The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: July 2014

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Sean Patton at the High Plaines Comedy Festival.

July's comedy joke theme is "Doublin' Up." Bare Knuckle Comedy is hosting a soiree of comedy shows featuring the triumphant return of a few of St. Louis' finest -- two of whom you might have caught a glimpse of at the sold-out Kyle Kinane and Marc Maron shows at the Firebird. The minds behind the Improv Shop and the Too Hip Series at Foam are also drawing from the same vein and offering storytelling events -- perhaps they'll fall in comedy love and all of the jokes will live happily ever after. Plus this will be the second time I reiterate how unusual it is to have enough comedy shows to deliberate what qualifies as best and what doesn't post-spring. My fingers are crossed for the trend to continue because laughter is nice, sports are stressful and the two could learn a thing or three from one another.

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Losers on the Road, Days 3 - 8: Whiskey Boot and Road Sodas

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Kelsey McClure

[Editor's Note: Following the 2013 RFT Standup Throwdown, judges Jeremy Essig and Chris Ward went drinking for the first time together. Hungover on a plane to San Francisco the next day, Essig created a game show that combined their common interests in music, video games, and comic books, and Loser. - A Live Action Shame Show was born. The crew will return to St. Louis Monday, June 23, for their one-year anniversary show at Heavy Anchor...that is, if they survive their first ever seven-day, seven-city tour with technical director Evan Rowe "DJ DVDA" Rowe and tour manager Kelsey McClure. The Loser crew is sending tour-diary dispatches from the road.]

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Losers on the Road, Day 1: "Days of Wine and Rosie"

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Kelsey McClure
[Editor's Note: Following the 2013 RFT Standup Throwdown, judges Jeremy Essig and Chris Ward went drinking for the first time together. Hungover on a plane to San Francisco the next day, Essig created a game show that combined their common interests in music, video games, and comic books, and Loser. - A Live Action Shame Show was born. The crew will return to St. Louis Monday, June 23, for their one-year anniversary show at Heavy Anchor...that is, if they survive their first ever seven-day, seven-city tour with technical director Evan Rowe "DJ DVDA" Rowe and tour manager Kelsey McClure. The Loser crew is sending tour-diary dispatches from the road.]

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The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: June 2014

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There have been months when "The Best Comedy Shows" have actually been the only comedy shows, which is not a secret that needs to be kept. Comedy typically takes a nose dive after April on account of the people in St. Louis making patios, beers and the Cardinals their top priorities, but thanks to the terrible weather and the growing necessity to laugh, comedy in this town is soldiering on.

This month's "Best" is about as true to the title as it's been since I started recommending shows over a year and a half ago.

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The Truth Hurts (My Sides): Comedian Christopher Titus Wants to be Honest with You

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Christopher Titus
The act of standup comedy has been labeled both "courageous" and "plain stupid," and the most successful comedians tend to tread between the two. There is an art to crafting a good joke, but even with the utmost preparation and perfect execution, the material can still fall flat to an unaccepting audience -- or, as often is the case, to an empty room. The art of storytelling requires one to be vulnerable enough to be relatable but confident enough to speak with conviction.

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The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: May 2014

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Comedy Central

It's officially baseball season, so there's not much time for comedy left until October. Sitting in a dark club with a room full of jokes isn't much competition for a bright and sunny day, so while the weather is still not quite ideal, scan the comedy calendars and head to a show of your choosing. If you don't want to do the work yourself but are a fan of laughter, it's going to be OK. The work has been done for you.

For those in search of laughter or curious about the goings-on of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations for shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works" affairs, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everything in between and out of the box.

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Doug Stanhope on Bill Cosby: "It's Cute That an Old Man Can Make Words."

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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The fundamental difference between comedy and music is that everyone has made someone laugh. Whether you think you're funny or not, you've told a joke, you've taken a shot to the nuts, or you've made someone so uncomfortable they reacted with laughter just to break the tension. You may have picked up a guitar at a party or beat the hell out of a steering wheel when you just had to drum along, but that moment didn't make you a musician -- and, in the same way, being funny doesn't make you a comedian.

See also: Twenty Common Things that Annoy Standup Comedians

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Kenny Kinds: RFT's Standup Throwdown Champion

Categories: Comedy, Contests

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Photo courtesy of Kenny Kinds
It's all over folks, a champion has been crowned and it's safe to say it was neck and neck until the judges finally agreed and announced "We're giving it to Kenny Kinds."


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The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: April 2014

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The Comedy Bureau

I thought maybe I'd change the headline of this month's list of comedy picks to "April 5: The Choice is Yours!" but believe it or not there's more than just one day of comedy this month (despite that over-stacked date). April is an exciting month for St. Louis comedy because there are a handful of comedians coming to town who have also been on TV, and for which you won't need to worry about whether or not the show will be worth the dent in your wallet.

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Standup Throwdown 2014: Four Surviving St. Louis Comics to Perform Tuesday

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Congratulations to Brandon Judd, Emily Hickner, Bobby Jaycox and Kenny Kinds for making the cut and advancing the to the Final Round of the RFT's Standup Throwdown. The Final Four will now square off Tuesday April 4 at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room. The competition starts at 8 p.m. and seats are limited. And if the crowd at last week's Elite 8 event is telling of what to expect in the Duck Room, you'll want to arrive early to claim your spot.


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