There's still cause for laughter in the new year. This month's picks span the spectrum from traditional to strange, so we've laid it all out for you! And so it goes.
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.
The Improv Shop's Harold Night at Brennan's Thursday, January 2nd 8p.m. | Free
Right out of the gate and into the New Year the Improv Shop has temporarily moved from its home above Pat's Bar and Grill and is operating out of Brennan's Wine and Tobacco in the Central West End. If pockets are holiday-thinned and you're in need of a chuckle but don't just want to sit and listen, Harold Night is the way to go. It's a tried-and-true improv show that is based entirely on audience suggestion. Whether it gets weird or stays in line is really up to you.
In case you're not familiar with improv and the above wasn't explanation enough, it's quite simple: The performers set up a scenario, ask for suggestions, and the audience then shouts out whatever they will. Its a "choose your own comedy adventure," if you will -- think live Mad-Libs. You provide the setup and they deliver the punchline.
From the Pancake Master himself, Googolplexia, presents the The 13th Annual XRII Bonanza Blowout Spectacular! First and foremost will be the Arm-Wrestling Competition that took place between set breaks last year and has been carried over to 2014. There are four bands most certainly on the bill: the Capuchin Punks, Prank Monkey, Seaby & The Rules and Vanilla Beans -- and one, Dubb Nubb, that's reportedly in limbo.
To add to the fun Bare Knuckle Comedy has brought in a caravan of comics on a mini-tour of the Midwest to sandwich in jokes between the bands. The headlining comedy spot has been awarded to Joe McAdam with Nick Rouley and the Puterbaugh Sisterz backing him up. McAdam is one of the driving forces behind the Late Live Show which was based out of Chicago, ventured to Los Angeles, and is now back in the Windy City. He's also the irreverent genius behind the Godzilla Remix Project, which the Huffington Post called one of the "7 Websites You Should be Wasting Your Time on Right Now."
All-in-all XRII is going to get weird. I'm willing to bet an unknowing passerby would either join in on the festivities for fear of missing out or pick up the pace and cross the street because what's happening inside just doesn't make sense. Each band will have a 30 minute set, there were will be arm-wrestling during breaks and the jokers will be all up in the mix. For the un-medicated with ADHD this night will be paradise; for the itinerary-based adventurers, not so much.
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