The SUPERLIST of Louisville comedy updated May 11

The SUPERLIST of Louisville Comedy

A list of the upcoming comedy shows and open mics in the Louisville area. 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, May 11

7:30 p.m. — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic with guest host Lena Beamish and special guest Stef Bright, The Caravan Louisville Tickets To sign up for a spot email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com

7:30 p.m. — Open Mic Night, Louisville Comedy Club Free admission Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Online sign ups for shows starting in June at openmicer.com

8 p.m. –Charlie Vergos, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, May 12

7 p.m. — Ed Bassmaster, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

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

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Thursday Comedy Showcase, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

8 p.m. — Thunderdome: Thunderdome (Champion of Champions), Planet of the Tapes Free

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, May 13

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

7:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Katie Hughes, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Saturday, May 14

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

7:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Katie Hughes, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Improv 502 Comedy Show: Mayday The Bard’s Town Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Sunday, May 15

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Comedy at TEN20 open mic, TEN20 Craft Brewery Free admission. To sign up to perform email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

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

7 p.m. — Good Stand Up Comedy at Kaiju, Kaiju Free

7:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

9 p.m. — Good Stand Up Comedy at Kaiju, Kaiju Free

Monday, May 16

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Free comedy workshop for newer comics with Keith McGill and Bret Sohl, TEN20 Craft Brewery, Butchertown. To reserve a spot message Louisville Laughs or email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

8 p.m. — Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic page or email pottmondaymicopenmic@gmail.com. Free admission

Tuesday, May 17

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown Sign ups at 7:15

9:30 p.m. — Stand and Deliver variety open mic Kaiju Sign ups at 9

Wednesday, May 18

7:30 p.m. — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville Tickets To sign up for a spot email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com

7:30 p.m. — Open Mic Night, Louisville Comedy Club Free admission Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Online sign ups for shows starting in June at openmicer.com

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, May 19

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Comedy Night at Gravely, Gravely Brewing Co Free tickets

7 p.m. — Tom Segura: I’m Coming Everywhere – World Tour, Louisville Palace Tickets

7 p.m. — Rae’s Boom Boom Room, 21st in Germantown, Admission $20

7:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

8 p.m. — We Still Like You: Louisville with hosts Mandee McKelvey and Chris Vititie, Planet of the Tapes Free

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, May 20

7:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or two) with special appearances by Tim Northern and Jeff Toy and open mic to follow, Never Say Die, St. Matthews To sign up to be on the open mic, message Louisville Laughs or email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

8 p.m. — Mat Alano-Martin, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Saturday, May 21

4:30 p.m. — The Office trivia with “Todd Packer,” Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Bob Batch & Friends, Falls City Tap Room Tickets

7:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Mat Alano-Martin, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Full Circle Comedy presents Ladies’ Night Comedy, Goodwood Brewing Free admission

9:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Sunday, May 22

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

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Clean Comedy Showcase, The Bard’s Town. Tickets $10

7:30 p.m. — Ben Brainard, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Monday, May 23

8 p.m. — Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic page or email pottmondaymicopenmic@gmail.com. Free admission

Tuesday, May 24

7:30 p.m. — Zane Helberg – Live From Rehab, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown Sign ups at 7:15

9:30 p.m. — Stand and Deliver variety open mic Kaiju Sign ups at 9

Wednesday, May 25

7:30 p.m. — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville Tickets To sign up for a spot email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com

7:30 p.m. — Open Mic Night, Louisville Comedy Club Free admission Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Online sign ups for shows starting in June at openmicer.com

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, May 26

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Thursday Clean Comedy Showcase, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

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

7:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, May 27

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

7:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Kelly Collette, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Saturday, May 28

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

7:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Kelly Collette, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Sunday, May 29

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

7 p.m. — Tommy Davidson, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

9:45 p.m. — Tommy Davidson, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Monday, May 30

8 p.m. — Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic page or email pottmondaymicopenmic@gmail.com. Free admission

Tuesday, May 31

7:30 p.m. — Kevin James Thornton, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown Sign ups at 7:15

9:30 p.m. — Stand and Deliver variety open mic Kaiju Sign ups at 9

Wednesday, June 1

7:30 p.m. — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville Tickets To sign up for a spot email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com

7:30 p.m. — Open Mic Night, Louisville Comedy Club Free admission Online sign ups at openmicer.com

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, June 2

7 p.m. — Drew Lynch, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

7:30 p.m. – Johnny Watson, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, June 3

7 p.m. — Drew Lynch, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

7:30 p.m. –Johnny Watson, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Character Assassination Presents Roast: The Musical! Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Johnny Watson, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10 p.m. — Drew Lynch, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

10 p.m. — Character Assassination Presents Roast: The Musical! Planet of the Tapes Tickets

Saturday, June 4

7 p.m. — Drew Lynch, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

7:30 p.m. – Johnny Watson, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Character Assassination Presents Roast: The Musical! Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

9 p.m. — Bigheadlightskin Comedy Showcase, 21st in Germantown Tickets $15 at the door

9:30 p.m. – Johnny Watson, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10 p.m. — Drew Lynch, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

10 p.m. — Character Assassination Presents Roast: The Musical! Planet of the Tapes Tickets

Sunday, June 5

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Comedy at TEN20 open mic, TEN20 Craft Brewery Free admission. To sign up to perform email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

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

9:3o p.m. — Comedy Attack open mic, Kaiju Show up and sign up

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 — 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 — The Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Show starts at 8 p.m. Fully vaccinated individuals can message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesdays — Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown. Show up and sign up. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Message Ehrin Dowdle with questions.

Wednesdays — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., The Caravan Louisville. Show is scheduled in advance. Email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com for a spot.

Wednesdays — Open Mic Night at Louisville Comedy Club, 7:30 p.m. Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Online sign ups for shows starting in June at openmicer.com

Thursdays — Thursday Night Comedy Bites. The Bard’s Town. Show at 8 p.m. and sign ups at 7:30.

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.

Fridays — Louisville Laughs presents Never Say Die Comedy Hour (Or Two) open mic, Never Say Die bar and art gallery, 3900 Shelbyville Rd, St. Matthews. Every third Friday of the month. To sign up for a spot email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

The SUPERLIST of Louisville comedy updated May 4

The SUPERLIST of Louisville Comedy

A list of the upcoming comedy shows and open mics in the Louisville area. 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, May 4

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

7:30 p.m. — Randy Feltface, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Laugh out Loud Wednesdays with Sweet Baby Kita, The Gruv Sports Bar & Lounge Admission $10

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, May 5

7:30 p.m. – Louisville Regional Comedy All-Stars, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Ari Shaffir, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

8 p.m. — Possum Tonight, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, May 6

7 p.m. — The Dangerous Comedy Tour, 21st in Germantown

7:30 p.m. – Louisville Regional Comedy All-Stars, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Ari Shaffir, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Dan Alten, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Schutte’s Schitzengiggles Classy Comedy Show, The Bard’s Town Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Louisville Regional Comedy All-Stars, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10 p.m. — Gonzo Improv’s Decadent and Depraved Derby Show, The Bard’s Town $10 cover

10:30 p.m. — Dan Alten, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

10:30 p.m. — Ari Shaffir, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Saturday, May 7

Happy Derby day!

7:30 p.m. – Louisville Regional Comedy All-Stars, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Ari Shaffir, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Louisville Regional Comedy All-Stars, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10:30 p.m. — Ari Shaffir, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Sunday, May 8

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

7:30 p.m. — Kentucky Comedy Derby, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Monday, May 9

8 p.m. — Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic page or email pottmondaymicopenmic@gmail.com. Free admission

Tuesday, May 10

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown. Sign ups at 7:15

9:30 p.m. — Stand and Deliver variety open mic Kaiju Sign ups at 9

Wednesday, May 11

7:30 p.m. — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Open Mic Night, Louisville Comedy Club Free admission Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.

8 p.m. –Charlie Vergos, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, May 12

7 p.m. — Ed Bassmaster, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

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

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Thursday Comedy Showcase, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

8 p.m. –Thunderdome: Thunderdome (Champion of Champions), Planet of the Tapes Free

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, May 13

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

7:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. –Katie Hughes, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Saturday, May 14

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

7:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. –Katie Hughes, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Sunday, May 15

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Comedy at TEN20 open mic, TEN20 Craft Brewery Free To sign up to perform email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

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

7:30 p.m. — Aries Spears, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Monday, May 16

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Free comedy workshop for newer comics with Keith McGill and Bret Sohl, TEN20 Craft Brewery, Butchertown. To reserve a spot message Louisville Laughs or email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

8 p.m. — Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic page or email pottmondaymicopenmic@gmail.com. Free admission

Tuesday, May 17

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown. Sign ups at 7:15

9:30 p.m. — Stand and Deliver variety open mic Kaiju Sign ups at 9

Wednesday, May 18

7:30 p.m. — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Open Mic Night, Louisville Comedy Club Free admission Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, May 19

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Comedy Night at Gravely, Gravely Brewing Co Free tickets

7 p.m. — Tom Segura: I’m Coming Everywhere – World Tour, Louisville Palace Tickets

7 p.m. — Rae’s Boom Boom Room, 21st in Germantown, Admission $20

7:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, May 20

7:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or two) with special appearances by Tim Northern and Jeff Toy and open mic to follow, Never Say Die, St. Matthews To sign up to be on the open mic, message Louisville Laughs or email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

8 p.m. — Mat Alano-Martin, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

9:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Saturday, May 21

4:30 p.m. — The Office trivia with “Todd Packer,” Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Bob Batch & Friends, Falls City Tap Room Tickets

7:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Mat Alano-Martin, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

8 p.m. — Full Circle Comedy presents Ladies’ Night Comedy, Goodwood Brewing Free admission

9:30 p.m. – Vince Morris, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

10:30 p.m. — David Koechner, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Sunday, May 22

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

7:30 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents: Clean Comedy Showcase, The Bard’s Town. Tickets $10

7:30 p.m. — Ben Brainard, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Monday, May 23

8 p.m. — Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic page or email pottmondaymicopenmic@gmail.com. Free admission

Tuesday, May 24

7:30 p.m. — Zane Helberg – Live From Rehab, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. – Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown. Sign ups at 7:15

9:30 p.m. — Stand and Deliver variety open mic Kaiju Sign ups at 9

Wednesday, May 25

7:30 p.m. — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, The Caravan Louisville Tickets

7:30 p.m. — Open Mic Night, Louisville Comedy Club Free admission Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.

9:30 p.m. — Microphone Assassins High Horse Wednesdays All-Entertainment Showcase and Open Mic, High Horse Saloon. Sign ups at 9

Thursday, May 26

7 p.m. — Louisville Laughs presents Thursday Clean Comedy Showcase, Aloft Louisville Downtown Free tickets

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

7:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Thursday Night Comedy Bites open mic. The Bard’s Town. Sign ups at 7:30

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

9 p.m. — The Louisville Vibe, comedy, poetry and music open mic, Joe’s Palm Room

Friday, May 27

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

7:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Kelly Collette, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Saturday, May 28

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

7:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

8 p.m. — Kelly Collette, Planet of the Tapes Tickets

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

10:30 p.m. — Josh Blue, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

Sunday, May 29

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

7 p.m. — Tommy Davidson, Louisville Comedy Club Tickets

9:45 p.m. — Tommy Davidson, Louisville Comedy Club 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 — 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 — The Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic, Planet of the Tapes. Show starts at 8 p.m. Fully vaccinated individuals can message Planet of the Tapes Monday Mic or email MondayNightLateMic@gmail.com.

Tuesdays — Comedy open mic, 21st In Germantown. Show up and sign up. List out at 7:15 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Message Ehrin Dowdle with questions.

Wednesdays — Laughs In The Lounge Comedy Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., The Caravan Louisville. Show is scheduled in advance. Email CaravanOpenMic@gmail.com for a spot.

Wednesdays — Open Mic Night at Louisville Comedy Club, 7:30 p.m. Sign up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays — Thursday Night Comedy Bites. The Bard’s Town. Show at 8 p.m. and sign ups at 7:30.

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.

Fridays — Louisville Laughs presents Never Say Die Comedy Hour (Or Two) open mic, Never Say Die bar and art gallery, 3900 Shelbyville Rd, St. Matthews. Every third Friday of the month. To sign up for a spot email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap for May

Louisville Laughs has a lot of great comedy shows, open mics, comedy classes and laughs scheduled this month. Here is a breakdown of what’s on tap for May.

Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Comedy Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs for our Thursday Comedy Showcase on May 12 at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

This standup comedy show will feature veteran comic Mike Nilsson, as well as a demonstration of the Same Game from comics Keith McGill and Donna Watts where the audience can participate.

Also on the show are comics Katy Bevins, Evan Lewis, Lacey Biller and Samuel Lee.

Admission is free. Tickets are requested to ensure seating.

Come for a night of laughter and great food and drinks from the Corner bar/restaurant in Aloft’s inviting lobby.

Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m.

Comedy at TEN20 open mic

TEN20 Craft Brewery

Free admission

Join Louisville Laughs for our popular comedy open mic at TEN20 Craft Brewery in Butchertown.

Comics — some new, some veterans — do their best to make you laugh and try out new material.

Comics also have the chance to earn $25 for sets of the night!

Come enjoy some laughs, craft beer, food from MozzaPi and Happy Belly and more.

To sign up to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

Comedy TEN20 is every first and third Sunday.

Monday, May 16, 7 p.m.

Louisville Laughs New Comics Workshop

TEN20 Craft Brewery

Free

Louisville Laughs is holding this free workshop aimed at giving new comics the basics to perform — from how to handle a microphone to how to find stage time.

Instructors will include comic Keith McGill, comedy writer Bret Sohl and Louisville Laughs’ Creig Ewing

To sign up for the class, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.

Comedy Night at Gravely

Gravely Brewing Co

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs on April 21 for another night of laughter with Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing.

This showcase of standup comedy features appearances by Tyson Cox and Brian Pitre of Indianapolis; Austin Deller of Cincinnati and Louisville’s Katy Bevins, Lena Beamish, Eric Groovely and host Creig Ewing.

Come for a night of fun, fresh beer and great food from Mayan Street Food.

Friday, May 20, 8 p.m.

Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or two)

Never Say Die

Free admission

This is a special show at Never Say Die. We will open the show with performances by local favorites Tim Northern and Jeff Toy.

After that show, we will hold an open mic for comics.

Have a craft cocktail and join the fun.

To sign up to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

Never Say Die shows are every third Friday.

Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m.

Bob Batch & Friends

Falls City Taproom

Tickets

Join Louisville Laughs for this special standup comedy event at the Falls City Taproom.

It will be a night of Louisville Legends of comedy with Bob Batch, Mark Klein and Donna Watts.

This is a show you won’t want to miss and can bring the whole family to see. Bob and Mark have worked across the country and on cruise ships and corporate events and have acts proven to entertain everyone.

Bob Batch is a veteran of more than 10,000 shows and has worked with everyone from Ray Charles to Robin Williams.

Mark Klein has entertained some of America’s largest corporations and has worked for numerous cruise lines.

Donna Watts is a veteran of radio and TV who recently features at The Comedy Caravan.

Tickets are $15. Join us for a night of laughter, fun and great beer and wine.

The event is sponsored by Falls City Beer and Old 502 Winery.

Sunday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.

Bard’s Town Clean Comedy Showcase

The Bard’s Town

Admission $10

Louisville Laughs has a great night of comedy for the whole with some of our favorite comics from around the region doing clean comedy sets.

You’ll have a great night laughing along with Zach Wycuff, of Cincinnati; Jerrel Beamon, of Dayton, Ohio; Julie Heckman, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Chester Goad, of Cookeville, Tenn.; and Louisville’s Alex Whittenburg, Crystal Phoenix and host Creig Ewing.

This standup comedy show will take place in The Bard’s first floor lounge. Patrons wishing to dine should arrive early to dine in the main restaurant. 

Thursday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.

Clean Comedy Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs for a Clean Comedy Showcase on Thursday, May 26, at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

This show features comics from around the region performing material suitable for the whole family.

It’s going to be a fun night with Adam Minnick from Cincinnati, Kris Izzi and Andy Imlay from Evansville and Louisville’s Lucious Williams, Hillary Boston, Lena Beamish, Andrew Riggs and Patrick Lynch.

Admission is free. Reservations ensure seating.

Come out for a night of laughs. Food and drinks available at the Corner bar/restaurant in the Aloft’s lobby.

5 questions with comic Teresa Lee

Teresa Lee is a stand-up comedian, comedy writer, director, actor and podcaster who grew up in California and studied at NYU.

Teresa Lee will appear on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, Planet of the Tapes in Louisville featuring for headliner Dave Waite. Tickets are available here.

Lee took the time to answer 5 Questions from Louisville Laughs.

Louisville Laughs: You are a standup-comic, comedy writer, actor, director, host of a podcast and creator of one of the top socially distanced comedy shows online. What do you do in your spare time?

Teresa Lee: I look for jobs. actually, during early quarantine days, I suddenly had free time, and I had no choice but to solve my childhood trauma

Your podcast, You Can Tell Me Anything, invites comics to get secrets off their chest. Have you been surprised by anything you heard?

Yes, all the time. The guests are all so amazing, and I find myself talking to heroes, like folks I idolized when I started comedy, and just thinking … I can’t believe they’re telling me this.

As comedians, we’re all open af, but that’s why it’s fun to talk in a more extended format, free from punchlines and audience reactions, where you really get an insight into the strange psyche where comedy meets trauma.

Recently I had Dauood Naimyar on, and he confessed he got a DUI when he was a teenager, but then forgot to mention he was also naked when he was driving, and that one really sent me.

At the start of Covid, you had one of the early on-line shows, Comedy Quarantine on Instagram Live. How did that go over?

It was actually very surreal how much it took off. The first show was March 19, 2020, I posted on a Facebook group that I wanted to do something to give folks on the fence about staying in something to look forward to and also raise some mutual funds for the community.

It was originally only a one-off show, but we ended up raising something like $10,000 for mutual aid relief, and I think there were something like 30 comics on it. Sam Varela and Babs Gray helped me produce it, and it was really thanks to Sam that we turned it into a daily/weekly show.

I think it was a bit of a time capsule, thinking about it now … like I don’t *miss* it, but it definitely was a vibe. I just did a show with Todd Glass last week ,and we had only met on comedy quarantine, so I re-introduced myself, and it was a cool moment when he recognized the show and said some real nice words about his experience with it. That was pretty neat.

You have done quite a bit of comedy writing and were a senior creative producer at Cracked. What is the best way for aspiring writers to get into the business?

I’m not going to say something like get a day job, because honestly every time i made a big leap in my writing career, it was when I quit a day job or was suddenly out of work. I think the need to make rent and fulfill your dream really revs your inner power up.

The three pieces of advice that always stuck with me were these. Finish the shitty draft, kill your babies and go to therapy.

Like, write the shitty version of the thing you want before you get into your head. Then you gotta be cool with scrapping everything you wrote – don’t get too attached, it’s the only way you can naturally get your brain to write “better” if that makes sense. And I think it was Rachel Dratch’s book that said go to therapy, and I recommend it. Her book and therapy.

What is your comedy horror story?

I’m about to go on my first solo tour not just since before pandemic, but ever. I packed a tent, a sleeping bag, and I’m going to drive from Chicago to Atlanta, load my car up with a cooler, and camp my way down through the woods with a few stops at friendly houses along the way.

I just found out I owe over $4,000 in taxes and, spoiler alert, I do not have $4,000 lying around. But I am grateful I’m able to do this tour while my hot boyfriend takes care of my dog. I don’t know if I’m in a horror or a fantasy yet, so ask me again on 5/3 when I’ve done (hopefully) 7 cities, 14 shows, in 14 days.

Check out Teresa’s Website and follow him her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap for April

Louisville Laughs has a lot of great comedy shows, open mics and fun scheduled. Here is a breakdown of what’s on tap for April.

Sunday, April 3, 7 p.m.

Comedy at TEN20 open mic

TEN20 Craft Brewery

Free admission

Join Louisville Laughs for our popular comedy open mic at TEN20 Craft Brewery in Butchertown.

Comics — some new, some veterans — do their best to make you laugh and try out new material.

Comics also have the chance to earn $25 for sets of the night!

Come enjoy some laughs, craft beer, food from MozzaPi and Happy Belly and more.

To sign up to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

Comedy TEN20 is every first and third Sunday (no open mic on Easter this month).

Friday, April 15, 8 p.m.

Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or two)

Never Say Die

Free admission

This is a special show at Never Say Die. We will open the show with performances by local favorites Brad Lanning and Lucious Williams.

After that show, we will hold an open mic for comics.

Have a craft cocktail and join the fun.

To sign up to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

Never Say Die shows are every third Friday.

Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m.

Comedy Night at Gravely

Gravely Brewing Co

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs on April 21 for another night of laughter with Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing.

This showcase of standup comedy features a special appearance by touring headliner Mark Viola of Florida.

Also on the show are Cincinnati comics Jon Holmes and Nick Noble, Lexington’s Mike Fields, Louisville comics Bonita Elery and Hillary Boston and host Creig Ewing.

Admission is free. Reservations are requested to ensure seating.

Come for a night of fun, fresh beer and great food from Mayan Street Food.

Sunday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Kelly Collette with Lee Kimbrell

The Bard’s Town

Tickets $15

Louisville Laughs has landed another incredible comedian for The Bard’s Town Sunday Showcase: Kelly Collette!

Kelly Collette was named Cincinnati’s best comedian by CityBeat in 2020 and has toured clubs and colleges throughout the country. She can be heard on SiriusXM and Pandora. Her DryBar Comedy special, “I Made You This,” was filmed in November 2020.

Kelly will be joined by fellow Cincinnati comic Lee Kimbrell.

This standup comedy show will take place in The Bard’s 2nd floor theatre. Patrons wishing to dine should arrive early to dine in the main restaurant. 

Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Louisville vs. Indianapolis Comedy Battle

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Tickets $10

Join Louisville Laughs for one of our popular comedy battles. This time four comics from Louisville take on four from Indianapolis, and the audience decides which city is the funniest!

Louisville comics include: Lucious Williams, Evan Pride, Jeff Toy and Jen Cooper

Indianapolis comics include: Dustin Burkert, Sara Huntington, Nolan Miller and David Brooks

Tickets are $10.

Come to the Aloft Louisville Downtown for a night of fun and laughter where you are the judge!

What people say about your comedy set and what it really means

You’re looking for feedback from your open mic set at Harry’s Haven of Ha Has or wherever and ask a couple comics what they thought. Some comments may sound positive, but this may be what they really mean:

Good set — I was smoking in the alley and didn’t see you.

You’re a good joke writer — Your ability to tell a joke sucks.

You showed a lot of confidence — Your material was terrible.

That was really edgy — That was really inappropriate.

You really went there! — You said m*ther f*cker 27 times at a retirement home gig!

I can see that set killing on Netflix — I actually heard those jokes on Netflix.

Your jokes never get old — You have been doing the same 5 minutes for 10 years.

You have a lot of energy on stage — You were pacing around in circles.

Good to see you doing some crowd work — You were the seventh comic to ask everyone how they were doing.

Not bad — Your set was better than mine, dammit!

About the author

Creig Ewing is a comedian and show producer. He has 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. He gets a lot of seemingly positive comments on his comedy.

Q&A with Louisville Comedy Club General Manager Bridget Friel

The Louisville Comedy Club opened on March 10 at 110 W. Main Street downtown, across from the Old Forester Distillery and just a block from the KFC Yum! Center.

The club is the newest venture from the family-owned Bark Entertainment, which is owned by Renee Fandt; her husband, Kevin Fandt; her son, Adam Norwest; and his wife, Bree Norwest.

The club showroom seats nearly 300. Photos from Louisville Comedy Club Facebook page

The Louisville Comedy Club seats nearly 300 and is large enough to attract top touring acts. Upcoming headliners include Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor on ABC’s The Goldbergs), Mark Normand (Comedy Central), and Pablo Francisco (Comedy Central)

Bark Entertainment also owns five other clubs — Tacoma Comedy Club and Spokane Comedy Club in Washington; Bricktown Comedy Club in Oklahoma City; Skyline Comedy Club in Appleton, Wisc.; and Summit City Comedy Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The General Manager of the Louisville Comedy Club is Bridget Friel. She agreed to answer questions about the club and what opportunities there are for local comedians.

Louisville Laughs: Your club opened on March 10. Was it a rush to get ready?

Bridget Friel: We are open now, but there was still much to do in our last week such as staff training, stocking, and setting up our Point of Sale System! Thankfully, we hired an amazing staff and everyone worked very hard our opening weekend!

What is your background in working in clubs and comedy?

I started off as a server at our location in Appleton, WI — Skyline Comedy Club. From there I stepped into the GM role and also worked on the administration side of the business.

I managed in Wisconsin for a little over two years before moving to Louisville where I project managed the build here as well as the one in Fort Wayne, IN. Now that both locations are open, I will stay here and manage The Louisville Comedy Club.

Do you hire people for positions at the club who want to get into standup comedy?

Absolutely! We love to support our local comics, which includes bringing them into the staff.

Bark Entertainment is really expanding from a few clubs in the Pacific Northwest, adding clubs across the country during the pandemic. It seems like difficult timing. How is that going?

The expansion is going well — we opened two clubs in the last three months and another will open this summer in Tulsa, OK!

What made a club in Louisville attractive to Bark Entertainment?

We are very attracted to the Midwest market because for the central locations and the people! Louisville felt like a place where we could fill a need — for how large the city is there was not an A-List comedy club.

Why the downtown location?

As a company, our downtown locations typically perform better, and we were compelled by the idea of being located on ‘Whiskey Row.’

The club is on Main St. in the old Impellizzeri’s location. The Barrel Bar will be open 7 days a week.

Your open mics will be on Wednesdays. How can comics sign up for them and future Wednesday open mics?

During the month of March we will do on-site sign ups but come April comics will be able to sign up online at openmicer.com!

How much time will comics get on your open mics and how many comics do you usually allow?

Comics will get about 4 minutes, and we typically cap our show at 20-25 comics.

Do you plan to use local comics as hosts, features or headliners?

Yes, we do plan to book local hosts and features. And are open to off-night shows for local headliners as well.

What’s the best way for local and regional comics to reach out for work at your club?

Comics can email me directly at bridget@barkenetertainment.com! I typically ask for a 5-10 minute clip and their avails for the next four months along with a short bio.

Currently, your calendar is showing an Open Mic on Wednesdays and generally a show Thursdays, two shows Fridays and Saturdays with an occasional Sunday and Tuesday show. Do you plan other days and times in the future?

That is our current schedule, and we hope to add more shows as we continue to grow and become a larger part of the community.

Your first couple months of shows seem to have all male headliners. Do you plan to have more women on stage?

Absolutely! It is important to us that we provide a dynamic line up so that we have shows everyone will enjoy!

Your Barrel Bar is in the front of the club on Main Street. Will it be open only on show days?

Our bar will, eventually, operate 7 days a week from 7 a.m. for breakfast to bar close!

Tips for your first or next time doing standup comedy

You decided you want to try stand-up comedy. Congratulations. Whether it’s a bucket-list goal or you 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. 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, write it down or record it. 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 words that aren’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 I had to run to Kroger to buy some groceries because we were running low on food and stuff, and 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 also don’t want to be known for 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 like online dating. The more original you are, the fewer problems you’ll have telling jokes similar to others.

I would encourage new comics to try clean or PG 13 material for their first times. Comics can get a lot of laughs being dirty and cussing in some places and turn off the audience in 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. If you email a club about an open mic, tell them your name, where you are from and you can tell them it’s your first time. Clubs like first-timers because they tend to bring audience members.

You don’t have to explain that your friends think you are funny or that you were in your middle-school play. It’s an open mic, so everyone gets the chance on stage.

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 fills 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 mic and saw the guy say, “I’m so toasted I can’t remember what I was going to say?” Don’t be that comic.

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. It’s fine, to leave the mic in the stand, and it frees up your hands. But if you take the mic out, you don’t want an empty mic stand in front of 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 certain 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 and 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.

5 questions with comic Gavin Matts, who will be in Louisville March 25-26

Gavins Matts is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and in 2017 was the youngest ever winner of Canada’s SiriusXM Top Comic Competition. Since then he has appeared across North American, on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and Bill Burr’s showcase, The Ringers, on Comedy Central.

Gavin has also made acting appearances, and his short film “Slice of Life,” dedicated to the gallery in Vancouver of the same name, is currently making rounds on the festival circuit.

Gavin will appear on March 25 and 26 at Planet of the Tapes in Louisville. Tickets are available here.

Gavin took the time to answer 5 Questions from Louisville Laughs.

Louisville Laughs: You’re in your 20s and already have been named Canada’s SiriusXM Top Comic, been on Conan and worked with Bill Burr. What was your big break or the key to your success?

Gavin Matts: Well, I’m 28 and been doing this for 10 years and I would say I have done very cool stuff. But I don’t think “big breaks” exist anymore.

But if there’s going to be a “big break” it’ll come from longer-form stuff – like the hour that I’m taping with All Things Comedy at JFL VANCOUVER on May 29 (so the set I’m doing at Planet of the Tapes is that hour, so you should come help me make it better by being at Planet of the Tapes on March 25 & 26).

What things have you learned the hard way about touring the country doing comedy?

Buy your flights as early as possible.

You perform at colleges as well as comedy clubs. Some comics are shying away from performing at colleges because they’re afraid students will be offended. What has been your experience?

Nobody is offended. Those comedians are just bad.

You have done some acting and directed a short film, “Slice of Life.” How does standup prepare you for acting and directing?

I would say I have very little experience in acting, writing and especially directing. But, the one thing stand up does is help you develop bad habits.

What is your comedy horror story?

I would say the realization that I’ve committed my whole life to it. It’s a pretty dumb thing to do, in my opinion. Could have just been a fisherman or something.

Check out Gavin’s Website and follow him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap for March

Louisville Laughs has a lot of great comedy shows, open mics and classes scheduled. Here is a breakdown of what’s on tap for March.

Sunday, March 6, 7 p.m.

Comedy at TEN20 open mic

TEN20 Craft Brewery

Free admission

Join Louisville Laughs for our popular comedy open mic at TEN20 Craft Brewery in Butchertown.

Comics — some new, some veterans — do their best to make you laugh and try out new material.

Comics also have the chance to earn $25 for sets of the night!

Come enjoy some laughs, craft beer, pizza from MozzaPi and more.

To sign up to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

Comedy TEN20 is every first and third Sunday.

Friday, March 18, 8 p.m.

Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or two)

Never Say Die

Free admission

This is a special show at Never Say Die. Cincinnati comic Chris Weir is coming down to do a set to prepare for his album recording.

After that show, we will hold an open mic for comics.

Have a craft cocktail and join the fun.

To sign up to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

Never Say Die shows are every third Friday.

Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m.

Melissa Doran — Next Stop: New Jersey

Falls City Taproom

Tickets $10

Melissa Doran has been one of the most popular comedians in the Louisville area for the past decade. She’s leaving to go back home to New Jersey and take her career to the next level.

Join us as we enjoy Melissa’s comedy one last time here in Kentucky.

Also on the show are William McKenzie, June Dempsey, Misty Stine, Nathaniel Pott-Wells and host Creig Ewing.

Tickets are $10.

Come for the laughs, fresh beer and wine from Old 502 Winery.

Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.

Comedy Night at Gravely

Gravely Brewing Co

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs for the popular Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing Co.

This show features comics from across the region, including:  Hanna Ljungholm and Spencer Domolky from Cincinnati; Jetta V from Indianapolis; and Louisville’s Jake Hovis, Lucious Williams, Reed Sedgwick and host Creig Ewing.

Admission is free. Ticket reservations are requested to ensure seating.

Come for the laughs, fresh beer and great food from Mayan Street Food.

Sunday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Jake Ruble and A.J. Wilkerson

The Bard’s Town

Tickets $15

Two best friends — comics who travel the country together with some of the biggest names in comedy — bring their stories from the road to the stage!

Join Jake Ruble & A.J. Wilkerson for a night of standup, story telling and crowd participation as these two comedic travelers take the stage together for this very special engagement!

Enjoy a night of laughter and dinner and drinks at The Bard’s Town for a one-of-a-kind evening.

Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

New Comics Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Tickets $5

Join Louisville Laughs for our New Comics Showcase at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

Come see some of the most promising new comics in the area, including Nathan Alexander, Lena Beamish, Danielle Schwolow, Jake Macias, Kelli O’Toole, David Santos, Melman and Esther Sturgeon.

The featured performer is Dayton’s hard-working Jerrel Beaman, who is a star in the making.

Come out for a night of laughs and enjoy a drink and great food at the Corner restaurant in the Aloft lobby.

Admission is just $5.