The comedy video site’s 2015 Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, produced with Live Nation Entertainment, will hit 18 cities this summer. The tour kicks off Aug. 28 in Kansas City and concludes Oct. 18 in Dallas.
In addition to Ansari and Schumer — who topped the bill for last year’s tour — the Oddball fest will feature a rotating cast of nearly 20 other comics, including: Anthony Jeselnik, Ashley Barnhill, Bridget Everett, Dave Attell, Jay Pharoah, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune, Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, Rory Scovel, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tim Minchin, T.J. Miller and Todd Barry.
Ansari and Schumer were both named to Variety‘s top 10 comics to watch for 2015.
Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) sold out two shows at Madison Square Garden on his most recent tour and recently published a book, “Modern Romance.” He also has a pact to produce an original comedy series for Netflix, which offers four of his stand-up specials on the streaming service. Schumer is the creator, star, writer and exec producer of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” and also wrote and stars in Universal’s “Trainwreck,” slated for July 17 release, with co-stars Bill Hader and LeBron James.
Oddball fest tickets will start at about $25 depending on venue and run up to $400 for a VIP package with perks including access to a roped-off club area and swag. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, July 10, via Live Nation. Funny or Die has re-signed past sponsor Redd’s Apple Ale (owned by MillerCoors) and inked a new sponsorship pact with Brown-Forman’s Southern Comfort.
Funny or Die’s founders are Gary Sanchez Productions — Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy — CAA and Michael Kvamme. Judd Apatow is also a principal partner in the company.