Laughs by the Lake

Presented by the City of Irving and Frontier Communications.

Enjoy this photo recap of last year's show!

An Evening of Live Comedy

There is no better way to end the week than with a laugh.  Lake Carolyn, located in the Las Colinas Urban Center, provides a beautiful backdrop for an evening of live entertainment.  Laughs by the Lake is the largest outdoor comedy show in North Texas.  The show offers adults free fun, scenic views and great food.  
Over 1,500 people are expected to take in the live comedic performances, headlined by three-time Daytime Emmy winner Ben Bailey.  Dallas-based entertainer Comedian Q returns to host the evening, which includes a local comedian showcase and performances by comics Dorie McLemore and Troy Walker. In-N-Out Burger will provide complimentary meals to the first 1,000 attendees, while Fuzzy's Tacos will have food and adult beverages available for purchase. 

Please Note:
  • Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair, as seating is not provided. 
  • Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted to be brought into the event.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be brought into or removed from the event.
  • Please refrain from smoking in the event site. 

While there will be no profanity or obscene language, all comedic content is designed and intended for an adult audience.  All ages are welcome to attend; however, parental caution is recommended for this PG-13 show.  

Event Parking

Free on-site parking is available while space lasts, weather permitting.  Parking garages in the surrounding area charge $5-10 per vehicle.  Attendees are encouraged to ride the DART Orange Line to the Las Colinas Urban Center Station, where a complimentary event shuttle will provide transportation to and from the event from 6 to 10 p.m.  The event shuttle is wheelchair accessible; no pets or smoking permitted.

2017 Entertainers

Ben Bailey 1a

Best known as the host of the popular game show "Cash Cab," Ben is a popular, nationally-touring stand-up comedian.  He has performed at all of the major comedy festivals, starred in two specials for Comedy Central, and recently released a new special.  Ben has won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on "Cash Cab," and has also hosted "Who's Still Standing" (NBC), "After the Catch" (Discovery) and "Brain Games" (NatGeo).
His natural style of humor hits homes with audiences of all types, taking daily occurrences and turning them into hilarious stories.  Join Ben as he headlines the 2017 show!

Comedian website
Troy Walker Headshot


 Coming from the growing comedy scene in Denver, Troy is one of the areas most talented rising stars.  After winning local comedy contests, he's gone on to perform at some of the top international comedy festivals including The Great American Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal.  
Not your typical comedian, Troy is a licensed attorney who brings a unique style to his performances.  With outstanding storytelling abilities and a commanding presence on stage, Troy is an excellent addition to the show.

Comedian website
Dorie Mclemore 1


Performing comedy for over a decade, Dorie is a talented entertainer who has taken the stage at a variety of corporate and private venues.  She has shared the stage with comedians such as Anjelah Johnson and Scott Wood while touring across the country.
Her family provides much of her source material, as her three children and college-sweetheart husband are the stars of her daily life.  Her top claim to fame: falling backwards out of the bathtub while washing her children and being featured on "America's Funniest Videos."  
Comedian website
Comedian Q-2


Quenton "Q" Coleman has been taking DFW by storm for the past decade, performing award-winning stand-up comedy and poetry.  He created the monthly comedy series "We Got Next," which has since expanded to multiple states and select cruise ships.

Q takes inspiration from every day life, believing that humor can be found in all situations.  His charisma, clever punch lines and energetic performances combine to provide audiences with an evening to remember every time.  Welcome Comedian Q back for a third time as our hilarious host.
Comedian website

Comedy Showcase

 This year local up-and-coming comedians will have the opportunity to vie for the title of Irving's Funniest Comic!  Three comedians will be selected to perform at the start of the show, bringing their funniest five-minute set to the stage.  The audience will vote for the favorite entertainer, who will walk away with the title and a cash prize. 

If you think you have what it takes to win, submit a performance video using the entry form below.  Entries will be accepted Monday July 10 through Friday July 21 only.  The top three comics will be selected by staff to perform at the show.  For more information about the Comedy Showcase, download the F.A.Q. (PDF).  
Comedy Showcase Entry Form

2017 Presenting Sponsor

  1. Become a Sponsor
    Thousands of people from Irving and neighboring areas attend our annual festivities.  Support this community event and increase the visibility of your organization by becoming a sponsor.  For more information on becoming a sponsor, view our Sponsorship Packages (PDF) and contact The Sponsor Bureau at (214) 702-6411.

    *Please check back regularly for event updates. Information is subject to change.