For those in search of laughter or curious about the goings-on 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, standup, improv and everything in between and out of the box.
May is a busy month for Funny in St. Louis and there's a handful of nights where you'll have more than one show to choose from. For a complete list of funny events in May, check out this all-inclusive comedy calendar.
The Funny Bone Comedy Competition Mondays at the Funny Bone Show 8 p.m. / $5
The Funny Bone is running their very own comedy competition, and the first of many rounds took place on Monday, May 6. The competition will continue to run every Monday, with each show hosting twelve or so contestants, with four more to go until round one concludes. **Math Break!** That's more than 60 comics (63 to be exact!) and yes, there really are that many aspiring standups in St. Louis. The competition may be painful at times, because all it took was $20 and the ability to get yourself on stage to enter, so there's a possibility someone's first and last performance may take place on the Funny Bone stage. However, you're also going to see comics that have been doing this for years, comics that have religiously performed at open mics five+ nights a week. All in all, the competition is a glorified open mic with and a cash prize. And yes, it is worth the drive to Westport.
Also at the Funny Bone this week (May 8 - 12) is Ryan Singer, whose last stop in St. Louis was on the Organic Comedy Tour at Brennan's Wine and Tobacco. If you missed it, this is your chance to redeem yourself. Podcast God Marc Maron (WTF) even vouches for him, he's said Singer is a comic "who should be big." This is, without question, the show to see in May.
Speaking of competition, the RFT Standup Throwdown's conquerer Jon Venegoni will be doing a feature set at the May installment of Comedy in the Lou. Headlining will be Gabe Kea, who happens to be as funny as he is just an all-around nice person. Gabe is an insurance sales-guy turned standup comic who holds the key to comedy with personal and engaging stories. Whether your front and center or hiding in the back of the room, you'll feel like he's right there, just chatting with you and your friends. If you saw Jon Venegoni take the cake at Plush then you know what to expect and can rest assured he will meet your expectations. For those of you not at the show, Jon's got a grab bag of jokes that are silly, at times disjointed, but all-around downright amusing. Also performing are the Brooklyn Guys, a sketch duo (comprised of Charlie Winfrey and Frankie Chubb) who swing around their surly attitudes (and often bats, too).
[Disclosure: I am the producer for all Comedy in the Lou shows.]
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