There have been months when "The Best Comedy Shows" have actually been the only comedy shows, which is not a secret that needs to be kept. Comedy typically takes a nose dive after April on account of the people in St. Louis making patios, beers and the Cardinals their top priorities, but thanks to the terrible weather and the growing necessity to laugh, comedy in this town is soldiering on.
This month's "Best" is about as true to the title as it's been since I started recommending shows over a year and a half ago.
Bare Knuckle Comedy Welcomes Dan Sheehan with Michael Palascak, Andy Fleming and Conor Delehanty Saturday, June 14 in the Elvis Room at Blueberry Hill 9 p.m. | $10
Unlike with music, people don't come out to see comedians they've never heard of. For the most part, unless he or she is on TV or a recent Twitter sensation, crowds at comedy shows in St. Louis are fairly predictable. (More than anything, I would love to be proven wrong, and I challenge you to do so.)
That said, Tinder is a thing now, and if you're not familiar it, would be my great pleasure to lead you to the wide world of swiping courtesy of the app's worst nightmare, Dan Sheehan. It just so happens he is headlining the upcoming Bare Knuckle Comedy show in the Elvis Room. Also on the bill is Michael Palascak, who has quite a list of TV appearances to his credit. And in the spirit of late night TV, there will be music too, courtesy of 3 of 5.
Eddie Izzard Thursday, June 19, at the Fabulous Fox 8 p.m. | $38 to $73
The Fringe Festival (see below) is all up in arms (and costume) about Eddie Izzard being in town, and you should be too. Eddie Izzard wanted to reach a new audience, so he learned French just so he could perform in France. He also performs in German, and just this week he did three hour-long shows in Normandy, each in a different language. Being trilingual is impressive in and of itself, but translating comedy is another level of brilliance. Imagine a pun (any pun will do) and then imagine having to deconstruct it for someone who doesn't speak your native language, without losing the humor. This is what Eddie does, times three, and hilariously so.
He is without question an ingenious and visionary comedian. He capitalizes on wit and strange and candid responses to how his audience reacts. In a way, he breaks the fourth wall of performance, but there is not a moment in Izzard's act that displays the kind of spontaneity that suggests risk.
Continue to page two for more comedy shows.
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