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Time to Kickoff Campfire Stories and Boise's Funniest Person


The monthly literary series, Campfire Stories, sounds a lot more rustic than it is. Instead of recitations of ghost stories and crude jokes being told while marshmallows roast, it's a chance to nosh on appetizers and sip craft cocktails at one of the most polished literary events in town.

Kick off the new Campfire Stories season at The Modern Hotel and Bar on Monday, June 12, at 8 p.m. with a reading by poet H.L. Hicks, author of numerous volumes of poetry and essays, a recipient of the T.S. Eliot Prize and instructor at the University of Wyoming. Wrap up the evening with Boise nonfiction writer and humorist AK Turner and stay nourished with a special menu from Chef Nate.

Then, it's time to turn up the heat on amateur comedians: Auditions for Boise's Funniest Person 2017 are Saturday, June 17, 2-6 p.m.; Monday, June 19, 6-9 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 20, 4-7 p.m.

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If you believe laughter is the best medicine, and you think you're a born healer but have never really given stand-up comedy a try, get schooled at BFP, a monthlong comedy competition for people with little to no stand-up experience. It starts with 20 wannabe jokesters performing each week at Liquid in front of an audience and a panel of judges—including Boise Weekly's own Amy Atkins—until only a single contest remains standing(up). The winner receives a sweet prize of $1,000 in cash and the title of Boise's Funniest Person.

For more information on auditioning and BFP, visit

Comedy isn't activism, but for KC Hunt, that doesn't mean they can't go hand in hand. Join him at Liquid Tuesday, June 13, for the first entry in his Goodness Gracious comedy series.

Every two months, Hunt will volunteer at a nonprofit of his choice. At the end of the period, he will perform a comedy show and donate the proceeds to the nonprofit where he volunteered. He will be joined on stage Tuesday by comedians Sophie Hughes, Daniel Johnston, Benn Hess, Patrick Medina and Victor Pelligrino. This show benefits progressive education and policy organization United Vision for Idaho.

Tickets are $10, and the performance begins at 8 p.m.