With so many members of the St. Louis diaspora flocking back home, local funnyman Joe Murray
has decided to mount a show of our returning standups, to be held down in the newly-renovated bowels of Brennan's
in the Central West End.
On the bill: Jeff Wesselschmidt
, Josh Arnold
, Nikki Glaser
, Nick Vatterot
, Brian Emuge
, Spenser Gill
, and Tim Francis
. Daily RFT
: So this showcase that's coming up on Wednesday -- Joe Murray
: The technical term is Joe Murray's Comedy Joecase
Starring Joe Murray. I see. Normally, it's the fourth Wednesday of every month and features not the big local names, but rather, the newbies. Is that right?
Yeah, it's usually just for local guys that aren't professional
comedians, but that I think are pretty good. I try to get them when they
have a good eight-or-so minutes. Usually, to get eight good minutes
takes a while.
Every week now, there's been like 35 to 40 people trying to get one of the 12 spots they have at Funnybone's Tuesday night open mic
So there's a lot of people trying to get stage time, and not a lot of
stage time. There's more people trying to do comedy than ever before. Why do you think that is?
really don't know. Lately, standup has been romanticized more than it
probably should. It's kind of like how people romanticize drug use. It
seems harsh and gritty, but people are drawn to it. I think the same
thing is happening with comedy.
The comics you see on
television, every one of them has been doing it at least five years. And
you hear them on these podcasts talking about all these terrible shows
they did over the years. And so [newbies] will show up at a terrible
show, and they'll be like, 'This is where I pay my dues. This is a notch
in the belt.' Whereas, I would be perfectly happy to only do great
Like, they think it's a growing experience that there's
nine people in the crowd and they're all drunk. I don't like that at
all. I'd rather be in a room of 300 people who want to laugh. And make
Traditionally, the night before Thanksgiving is a HUGE party night in the Gateway City -- perhaps the most boisterous of the year.