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 comics 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 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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The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: March 2015

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Demetri Martin will perform at the Pageant on Thursday, March 26.

"Best" is a relative idea, much like what you think is funny. That's why each month we recommend various comedy events -- some that are 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.

What a well-oiled machine St. Louis comedy has become. If every event taking place on Saturday, March 21, sells out, roughly 3,500 individuals will be attending a comedy show in St. Louis on a single night. This month welcomes the DIY with the P-R-O; the Pageant alone has Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin and two shows from John Mulaney.

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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

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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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