The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: February 2015

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Paul F. Tompkins to perform at McKendree College

"Best" is relative, much like what you find funny. That's why each month we will be recommending a varied number of comedy events -- some sketch, some improv, some standup and some all-of-the-above -- and calling them the best. Should you be in search of a laugh or willing to take a risk on humor, this is the list for you.

This month is all about the DIY. National and touring headliners are coming to a slow halt in preparation for festival season as well as their own spring and summer tours, so we rely on the locals to keep the jokes coming. That being said, one of the greatest humorists, comedians and writers is heading to town (or at least close) and you're definitely not going to want to miss it.

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Sklar Brothers Return to Their Hometown St. Louis For a Show Benefiting St. Louis Area Foodbank

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Randy and Jason Sklar will perform at the Pageant this Saturday.
Saturday night, Randy and Jason Sklar, St. Louis' "prodigal sons who began as one" return for a show at the Pageant to benefit the St. Louis Area Foodbank (doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.). To preview the show, RFT Music had a wide-ranging conversation with the comedy duo while they waited for their turkey burgers at a Los Angeles eatery.

See also: Sklar Brothers Vow to Rescue St. Louis From Baseball Depression

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The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: January 2015

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"Best" is relative, much like what you find funny. That's why each month we will be recommending a varied number of comedy events -- some sketch, some improv, some standup and some all-of-the-above -- and calling them the best. Should you be in search of a laugh or willing to take a risk on humor, this is the list for you.

2015 has greeted comedy in St. Louis with a jumping high-five. A barrage of once-local, now funny and famous people are making their way back to town to share their successes with you. Whether you seek a laugh-a-minute guarantee or a comfortable bar to sit and listen in, it's all here and it's all for jokes.

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The Best Standup Comedy Shows of 2014

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Christopher Titus performed this past May at the Edison Theatre. Read the full interview here.

Funny Events, the monthly comedy column here at Riverfront Times is now two years old. In that short time, the number of weekly stand-up open mics increased from four to, well, we're still counting. While some are still going strong, others came and went with a select few just getting off the ground. Comics are independently producing their own shows and, in my five years of being involved, I'm seeing many venues seek out comedy nights for the first time.


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St. Louis Comedy 2014: Reviewed By Local Comedians

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Kelsey McClure
A scene from St. Louis' only late-night show, STL Up Late.

Rather than write a long-winded love story about comedy in St. Louis, RFT Music decided to reach out to the scene's key players for their side of the 2014 comedy story. We asked them to submit a meme, GIF or two-sentence summary of their 2014 comedy experience. A few went straight to photoshop while others went the route of shameless self-promotion. All in all, the collection is just about as true as it gets -- without jokes, we'd only have ourselves to laugh at.

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Soak Up Bill Corbett's Weird Alternate Version of Christmas

Categories: Comedy

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Santa Claus, space traveler and fighter of Satan
Tonight, Mystery Science Theater 3000's Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy will be live-riffing the befuddling 1959 Mexican film Santa Claus in theaters nationwide (and at AMC 14 in Chesterfield). Santa's outer-space team and the wizard Merlin will battle Satan on the big screen just in time for the film's 55th anniversary. But it's not the only thing Corbett's leaving under your Christmas tree this holiday season, as his graphic novel Super-Powered Revenge Christmas plunges into stockings and onto store shelves now as well.

See also: Talking with Joel Hodgson About Mystery Science Theater 3000's Iconic Music

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The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: December 2014

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Jeremy Essig will host his Holiday Bazaar on December 26 and 27 at Foam.

It's been yet another year of jokes, and the comedy community of St. Louis is becoming even more vast and dynamic. Monthly sketch, improv and standup shows abound, and they're even becoming specialized, focused and, at times, distinguishably weird. Everyone loves a theme party, so this month's Funny Events focuses on the holidays.

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 and we promised to write a new description for 2015.

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Tonight's Found Footage Festival to Include VHS Hilarity from St. Louis

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Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett share wacky VHS stories during a Found Footage Festival show.

The Internet thrives on virality. If you watch it, you share it. It's how YouTube stars are born, and it's why an eleven-minute homage to '90s sitcom credits has racked up 2 million views in less than a week.

But those millions of viewers are watching at different times, in different places and on different devices. What's missing is a group of friends -- possibly high, possibly gorging on Domino's -- gathering in a living room to laugh uproariously and give each other the "What the fuck?" look every time a dude on an infomercial insists that his cat-training video will bestow riches and sexiness beyond viewers' wildest dreams. That's where the Found Footage Festival comes in.

Uh, the crazy-video part, not the stoned-and-hungry part.

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The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: November 2014

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There will (probably) never be another month like October in St. Louis for standup comedy. Luckily, standup isn't all there is. The gears have been ground and it's time to shift back to the local scene. Jokes abound -- and they don't always require a man standing behind a microphone.

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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Anthony Jeselnik on Death Threats, Standup and Roasting Donald Trump

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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By Ryan Pfeffer

"Tonight, Anthony Jeselnik is going to leave his stamp on the roast. And tomorrow, he'll use that stamp to buy food."

That's how Seth MacFarlane introduced Anthony Jeselnik at Comedy Central's Roast of Donald Trump. And while obviously a bit hyperbolic -- like all great jokes -- there was a good deal of truth poking out beneath the surface.

That night was America's first introduction to Anthony Jeselnik. It was an audition. And Jeselnik was painfully aware that his performance in those six minutes would either spawn a career in comedy, or send him spiraling toward obscurity.

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