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The Urban Laughs Comedy Festival is an event that celebrates all forms and aspects of urban comedy. It brings together the finest local, out of town and nationally known comics at one time to showcase their talents, network with one another, and enjoy the beautiful city of Memphis.


The festival takes place over 4 days in different venues throughout the city of Memphis. Each night will feature showcases with comics from our submission process while being hosted by local comics and headlined by comics known nationwide.

LaToya Tennille

Founder/ CEO

LaToya Tennille is a comedian, host, writer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of VivaciousOne Entertainment, LOL Memphis Improv Troupe, and the Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival, making her the first female in Memphis to found a major, African American centered comedy event. Her accolades include being featured on Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City on Comedy Central and winning “Best Female Comedian” at the 2017 Artsy awards and "Artist of the Year" in 2018. This Memphis native uses comedy camps and a host other events to give back to the youth and unite people with the spirit of laughter.

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Booking Manager

De'Wayne Sorrell, or as known in the Entertainment Circuit as De' Sorrell is now signed to YMO Enterprise, LLC management team with Legendary Sir Earl Toon as a PR and Entertainment Rep for the label. De'Sorrell has recently been tapped to work with a very funny comedienne from Memphis, TN name LaToya Polk, she is the creator and founder of the first Memphis Sketic "LOL" Comedy Show and here most recently, she is the Founder and Director of the Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival. Sorrell will serve as the Lead Booking Agent and talent scout for the Festival. Sorrell talents take him far and abroad, as he's well connected to the Los Angeles and Hollywood Comedy Scene, Dallas/Houston, as well as Atlanta.

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