I thought maybe I'd change the headline of this month's list of comedy picks to "April 5: The Choice is Yours!" but believe it or not there's more than just one day of comedy this month (despite that over-stacked date). April is an exciting month for St. Louis comedy because there are a handful of comedians coming to town who have also been on TV, and for which you won't need to worry about whether or not the show will be worth the dent in your wallet.
Bare Knuckle Comedy with Steven Briggs at The Elvis Room Saturday, April 5 9 p.m. | $10
The Bare Knuckle crew soldiers on and remains not just a staple but also the standard of independent comedy in St. Louis. This month the group welcomes Los Angeles-based comedian Steven Briggs to the Elvis Room stage. His stop in St. Louis is one of many on his nationwide tour. Briggs is vivacious and endearing, the kind of comic who charm a frown right off your face.
Amy Schumer at The Peabody Opera House Saturday, April 5 8 p.m. | $37.50 - $45
When a comedian headlines venues the size of the Peabody Opera House, there's absolutely no gamble -- the laughs are guaranteed in the cost of the ticket. As Schumer's Comedy Central bio claims, "Her wholesome girl-next-door looks and edgy comedy" is what's so appealing about her, but what it might as well read is "She's in the 8 to 9 range on both the funny and hot scale." If you're not familiar with the funny/hot scale, she's at about a Dane Cook level (minus his whole stealing jokes from Louis CK hang-up). She's cheeky, articulate and a master of the trade.
Stand Up for Kids at River City Casino Saturday, April 5 $32 - $65 | 6 p.m.
It's been said that laughter is the best medicine, but I think it's safe to say that medicine isn't always what's needed. Dan Chopin and Don Friesen have collaborated to create a unique fundraiser to benefit the Lemay Child and Family Center. The event includes a three-course sit down dinner, libations, music and the added bonus of standup comedy. It's a win-win comedy show, with lighthearted laughter and the satisfaction your dollars are going to a good cause.
Continue to page two for more great comedy shows this month.