On Stage

Standup Roundup

The laughter list

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The best comedians make telling jokes in front of an audience look easy, but anybody who’s ever witnessed one of their friends nervously testing out their routine in front of a mirror in their bathroom (been there, done that) knows full well it can be an arduous path to the punchline. Getting onstage takes guts, and that’s only one of the reasons you should pay attention to the following standup roundup.

At 9pm every Monday, as many as 20 comedians make their way to Guffawingham! to ply their trade during four-minute sets at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State. St. The weekly open mic also brings featured comedians to the stage. On Mon., Aug. 26, those standup stars will be Alex Avery and Nathan Hart. Entry is free, but tips—and laughs, naturally—are always appreciated. More info: http://www.thefireflylounge.com

Comedy Night at McKay’s will continue the hilarity at 8pm Tues., Aug. 27 at McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria, 1118 E. Maple St. The recurring event—which takes place the last Tuesday of every month—features an open mic for the first half of the show, followed by sets from four local comedians. Entry is free; come in 30 minutes early to sign up for a spot at the mic (and be sure and give your routine a practice run if needed). More info: http://www.facebook.com/mckaystaphousebham

Shortly thereafter, the inaugural Afterglow Comedy Hour lights up the night at 9pm Fri., Aug. 30 at the new Stemma Brewing Company, 2039 Moore St. The recipe for the event at the family-run brewery in the Sunnyland neighborhood is simple. Add seven comedians, give them one hour to fit in their funny business, and reap infinite laughs (for zero dollars). Nikki Killpatrick hosts, and Kyle Engberg will be the featured comedian. All are invited to “come catch the glow.” More info: http://www.stemmabrewing.com


At 8pm on Sun., Sept. 1, Depot Comedy Club returns for its monthly date at Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St. The always-entertaining event features up-and-coming comedians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. To kick off a new month, Seattle’s Claire Webber will be joined by New York City-based comedian, videographer and “humble idiot” Mike Masilotti, as will headliner Lang Parker—a Last Comic Standing alum who was raised in Wisconsin, but now makes her home in the big city of Los Angeles. Tickets are $15, and should be procured in advance. More info: http://www.eventbrite.com

Come 7pm Tues., Sept. 3, Comedy Central’s Shane Mauss will bring his Stand Up Science Tour to the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Described as being “funnier than a TED Talk and smarter than your usual night of comedy,” the one-of-a-kind show promises to merge “equal part haha and aha!” Mauss will open the show, followed by a local comedian and two area academics touting both laughter and learning. After the performances, Mauss return to the stage for an interactive discussion and Q&A with the audience.  Tickets are $15-$22. More info: http://www.eventbrite.com

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