If you weren’t up for the panels or the music stages at the inaugural ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival, most likely you were there for Artist Alley or for the Monster Energy Comedy Tent. For the latter, if you were one of the lucky few who gained entrance into the packed tent, congratulations! It was two and a half hours of pure enjoyment in a packed room with strangers.
The first day of the festival was – as I’d like to say – a trial run. No one knew how it was going to go down. Heck, neither did Hardwick! In an Instagram he posted later during the first night, changes were implemented for the next day but that wasn’t without learning from a few hiccups! It was obvious changes needed to be done to make the comedy tent more accessible and even, better organized for all attendees so Hardwick took matters into his own hands to make the change for the next day.
During the Nerdist Podcast Live! Panel and the Q&A portion earlier in the day, an audience member expressed his opinions of some of the problems he came upon during his time at the ampitheatre. After meeting with the festival goer, Hardwick later announced during the second comedy show of the night the following changes: a better method to grab your ticket to access the comedy show and work on enhancing the sound system to give people in the back a better experience.
Despite the minor mishaps, that didn’t stop the laughs from coming. The “sold out” comedy shows for both nights were all welcomed to a huge line as if this was SDCC’s own Hall H. Whether you were a Michael Che fan or Demetri Martin, it was a seat you needed to grab to not only hear the closing act but to get familiar with the absolutely hilarious acts leading up to the closers. For example, actor Michael Ian Black to Bay Area native Adrian McNair.
You could have spent your whole entire day in the comedy tent, if you were lucky and just wanted to skip out on everything else the festival had to offer. There was a huge possibility and likelihood that did happen to a few attendees.
Knowing what they know now, fingers crossed they’ll know to extend the comedy tent a bit further to accommodate the mass crowd. As I’ll keep mentioning, every first show can’t be the best show. In fact, it wasn’t as chaotic as I’d imagine. Props to you, Hardwick!