37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

It Started as a Joke


Preceded by the short film Food Place.

When Eugene Mirman first proposed a comedy festival making fun of other comedy festivals, he was only half joking. To his surprise, this offhand comment would go on to become the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the world’s first “sincere-and-ironic” comedy festival. Billed as the “Comedy event that comedians look forward to,” the first ever EMCF enjoyed immense success, and has continued for over 10 years. Featuring a star-studded lineup including Kumail Nanjiani, Jim Gaffigan, and Mike Birbiglia, this documentary pays homage to what comedy is, is not, and everything in between.


Sunday, October 27


2:30 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Julie Smith Clem, Ken Druckerman

Runtime: 75 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Eugene Mirman, Kumail Nanjiani, Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac