBrooks’ first tweet, as well as on, starting at 2pm PT. You can ask these legends questions of your own by tweeting with #ComedyFest... and if you’ve ever seen their routines, you’ll know that nothing is off-limits.

And that’s just the beginning! Make sure you don’t miss a single laugh by checking out the full schedule here -- and be sure to follow @ComedyCentral for updates and programming. To find and follow all the participants on Twitter, visit this page. Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find during the week-long #ComedyFest:

Key & Peele episode live-tweet

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