NextNOW Fest & Comedy Bonfyre: The Starry Night Special

NextNOW Fest & Comedy Bonfyre: Festival Kick-Off–The Starry Night Special

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 • 7PM
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Doors will open at 6PM. The Hall CP's dinner menu will be available for purchase!

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About the Event

Comedy Bonfyre and NextNOW Fest come together for a night of laughter featuring Netflix's Emma Willmann, with Late Late Show's Dylan Adler and hosted by D.C. comedian Kim Villamera.

Comedy Bonfyre is a D.C. based comedy and storytelling production, produced by Ambi Narula and Lyka Miranda. Comedy Bonfyre shows bring the heat, laughter and good vibes just like a real bonfire.

This show is open to the public and will be ASL-interpreted.


About the Artists

Emma Willmann (she/her) is one of New York City’s top comedians and perhaps one of the only dyslexic-gender-wiggly-comics-with-ADHD from Blue Hill, Maine. Emma has performed on Netflix’s "The Comedy Line Up," Comedy Central and is one of the few comics ever to have multiple appearances on "The Late Show" with Stephan Colbert.

Dylan Adler (he/him) is a comedian, actor, writer and musician based in New York and Los Angeles. He's currently a writer on "The Late Late Show" with James Corden where he also performed stand up and was a sports correspondent. He was recently named a "Comic You Should and Will Know" by Vulture Magazine. He's also performed for Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival as a "Comic To Watch."

Kim Villamera (she/her) is an up-and-coming DMV Comedian. She has performed at venues such as the Coalition Theater, the Virginia Beach and Richmond  Funny bone and Perkinson Center. She has opened for Hannah Brener, Nate Jackson and Jackie Kashian. She is the first Asian Woman to ever win the Virginia Beach Comedy Roast Championship. Born in the Philippines and home grown in Richmond, her comedic style of storytelling is rich with social awkwardness and truly a testament of the human experience.

About NextNOW Fest

Started in 2014, The Clarice’s annual NextNOW Fest is an inspiring arts experience that celebrates imagination, creativity and community. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and our community, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms our future and connects us all.

NextNOW Fest is a signature event in University of Maryland's Arts for All initiative, which leverages the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to address the grand challenges of our time.


NextNOW Fest is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Additional support is provided by Terps After Dark and the University of Maryland's Arts for All initiative. NextNOW Fest's Silent Disc-Glo event is supported by UMD's Student Entertainment Events; and the Vital Signs Mini-Grants Showcase is supported by the Venable Foundation and Pepsi.