For those in search of laughter or curious about the on-goings of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations of shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers crossed, Oh God! I hope this works, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, stand-up, improv and everything in between and out-of-the box.
Voce is a brand-spanking new venue on Tucker, fashioned as a jazz club, that will also function splendidly as a comedy room. Their inaugural comedy show brings Dan Chopin who has over twenty years of stand-up experience landing him on the Bob & Tom Show, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime. Chopin delivers a set chock-full of well-contrived one-liners, stories of the farcical world we live in and even a few comedy songs that are, in his words, "as timely and relevant as they are pointless and silly."
Opening the show will be Josh Arnold and Rob Durham. Arnold and Durham have teamed up for a number of shows in the past and they make a great match. Josh's stories are eccentric yet eloquent and undoubtedly self-deprecating -- a great compliment to Chopin's decidedly more tame material. Rob Durham is yet another St. Louis comedy veteran, who's been in the game for over ten years. He's even published a book, Don't Wear Shorts on Stage that is now also a blog featuring stories from his career and advice he gives and relays from other professional comics.
Ryan Stout has a week of performances lined up including three shows on Saturday night and two on Friday. His comedy resume boasts a regular spot on Chelsea Lately, appearances on Conan, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and in 2008 he won the Boston International Comedy Festival's stand-up competition.
Stout is offensive on an intellectual level and explores the boundaries of morally questionable subjects with an objectivity that is hard to come by in the world of comedy. His holier-than-thou attitude is reinforced by his flippant insincerity, which just goes to show that an asshole is only kind of an asshole, just as long as he's likable.
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