NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville was taken over by jokes and laughter after the Nashville Comedy Festival kicked off on Sunday, bringing some of the world's biggest comedy acts to Nashville, as well as highlighting plenty of local talent.
"It's a great opportunity for some of the local comics to get some exposure and have shows," Andrew Farwell with Outback Concerts, said.
The festival features acts such as Weird Al, Jeff Dunham, Tim Allen, and even musician Brad Paisley, who will once again perform at Zanies with his friends.
While some of the shows are sold out, many still have tickets available, and there are literally comedy shows happening around the clock.
For the fourth year in a row, the Broken Record Comedy Show is back, breaking their own Guinness World Record for longest stand-up comedy show with multiple comedians with more than 184 hours of comedy.
"We started at 5 a.m. Sunday and we'll be here until Sunday the 22nd at 9:40 p.m. when we break our own record," comedian and event organizer Chad Riden said. "Then we're going to go home and sleep for a couple days."
Every year, the show beats it's own record by 5 minutes.
"It's dumb, it's ridiculous, there's no reason to do it," Riden said. "We already have the record, but it's fun!"
The festival brings something new to a town where the attention normally lies on the music industry, and highlights other creative minds in Tennessee.