Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: March 2015

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Saturday, March 21, at the Improv Shop - THE IMPROV SHOP
  • The Improv Shop
  • Saturday, March 21, at the Improv Shop

Here: An Improvised Musical With Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto Saturday, March 21, at the Improv Shop 8 p.m. | $5

Yes, a musical. And, no, you're not going to be the outcast when everyone in the audience is singing along except for you. That's because Here is unlike any other musical you've ever seen: The whole thing is improvised. You can't sing along because not even the performers know the tune. If you're thinking, "There's no way that can be anything less than a disaster," stop right there. Remember how much everyone loved Wayne Brady's songs on Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Improv Shop brought in Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto of Chicago's Improv Olympics, and to round things off, pianist Larry Pry of the Muny will provide accompaniment. While new to us, Here is a weekly production that's making its way across the U.S. Both DeFranciso and Rizzutto have impressive resumes and will deliver a fortuitous and one-time-only feature.

Following the performance, Empty Full of Sorrow, St. Louis' only all-goth improv group, will take over the stage in celebration of "Improvica Satanicus." The show is just $5, but if you attend the 8 p.m. show you are invited to stay free of charge.

MAKE ME LAUGH USA
  • Make Me Laugh USA

Make Me Laugh St. Louis March 14, 20 and 21 at Foam, the Duck Room and Firebird 8 p.m. | $10

Make Me Laugh is a nationally touring amateur standup comedy competition produced by Dan Frigolette, creator of the Hoboken Comedy Festival. In celebration of both the city's and national DIY scenes, Make Me Laugh is stopping in St. Louis to crown St. Louis' best amateur comic. The winner will receive a spot on the Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour as well as a website, head shots and of course the bragging rights to jump-start their career.

Make Me Laugh St. Louis takes place in three venues over the course of three days. Preliminaries are Saturday, March 14, at Foam, and the semis and finals will be held the following weekend at the Duck Room on Friday, March 20, and the Firebird on Saturday, March 21. The competition will be judged nationwide by Dan Frigolette and the winner of the Albany competition, Erik Anker. Local talent will be added to the judges' table courtesy of standup comic Jeremy Essig, Luke Taytro of Tayto's Bistro, John and Kane of Indio Radio and Joel Crespo of Guerrilla Street Food Truck. Each night will feature a surprise headlining comic to wrap the night.

Demetri Martin Thursday, March 26, at the Pageant 8 p.m. | $39.50

Demetri Martin is a man of palm-to-forehead puns, insightful one-liners and comedic drawings that put the "art" in "graph charts." His delivery is rhythmically in time with the steady beep of an EKG machine monitoring a sleeping man, and each line leaves you anxiously awaiting the next. His brand-new hour, The Persistence of Jokes, will impress.

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