No (White, Straight) Boys Allowed

Categories: Comedy

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Courtesy of No Straight White Guys
From Jerry Lewis' Chinese chef to Dan Whitney's Larry the Cable Guy, playing on stereotypes has long been an integral element in the fabric of comedy. The reason is simple: It's easier to deliver a quick punchline about a shared preconceived notion rather than explain a lengthy set-up.

No Straight White Guys, a monthly comedy show at Foam Coffee & Beer, attempts to place a mirror in front of cultural and gender assumptions promoted within humor. In the process, however, they may have unintentionally raised questions about stereotypes in the world of comedy itself.

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Louie Anderson Has Changed a Lot After Telling Jokes For 30 Years

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Louie Anderson / Press Photo
[Update: Louie Anderson's shows at the Funny Bone have been cancelled.]

Franklyn Ajaye's Comic Insights: The Art of Stand-Up Comedy was released in 2001. The guide features interviews with a number of comics who at the time were on the rise to stardom, and with some who were already sitting well at the top. Ajaye delved into writing styles and habits, how to critique one's own performance, tips for taking an act on tour and just about every aspect in between. In 1987 he interviewed Louie Anderson, a renegade of the club circuit who was constantly on the road.

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Jen Kirkman Wants to Get You In the Mood

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Robyn Von Swank

It wasn't Jen Kirkman's wisest move to name her current tour after her recent Netflix special, I'm Gonna Die Alone and I Feel Fine. She says she figured Netflix could use her tour as promotional support, but she quickly came to realize that the movie-streaming giant didn't need her help. And getting people off their couch is hard enough -- why would anyone make the effort (and drop the cash) to see a show they've already seen? In the world of comedy, the answer is nobody.

"I'm an idiot to name my tour the same thing as the Netflix special," she admits.

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Lewis Black, Nick Offerman and the Best St. Louis Comedy Shows in May 2015

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Moses Robinson // Comedy Central Press
Kyle Kinane will perform at The Ready Room on May 21

"Best" is a relative idea, much like what any individual person finds funny. That's why each month we recommend various comedy events -- some sketch, some improv, some standup and some a little of everything -- and deem them the best. If you're in search of a laugh or willing to take a risk on humor, read on for the comedy shows coming to St. Louis this month that caught our eye. Whether you want to see tried-and-true veterans or the green open mic-ers, May has it all.

First, hats off to the Peabody Opera House for stacking the first weekend in May with a pair of powerhouse acts. Saturday, May 9 Lewis Black is back in town with his new show The Rant is Due, Part Deux. And the following night, Sunday, May 10, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman take to the very same stage with their show "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe." Neither show is for the faint of heart; blushing beauties are best suited to stay home.

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STL Up Late Is Back -- and on the Prowl for a Network To Call Home

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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STL Up Late in a 2014 sketch lampooning homophobia in the NFL.
Local comedy powerhouse STL Up Late is back on for Season 4 at Satori Theater.

Actually, "back" may be too strong a word. In between seasons, the cast and crew of the sketch comedy show stayed more than busy with writing sessions, video production, a trip to LA to check out Jimmy Kimmel and, oh yeah, a live taping for a pilot episode. And that's only part of what they're up to: Many (and likely all) of the 30-plus cast and crew members not only have full-time jobs, but are also a part of an assortment of live productions across the city.

See also: STL Up Late Brings Comedic Relief to Your Saturday Night

With the taping wrapped and Season 4 just around the corner, RFT Music had a quick chat with executive producer Josh McNew and Eric Christensen, the show's host and director.

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Growing Up: Trevor Noah Backlash Raises Questions About The Daily Show's Intentions

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Press photo via official website.
Trevor Noah, soon to be the new host of The Daily Show.
By Jeremy Essig

For someone who's been listing "comedian" as occupation on my 1040 for almost a decade, you might be amazed how little I know about the day-to-day workings of my industry.

I don't read comedy blogs, I don't watch late night TV and if it weren't for those I consider personal friends, I would follow zero comics on Twitter. I realize that at points this ignorance has been detrimental to my career, but what can I say? I'm a failed songwriter who fell into this job largely by accident.

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Andrew Frank Crowned Champion of Make Me Laugh St. Louis, Heads West to Alaska

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Corey Woodruff
Andrew Frank performing at The Elvis Room.

St. Louis comic Andrew Frank has proven himself to be one of the most talented, committed and dynamic comedians working in the city. In the past six months he landed himself the opening spot at the Pageant for Anthony Jeselnik, worked a clean set at Lumière Theatre for Kevin Nealon, regularly showcased at independent shows across the city and continues to feature at the Funny Bone on a monthly basis. He's a staple in the open mic scene and, given the opportunity, will perform on multiple shows a night.

This past week he displayed how hard work can and will pay off. Make Me Laugh, a nationally touring amateur standup comedy competition, crowned him the funniest comic in St. Louis. And just a day later, Frank skipped town to join the Comedy's Best Kept Secret tour alongside Dan Frigolette and Erik Anker. The tour will head all the way to Anchorage, Alaska, stopping in ten cities along the way. Frank will also receive professional head shots and a website to better promote his comedy career.

RFT Music sat down with Andrew Frank after his recent set at Taytro's Bistro in Festus and picked his brain about his next moves, as well as his expectations for the tour.

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Paula Poundstone Wants You to Fear Incontinence, at Least Once

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Paula Poundstone to appear at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

A humorist quite unlike any other, Paula Poundstone carries the experience she picked up from years of improv into a spontaneous and delightful live show. Channeling the spirit of standup, improv and sketch comedy, her performance is a comedic trinity to be revered. One of the most loved and admired by fans and comics alike, Poundstone refuses to simply sit and revel in her accomplishments.

Poundstone is slated to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Saturday, March 28. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions via e-mail. (And like a true and honorable pro, she gracefully cut right through David Cross calling St. Louis humorless.)

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DIY Comedy Tour Road Kill Comedy Hits St. Louis This Saturday

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Saturday, March 21, at Art Bar

Five years ago an "alt room" was any kind of space that wasn't a comedy club or theater. And alt rooms were few and far between, especially in St. Louis.

But, oh, how the tables have turned. With the popularity of DIY booking, alt rooms have sprung up all across the country, making it possible for comics to tour nonstop. Sure, there are a lot of variables and headaches to booking outside of a club -- pay isn't consistent, you don't always know where you're going to sleep, and there's no built-in marketing or promotional package. But none of that seems to be scaring comics off the road.

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Bridget Everett Is a Face-Sitting, Dildo-Wielding, Alt-Cabaret Provocateur

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Bridgett Everett will perform at the Firebird on March 12.

"Hit the track!" Bridget Everett growls as she lowers herself to the lip of the Joe's Pub stage in Manhattan, lifting the hem of her flowing silver gown to flash the sold-out crowd in time to the slinky R&B beat.

"Short one, long one, doesn't matter/Just suck on that bean, watch it get fatter/You've had a bad day, you're feeling like shit/You want to beat something up? Beat up this clit/Here's the combination to my lovely lady locker/She'll pop in your mouth like Orville Redenbacher."

Everett tosses aside the flopping pink dildo she'd earlier suctioned to the adjacent table and moves a couple's drinks to safety. Inching forward on thighs and buttocks, her calves encircle a man seated front and center.

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