Redwood Comedy Fest
DATE SET for 2017
January 27th & 28th
River Lodge Conference Center
Fortuna, CA 

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About Us

History of Fortuna

In 1874, Fortuna's original name was Slide Hill named for the slide that was a fixture on the Northeast side of the Eel River and the Southwest portion of Christian Ridge just to the Northwest, near the edge of town. In 1875, during the construction of the Springville mill the name was changed to Springville because of the numerous springs in the area. In 1884, the residents petition State legislatures for the name Fortuna, Spanish for "fortune", Latin for "change". In 1888, the name was changed to Fortuna. The name was chosen because settlers saw the proximity of the forest, the rivers and its Valley, and the Pacific Ocean as an ideal for enjoying good quality of life, and felt fortunate to live there.

Electricity came to Fortuna in 1883 when owners of the Springville Mill Company built a $4,000 power plant. February 20, 1906 Fortuna became known as its agricultural prowess in vegetable crops, berries and fruits, and for the fresh fish in the river. The Eel River and Eureka railroad was built to provide Humboldt's bay shipping access to the lumber mills and farms of the lower Eel River, In 1903and then completed the North Western Pacific Railroad to San Francisco in 1914.
 
Since Fortuna's earliest days in the 1800's its nickname has been the friendly city.

 

Where to stay?

The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel
1859 Almar Way, Fortuna, Ca 95540 (707) 725-5500

Best Western 
2025 Riverwalk Dr, Fortuna, Ca 95540 (707) 725-6822

Comfort Inn & Suites Redwood Country 
1583 Riverwalk Dr, Fortuna, Ca 95540 (707) 725-7025

Super 8
1805 Almar way, Fortuna, Ca 95540 (707) 725-2888

Travel Inn 
275 12th Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540 (707) 725-6993

6 Rivers Motel
531 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540 (707) 725-1181

Riverwalk Rv Park
2189 Riverwalk Dr, Fortuna, Ca 95540 (707) 725-3359

Reserve your room now to find an available room!

Where to eat?

Hot Brew
904 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Redwood Cafe 
1206 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Peppers
719 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Funky Monkey
1875 Riverwalk Dr, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Hunan Village Restaurant
1468 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

La Costa Mexican Restaurant,
664 S Fortuna Blvd,  Fortuna, Ca 95540

Eel River Brewing Co. 
1777 Almar Way, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Kome Restaurant 
679 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Taco loco
955 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Las Cazuelas
435 N Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca

Timeout Sports Pub
1095 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Philly Cheesesteak Shope
1095 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540 

Little L's
2865 School Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

L's Kitchen
1260 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Round table
759 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Westside 
432 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Bob's Footlong
505 12th Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Aztec Grill 
875 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Tom's Sourdough
101 12th Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Double D's Steakhouse & Seafood
320 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

McDonalds
761 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Burger King
925 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Sushi Boat
751 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Shotz Coffee & Drive thru
1665 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Starbucks
1095 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Jitter bean
466 N Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

 

Bars

Playroom
1109 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Timeout Sports pub
1095 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540

Where to Shop?

Strongs Creek Plaza
1095 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca
Kids Clothing, Women's brand clothing, Men's Brand Clothing, Food, Bar, Drugstore, Coffee, Movie Rentals, Grocery shopping

Redwood Village Shopping Center
735 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, Ca 95540
Grocery Shopping, Food, Movie rentals, Salon, Laundry matt, Drug Store, Dollar Tree, Fast Food 

Midtown Plaza 
2009 Main Street, Fortuna, Ca 95540
Food, Grocery shopping, Salon, Thrift Store, Liquor Store, Sportswear

Fortuna Main Street
Food, Gym, Liquor store, Frozen Yogurt, Gift shop, Pharmacy, Gift Shop, Tattoo/ Smoke Shop, Shoes and Shoe repair, Jewelry, and many more!

For more Information on more business in Fortuna please contact Fortuna Business Improvement District Office
(707) 725-9261

Redwood Comedy Festival
Fortuna, California

The Fortuna Business Improvement District will be hosting a comedy festival in the City of Fortuna as a fundraiser for the Business Improvement District.
 
This year this event will be a two day festival. We will feature 24 comedians on our main stage for Friday and Saturday night. 

Thanks to the Humboldt Lodging Alliance, Rotary, McLean, grants, sponsors, Community members attending event,  ticket sales, comedian submissions and promoting in Fortuna; we have been putting back into business in Fortuna over two years we made $24,802 to put back into our community. This year we will be growing the festival with the hopes it will become a fundraiser for FBID. The funds raised will allow FBID funds to promote and market Fortuna, our businesses and our events. 

This year we will only be using one venue, for both Friday and Saturday night. The Redwood Comedy Festival will provide the venue with the comedians, emcee, security and volunteers to sell tickets.
   
Schedule
Doors open at 8pm 
Music, full bar 8pm to 9pm
Game show 9pm to 9:30pm 
Comedy starts 9:30 to 11:30
After Party starts 11:30pm!!!
Happy Hour, Midnight snacks, fire pit till 12pm
After Party Ends 1pm

CONTACT INFO:
If you have any questions about this submission process, email booking@redwoodcomedyfest.com. If you have any questions about the Fortuna Business Improvement District please email fbid@fortunabusiness.com.

Rules

This is a comedy festival and we want everyone to have fun! Here are some Do's and Don't of Comedy Club/Event Etiquette (Pulled off an article found online):

The Basics: Light & Noise Discipline

Cell phones: Turn them off or set them to vibrate. Never take a phone call during the show. If it cannot wait, find a place away from the show to take the call.
 
Conversation: Keep it quiet and under 30 seconds. Voices carry, even over a sound system. Let other people hear the show, your friends will still be there to talk to when the show is over.
 
No Flash Photography: It distracts and disorients everyone.
 
Do Not Heckle the Comedian: Heckling is interrupting the performance to upstage, disparage, or throw off the comedian. It is never acceptable, and the quickest way to ruin the show for everyone. It is also the quickest way to be humiliated in front of everyone.
 
Do Not Interrupt the Comedian: The common excuse for this is “I’m helping the comedian.” Comedians are professionals, they do not need help. That “help” just derails the show and wastes everyone’s time, same as heckling. Exception: If a comedian directly engages you in conversation, you are a-ok to respond. Some of the best comedy happens this way, and can make for a memorable experience. Be ready to let it go when the bit is over.

Standard Etiquette

No Recording the Show: Same as a band, recording a stand-up routine violates the comic’s copyright on his material. Worse yet, a less-than-stellar performance some jerk puts up on the web can hurt the comic’s career. The infamous Michael Richards video is an extreme (arguably justified in this rare case) example of footage released by a third party that ruins the performer’s career.