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 for shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works" affairs, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everything in between and out of the box.
Jovan Bibbs had a solid run with the Wednesday night comedy show Laughs at Lola -- by open-mic standards, the room was a sell-out every single week. Not only was Lola packed, but the crowd was present on purpose and wanted you to make them laugh. The glory of Lola has since passed, but Jovan is still producing topnotch entertainment, especially for Klass Klowns.
This month Jovan is celebrating his birthday at Voce with Nell Taylor, Carmen Barton and headliner LaVar Walker, who as a combined force have toured extensively across the United States and can be tied to Martin Lawrence's First Amendment, Shaq's All-Star Comedy Jam and Kevin Hart's Plastic Cup Boys.
Voce is a prime spot for a comedy show; there's not a bad seat in the house, and even those who like to stick close to the bar won't miss a beat. As for the host himself, Jovan Bibbs will be breaking out of St. Louis any day now. And that's not say he hasn't already; we're lucky to have him stick around as long as he has. In his first year of comedy he landed himself on BET's Comic View in New Orleans and has only grown in popularity since. And the comics can expect a similar reception as the aforementioned Lola crowd: individuals who want to be entertained and dare you to try.
Danno's Open Mic at Danno's American Pub Every Monday 10 p.m. | Free
Open mics are band practice for comics. Keeping a regular and recurring crowd at band practice is a difficult task, but the combined efforts of host Sam McNett and the comic-friendly bar staff at Danno's have honed in on the secret.
Every Monday a hodge-podge of locals and passersby will take to the stage with their five minutes of jokes, stories and puns, or at the very least their attempts at any of the above. The crowd is well-receiving, patient (most of the time) and enthusiastic about keeping tabs on their favorites of the night. Imagine sitting in on band practice, seeing the struggle to find the perfect riff and then catching it live for the first time and sharing in the experience of finely nailing it. That's a comedy open mic in all of its glory. You'd have to be a repeat customer, but hey, the show is never going to be the same.
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