The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: October 2013

Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro

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 Cardinals are in post-season play, so for the month of October the entertainment industry is going to have to get scrappy -- St. Louis has a one-track mind when it comes to baseball. This month is big for comedy in St. Louis, and it's a shame it's up against such terrible odds. So to baseball fans who like to laugh and are dynamic enough to have other interests, we'd like to plead the case for comedy: You can check the scores later, but here's no comedy show replay.

So, here goes nothing...

Tig Notaro at Maryville University October 9 9 p.m. | Free

Tig Notaro is coming to town. I also didn't know, until someone said, "Hey, isn't that Tig person you did a video for already coming to St. Louis?" It's not been publicized, at all, but she will in fact be performing at Maryville University. The show is open the public and free. If you're not on the Tig Train, here's the 411... She's funny!

Notaro's performance last August at Largo, which addressed her recent cancer treatments, has been praised by the most respected names in comedy (such as Louis C.K.) as legendary. Since then, she's been a regular on Conan and the aforementioned C.K. sold her album exclusively on his website. Comedians give no guarantees; they are just as likely (arguably more so) to have a bad performance as any musician, actor and so on, but I'd bet on Tig putting on a show that will exceed your expectations any day.

A Special Show at Brennan's October 15 8 p.m. | Free

On Tuesday, October 15, Brennan's is throwing a special show in the form of a three-floor whiskey-induced party. The bar is celebrating ten years of comedy, and it's going to be in style. With the exception of the list of sponsors, time and date, the staff at Brennan's is keeping the show details on the down-low. There will be comedy, music and obviously plenty to drink and smoke (Brennan's is a cigar bar).

The highlight of the event will no doubt be the comedian who, per Kevin Brennan, "contractually cannot be named." Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned surprise?

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