Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap this October

Louisville Laughs has an exciting list of shows this October. Here is what’s on tap:

Sunday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or Two)

Never Say Die, St. Matthews

Free

Join Louisville Laughs and close out your weekend with laughter at the Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or Two) open mic. Comics from across the region will perform while you enjoy a craft cocktail, cold beer and cool art.

To sign up for a spot to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com

Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

New Comics Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Tickets

Join Louisville Laughs for our New Comics Showcase on Oct. 13 at the Aloft Louisville Downtown.

We introduce you to some of our favorite comics from the area who could be the next big stars.

Then veteran comic, actor and playwright Keith McGill will close the show.

Our new comics include: Aaron Love, Alex Hernandez, Bradley Zahnd, Cali Botkin, JoJo Jones, Mairead Thomas, Michelle Renee and QSmoke.

See you Oct. 13 at Aloft for a night of laughter, plus great food and drinks from the Corner restaurant in the Aloft lobby.

Sunday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.

Louisville Laughs presents: Liam Nelson

TEN20 Craft Brewery

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs on Sunday, Oct. 16 at TEN20 Craft Brewery for a special show with touring standup comic Liam Nelson.

Liam, from Atlanta, Ga., has featured at comedy clubs and other venues across the country.

He will be joined by Orlando comic Ty Colgate and Louisville’s James Ferguson.

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Reservations ensure seating.

Come out for a night of laughter, great craft beer and food from MozzaPi and Happy Belly Bistro.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Comedy Showcase

The Bard’s Town

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs on Oct. 23 for our Sunday Comedy Showcase featuring some of our favorite standup comics.

The show will include: Jesse Johnson, Lena Beamish, Nathaniel Potts-Wells, Grant Volkmar, Dusty Carter, Lucious Williams, Brandy Norton and host Creig Ewing.

Admission is free. Reservations help ensure seating.

See you at The Bard for a night of laughter, great food and drinks.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Comedy Night at Gravely

Gravely Brewing Co

Free tickets

Start your Halloween weekend off with a laugh at Comedy Night at Gravely. We have a group of standup comics who will have you grinning like a jack-o-lantern.

The show features Adam Minnick of Cincinnati, who has performed at comedy clubs and festivals across the country. Adam also has own Dry Bar comedy special.

Also on the show:

  • Comedian Donna Watts, a veteran TV and radio personality
  • Ty Leach, who recently finished runner-up in the Funniest Person In Louisville contest
  • Pete Wolynec, a Louisville comic and member of The Non-Essentials cover band
  • Host Creig Ewing, founder of Louisville Laughs

Admission is free. Tickets ensure seating.

Join us for a night of laughter, fresh beer and great food from Mayan Street Food.

Q&A with comedian Katherine Blanford, a Louisville native

By Nathan Alexander

Katherine Blanford, a comedian based in Atlanta, is headlining the Louisville Comedy Club with two shows this Friday, Aug. 26. One of the shows is already sold out, so get your tickets here while they are still available.

Katherine is a stand-up comedian, writer, and podcaster, who grew up in Louisville. Her high-energy stage presence and rapid fire joke writing keeps the audience hanging on to every word to ensure they don’t miss a thing.

Katherine has toured the country and recently made her television debut performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Katherine released her debut album, Salt Daddy in June 2022. Listen to her recount joke-dense stories about growing up in Kentucky, her work as a nanny, a less-than-ideal ocean cruise and much more.

Katherine was kind enough to answer some questions for Louisville Laughs.

Louisville Laughs: At what point did you know you wanted to be a comedian?

Katherine Blanford: “When I went on stage for the first time and felt that rush of attention.”

You grew up in Louisville. What does it mean to come back to perform?

“It means people know when I’m embellishing a story because they were all there when it actually happened.”

In addition to stand-up, you are a writer and have a podcast called Cheaties. How do your other creative endeavors inform your comedy?

“They give me ideas for new bits. And allows me to express myself in other ways so I’m not so desperate to get on stage. Sometimes doing that open mic at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday isn’t necessary.”

What do you want your comedy to do for people? What do you hope it accomplishes?

I’m here for the basic white girls. We’ve been severely underrepresented in this society and I am here to finally give us a voice.”

What is on your comedy bucket list? Is there anyone in particular you would like to work with?

“Tig Notaro. And a special on TV. But mostly just to work with Tig.”

What is the best advice you ever got that you actually used?

“Weight lifting helps you get toned. Instagram gave me that advice, and I will be forever grateful to her.”

You released your debut album in June 2022 called Salt Daddy. What was it like recording and releasing an album?

“A lot of hard work and fear that it will come out and I will lose the respect of everyone I look up to.”

Do you still keep in contact with Salt Daddy? Do you think he’s heard the album?

“No. I’m still waiting for him to reach out but I don’t think there’s good service on a boat off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.”

How would you describe your comedy?

“Worth the Groupon.”

What is your comedy horror story?

“A year into comedy I came home to do a show and the whole family came. I only had about 8 minutes of “decent” material and the booker asked me to do 10 minutes. So I had to use all my material. Which meant I ended up doing my dirtiest jokes in front of my grandma.”

What is your comedy highlight?

“Doing the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Oh, and doing my dirty jokes in front of my grandma.”

Katherine can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, YouTube, and her website.

Katherine’s debut album Salt Daddy can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.

Get your tickets for Katherine Blanford at the Louisville Comedy Club this Friday before the second show sells out!

Q&A with New York comedian Ariel Elias

By Nathan Alexander

Ariel Elias will headline at Planet of the Tapes this weekend with shows Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27th. Tickets are available here.

Described in the New York Times as a “sly young comic,” Ariel is a regular performer at the famed Comedy Cellar in New York City. She has performed as the warm-up comedian for the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and was selected as one of the 2021 New Faces of Comedy at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

She brings her witty observations and unique perspective to comedy clubs all over the country.

Ariel was kind enough to answer some questions for Louisville Laughs.

Louisville Laughs: You grew up in Kentucky. What’s it like coming back to perform?

Ariel Elias: “It’s a little disconcerting looking out into the audience and seeing my Sunday school teacher and the parents of the kids I babysat. But I love coming home. The second my car crosses into Kentucky I feel relaxed, like OK, I know where everything here is and I understand how this place works.”

At what point did you know you wanted to be a comedian?

“The first time I did standup was sort of on a whim in college. I just wanted to see if I could do it. But as soon as I got my first laugh, I knew that was it. That was the high I wanted for the rest of my life.”

Your website says you “made everyone laugh during your bat mitzvah, and the rest is history.” Do you remember any of your jokes from that day?

“The only one I remember, and this makes me sound like a real brat, was when the Rabbi gave me these two books on Judaism, and I said, ‘does this mean I have to write MORE thank you notes?’ It crushed.”

What was it like working as the warm-up comedian for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?

“I did warm-up for Maisel a handful of times. There were a few scenes that required hundreds of extras, so in between takes while they were resetting, I would go up on stage and perform.

“It was wild, because I had no idea how long I’d be up on stage. It was just someone handing me a microphone going, ‘Here, talk until we’re ready.’ And when they were ready, it didn’t matter if I was in the middle of a joke or what, I just had to get off stage.”

In addition to stand-up, you’re also a contributing writer for As Goes Wisconsin, a digital media initiative that makes state and local politics more accessible and fun while celebrating all things Wisconsin. How does your versatility as a comedian and writer inform your stand-up?

“I find it really hard to sit down and write standup. Like you know how sometimes, the harder you try to remember something, the more it slips away? And you realize, I need to focus on something else, and then it will just come to me.

“So having an assignment, or a specific goal, like writing a three minute piece about how the labor movement in Wisconsin got started, allows me to use the funny muscle, the part of my brain that figures out set-ups and punchlines, without feeling any pressure about standup. Which, oddly enough, then allows me to write standup.”

Becoming a regular at the Comedy Cellar is a goal for comedians all over the country. What was that experience like?

“Intimidating but also typical. It’s one of those goals I’d had written down for a couple of years, and finally I felt ready to go for it.:

What’s on your comedy bucket list? Who are some people you’d like to work with in the future?

“Everything. I’m really greedy. I want late night sets, I want specials, I want to be in writers rooms, I want my own fanbase, I want to keep getting better at this. I don’t have a specific person or list of people I want to work with, because I’ve found that I end up working really well with people I never would have imagined, people who are so different from me.

“But that said, I’ve been in love with Jon Stewart since I was 12. So if I had to pick someone, it would be him.”

What is the best advice you ever got that you actually used?

“Eat shit in the dark for as long as you can. In other words, don’t be too hungry for the attention parts of this business. Take advantage of the obscurity. Use it to get better. It’s easier to make mistakes when nobody is watching.”

What is your comedy horror story?

“Oh god, there are many. One that comes to mind was performing for a German chapter of a Free Mason Society at their annual banquet. I was told I’d be performing after dinner, but nobody told me that dinner was after 4 hours of an open bar.

“The organizers didn’t tell anybody that I’d be doing stand-up, so I just ambushed a bunch of drunk old Germans with a lot of Jewish material.

“The cherry on top was that everyone was seated off to the side, so the only thing in front of me was a wall of mirrors. Which meant that for 15 minutes, I just watched myself bomb.”

What is your comedy highlight?

“Oh god, there are many. Performing on the set of Maisel was really cool, JFL was really unique, but really what sticks out in my mind are the tiny moments on stage when I’ve thought of a funny line on the fly, or the first time I really comfortably headlined a show, when I feel settled and calm. There really is nothing better than that feeling.”

Ariel can be found on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Youtube and her website is arieleliascomedy.com.

Don’t miss Ariel Elias at Planet of the Tapes on August 25th and 26th. Get your tickets here!

Q&A with Indianapolis ‘absurdist observationist’ comic Gwen Sunkel


By Nathan Alexander

Gwen Sunkel is a nationally touring comedian from Indianapolis who grew up a fan of Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Rivers and Mitch Hedberg. She describes her comedic style as “absurd observationist.”

When asked where she finds material, Gwen responded, “I’m a femme, queer, fat, palliative care nurse practitioner who adopts senior Weiner dogs, living in a state that argued a lawsuit about gay cake. I’m sure I can find something to talk about.”

Gwen is headlining at Planet of the Tapes this weekend with one show on Friday and two shows on Saturday. Tickets are available here.

Gwen Sunkel at The Comedy Attic

Gwen has the range to seamlessly switch from clever misdirection to witty wordplay to goofy act outs without missing a beat. She was kind enough to answer some questions for Louisville Laughs.

Louisville Laughs: At what point did you know you wanted to be a comedian? 

Gwen Sunkel: “I’ve always loved watching and listening to stand-up comedy. I grew up watching Premium Blend and listening to comedy albums on vinyl and cassette, but I never realized it was something you could just …do.

“It seemed like you already had to be famous to be a comedian when I was a kid, so it wasn’t a viable career option. But a few years ago, I had just finished grad school and had some ‘extra’ time on my hands to pursue some creative efforts.”

What do you want your comedy to do accomplish?

“I think laughter is so healing! I hope my comedy makes people feel a little lighter and happier after seeing me. I also hope that some of my jokes can make people think about stuff in a different way.”

You released an album called “No More Tears” this past February. What was it like recording and releasing a comedy album? 

“Recording an album was a lot of fun! Ross Duncliffe and Isaac Landfert at On Tour Records was terrific to work with, and I was so proud of how it turned out. The aesthetics of it were so important to me. I wanted it to look like Lana Del Ray made a comedy album. So many mist filters!

“Pauline Shypula, who did the photographs for it, and Mark Bookwalter, who did the graphic design, really nailed it. The show itself was one of those ‘really big shows’ that all my friends came to, so it felt like I had a home field advantage.”

In addition to stand-up, you’re also an actor, writer and you have a background in theater. How do your other creative endeavors help inform your stand-up? 

“Honestly, it all just feels like different numbers on the same twenty-sided die. Writing and acting are big parts of standup. I was always cast in comedic roles in plays, which informed my timing and reactions. I think comics can learn from studying other art forms and comics can teach other artists how to tell jokes about airline food and farts.”

What’s on your comedy bucket list? Who are some people you’d like to work with in the future? 

“My ONLY goal in comedy at this point is to work with The Muppets.”

What is the best advice you ever got that you actually used? 

“Someone else’s success is not your failure. There’s no ‘first chair’ or ‘team captai’ in comedy. You can root for everybody and yourself at the same time. The only person I’m in competition with is yesterday’s me. And she didn’t have any idea what she’s doing, so it shouldn’t be too hard to outdo her.”

What is your comedy horror story? 

“I once drove, like, 1100 miles to perform for four people. Very glamorous!”

What is your comedy highlight? 

“I got to perform with Iliza Shlesinger at The Murat Theater in Indianapolis. I had never been in front of a crowd that large, and the energy was just electric!”

Gwen’s album No More Tears is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

Check out Gwen’s website.

Find her across social media at @GwenderWoman.

Author: Nathan Alexander

Nathan Alexander is a humor writer and stand-up comedian based in Louisville with his wife, dog, and tortoise. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Points In Case, Slackjaw and others.

Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap in August

Louisville Laughs has an exciting list of shows in August, including the opening rounds of the first Funniest Person In Louisville contest. Here is what’s on tap:

Thursday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Funniest Person in Louisville first round

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Tickets

Have some laughs and help choose the Funniest Person in Louisville for 2022. Thirteen comics will compete to advance to the finals, and the audience and judges will determine who moves on.

Come cheer on the comics and enjoy great food and drinks from the Corner restaurant/bar at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

Sunday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.

Comedy at TEN20 open mic

TEN20 Craft Brewery

Free admission

Join Louisville Laughs for the Comedy at TEN20 open mic. Comics work on their best sets, and you can enjoy laughs, craft beer and great food from MozzaPi and Happy Belly Bistro.

To sign up for a spot to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com.

Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m.

Comedy Night at Gravely

Gravely Brewing Co

Free tickets

See you on on Aug. 18 for another popular night of laughter at Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing.

August’s standup comedy showcase features comic Jeremiah Martin of Lexington. Jeremiah is a crowd favorite who recently beat out a dozen other comics to win a comedy contest at the Louisville Comedy Club.

Also on the show is Bonita Elery, an actor and standup comic, and other favorites. Your host is Lena Beamish, a rising star in the Louisville comedy scene.

Admission is free. Tickets ensure seating. Come for the laughs, fresh beer and great food from Mayan Street Food.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m.

Comedy at TEN20 FEEDBACK mic

TEN20 Craft Brewery

Free admission

See you on Aug. 21 at TEN20 Craft Brewery for our first feedback mic, where comics (and brave audience members) can give other comics suggestions, tags and punchlines for their bits.

Blake Hammond, who has a long-running feedback mic in Cincinnati, is coming to help get it started off right.

Work on your sets, enjoy some laughs, craft beer and great food from MozzaPi and Happy Belly Bistro.

To sign up for a spot to perform, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Funniest Person in Louisville first round

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Tickets

It’s another chance to help choose the Funniest Person in Louisville for 2022. Thirteen comics will compete to advance to the finals in the second competition in the opening rounds, and the audience and judges will determine who moves on.

Come cheer on the comics, have some laughs and great food and drinks from the Corner restaurant/bar at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

Sunday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Funniest Person In Louisville first round

The Bard’s Town

Tickets

It’s another chance to help choose the Funniest Person in Louisville for 2022, this time at The Bard’s Town. Thirteen comics will compete to advance to the finals in the final competition of the opening rounds, and the audience and judges will determine who moves on.

Come cheer on the comics, have some laughs and great food and drinks at The Bard’s Town.

Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap this week

Louisville Laughs has a lot of busy week of shows this week with something for everyone. Here is what’s on tap this week:

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 feature comic Keith McGill, plus 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

Tickets $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. 

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!

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!