Louisville Laughs comedy events on tap for the rest of 2021

Louisville Laughs has a lot of great comedy shows, open mics and classes scheduled. Here is a breakdown of what’s on tap for the rest of 2021, including a Promo Code for half off a show.

Oct. 24 — The Bard’s Town Open Mic

The Bard’s Town

Free admission

Join Louisville Laughs for a special open mic at The Bard’s Town hosted by Jake Hovis.

Have some laughs, great food and drinks at one of the most welcoming places in the city.

The lineup for this is full.

Oct. 28 — Thursday Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m.

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Free tickets

​Join Louisville Laughs for our Thursday Comedy Showcase at the Aloft Louisville Downtown featuring comedian Holly Lynnea.

Holly is a Louisville native who has performed comedy across the United States and Canada. She is also a talented writer and a dancer.

Also on the showcase are Bloomington’s Ben Ziliak and Louisville comics Evan Lewis, Adriane Thompson, Justin Tabb, Deiandre Smith, Chris Bowman and Eric Groovely. Your host is Creig Ewing.

Admission is free, but tickets are needed to ensure seating and are going fast. Donations are welcome.

Enjoy a drink and dinner or some killer wings at the Corner bar in Aloft’s comfortable lobby.


Nov. 7 – How To Comedy Class (Writing), 1 p.m.

Ten20 Craft Brewery

$75

Louisville Laughs is offering this comedy class that will focus on writing and is aimed at newer comics.

Instructors include comedian Keith McGill (headliner with 30 years’ experience), Bret Sohl (longtime writer The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and Louisville Laughs’ Creig Ewing.

This class will be held Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. at the performance room at Ten20 Craft Brewery in Butchertown. You will learn how to get the most laughs out of your material.

Classes will be limited to 10 so you have individual time with the instructors.

If you would like to sign up, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com.

Nov. 7 — Comedy at TEN20 open mic, 7 p.m.

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. A couple spots remain.


Nov. 14 – How To Comedy Class (Emceeing), 1 p.m.

Ten20 Craft Brewery

$75

Louisville Laughs is offering this comedy class that will focus on emceeing and is aimed at comics who want to take the next step to bring value to your comedy resume and help get booked for more shows.

Instructors include comedian Keith McGill (headliner with 30 years’ experience) and Louisville Laughs’ Creig Ewing.

Comics who complete the class will have opportunities to host shows and open mics put on by Louisville Laughs.

If you would like to sign up for the class, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com.

Comics can take both the writing and emcee classes for $125 total.

Nov. 18 — Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing

Gravely Brewing Co.

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs on Thursday, Nov. 18, as Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing Co. moves to Thursdays.

We have an All-Star show with some of our favorite comics from the region:

Kelly Collette

Kelly, of Cincinnati, has been a finalist on CMT’s Next Big Comic, and tours clubs and colleges throughout the country. Her jokes have been featured on Pandora and Sirius XM, and in a segment for NPR.

Mandee McKelvey

Mandee is one of the most popular comics in Louisville. She travels across the region doing standup comedy, has her own one-woman show and also regularly performs in costume with the Character Assassination group.

Melissa Doran

Melissa is a touring comedian and headliner who is one of the most sough-after comics in the Louisville area. She is relocating to New Jersey, so it’s a chance to see Melissa before she leaves.

Misty Stine

Misty has been the host of the Wednesday night Laughs in the Lounge open mic at The Caravan Comedy Club and is a favorite in the Louisville area.

Host: Stef Bright

Stef is a stand up comic from Fayetteville, Ark. After law school, she decided the true path to financial security was stand up comedy. A recovering alcoholic, she still makes plenty of bad decisions.

Admission is free. Tickets ensure seating.

Enjoy a night of laughter, fresh beer and food from Mayan Street Food.

Nov. 19 — Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or Two)

Never Say Die

Free

Join Louisville Laughs for our popular comedy open mic at Never Say Die cocktail bar and art gallery in St. Matthews.

This show features a special appearance by nationally touring comic Stef Bright.

Come on out for a fun night of laughs and craft cocktails.

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

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

Nov. 21 — Comedy at TEN20 open mic, 7 p.m.

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.

Nov. 28 — Sunday Comedy Showcase Improv Faceoff!

The Bard’s Town

Tickets TBA

Join Louisville Laughs for this Sunday Showcase that will feature improv groups as well as stand-up comedy.

More details to come.

Dec. 2 — Louisville vs. Cincinnati Comedy Battle!

Aloft Louisville Downtown

Tickets $10

Join Louisville Laughs at the Aloft Louisville Downtown where top standup comics from Louisville go head-to-head with some of Cincinnati’s best — and the audience judges which city is funnier!

Louisville comics are: Dan Alten, James Ferguson, Jake Hovis and Lena Beamish.

Cincinnati comics are: Phil Pointer, Zach Wycuff, Erica Russell and Jon Holmes.

We will also have a special appearance by Keith McGill.

Tickets are $10, but for reading this far you can use the Promo Code CINCY to get $5 off tickets while they last.

Come have some laughs and enjoy dinner or snacks and a drink at the Corner bar in Aloft’s comfortable lobby.

Dec. 5 — Comedy at TEN20 open mic, 7 p.m.

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.

Dec. 16 — Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing

Gravely Brewing Co.

Free tickets

Join Louisville Laughs on Thursday, Dec. 16, as Indianapolis comics take over Comedy Night at Gravely Brewing Co.

We have a great show with some of our favorite comics from Indianapolis.

The show features Gwen Sunkel. Gwen is one of the most popular comedians in the Indy area. She has opened for Iliza Shlesinger and performed in the 2021 Limestone Comedy Festival. She co-hosts a series of comedy shows that have raised over $15,000 for reproductive health groups in the Midwest.

Also appearing will be Griffin Sciarra, Dyke Michaels, Dustin Burkert, Tennah McDonald and Blake Champlin.

Admission is free. Tickets ensure seating.

Join us for laughs, fresh beer and food from Mayan Street Food.

Dec. 17 — Never Say Die Comedy Hour (or Two)

Never Say Die

Free

Join Louisville Laughs for our popular comedy open mic at Never Say Die cocktail bar and art gallery in St. Matthews.

Come on out for a fun night of laughs and craft cocktails.

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

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

Dec. 19 — Comedy at TEN20 open mic, 7 p.m.

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.

Dec. 26 — Sunday Comedy Showcase Home for the Holidays

The Bard’s Town

Free

Join Louisville Laughs for this Sunday Showcase that will feature comics who have had their fill of egg nog and in-laws and sneak out to entertain you.

More details to come.

If you’re interested in performing, email LouisvilleLaughs2@gmail.com or message Louisville Laughs on Facebook.

5 questions with comic Michael Palascak, who will be performing in Louisville this week

Michael Palascak is a comedian who grew up in Wabash, Ind., began his career in Chicago and now lives in Los Angeles. He has appeared on all the late night shows and has his own Comedy Central half-hour special.

Michael also was a Top 5 Finalist on Last Comic Standing and has his own Internet show where he looks on the bright side of things most people consider negative — like pollution, traffic or losing your job.

Michael will be in Louisville this week headlining at Planet of the Tapes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30. Tickets are available here.

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

Louisville Laughs: You have performed on all the late night network shows from Stephen Colbert to Jay Leno. What was the best experience?

Michael Palascak: First off, performing stand-up on late night network television is one of the top experiences of my life ever. Performing 5 minutes in front of a live studio audience that will air for everyone in the country that has a television is fun on all the shows and every one of my experiences was special in it’s own way.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was my debut, and Jay was very interactive — he met me before the show and took pictures with my family. He gave me a watch.

The Late Show with David Letterman was my second, and so I was relaxed. I felt like I enjoyed the whole thing a lot. Doing stand-up in New York City is really special, and so it was a lot of fun warming up the set at The Comic Strip the night before. And then Ed Sullivan Theater and Letterrman’s show are so iconic.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Late Late Show with James Corden are the ones I’ve done the most in that theater, and it’s really special because it’s so intimate and I’ve gone back there the most.

The crowd is right there and they’re great. And I live close by and they send a car to pick you up. It’s really cool.

Before my set James asked the crowd to really be a good crowd and that makes all the difference. Conan was amazing because he was the cool, young guy that everybody liked when I was in college and he was very nice, too.

And Lilly Singh was super fun because they had such a different fun show and I was one of the first batch of comics to do the show and Lilly was great.

And Colbert was great for some of the same reasons Letterman was — Ed Sullivan, NYC, iconic. And I still love hearing him introduce me on the YouTube clip.

You are described as a “likable” comedian. How does that help you engage with the audience, and are there ways for comics to be more likable?

I just do my best to be a good comedian.

What is your comedy horror story?

I think the only comedy horror story I would’ve had is if I hadn’t ever done stand-up or if I had quit or something. There have been for sure moments that someone watching might think would be really hard for me to get through or experience, but I really am grateful for it all and have enjoyed all of the experiences for what they were.

I used to do greenskeeping at a cemetery. I worked 60 hour weeks on a blistering hot metal machine at a car factory in rural Indiana. Stand-up comedy is a privilege and a joy.

You have more than a million views on YouTube. What’s the key to getting people to watch your comedy videos?

All those views came from my Comedy Central half hour, Colbert, Conan, and my Dry Bar special. So I just got material on channels that already have a huge following.

You released a new comedy album and a Dry Bar special this year. You must have kept busy during the pandemic.

I recorded both before March of 2020 and then it takes a little while to get them edited and deliverable. I did, however, shoot a web series about 90% by myself out of my apartment during the pandemic called The Bright Side.

It was really fun to make and it’s really funny. It’s a show where I take things that normally people find negative or bad — Ghosting, Traffic, Losing Your Job, Dictators — and I attempt to find the positive.

Here’s a link to all of them.

You can find more of Michael’s videos here.