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Alternating Currents Announces Comedy Lineup for the Event

Don’t miss the region’s largest live comedy event of the year. Alternating Currents, happening August 15-18, 2024, will host dozens of comedians producing laughs through a wide range of comic styles - whether you’re a fan of stand-up, sketch or improv.  




 

This year, AC will host a comedy kick-off event on Thursday, August 15 with Greg Warren at the historic Capitol Theater. “As our audiences with the comedy shows continue to grow, we're excited to invest into the talent lineup to offer a larger scale show,” said Alisha Espey of the Downtown Davenport Partnership. “It will also be the first time that Alternating Currents is able to utilize the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre – and as with all of our Alternating Currents events, this is a free show and great opportunity to visit a treasured space in the community.” 

 

Greg Warren (St Louis, MO) is veteran standup comic from Nateland, The Bob & Tom Show, Drybar and Comedy Central. He recently released his special The Salesman, co-produced by Nate Bargatze and 800 Pound Gorilla Media. The project tells the story of his post-college phase when he had a stint selling Jif and Pringles for Procter & Gamble which eventually led to his decision to become a full-time comedian. According to The New York Times, Greg “has done for peanut butter what Jerry Seinfeld did for Pop-Tarts and Jim Gaffigan did for Hot Pockets.” An honest mix of self-deprecation, frustration and an arsenal of lifelike characters highlight Greg’s colorful perspective.  

  

Greg can be seen in his Amazon Prime Special, “Where The Field Corn Grows,” Fish Sandwich on Dry Bar Comedy, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show and Comedy Central Presents. He attracts a diverse audience spectrum, having performed as a finalist on BET’s Coming to the Stage and on Country Music Television. He is a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show. Greg’s comedy has been a daily staple on Sirius/XM’s Pure Comedy and Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup channels for a decade. You can hear him guesting on podcasts like Nateland, Never Not Funny, Bertcast, Dumb People Town and The Adam Carolla Show. 

 

Below is a featured list of comedians appearing throughout the weekend.  

  

Clifton Dewayne Antoine (Des Moines) 

Clifton Antoine, originally from Baytown, Texas, is an actor/comedian based out of Des Moines, Iowa. He helped start the Comedy Kickback, Des Moines’ first all-black stand-up comedy show. As an improviser, Clif has performed with Chowdown, Kitten Bomb, Alien Head Emoji and 2 drink minimum. Clif’s style of comedy has been described as weird and unexpected. He talks about everything from Scooby-Doo to the Flat Earth Society. He believes in ghosts and Yeezus. As a recovering conspiracy theorist, he uses comedy to tell his truth. 

Erica Nicole Clark (Chicago) 

Erica has toured with Godfrey, Hannibal Buress and Deon Cole.  She was the winner of the Grand Slam Just For Laughs New Faces. 

 

James Draper (Quad Cities) 

James Draper is from the Midwest but that hasn’t kept him from being a hoot! His stand-up style can be best described as “good time comedy.” James has featured and opened for Bob & Tom Favorites, Donnie Baker, Larry Reeb, Willie Griswold and many others. James has headlined at comedy clubs, bars and private venues, from Mississippi to Madison, Nashville to Des Moines, and is always a crowd favorite. With his timeless jokes, funny stories, and clever songs, it’s always a good time. 

 

Dana Ehrmann (Milwaukee) 

Dana Ehrmann is a stand-up comic and simple Midwestern gal out of Milwaukee, WI. Her self-deprecating, dry humor has charmed audiences all across the country, including at the Milwaukee, Floodwater and Flyover Comedy Festivals. She's had the great fortune to open for many big names, including Joe Pera, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jackie Kashian and Charlie Berens. She’s also sorry she hasn’t watched that TV show you recommended, but she just has, like, a lot going on right now. 

 

Zach Peterson (Omaha) 

Out of Omaha, Nebraska, after spending time in Chicago and Los Angeles, Zach Peterson has been called “one the funniest performers around” by Minneapolis’ CityPages. Zach has made a name for himself around the country, from Alaska to Florida for being "an affable oddball" with razor sharp jokes, headlining both clubs and festivals alike. He has worked with the likes of Tom Papa, Bobcat Goldthwait, Annie Lederman, Doug Benson and many more. Zach's first album "Midwestern Jokes for the Americas" debuted in the top 5 on the Itunes Comedy Charts in 2018 and is currently on Sirius XM radio. Zach has been selected for countless festivals including the prestigious Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, The Limestone Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs and The High Plains Comedy Festival, among others. In May 2023, Zach recorded his first special with Four by Three productions and will be released digitally by Burn This Records. When in Omaha, Zach has made multiple appearances on The Todd and Tyler radio show and he runs the wildly popular Omaha chapter of Don't Tell Comedy, along with other shows around town. 

 

Brent Turhune (Indianapolis) 

Named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2020, Brent Terhune has accumulated more than 65 million views across his social media channels with his satirical MAGA character. His not-so-obvious delivery can be described along the lines of a “blue-collar Colbert Report.”  Brent has been writing daily topical jokes and news breakdowns for the nationally-syndicated Bob & Tom Show for more than 10 years. He has had two comedy albums debut at No. 1 on iTunes and his work is streamed heavily on SiriusXM. 

  

For more information visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com  

 

The AC APP: 

Want to customize your AC weekend and decide what you want to see and where? The Alternating Currents app is your go-to resource for discovering everything that the festival has to offer. The app will be continuously updated as artists are announced. Users can discover the acts that interest them and customize their personal festival schedule, enabling the creation of their own unique Alternating Currents experience. To download the free app, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com/acapp  

ABOUT ALTERNATING CURRENTS 

AC features over 200 musical performances, comedy sets, film screenings and local art displays. Alternating Currents was founded in 2017 by the Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber. Now the event is powered by DDP and has expanded to include host downtowns Downtown Bettendorf Organization and Rock Island Downtown Alliance. The event is successful because of the many creative partners and businesses who come together to create an amazing experience for all. This year, AC’s major contributors include Presenting Sponsors, Regional Development Authority (RDA) and Rhythm City Casino Resort and Major Partner, Rubberstamps.net. Programming support is provided by investments from Music Partner, GreenState Credit Union and Arts Partner, TBK Bank. Feature Stage Sponsors include Estes Construction, Nature’s Treatment of Illinois and Palmer College of Chiropractic. Supporting sponsors include MidAmerican Energy and Metronet. Hive Event Consulting is a producing partner in the event. Media Partners include KWQC, Quad-City Times & Dispatch/Argus, Townsquare Media and Planet 93.9. 

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