The Prime Shine MiddleState Independent Comedy Film Festival kicks off April 26 with a sneak peek of the films, complimentary appetizers, a no-host bar and a guest appearance by “It’s A Disaster” director Todd Berger.

The first of two nights for the fourth annual comedy and film festival, the free festival reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St., in Downtown Merced.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the festival, see trailers for the films showing the following day, receive gifts from event sponsors and purchase tickets for the films and Adam Carolla’s stand-up comedy performance.

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April 26, 7-9 p.m.
at the Multicultural Arts Center

April 27 at the Merced Theatre
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“The reception is really just the kick off of the film festival. It’s a chance for everyone involved and excited about the event to get together, hang out, and buy some last minute tickets,” says Joey Essig, a member of the four-person organizing team. “What we are trying to do is establish a community of people who are into the idea. People who enjoy film and a good laugh; get them all together in one place and have a little fun before the big day.”

On Saturday, April 27, the festival continues beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a short film program. At 2 p.m., the feature film “Wrong” begins, “It’s A Disaster” starts at 6 p.m. followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Todd Berger and Adam Corolla is set to take the stage at 9 p.m.

Todd Berger, who wrote, directed and acts in “It’s A Disaster,” has also appeared in the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” and is the screenwriter for the new film “Where’s Waldo.”

Tickets for each film are $12; tickets for all three film presentations are $34; tickets for all films plus Adam Carolla range from $52-$71; and tickets for just Adam Corolla range from $29-$49.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Directed by Quentin Dupieux

Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others. In his journey to find Paul, Dolph may lose something even more vital – his mind.

“It’s A Disaster”
Directed By Todd Berger

Eight friends meet for their monthly “couples brunch.” What starts as an impromptu therapy session/airing of domestic grievances, takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people become increasingly unhinged to hilarious, surprising and revealing results.

Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla is one of the most versatile men in Hollywood. He hosts the “The Adam Carolla Show,” which broke the Guinness World Record for the most downloaded podcast with nearly 60 million unique downloads from ’09 to ’11 and continues to grow today. He is the author of the NY Times bestseller “Not Taco Bell Material,” and is well known for co-hosting the radio and MTV show “Loveline.” Carolla also co-created and co-starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, “The Man Show” (1999-2003) and “Crank Yankers” (2002-2007). A native of Southern California, Carolla currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lynette, and their twins.

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