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Laughing in August…20 evenings of irresistible comedy

Back, in its 34th edition, is the Garage theater comedy show, which will be divided as usual between the Old Port and Imperial Villa.

It is one of Genoa’s longest-running festivals and will be staged between July 3 and August 4, 2024. At “Laughing in August but also before,” on the two stages at the Old Port and Villa Imperiale, in the heart of Genoa and home to the first edition of the festival, there will be 20 scheduled events exploring different ways of doing comedy: from cabaret to contemporary comedy, from satire to improvisational theater, not forgetting concerts, family shows and solidarity.

Laughing in August at the Old Port (Arena del Mare and Piazza delle Feste)

Five shows are staged between the prestigious stages of the Sea Arena and Delle Feste Square, starting at 9:30 pm.

At the first venue, “Do you know who greets you?”, the new show by Bruciabaracche, is staged on Thursday, July 11. The comedy supergroup consisting of Andrea Di Marco, Daniele Raco, Enzo Paci, Marco Rinaldi, Andrea Possa, Andrea Carlini, Antonio Ornano and Daniele Ronchetti returns with a brand new show in which it confirms the key to success: having fun to entertain.

Also at the Arena del Mare, on Tuesday, July 30, another fixture of the Genoese summer: I Pirati dei Caruggi bring to the stage “Basylicon Valley,” a show in which Alessandro Bianchi, Fabrizio Casalino, Enrique Balbontin and Andrea Ceccon offer all the energy and variety of humor made in Liguria, amid laughter and a few stylistic jabs at the unmistakable Ligurian character.

Three events are scheduled at the nearby Festival Square stage.

On Friday, July 19, the absolute star is Luca Bizzarri with his “They Don’t Have a Friend,” the show written by the Genovese comedian with Ugo Ripamonti and inspired by the highly successful podcast of the same name that talks about the political communication of our times, between social phenomena and customs of a new millennium confused between the nostalgia of the 20th century and the desire for innovation.

Also at the Piazza delle Feste, on Saturday, July 20, Gabriele Cirilli takes the stage with “Il meglio di…,” a monologue that crosses all genres of comic theater, from comedy of misunderstandings to cabaret, with tales of lived life that also touch the heartstrings, songs and irresistible gags.

Closing the triptych of shows in the Piazza delle Feste tagged “Laughing in August but also before” is, Wednesday, July 24, Enzo Paci with “Uh! From the club to TikTok.” A show in which the Genoese comedian, recently acclaimed for his portrayal of Paolo Villaggio in the film “Com è umano lui” on Rai Uno, tackles the theme of evolution in his own way, with the participation of dancer Romina Uguzzoni.

Laughing in August at Villa Imperiale

Here the program of shows ranges from more traditional comedy to the purest cabaret, from improvisational theater to shows dedicated to children and families, with a focus on solidarity.

Opening the 34th edition of Laughing in August but also before, on Wednesday, July 3, is Carlo Cicala with Intratteni…mente, a cabaret and magic show in which the artist combines comedy and dexterity with forays into mentalism.

On Sunday, July 7, the Liberitutti Company will host a family event in Little Wolf Rock, a retelling of the fairy tale with original live music in which the two main characters, the wolf and the little girl, resolve their relationship differently and unpredictably.

Also them, on Friday, July 12, they are offering the show The Little Prince is Back, in which the aviator plummets back into the desert where he had met the Little Prince years earlier and now, together with the Rose, sets out to find his friend.

On Saturday, July 13, music and charity come together at Villa Imperiale for the D.O.C. Concert, a free-will evening benefiting the Gigi Ghirotti Foundation in which the music group retraces songs by Italian singer-songwriters and pop groups.

Among many others, we would also like to mention that on Thursday, July 25, taking the stage at Villa Imperiale will be Daniele Raco with the new show Best – in a world of John and Paul, in which, through the journey of his songs, the Ligurian comedian explains why after 33 years of his career he still identifies with Pete Best, the Beatles’ drummer before Ringo Starr.

Where to buy tickets

Presales for the shows are available at the Garage Theater office Wednesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; at the IAT Garibaldi office Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-6:20 p.m.; and at the IAT Porto Antico Green Hub office Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-6:20 p.m.

Online resale is instead on the Genoa Garage Theater website.

On evenings of performances, ticket offices open at the performance areas starting at 8 p.m. Presale receipts are exchanged on the evening of the performance at the ticket office at the ”presale exchange” counter.

Where to stay:

Just over a kilometer away from Villa Imperiale, Urban Flora is the perfect place for you to enjoy the fun evenings of the festival.

With us you will experience a Scandinavian-modern look, where fresh and pleasant plants will make you enjoy as much relaxation as possible and for an unforgettable vacation. All rooms provide a private bathroom, smart TV and free Wi-Fi that will make you feel right at home.

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