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.
Bill Cosby Saturday, August 9 at the Ballroom at Four Seasons in Lumiere 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. | $35 to $65
Remember when Doug Stanhope said Bill Cosby isn't relevant anymore but "it's cute to see an old man can make words?" Well Bill Cosby is not only making words but telling jokes too, and and to no one's surprise, it's sold out. Sorry -- don't mean to tease, but it wouldn't feel right not to announce that one of the greatest comedians alive is in town.
Todd Barry Tuesday, August 19 at the Firebird 8 p.m. | $20
This time last year Todd Barry embarked on "The Crowd Work Tour." The concept was to leave half of his act -- the jokes -- behind, and just work off the audiences. It's a daring and bold move because crowd work can go really, horribly wrong. And perhaps that's the draw -- you simply don't know what's going to happen next. But though it is true that there's a gamble with crowd work, Barry is truly a safe bet.
This time around I'd predict a 50/50 split: You're guaranteed to get the jokes, with the added bonus of a unique and one-of-a-kind show at the Firebird. Barry is a conversationalist; his is an accessible brand of humor with a spark of curiosity, executed so well that one could easily believe his performance was planned to feel impromptu.
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