Nearly one year ago to the day, Hopkins’ first and only comedy club opened its doors to the public. Owner Michael Edlavitch has goals of turning the 50-seat club into a fixture of the Twin Cities comedy scene by bringing in a mix of comedy that appeals to a variety of audiences. “People relate to comedians, and our audiences aren’t always just white men,” says Edlavitch. “At the same time, we don’t have specific nights that have a certain ‘type’ of performer. There isn’t a women’s night or an urban comedy night; we just want talented performers.” This week, Hopkins will become the center of the Twin Cities comedy world with the first-annual Hopkins Comedy Festival. The six-day festival kicked off Tuesday with Mary Mack, and will showcase an insanely deep and eclectic lineup of comedians this week, including Chad Daniels, Mo Alexander, and Joe Cocozzello. One of the best parts of the celebration will be the opportunity to see these national headliners in such an intimate setting. The headliner on Saturday night, comedy megastar Todd Glass, will perform at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Who knew that Hopkins could be so funny? Visit royalcomedy.com/#festival for tickets and locations.