The Green Mountain Comedy Festival is a grassroots celebration of comedy in Vermont. It is planned and executed by the three dedicated individuals below (click here to contact them), as well as dozens of volunteers, performers and fans.
Nathan Hartswick is a comedian, producer, writer/director and educator from Vermont. He has performed throughout New England and shared the stage with some of the country’s best comics, including Fred Armisen, Colin Quinn, Kyle Kinane and others. He was voted “Best VT Standup Comedian” in 2012 and 2013 by readers of Seven Days, was a semifinalist in the Funniest Comic in New England contest in 2012, and won the Higher Ground Comedy Battle in 2011. He also leads and performs with the Spark Improv Troupe, VT’s premier improv comedy team.
Nathan is the founder of the Vermont Comedy Club, an organization that produces & promotes comedy in Vermont and beyond, including the annual Funniest Comic in Vermont contest and the Green Mountain Comedy Festival.
Natalie Miller is a professional standup and improv comedian, actor, singer, voice over artist and teacher who hails from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. She and her husband Nathan Hartswick run Vermont Comedy Club and Spark Arts in Burlington, Vermont. Natalie trained in voice, theater and dance at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has performed extensively in national and regional theater productions, films and commercials.
Natalie also works as a casting director for many area production companies, casting local and regional print, television, film and commercial work. In 2012, Natalie was a recipient of Vermont Business Magazine’s “Rising Stars” award, which honors 40 Vermont professionals under the age of 40. She performs standup comedy throughout New England and plays with Vermont’s premier improv team, the Spark Improv Troupe.
Kathleen Kanz has been performing and producing comedy shows in Vermont since 2007. Quarterly shows at The Black Door in Montpelier and monthly shows at The Monkey House in Winooski created the Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour and gave Vermont comedians their first opportunities to perform as often as possible in front of live audiences. She’s the founder of the Green Mountain Comedy Festival as well as Comic Relief – A Benefit for COTS. Her style favors compact one-liners containing twisted logic. She has jokes in two books: She’s So Funny and Squeaky Clean Comedy, and has been published in Swivel.