Where is Creig this week?

I am on a lot of great shows this week. I hope you can come out and catch me and all the other funny folks at one or more.

Wednesday, June 23 — Laughs in the Lounge open mic

The Caravan Comedy Club

I will be hosting the Laughs in the Lounge open mic at The Caravan. It’s going to be a great show with special guest Tabari McCoy closing it out, comics coming in from Dayton, Cincinnati and Lexington and some new comics to spice things up.

Tickets are just $5 and are available here.

Thursday, June 24 — Thursday Comedy Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

I’m hosting this show, which features rising California comic Pamela Walt, who is a regular at The Comedy Store in Hollywood.

Also on the strong lineup are Andrew Rudick and Kyle Kemper from Cincinnati, June Dempsey, Jake Hovis, James Ferguson, Alex Whittenburg and Big Daddy Ice.

Tickets are free but are required to ensure proper spacing and are available here.  

Friday, June 25 — Wiley’s Comedy Fireworks Competition

Wiley’s Comedy Club, Dayton

I will be competing in the annual Wiley’s Comedy Fireworks Competition in Dayton, Ohio, in the 7:15 p.m. show. If you’re in the area, come on out. It’s a lot of fun and you choose who advances to the finals.

Tickets are $10 and are available here.

June 27 — Sunday Standup Showcase

The Bard’s Town

I will kick off this Louisville Laughs show at The Bard’s Town on June 27 for the Sunday Standup Showcase. The Bard’s Town is one of the coolest and most eclectic spots in town. You can get great food, see plays, comedy, perform karaoke or just have a drink.

The show features Danny Browning and several of our favorite comics, including Misty Stine, Will McKenzie and Sara Butryn.

Tickets are $8 each or $30 for a table that seats four and are available here.

5 questions with Los Angeles comedian Pamela Walt

Pamela Walt is a comedian from Los Angeles, who will be in Louisville for a show at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

Pamela has toured across the country, including a pre-pandemic tour with comedian and writer Lisa Curry.

Pamela will close out the Thursday Comedy Showcase on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Other comics on the show include Andrew Rudick of Cincinnati and Kyle Kemper of Dayton, Ohio.

Tickets to the show are free and are available here.

Pamela recently took the time to answer 5 Questions from Louisville Laughs.

Live comedy is finally back in Los Angeles. What is that like?

It is still a bit of a mystery as to what shows survived and are coming back. I’ve done a few spots in LA so far. A lot of shows have been selling out. People are really just so happy to go out again.

The audiences are actually excited to be there, which prior to the pandemic was not always the case in LA. Sometimes you’d just get people sitting with their arms crossed in the front row not wanting to laugh.

(Shout out to the late great Brody Stevens. … He was the best at making these folks crack.)

 Right now it feels more like NYC audiences in LA though. People who need and want to laugh and are happy to be there. (If you’re an LA audience member reading this, you’re amazing and always have been.)

Pamela Walt

You did some Zoom comedy shows during Covid. How was virtual comedy?

I sat out virtual shows at first and used the time in quarantine to connect with myself. I got bored of that quickly and eventually did Zoom shows.

Zoom was challenging as a lot of people had their cameras and sound off or they forget they didn’t and yelled at their partner and disrupted the show. A lot of awkwardness, especially with internet connections messing with timing. It’s not really the same energy as a live show.

I did like how it was more accessible and anyone in the world could attend. That part was incredible. I also liked that I could wear sweatpants. 

How long have you been in LA and what jobs have you held to support your comedy career?

I moved to LA right out of college, so either a long time or just yesterday depending on who you ask. I’ve lived there longer than I’ve done comedy and I’ve done comedy over a decade, and I better not say more in case anyone reading this is good at math.

I’ve worked a lot in TV, film and theater doing costume work over the years as well as the little odd jobs that come with living in LA.

There was one job I remember where I was sewing dresses for a lady on Craigslist for like $1.70 an hour.

Or the time I had to try to sell people shots of mixed drinks at a bar by the beach. Not whiskey shots. We’re talking like shots of White Russians and Margaritas. Nobody wanted that. Talk about having to try to win a crowd over. 

What’s your comedy horror story?

There are so many, it’s hard to choose. One show that always comes to mind though was doing a spot in a loud nightclub. They made the middle of the dance floor the “stage” (there was no stage) and the DJ didn’t stop playing.

Absolutely no one listened and people were dancing all around the comics. Everyone kept trying though as if it was normal. It felt like the myth of Sisyphus.

Also just being on the road and having to sleep in roach motels or comic’s basements. (Motels are sometimes safer.) There’s something sort of oddly romantic about all of that in a beat poet kind of way. Also though, I’d rather be in a Four Seasons. 

What is bringing you to Louisville? 

I have family here that I’m excited to see after this long year. I’m also looking forward to seeing what comedy is like in Louisville. And cicadas. (Addendum: I immediately regret wanting to see cicadas.) 

You can find Pamela on Twitter and Instagram

You can also check out her website.

The SUPERLIST of Louisville comedy updated June 16

The SUPERLIST of Louisville Comedy

How to sign up for open mics in the Louisville area as well as a list of the upcoming comedy shows and open mics. If we missed your event, let us know. (Information on how to sign up for open mics at bottom)

UPCOMING SHOWS AND OPEN MICS

Wednesday, June 16

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Jeremiah Martin and special guest MrBikey, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon

Thursday, June 17

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — We Still Like You: Louisville with Mandee McKelvey and Christ Vititoe, Planet of the Tapes

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 18

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Extra Crispy Improv Returns! The Bard’s Town Sold out

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 19

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat Planet of the Tapes Sold out

8 p.m. — Juneteenth Comedy Spectacular with Brad Sativa from Full Circle Comedy, 21st in Germantown Tickets

9 p.m. — Mr. Bikey Presents The Comedy Experience, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill Street Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 20

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7 p.m. — Good Stand Up Comedy: Late Matinee at Kaiju with open mic after. Free. Message Dog + Mouse House on Facebook to reserve a seat.

Monday, June 21

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 22

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 23

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Creig Ewing and special guest Tabari McCoy, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign-up list out at 7.

Thursday, June 24

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Thursday Comedy Showcase with special guest Pamela Walt, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8 p.m. — The Hystericals: Improv Comedy, Planet of the Tapes

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 25

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — James Fisher with Adam Kwaselow, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Full Circle Comedy presents: The Future of Comedy with headliner Evan Lewis, 21st in Germantown. Tickets $5 at the door.

9:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 26

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — James Fisher with Adam Kwaselow, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 27

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7:30 p.m. — Sunday Standup Showcase featuring Danny Browning, The Bard’s Town Tickets

Monday, June 28

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 29

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 30

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Chris Cognac and special guest Adam Minnick, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, July 1

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, July 2

7:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — The Human Extinction Comedy Tour with Coor Cohen and Holly Lynnea, The Bard’s Town Tickets

8 p.m. — Tyler Gooch, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, July 3

7:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Tyler Gooch, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, July 4

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

9:30 p.m. — Comedy Attack! comedy open mic, Kaiju

Monday, July 5

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 6

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 7

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Mike Fields and special guest Danny Browning, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, July 8

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. – Jonny Loquasto, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Eric Kimbrough Live at Aloft, Aloft Louisville Downtown Tickets

8 p.m. — Down To Fringe, Planet of the Tapes

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, July 9

7:30 p.m. – Jonny Loquasto, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Dave Waite, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — These Some Funny Mutha … Shut Yo Mouth Standup Comedy Showcase, WWME Hall, 5800 Fern Valley Road Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Jonny Loquasto, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, July 10

7:30 p.m. – Jonny Loquasto, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Dave Waite, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Jonny Loquasto, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, July 11

3 p.m. — Rae’s Boom Boom Room with Suga RaE , Nirvana Louisville Free

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Second Sunday Showcase featuring Gabe Kea, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

TO SIGN UP FOR OPEN MICS

Sundays — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown Message @UncoolRandy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

Sundays — Comedy Attack! open mic, Kaiju. First Sunday of the month. Show up and sign up

Sundays (starting July 18) — Comedy at Ten20 Craft Brewery open mic. Every first and third Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Sign up in advance by messaging Louisville Laughs on Facebook or emailing LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

Mondays — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville. Message Chris Cognac on Facebook

Mondays — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Mondays — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Show starts at 10 p.m. Fully vaccinated individuals can message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesdays — Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. Show up and sign up. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Message Chris Bowman or Full Circle Comedy on Facebook with questions.

Wednesdays — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville. Show is scheduled in advance. Email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com for a spot.

Thursdays — Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Register at mistabikey.com

Thursdays — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Show up and sign up. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9. For information, message the Dog + Mouse House Facebook page.

Upcoming Louisville Laughs Shows in June and July

Louisville Laughs has a lot of great comedy shows coming. Here is a breakdown of what’s on tap in June and July. It includes some surprises and a Promo Code sprinkled in so you can save money.

June 24 — Thursday Comedy Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

This show features rising California comic Pamela Walt, who has toured internationally and is a regular at The Comedy Store in Hollywood.

Also on the strong lineup are Andrew Rudick and Kyle Kemper from Cincinnati, June Dempsey, Jake Hovis, James Ferguson, Alex Whittenburg and Big Daddy Ice.

Tickets are free but are required to ensure proper spacing and are available here.  

June 27 — Sunday Standup Showcase

The Bard’s Town

Join Louisville Laughs at The Bard’s Town on June 27 for the Sunday Standup Showcase. The Bard’s Town is one of the coolest and most eclectic spots in town. You can get great food, see plays, comedy, perform karaoke or just have a drink.

The show features Danny Browning and several of our favorite comics, including Misty Stine, Will McKenzie and Sara Butryn.

Tickets are $8 each or $30 for a table that seats four and are available here.

July 2 — The Human Extinction Comedy Tour

The Bard’s Town

Comic and stuntwoman Coor Cohen from Los Angeles joins with Chicago comics Winsolw Dumaine and Nick Kuntzman for the Human Extinction Comedy Tour, which will stop in Louisville at The Bard’s Town Theatre on July 2.

They will be joined by Louisville comic Holly Lynnea.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and are available here.

July 8 — Eric Kimbrough Live

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Get ready to have a good time with comedian Eric Kimbrough, who rocks the house wherever he goes.

Eric will be joined by comics Chris Cognac, Adriane Thompson and Bigheadlightskin Comic.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and are available here.

Use the Promo Code ERIC to get $5 off each ticket.

July 11 — Second Sunday Showcase

Planet of the Tapes

Louisville Laughs returns to Planet of the Tapes for a showcase featuring comic Gabe Kea from Cincinnati.

Also on the show are a pair of comics from Portland, Ore. — Kate Murphy and Steven Wilber. Plus more.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and are available here.

July 13 — Grins at Gravely

Gravely Brewing Company

Join us for the initial Grins at Gravely comedy showcase at Gravely Brewing Co. at 514 Baxter Ave. on Tuesday, July 13, at 7 p.m.

The show features Cincinnati comic Blake Hammond, Lexington comics Mike Fields and Elliott Rasile and some of our favorite Louisville comics — Darren Rodgers, Lucious Williams, Hillary Boston, RJ Ryan and Kelli O’Toole. Your host is Creig Ewing.

Admission is free, but reservations are required to ensure seating and are available here. Enjoy some great beer and a lot of laughs.

July 18 — Comedy at Ten20 Craft Brewery

Ten20 Craft Brewery

Louisville Laughs will host an open mic every first and third Sunday at Ten20 Craft Brewery in Butchertown starting July 18 at 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy a great craft beer and some laughs as comics try out their material.

Or if you want a shot in the spotlight, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com to sign up to perform.

Admission is free. No tickets required.

July 21 — Laughs in the Lounge Sirius XM taping

The Caravan Comedy Club

It will truly be a special Laughs in the Lounge open mic as 11 of Louisville’s top comics are on stage to deliver their best cleanish sets that will be taped to play on SiriusXM comedy channels.

See Mandee McKelvey, Keith McGill, Eric Kimbrough, Sean Smith, Melissa Doran, Jamie Utley, Jake Hovis, Katy Bevins, Creig Ewing, RJ Ryan and Tim Montileone all for $5.

Tickets are available here.

July 22 — LOLGBTQ Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

You love this showcase of LGBTQ comics and allies at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

The headliner is Dwayne Duke of Cleveland, founder of the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival, and the featured comic is the hilarious Gwen Sunkel from Indianapolis.

Tickets are just $5 and are available here.

July 25 — Sunday Standup Showcase

The Bard’s Town

Join Louisville Laughs at The Bard’s Town on July 25 for the Sunday Standup Showcase. The Bard’s Town is one of the coolest and most eclectic spots in town. You can get great food, see plays, comedy, perform karaoke or just have a drink.

The show features Katy Bevins, plus Marz Timms from Chicgo, Josh Dweh from Pennsylvania, Grant Weber from Indianapolis and Spencer Domolky from Lexington. We also have several of our favorite local comics, including Alex Whittenburg, Jen Cooper, Prittyboy Davidson and host June Dempsey.

Tickets are $8 each. Link to come soon.

6 questions with Louisville comedian Creig Ewing

Creig Ewing / Photo by Lou Tingle

Creig Ewing is a comedian and show producer from Louisville, Ky.

He is the force behind Louisville Laughs, putting on shows at Aloft Louisville Downtown and scheduling the Wednesday night Laughs in the Lounge open mic at The Caravan Comedy Club.

With businesses opening up, Louisville Laughs is adding Sunday shows at Planet of the Tapes, The Bard’s Town, an open mic at Ten20 Craft Brewery and more announcements to come.

The initial Planet of the Tapes Second Sunday Showcase is June 13 at 7:30 p.m. featuring nationally touring comedian Tim Northern. Tickets are available here.

And as a reward for reading this far, you can use the Promo Code PLANET to get $3 off general admission tickets for Sunday’s show, which are regularly $8.

Creig recently put off his afternoon nap to answer questions he asked himself.

Louisville Laughs: What made you decide to start putting on shows?

Creig Ewing: Who else was going to book me? Plus, I thought I would get my bar tab covered. I was wrong. 

What is the best feeling in comedy?

A full room of people enjoying themselves and people laughing at a new joke you’re trying out are the best feelings. … So I am told.

What’s the most frustrating part about booking shows?

People like to wait until the day of the show to buy tickets. So it’s nerve-wracking to not know if you’re going to be performing in front of six or 60 people.

Tim Northern is on Sunday’s show at Planet of the Tapes. How do you know Tim?

When I started in comedy, one of the first opportunities I got was to perform in The Tim Northern Comedy Festival. Tim, who has been doing comedy for years and been on network TV, is very encouraging to the Louisville comedy scene. The festival, to him, was all about supporting and showcasing Louisville comics.

The next year I started working with Tim and others to put on the festival and produce shows and open mics. Covid put everything on hiatus, but we are back putting on shows and people are really ready for comedy.

Tim also is one of those comics who has really smart jokes that I wish I had written.

What tips do you have for new comics wanting to get stage time?

Go to open mics and work on your material. You only get better by being on stage. Don’t fall in love with your jokes. Always be willing to tighten them, rework them or add tags.

Be a good audience member. If you’re at an open mic, stay to listen to the other comics. Laugh. Network a little after.

Go to comedy shows to support others. If someone offers you a spot, don’t say you can do 20 minutes if you only have five. Be reliable.

Also, watch what you put on social media. If you seem like a jerk on your Facebook page, who is going to want to put you on a show?

How do you write a joke?

Take something that is true and lie about it.

Sometimes people have a true story that is funny, and they feel compelled to tell the whole story. Shorten it. Get to the funny parts. Embellish. Go over the top.

A five-minute story with a punchline at the end is going to lose the audience before you get to the punchline.

When someone tells a long stories with no laughs, Tim Northern says, “That guy was up there telling truths.”

You can find Creig on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Follow Louisville Laughs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

The SUPERLIST of Louisville comedy updated June 9

The SUPERLIST of Louisville Comedy

How to sign up for open mics in the Louisville area as well as a list of the upcoming comedy shows and open mics. If we missed your event, let us know. (Information on how to sign up for open mics at bottom)

UPCOMING SHOWS AND OPEN MICS

Wednesday, June 9

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host June Dempsey and special guest Gabe Kea, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 10

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Thursday Comedy Showcase featuring Dan Alten from Louisville Laughs, Aloft Louisville Downtown Sold out

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 11

7:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Brent Terhune, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Comedy Show with Ms. Yvette the Funny Lady, VIP Lounge, 3614 Klondike Lane. Free

9 p.m. — Homecoming Queens, Lace Larrabee and Katherine Blanford, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9 p.m. — 10 Year Anniversary Bash and Comedy Show with Burger the Comedian, Unity Palace, 6210 Shepherdsville Road

9:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 12

7:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Brent Terhune, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Homecoming Queens, Lace Larrabee and Katherine Blanford, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 13

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7:30 p.m. — Second Sunday Showcase featuring Tim Northern from Louisville Laughs, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

Monday, June 14

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com for a spot

Tuesday, June 15

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 16

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Jeremiah Martin and special guest MrBikey, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon

Thursday, June 17

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — We Still Like You: Louisville with Mandee McKelvey and Christ Vititoe, Planet of the Tapes

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 18

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Extra Crispy Improv Returns! The Bard’s Town Sold out

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 19

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Juneteenth Comedy Spectacular with Brad Sativa from Full Circle Comedy, 21st in Germantown Tickets

9 p.m. — Mr. Bikey Presents The Comedy Experience, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill Street Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 20

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7 p.m. — Good Stand Up Comedy: Late Matinee at Kaiju with open mic after. Free. Message Dog + Mouse House on Facebook to reserve a seat.

Monday, June 21

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 22

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 23

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Creig Ewing and special guest Tabari McCoy, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 24

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Thursday Comedy Showcase with special guest Pamela Walt, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8 p.m. — The Hystericals: Improv Comedy, Planet of the Tapes

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 25

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — James Fisher with Adam Kwaselow, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Full Circle Comedy presents: The Future of Comedy with headliner Evan Lewis, 21st in Germantown. Tickets $5 at the door.

9:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 26

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — James Fisher with Adam Kwaselow, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 27

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7:30 p.m. — Sunday Standup Showcase featuring Danny Browning, The Bard’s Town Tickets

Monday, June 28

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 29

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 30

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Chris Cognac and special guest Adam Minnick, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, July 1

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, July 2

7:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — The Human Extinction Comedy Tour with Coor Cohen and Holly Lynnea, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, July 3

7:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Mike Armstrong, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, July 4

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

9:30 p.m. — Comedy Attack! comedy open mic, Kaiju

TO SIGN UP FOR OPEN MICS

Sundays — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown Message @UncoolRandy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

Sundays — Comedy Attack! open mic, Kaiju. First Sunday of the month. Show up and sign up

Sundays (starting July 18) — Comedy at Ten20 Craft Brewery open mic. Every first and third Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Sign up in advance by messaging Louisville Laughs on Facebook or emailing LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

Mondays — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville. Message Chris Cognac on Facebook

Mondays — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Mondays — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Show starts at 10 p.m. Fully vaccinated individuals can message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesdays — Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. Show up and sign up. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Message Chris Bowman or Full Circle Comedy on Facebook with questions.

Wednesdays — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville. Email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com

Thursdays — Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Register at mistabikey.com

Thursdays — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Show up and sign up. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9. For information, message the Dog + Mouse House Facebook page.

Tim Northern headlines Louisville Laughs showcase at Planet of the Tapes

Comedian Tim Northern will headline the Second Sunday Showcase from Louisville Laughs at 7:30 p.m. on June 13 at Planet of the Tapes in Louisville.

Tim tours nationally, but tries to stop at Uranus, Missouri, whenever he can. He has appeared on Star Search and Last Comic Standing and is the namesake for the Tim Northern Comedy Festival held in Louisville.

Tickets for the show are $8 for general admission and $20 for a table that seats up to three. Tickets are available here.

Also on the show are: Nolan Miller from Indianapolis, Jerrel Beamon from Dayton, Louisville’s Hillary Boston, Alex Whittenburg, Jen Cooper, Kimberly Freeman and Jake Hovis and host Creig Ewing.

Planet of the Tapes is the coolest new performances space in Louisville, combining a Comedy Theatre, full-service bar, Cinema Lounge and even old-school movie rentals.

The SUPERLIST of Louisville comedy updated June 2

The SUPERLIST of Louisville Comedy

How to sign up for open mics in the Louisville area as well as a list of the upcoming comedy shows and open mics. If we missed your event, let us know. (Information on how to sign up for open mics at bottom)

UPCOMING SHOWS AND OPEN MICS

Wednesday, June 2

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Misty Stine and special guest Mike Nilsson, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 3

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8 p.m. — Femmes the Rules with Sammy Mowrey and Friends, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 4

7:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Tyler Jackson and Sammy Mowrey, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Improv Anonymous, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 5

7:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Tyler Jackson and Sammy Mowrey, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Liquid Chronic Comedy Show with Marcus Davis, Tracks Bar & Grill

9:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 6

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

9:30 p.m. — Comedy Attack! comedy open mic, Kaiju

Monday, June 7

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

Tuesday, June 8

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 9

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host June Dempsey and special guest Gabe Kea, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 10

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Thursday Comedy Showcase featuring Dan Alten from Louisville Laughs, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 11

7:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Brent Terhune, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Homecoming Queens, Lace Larrabee and Katherine Blanford, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9 p.m. — 10 Year Anniversary Bash and Comedy Show with Burger the Comedian, Unity Palace, 6210 Shepherdsville Road

9:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 12

7:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Brent Terhune, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Homecoming Queens, Lace Larrabee and Katherine Blanford, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 13

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7:30 p.m. — Second Sunday Showcase featuring Tim Northern from Louisville Laughs, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

Monday, June 14

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 15

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 16

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Jeremiah Martin and special guest MrBikey, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon

Thursday, June 17

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — We Still Like You: Louisville with Mandee McKelvey and Christ Vititoe, Planet of the Tapes

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 18

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Extra Crispy Improv Returns! The Bard’s Town Sold out

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 19

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Juneteenth Comedy Spectacular with Brad Sativa from Full Circle Comedy, 21st in Germantown Tickets

9 p.m. — Mr. Bikey Presents The Comedy Experience, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill Street Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 20

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

Monday, June 21

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 22

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 23

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Creig Ewing and special guest Adam Minnick, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 24

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Thursday Comedy Showcase with special guest Pamela Walt, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8 p.m. — The Hystericals: Improv Comedy, Planet of the Tapes

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 25

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — James Fisher with Adam Kwaselow, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Full Circle Comedy presents: The Future of Comedy with headliner Evan Lewis, 21st in Germantown. Tickets $5 at the door.

9:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 26

7:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — James Fisher with Adam Kwaselow, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Greg Warren, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 27

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7:30 p.m. — Sunday Standup Showcase, The Bard’s Town Tickets

TO SIGN UP FOR OPEN MICS

Sundays — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown Message @UncoolRandy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

Sundays — Comedy Attack! open mic, Kaiju. First Sunday of the month. Show up and sign up

Mondays — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville. Message Chris Cognac on Facebook

Mondays — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Mondays (starting June 14) — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Show starts at 10 p.m. Fully vaccinated individuals can message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesdays — Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. Show up and sign up. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Message Chris Bowman or Full Circle Comedy on Facebook with questions.

Wednesdays — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville. Email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com

Thursdays — Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Register at mistabikey.com

Thursdays — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Show up and sign up. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9. For information, message the Dog + Mouse House Facebook page.

The SUPERLIST of Louisville comedy updated May 26

The SUPERLIST of Louisville Comedy

How to sign up for open mics in the Louisville area as well as a list of the upcoming comedy shows and open mics. If we missed your event, let us know.

TO SIGN UP FOR COMEDY OPEN MICS

Sundays — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown Message @UncoolRandy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

Sundays — Comedy Attack! open mic, Kaiju. First Sunday of the month. Show up and sign up

Mondays — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville. Message Chris Cognac on Facebook

Mondays (starting June 7) — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Mondays (starting June 14) — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Show starts at 10 p.m. Fullu vaccinated individuals can message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesdays — Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown. Message Chris Bowman or Full Circle Comedy on Facebook

Wednesdays — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville. Email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com

Thursdays — Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Register at mistabikey.com

Thursdays — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Show up and sign up. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9. For information, message the Dog + Mouse House Facebook page.

Thursdays — Open Mic Night, The Laughing Post Comedy Club, Georgetown, Ky. Purchase ticket to Open Mic Night at The Laughing Post. Contact thelaughingskullky@gmail.com

UPCOMING SHOWS AND OPEN MICS

Thursday, May 27

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Jamie Utley, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Thursday Comedy Showcase NY Style with Terry McNeely and Adam Gabel from Louisville Laughs, Aloft Louisville Downtown Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

8:30 p.m. – Open Mic Night, The Laughing Post Comedy Club, Georgetown, Ky. Tickets

Friday, May 28

7:30 p.m. – Jamie Utley, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Jamie Utley, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, May 29

7:30 p.m. – Jamie Utley, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

9 p.m. — Petty By Nature music and comedy show with Jei Chandler and Soso Bando, Cavaliers Inn

9:30 p.m. – Jamie Utley, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, May 30

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

Monday, May 31

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

Tuesday, June 1

7:30 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown

8 p.m. — DTF (Down To Fringe) with comedy from Mandee McKelvey and June Dempsey, Logan Street Market

Wednesday, June 2

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Misty Stine and special guest Mike Nilsson, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 3

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8 p.m. — Femmes the Rules with Sammy Mowrey and Friends, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 4

7:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Tyler Jackson and Sammy Mowrey, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Improv Anonymous, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 5

7:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Tyler Jackson and Sammy Mowrey, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Liquid Chronic Comedy Show with Marcus Davis, Tracks Bar & Grill

9:30 p.m. – DJ Sandhu, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 6

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

9:30 p.m. — Comedy Attack! comedy open mic, Kaiju

Monday, June 7

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

Tuesday, June 8

7:30 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown

Wednesday, June 9

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host June Dempsey and special guest Gabe Kea, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 10

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Thursday Comedy Showcase featuring Dan Alten from Louisville Laughs, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 11

7:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Brent Terhune, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Homecoming Queens, Lace Larrabee and Katherine Blanford, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 12

7:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Brent Terhune, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9 p.m. — Homecoming Queens, Lace Larrabee and Katherine Blanford, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Rich Ragains, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 13

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

7:30 p.m. — Second Sunday Showcase featuring Tim Northern from Louisville Laughs, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

Monday, June 14

8 p.m. — Mic’d Up Mondays comedy open mic with Chris Cognac, Nirvana Louisville

8 p.m. — All-entertainment open mic at The Granville Pub. Show up and sign up.

10 p.m. — The Monday Night Late Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message The Monday Night Late Mic page or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 15

7:30 p.m. – Comedy open mic from Full Circle Comedy, 21st In Germantown

Wednesday, June 16

7:30 p.m. – Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Jeremiah Martin and special guest MrBikey, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Thursday, June 17

7 p.m. – All-entertainment open mic, Air Devil’s Inn

7:30 p.m. –Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic with MrBikey TheComedian, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill St. Sign up

8:30 p.m. — Comedy Open Mic at Red Top Hot Dogs, 1127 Logan Street. Sign ups at 8:30, show at 9

Friday, June 18

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Extra Crispy Improv Returns! The Bard’s Town Sold out

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Saturday, June 19

7:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Eddie Pepitone with JT Habersaat Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Juneteenth Comedy Spectacular with Brad Sativa from Full Circle Comedy, 21st in Germantown Tickets

9 p.m. — Mr. Bikey Presents The Comedy Experience, Lavish Looks, 935 W. Hill Street Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Ali Sultan, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

Sunday, June 20

6 p.m. — Sunday Night, Live!, all-entertainment showcase with Uncool Randy, 21st In Germantown

Tips for your first (or next) time doing standup comedy

You decided you want to try stand-up comedy. Congratulations. Whether you are challenging yourself or believe you’re the next Dave Chappelle, here are some tips to make your first (or next) time on stage a success.

Gather your jokes

Some people try to go onstage and wing it. Don’t be one of those people. Compile your “set” of jokes.

Whatever jokes you tell should say something about you. Anyone call tell a joke about the the president. You are the expert on your family, your friends, your life.

Write your ideas down

At first, I wrote down every joke by hand and edited them. Now I do a lot of the editing in my head, but I always carry a notebook or something to write down joke ideas.

If writing by hand isn’t your thing, type or dictate them into a phone. Ideas may come to you at any time. A cashier says something funny. You’re helping a friend move. If you have an idea, right it down. If you are certain you’ll remember it later, you will be sorry.

A pretty good way to spot a comic is to find someone scribbling in a well-worn notebook.

Practice your routine

Go over your material. You can do it in front of a mirror, before other comics or in your head. I often go over what I am going to say in my head while I’m taking a walk. It helps to keep you free from distractions.

While reviewing your jokes, always look to get rid of what isn’t needed to get laughs.

Time yourself

AS a new comic, you probably will get 3 to 5 minutes on stage. Comedy clubs are serious about the time allowed. At most places you will get a light alerting you there is a minute left. If you go over your time that is called “running the light” and is frowned upon.

It’s no sin to leave the stage with some time left. It is to go over your time. When timing yourself, leave some room for laughs. But don’t count on laughs, especially your first time.

Cut out wasted words

Your job is to get laughs. Keep the words that are needed to get to the funny and cut the rest. What words could be cut out of this joke, for example?

“Common sense isn’t so common anymore, is it? Yesterday at Kroger the cashier put dryer sheets in the bag with my lunch meat. Now my bologna tastes like Bounce.”

Use original material

It is understood in stand-up comedy that the jokes you are telling on stage are jokes that you’ve written. Sometimes you will hear new comics tell jokes that have been told around the water cooler forever. Those are called “street jokes.” You don’t want to tell them on stage.

If you get successful enough, you can buy jokes from joke writers. For now, concentrate on writing your own material.

Sometimes you hear comics tell jokes that other comics have told. That is called joke theft, and you don’t want to do that.

It’s not unusual for comics to arrive at the same basic joke at the same time. This especially happens if you are writing jokes about current events or common joke topics. The more original you are, the fewer problems you’ll have telling jokes similar to others.

See live shows beforehand

If you’re going on stage and you’ve never seen a comedy show outside of Netflix, see some in person. If possible, go to the club or venue where you are going to go up for the first time.

It will help to get more comfortable. You can see where the comics sit, where the list for the order of the performance is kept, who is in charge, what the audience reacts to and what doesn’t work. It will put you way ahead for your big night.

The more shows or open mics you see, the better grasp you will have of what works and what doesn’t. Be aware that all open mics are not equal.

Schedule your open mic

Not all open mics work the same. For a comedy club, you may need to email for a date that could be weeks away. A Thursday night open mic at a bar may be “show up and sign up” meaning you go and put your name on the list for a spot that night.

Some of these types of mics are popular and the list may fill up early.

Don’t assume that an open mic means you can show up with no warning with all your friends and get on stage. Do some research.

Be confident or fake it

Confidence is a big factor in successful comedy. Teachers often do well because they are used to talking to a room full of people. You’ve practiced your jokes, you know them by heart, your friends laughed, so get up there confident that the audience will love you.

You’re still going to be scared, but trust yourself. You got this. If you appear overly nervous, people may not laugh because they are worried for you.

Stay sober

It’s tempting to have a few shots of liquid courage before you go onstage. Save it for after your set when you are celebrating.

Remember when you went to the open mics and saw the guy say, “I’m so toasted I can’t remember what I was going to say?” Don’t be that guy.

Tell people it’s your first time

If it’s your first time on stage doing standup, let the host know and let the audience know. If it’s an open mic with mostly comedians, you will have their attention. And audience members are supportive of new comics. You’re doing something most of them couldn’t imagine doing.

Move the mic stand behind you

You’re introduced, and now you’re on stage. The first thing you should do is take the mic out of the stand and move the mic stand behind or beside you. You don’t want it to be in front of you blocking you.

My first time I was afraid I would drop the mic, so I left it in the stand. That’s fine, too, and it frees up your hands. But you don’t want an empty mic stand blocking you. It’s a distraction for the audience.

Look at the audience

You are telling your jokes, but where do you look? Look at the audience, move and  turn to address the whole room. Ideally, you look straight at some audience members if a joke seems to relate to them (you’re telling a joke about dating and a couple is in the front row).

But if this is too much the first time, look slightly over their heads. Don’t put your head down and talk to the floor. The sooner you are able to look at the audience the easier it will be.

Hold the mic near your chin

You’re doing great and have moved the mic stand behind you. Make sure to keep the microphone close to your chin. Sometimes comics wave their arms around and forget they are holding the mic.

Also, don’t scream into the mic. You want everyone to hear you but you don’t want to pay for a new mic. Don’t fiddle with the stand. And definitely don’t drop the mic. It’s not funny and good mics are expensive.

Look for the light

You’re almost done. Keep an eye for the light signaling your time is almost up. It may be a small light from a phone. New comics often are so into the moment they don’t see the light.

You will have no sense of time on stage. Trust me. Your 3 minutes can seem to go by in 3 seconds or 3 hours. But you have practiced and timed yourself so you know that your time is wrapping up just by where you are in your jokes.

The light signaling your time is almost up should not be confused with the spotlights. Don’t stare into them. They may be really bright.

You did it

You’re wrapping up. Put the mic back into the stand and put the stand back in front. It’s a signal that you are done. Thank the crowd and wait for the host to come up on the stage.

Congratulations!

Stay for the rest of the show

Unless you were the last comic, don’t leave the show with all the friends and family you brought till it’s over. Nothing kills the vibe of a show like a first-time comic who brought 30 people, who all leave as soon as their friend performs.

Stay till the end. Talk to some other comics afterward. That’s your first step to getting on your next show.

About the authors

Creig Ewing is a comedian and show producer. He has helped to put on hundreds of open mics, showcases and comedy shows in the Louisville area. He has hosted numerous shows and has featured at The Caravan Comedy Club in Louisville.

Keith McGill is a comedian who toured internationally working cruise ships and is a much sought-after entertaining for corporate events.