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WORLD PREMIERE

Pop-Pop Is Dead premiered at LiveNation’s Buckhead Theatre on August 29th to a sold out crowd of 600 attendees. Though this wasn’t your traditional premiere: this was the only show in Atlanta to include film, stand-up, improv, and music from Atlanta’s top up and coming artists. This one-of-a-kind show showed off the best comedic talent in Atlanta all in one night. Why go to LA when “Y’allywood” is right here in Atlanta?

 Photo by Chase Anderson

Photo by Chase Anderson


Hosted by Hank Denson (Barbershop 3, All Eyez On Me), the event included stand-up comedy from Lace Larrabee (FOX, Viceland, and Weather Channel) and Jarrod Harris (Comedy Central, TBS, FOX, and NBC), musical performances by composers of the original Pop-Pop Is Dead score & soundtrack (Corey Campbell, Jenna Desmond, and The High Divers) and the exclusive world premiere of the Pop-Pop Is Dead along with drinks, tasty treats inspired by the film, over a dozen sponsors and vendors, and a free photobooth sponsored by Cricket Wireless.

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For guests who were in search of a real Atlanta red carpet experience, VIP Industry Experience ticket holders had access to: 

An exclusive VIP Industry lounge

Special gift bag from Meet Me On Peachtree valued at over $100

Free small plates inspired by the film

Free beer tasting from Orpheus Brewing

Free Mead tasting from Blue Haven Bee Company

Professional red carpet photos

VIP Pre-Show with performances from popular Atlanta improvisers and comedians including Mark Kendall (Alliance Theatre, "The Magic Negro and Other Blackness"), Atkins Estimond (Superfly, Fox’s The Resident), Mia Jackson (Inside Amy Schumer, Mother’s Day) and more!

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Premiere Performers

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Hank Denson (Host)

Hank Denson, an Atlanta based comedian, has been making a name for himself on the comedy circuit for the past 10 years. He’s a friend to your favorite comedian, having opened up for Jamie Foxx, Cedric the Entertainer, Amy Schumer and Rodney Perry. Hank appeared in Barbershop 3 and the Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me.

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Lace Larrabee

Lace Larrabee is an Atlanta-based actor and nationally touring stand up comedian. She has been seen on Viceland’s Flophouse and is a Fox network favorite appearing on several episodes of Laughs, Punchline and Dish Nation. Catch her later this year on the new season of The Weather Channel’s Weather Gone Viral and on Facebook Watch’s new dark comedy series Queen America in early 2019.

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Jarrod Harris

Atlanta native, Jarrod Harris may have been raised in the South, but he is not your stereotypical Southern stand-up comedian. Jarrod's stand-up has been seen on Comedy Central, TBS, FOX, and NBC. His album, "Present And Talkative," can be heard in regular rotation on XM Sirius radio and is currently available on Pandora, iTunes, and Amazon.

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Babe Club (Corey Campbell and Jenna Desmond)

Corey Campbell is a producer, pianist, and composer from South Carolina best known as the lead guitarist/keyboard player in Psychedelic/Americana band SUSTO. Jenna Desmond is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from New York and the Bassist for SUSTO. SUSTO has toured all through out the US/Canada and Europe playing with bands such as The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Kaleo, Iron & Wine, Shakey Graves and more. When not on tour, the duo spend their time writing and recording music with Jenna Desmond for their project Babe Club. Corey is thrilled to debut as a film composer with Coki Production's "Pop-Pop Is Dead"

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The High Divers

“We all moved to Charleston (SC) on the same day, and there was nothing else in our minds but forming a kick ass touring rock band”, says frontman, Luke Mitchell. With some extensive tours under their belts, as well as some opening slots for notable acts such as Nathaniel Ratelif & The Nightsweats, Delta Spirit, Shovels & Rope and Drivin N Cryin; The High Divers are steadily becoming exactly what they’d envisioned since day one. 

VIP exclusive Performers

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Mia Jackson

Mia Jackson is a bonafide Georgia peach (that's Georgian for “native”) and self proclaimed know-it-all. After graduating from the University of Georgia she hit the local comedy scene and has thrilled audiences since day one. To her credit she has appeared on NickMom's Night Out, Viceland and was a semi-finalist on Season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and the movie Mother's Day.  In 2017, she was named a New Face at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Atlanta's Creative Loafing named her the city's Best Stand-Up. Smart, funny, and versatile, Mia entertains all types of crowds.

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Jon Carr

Having been part of the Dad's Garage cast for more then 10 years, he has loves performing and being the Marketing Director there. He founded United Atlanta Improv and has helped improv theatres around the city come together through collaborative works. He has appeared in a number of Dad’s Garage shows such as: Cannibal! The Musical, The Dad’s Garage Going Out of Business Show, The Wrath of Con and he wrote the play Black Nerd.

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Mark Kendall

Mark Kendall is an Atlanta-based comedian. He is an ensemble member at Dad's Garage Theatre. His one man show, "The Magic Negro and Other Blackness" was produced by the Alliance Theatre last year and he continues to tour the show around the country. For his work with the show, he was awarded "Best Professional Funny Man" by Creative Loafing Atlanta in 2015. Mark studied film at Northwestern University. He worked at Comedy Central through the Chris Rock Summer School Program for up and coming comedy writers of color. During his time at Comedy Central, he got to pitch jokes to the writing staffs of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report."

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Atkins Estimond

Atkins Estimond was born in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, and discovered his love for acting in theatre. After graduating highschool, he transitioned to tv/film and briefly studied at the University of North Georgia as part of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance before acting full time here in ATL. Atkins has found great success in his career, and can be seen on shows such as FOX’s The Resident, AMC’s Lodge 49, Hap and Leonard, Love Is and more. He can also be seen in films including SuperFly and An Actor Prepares.

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Red Carpet photos

Photos by Lola Scott