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Lewis Black, Nick Offerman and the Best St. Louis Comedy Shows in May 2015

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STUPID BRAIN
  • Stupid Brain

Stupid Brain Wednesday, May 27 at The Improv Shop $5 | 8 p.m.

A duo whose manic energy is a force to be reckoned with, Bobby Jaycox and Steve Raines are the life of the party. Now they're back at it again and throwing one of own at The Improv Shop. Their irreverent love child, Stupid Brain, is back for its third and much anticipated installment. Together they fuse together elements of improv and standup to create a show that's seductively unpredictable.

The best thing about combing improv and standup is it's not strictly a sitting and listening experience; audience participation is (at times) required. Plus there's just no telling what Raines and Jaycox have up their sleeves. During the intermission of the inaugural show you could pay $1 to slap either host in the face.

As for the lineup; Jeremy Essig and Patrick Moore will be taking care of the standup side, while Boothby and Meowsers tend to the improv. It may be the most fun you could possibly have at a show.

Picnic Time with Julia Prescott Friday, May 29 at Art Bar No Cover | 9 p.m.

Bar shows are tough. The regulars and the unsuspecting people just trying to enjoy a drink have to be convinced what's happening on stage is more worthy of their attention than the whiskey in front of them or the friend beside them. The comics have to worry about who's coming through the doors next, or who's had just the right amount of tequila, making focusing on their jokes a daunting task. Distraction can be (and often is) the death of standup. If only there was a back room where the show could go on uninterrupted...

Enter Art Bar, a thriving watering hole in the heart of Cherokee with a small studio space and, yes, a door to keep the comedy in and the unruly out! Quartered off, safely away from the unsuspecting drinkers, Justin Luke and Ben Johnson have transformed Art Bar's studio into a comedy clubhouse once a month for their show Picnic Time. They're just two months in and already bringing in top acts.

Making her way in from LA, VICE writer Julia Prescott will be headlining May's show. She'll be sharing the corner of the room with locals Ryan Dalton, Sarah Bursich, Ella Fritts and Matt Rose. Julia is one of those up-and-coming comedians whose writing credits boast names and shows more familiar than her own -- but she's definitely on her way. See her now for free while you still can.

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