Funny Events, the monthly comedy column here at Riverfront Times is now two years old. In that short time, the number of weekly stand-up open mics increased from four to, well, we're still counting. While some are still going strong, others came and went with a select few just getting off the ground. Comics are independently producing their own shows and, in my five years of being involved, I'm seeing many venues seek out comedy nights for the first time.
St. Louis made more than its mark on Midwest tour routes for not just the big names in comedy, but also the biggest. Over Halloween weekend, Dave Chappelle did more shows alone at the Pageant than every comic combined in all of 2013. Both the Firebird and Foam stepped up their games. From 60-seaters to the Scottrade, there were well-deserved sold-out crowds, as well as gut-wrenching sets performed to more chairs than people.
I speak only from my experience as a fan, journalist and a comedian. Please note this list is strictly standup comedy: I can count the number of improv and sketch shows I saw in 2014 on two hands, and I don't think arbitrarily lumping them in would do the genres justice.
So, with no more to-do, The Best Standup Comedy Shows of 2014 are:
Kyle Kinane once said he'll never be funnier than a fart, but I don't recall a fart ever making a room full of people laugh for an entire hour. Dave Ross and Kevin White had a similar effect.
Follow through for a look back at the year in comedy.