Hartford's First Annual Comedy Festival happens over four nights at two downtown venues. It's a competition-style event, with the first two rounds happening at the comedy-friendly City Steam Brewery (Oct. 9-10), the semifinals at Spotlight Theatre (Oct. 11) and finals next door at the Spotlight Bistro (Oct. 12). Head to the opening-night party at City Steam and closing shindig at the Bistro for after-hours comedic fun and the roast of the sponsor, Tanduay Asian Rum, after the semis on Friday. The winner gets "Connecticut's Funniest Comic" bragging rights.
First Annual CT Comedy Festival
Oct. 9-10, 7 p.m. (Round 1) and 9 p.m. (Round 2), City Steam Brewery, 942 Main St., Hartford; Oct. 11, 10 p.m., Spotlight Theatre and Oct. 12, 10 p.m., Spotlight Bistro, 39 Front St., Hartford, check ctcomedyfest.com for times and prices. Opening Night Party, Oct. 8, 10:30 p.m., $25, at City Steam Brewery.