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Tenacious D Brings Comedy Festival To Santa Monica Pier, Will Rock Your Socks

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As music festival season winds down, it's time for another type of entertainment to take to the stage en masse. And who better to plan for such a thing than the men of Tenacious D?

Jack Black and Kyle Gass have put their insane little minds together to curate a comedy festival, which will come to fruition at the Santa Monica Pier on October 19th of this year. The festival, which has been named "Festival Supreme," will feature some epic acts, including Adam Sandler, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Demetri Martin, Fred Armisen and The Mr. Show Experience.

As far as why the comedy duo decided to put the show together, Black tells Rolling Stone that it just seemed like the obvious thing to do here in L.A.:

There's no real objective here other than to put on the greatest show this town has ever seen. I feel like there's an empty hole there too. Like why hasn't there ever been a really kick-ass comedy festival in Los Angeles? I can't think of one. It's like a no-brainer. This is where they all are. You don't even have to fly anybody out.
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In talking to the New York Times, he added that Festival Supreme will likely stay local for the near future:

For now, Mr. Black said, Festival Supreme is envisioned as a Los Angeles-only event. “I can’t imagine saying, ‘O.K., now everybody form a line, we’re all going to be getting on Southwest Airlines,’” he said. “But there’s lots of talent in other cities. We could conceivably do a Festival Supreme in all the major hubs of the world, I suppose.” After a pause, Mr. Black added with characteristic humbleness: “We’re in talks right now with Richard Branson. We’re talking about doing one in space.”

Black and Gass also put together these promo videos, in case for whatever reason you're not already sold: