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!

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.

5 questions with Louisville comic Mandee McKelvey, who will reprise her One-Mandee show this week

Mandee McKelvey recently was named on of the 50 best undiscovered comics in the country, but she has been one of the most popular and hardest working performers in this area for a while.

Mandee was named a breakout performer at Limestone Comedy Festival and the Memphis Comedy Festival and has opened for Tig Notaro and Anthony Jeselnik.

Mandee will spin tragedy into comedy and perform an encore of her One-Mandee show, My Left Boob, at The Bard’s Town on Sunday, Feb. 27.

This show sold out all performances last month at Planet of the Tapes and received an Underdog Award at the 2019 IndyFringe.

Tickets for the Bard’s Town show are available here while they last.

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

Louisville Laughs: You are doing an encore of your One-Mandee show, My Left Boob, at The Bard’s Town on Sunday, Feb. 27. How is this different from a usual Mandee McKelvey show?

Mandee: This is everything I’ve always wanted to do on stage that doesn’t fit into traditional standup comedy. I honestly think it’s funnier than my standup, BUT I can understand why some people would be caught off guard by it.

It’s longer stories, darker themes, and sometimes it’s serious too. It’s deeply personal has ALL the emotions, and that’s my preferred form of entertainment.

You often say you look like a Disney villain. Who is your favorite Disney villain?

My favorite Disney Villain to play is Maleficent. She’s hot and elegant and extremely petty. The most entertaining villain is Ursula, obviously. The truest villain is Cruella. She kills puppies for God’s sake.

You do comedy shows all over the country, plus you act, do Character Assassination roast shows and still work a regular job. How do you manage all that?

Poorly. I’m very tired. If you know anyone who’d like to fund my health insurance so I can be free to do more comedy, please pass along their information.

But I feel best about myself when I’m working and productive. I love making things. And being busy makes me so appreciative of all of the little things.

Getting to watch a whole TV show, go out to dinner, attend a friend’s birthday party, or visit my niece and nephew feels like a luxury.

What are the keys to a successful comedy show?

Obviously a funny comic goes without saying, but there’s so many ways to set a show up for success. Seating is so helpful. Angling chairs and tables directly towards the performer and pushing everything closer to the stage for a more intimate experience.

A lot of venues forget about sound. I’ve been in a lot of cavernous breweries where the sound is completely muffled and disappears into the ceiling. Having the show in a room where nothing else is going on is harder to come by than you would think.

Comics often have to compete with televisions in the room, meals being served, pool tables, and even blenders. God I hate blenders.

Oh and a venue that’s willing to act quickly and decisively regarding hecklers? Priceless.

What is your comedy highlight and your comedy horror story?

It gets better every year. Two years ago, my highlight was being the first and only woman to headline Gilda’s Club at the Louisville Palace. Right now, it’s selling a few hundred tickets with just my name on them — no openers, no hosts, no producers, just tickets that say Mandee McKelvey.

The fact that people trust me enough to come to a show with no other information except my name is the highest possible compliment. Now combine that with the fact that I can say whatever I want. Hard to imagine anything better than that.

As far as comedy horror stories go, my instinct is to say that it was being asked to drop everything to come fill in last minute at a comedy club. Then I was fired after one night and never paid at all.

But to be honest, that’s not the worst. The worst is how many hours of my time have been wasted by dudes in my face after shows pretending to be fans of my comedy only to proposition me later on.

I can only hope they’re out there somewhere right now, getting their time thoroughly wasted.

Follow Mandee on Facebook.

5 questions with comic Caitlin Peluffo, who will perform in Louisville this month

Caitlin Peluffo, the Lovable Loose Cannon, is a comedian from San Francisco currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

Caitlin has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and at festivals and comedy clubs around the country.

Caitlin will be in Louisville this month, headlining at Planet of the Tapes on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here.

She also will also being doing a shorter set at the Thursday Comedy Showcase from Louisville Laughs on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Aloft Louisville Downtown. Tickets are available here.

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

How did you earn the nickname The Lovable Loose Cannon?

I yell, a LOT.

Sometimes I go on rants, scream about the state of society or my student loans … it just depends. But I’m always smiling and enjoying myself. If you’re in the front row, beware because sometimes I’ll give ya a light roasting, but always in a loving way 😉

You went from studying performative video art in college to standup in New York City. How did that happen?

I loved Art School! It was like adult summer camp, but the work itself didn’t fit. I always felt out of place, cracking jokes, being a silly goose (not what the art world is known for).

I’d always wanted to try stand-up, but never had the guts. Luckily I moved to New York, comedy Mecca, for school and decided one day (after a particularly painful breakup) that I had nothing to lose so I just gave it a whirl, and bam! that shoe fit and I haven’t taken it off since.

You have several podcasts, including BEASTS! The Worst Sports Show, where you interview comics about their glory days in sports, and Good Time Gal with Caitlin Peluffo, where you interview comics about their worst alcohol-fueled decisions. Is it easier to find comics who were jocks or ones who made bad decisions?

Bad decisions … 100%. even the nerdy comics who got bullied in gym got hammered off wine coolers in a Staples Parking lot.

What is your comedy horror story?

I have 2.

I once had a jack and coke thrown on me by a VERY intoxicated Long Island housewife (I called her out for interrupting).

And another time, while on stage I got handed what appeared to be a wooden dildo, but was actually a cheese smoosher?

Honestly, I have no clue what that thing was, but it was just placed in my hand by some lady.

What is your comedy highlight?

Probably doing The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. My family flew out from California, and my best friends were backstage with me. I worked really hard on that set, and I somehow managed not to forget my jokes while the cameras were on.

It was a proud moment, and those don’t come around a lot in this business.

Check out Caitlin’s Website and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap for 2022

Louisville Laughs is moving some things around for the holidays. Here is what is on tap for 2o22:

Sunday, Jan. 16, 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.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

Comedy Night at Gravely

Gravely Brewing Co

Free tickets

Comics from Bloomington take over the popular Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing Co. They include Shanda Sung, Mark Bookwalter, Emily Blackwood, James Tanford, Maria Bluck and Eric Groovely.

Admission is free. Please reserve a ticket so that seating can be arranged.

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

Friday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

First 30 Show

Never Say Die

Free admission

It’s a new year, so it’s time for some new jokes.

In this show, 30 comics are invited to tell jokes written in 2022 (up to 2 minutes per bit).

Have a craft cocktail join the fun and let the comics know if their new jokes are a hit.

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

Sunday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

Momics!

The Bard’s Town

Tickets $10

It’s a night of standup momedy as Louisville Laughs presents Momics!

This popular show features comedy by moms for everyone.

Comics include Shanda Sung, Crystal Phoenix, Misty Stine, Keri Sprinkle, Dom Simone and host Jen Cooper.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, if available.

Enjoy your night out at The Bard’s Town with laughs and great food and drinks.

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

Thursday Comedy Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs for the popular Thursday Comedy Showcase at Aloft Louisville Downtown.

This show will feature New York City comic Caitlin Peluffo — The Lovable Loose Cannon. You may have seen her on Late Night with Stephen Colbert or other TV appearances. It’s a chance to see Caitlin before she headlines at Planet of the Tapes on Friday and Saturday.

Also on the show is another New York comic, Jill Weiner, plus several of our favorites from the Louisville area.

Tickets are free but seating is limited so reserve yours today.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

New Comics Showcase

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Tickets

Join Louisville Laughs at Aloft Louisville Downtown on Feb. 3 for our New Comics Showcase featuring comics on the rise.

This show will feature a performance from Jerrel Beamon of Dayton, Ohio, one of the hardest-working young comics in the Midwest.

Also on the show are a selection promising new comics:

Chester Goad

Lena Beamish

Danielle Schwolow 

Cat Fowler 

Kelli O’Toole

David Santos

Melman

Esther Sturgeon

Enjoy a night of laughter, plus food and drinks from the Corner restaurant in the Aloft’s comfortable lobby.

2 comedy shows set for Nov. 21 Kaiju with killer lineups – and they’re free

You have two chances to see some great comedy on Sunday, Nov. 21, in the back room of beautifully redesigned Kaiju. Seven of Louisville’s absolute finest comedians doing their best material, just for you. Andd it’s free.

This month’s shows will be hosted by rising local star June Dempsey and feature favorites Sean Smith, Dan Alten, Melissa Doran, Reed Sedgwick, Dallas Gambrel and Jordan Goodwin.

The first show starts at 7 p.m. and will be over in time for you to have some fun before you get some sleep to start your week.

The second show starts at 9 p.m. and will feature the same lineup of comedians doing different, perhaps dirtier, material.

Both shows are entirely free, however seating is limited so if you’d like to reserve a table send a message to the Dog + Mouse House on Facebook or Instagram.

We will be serving a full bar selection as well as snacks and Sushi from Dragon King’s Daughter. Bring your friends.