Does the cold, cloudy weather have you feeling blue? Do you have SAD, a.k.a. Seasonal Affected Disorder? Don’t let the Winter chills dampen your spirits in 2012. Take a trip to any of these Indianapolis comedy clubs to enjoy an evening of full throttle laughter this January. The seasoned comics that tour through Indianapolis into Crackers Comedy Club and Morty’s Comedy Joint create a unique outing in the Circle City. Fall out of your seat and roll on the floor as you laugh out loud at these hilarious men and women. Use this list of upcoming performances by both well-known and up-and-coming comedians to plan an exciting evening out. Make the most of Indianapolis nightlife at these Indianapolis comedy clubs. There are plenty of Indianapolis events to choose from at both Crackers Comedy Club and Morty’s Comedy Joint.
Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple Village
Mark Sweeney – This hilariously out of control comic developed his need for attention thanks to his very large family. But this jack of all trades has created a career from his thirst for laughs. His sets draw on his vast employment experience before he hit it big including his time serving as a bus buy, construction worker, real estate agent, copier repairman and even in the Marines. He has performed on HBO, Comedy Central and the “Night Shift” with Kevin Ferguson.
Erik Rivera – This young comedian is on his way to becoming a titan of the comedy world. His boyish good looks, quick wit, commanding stage presence, charisma and charming smile help him capture the hearts, minds and funny bones of audiences across the United States. He has performed at several top LA comedy clubs including The Comedy Cellar and the Laugh Factory. In addition, he was chosen by NBC to represent their network’s Stand-Up for Diversity College Tour, in which he performed at more than 50 colleges and universities. Don’t miss this endearing comedian.
Dan Davidson – Dan Davidson’s sets are jam packed with provocative witticisms and edgy undertones. With an instant likability factor on stage, its easy for Davidson to connect with his audiences, putting them at ease and coercing them to laugh until they cry. He recently performed for the troops based in the Middle East on the Red, White and a little Bluer Tour. He’s been on Comedy Central, Fox and the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show. In addition, Davidson has performed alongside talents including David Alan Grier, Brett Butler, Bobby Slayton, Kevin Pollack, Bryan Callen, The Counting Crows and The Wallflowers.
Open Mic Night – Think you have what it takes to make it in the world of stand-up comedy? Find out for sure at Crackers Comedy Clubs Open Mic Night in Broad Ripple Village. Step on stage and see how you performed under the pressure of bright lights and a live audiences. You might just be the next comic superstar! Afraid to step into the limelight? No worries. Garner courage from fellow Hoosiers as you enjoy an affordable evening of local humor at Crackers Comedy Club.
Sports Burlesque – This unique evening of entertainment also features all local talent. The Open Bra and Fly Night is like an open mic night but for burlesque. Do you have an idea for a routine? Want to test out your solo dance or song? This is the perfect night for you. Crackers wants to fill the evening with men and women from all of Indy’s burlesque troops and newbies to performance as well. Bring your Variety acts, performance art, song, dance or even striptease to this truly “open” mic stage experience.
Crackers Comedy Club in Indianapolis Downtown
Dan Chopin – Don’t count this old-timer out. Dan Chopin’s vast experience manifests on stage through a steady barrage of topical jokes, clever songs, wicked guitar licks and side-splitting observations in one extremely fast-paced show. This song and comedy man will have you laughing and toe-tapping all night long with his infectious sense of humor, crazy songs and Lewis Black style rants. You may recognize this funny man from MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour, the Bob and Tome Show, A&E’s Evening at the Improv, SHOWTIME’s Comedy Club Network and PBS’s Comedy Tonight. This Midwestern man started doing comedy in St. Louis. Now, more than 30 years later, he has spent his life tickling strangers.
Tim Gaither – Tim Gaither got his start on his Southern Baptist church when he was just five years old. The Preacher asked him what he thought hell would be like and he replied, “Preacher, hell will be hotter than the Wal-Mart parking lot on the Fourth of July barefoot.” When the congregation erupted into laughter, Gaither felt his life’s calling. 25 years later, Gaither has been a working comedian for more than a decade. He has traveled to 34 states and performed in Korea for the USO and our troops. See this country boy in action at Crackers Comedy Club in Indianapolis downtown.
Erin Foley – You may recognize Foley from her small but meaningful role in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous as Alison the Fact Checker. This comedienne has made a name for herself as both a comic and an actor in both New York and Los Angeles. Her favorite comedy clubs spots include Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, The Improv, The Laugh Factory and Stand Up New York. She has performed in the Just for Laughs/ TBS Comedy Festival and the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival as well as several national television commercial campaigns. See this versatile performer at Crackers Comedy Club in Indianapolis Downtown.
Rebecca Cory – If you recognize this fiery female, its probably from one of her many film and television appearances. She played the memorable role of Paul Giamatti’s receptionist, Astrid Baker, in the feature film BIG FAT LIAR. In addition she has had guest spots on CBS’s “Yes Dear,” “The King of Queens,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” NBC’s “Late Friday,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Comics Unleashed,” E’s “101 Series and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” Corry is no stranger to the national comedy circuit, having performed across the United States at The Improv, The Ice House, The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory.
Morty’s Comedy Joint
The Great Indiana Mic-Off – Morty’s Comedy Joint offers so much more than just an open-mic competition. They give us an open-mic fight to the finish. Every Wednesday this North side Indianapolis comedy clubs opens its stage up to local talent for the chance to compete for laughs, cash and a tiny bit of fame. Winners are invited to open for comics headlining the weekend shows, meaning any competitor could wind up with paid work at the club. It’s only $5 to attend and free to compete. Find out who takes home the prize!
Morty’s: The Hangover Cure – Thank goodness the holidays are over. Some of us are just burnt out on family bonding, gift wrapping and giving and sugary treats. Some are just plain hungover from their New Year’s Eve situation. Regardless of what camp you fall into, recharge at Morty’s Comedy Joint with a healthy dose of laughter. Join Rich Ragins for an evening of fun as he presents clean jokes and hilarious true-life family stories. When not performing corporate events or private parties, Rich headlines comedy clubs across the nation including Funny Bone and the Punchline. He is a contributing writer for “National Lampoon’s Sports Minute or So” and has opened for top name comics including Dave Chappelle, Carrot Top and Larry the Cable Guy.
Mike Gardner Presents: Beer Seller Comedy Championship – After an epic battle of comic wit and prose, the field has been narrowed to four hilarious warriors. Let the Beer Sellar Comedy Championship commence! Hosted by Mike Gardner, whose autobiographical humor will send you on a roller coaster ride of subjects from his Redneck Mother to his six sisters, this comedy competition is sure to delight Hoosiers of all kinds. Find out who the winner is at Morty’s Comedy Joint.
Joey Medina – Joey Medina, Puerto Rican born and Bronx raised, draws on his diverse and hilarious background for his no-nonsense comedy. With more than 50 television appearances under his belt, you may recognize him from his own SHOWTIME Comedy Special called “Talking Off the Gloves.” He has headlined clubs across North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently he toured New Zealand and Australia with Russell Peters, where he performed in front of 36,000 fans. Don’t miss this heavy hitter of comedy at Morty’s Comedy Joint.
Sean Morey – Sean Morey hit it big with his highly requested “The Man Song,” a series of macho roars followed by henpecked whimpers including “I’m the man of this house… until you get home.” This singer/comedian followed this hit up with a slew of other popular comedy songs including “The Woman Song” and “He Said, She Said.” He even took first and third place at the International Songwriting Competition, judged by Weird Al Yankovic, Cheech Marin and David Cross, for his songs “Dear Santa” and “A.D.D.” Hear this musical comedian before its too late.
Mark Poolos – This Minnesotan comedian started his career as the star of two independent films: “Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies” and “Joanie Loves Furbies.” After working as an actor on film, television and the theater, Mark went searching for a more instant connection with audiences, which he found in stand-up. His routine melds observational humor, one lines, family humor and original songs together for a fantastic evening of hilarity.
Check out these comics at Crackers Comedy Club and Morty’s Comedy Joint all January long. Before the show, enjoy the sights and sounds of Indianapolis downtown and the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. Treat yourself to dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, enjoy a nightcap at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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