Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Jon Venegoni

Over the next two weeks, we’re going to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

This morning, have a cup of coffee with Jon Venegoni. Jon has been a mainstay of the St. Louis Comedy scene, both in comedy clubs and on the independent scene, since 2010. He’s one of the creative powerhouses behind, Fatal Bus Accident and has opened for the likes of The Sklars, Greg Fitzsimmons, and John Witherspoon.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

The pie eating contest! Is this questionnaire a good place to suggest that we have a pie eating contest?

When/where are you performing at the festival?

Fatal Bus Accident on Thursday at Improv Shop and then I’m hosting a showcase on Friday in the small room.

Give us your social media information!

Twitter @jonvenegoni
Instagram @jonvenegoni

It’s Halloween season, so……did you wear a costume? What was it?

Yes-I was Cat Jesus. I had an old Jesus costume and some cat ears and one thing led to another.

Do you even lift?

Yes- I’ve been lifting spirits every day my whole life. (Editor’s Note: Awwww…)

Plug something. Commerce will save us all!

You’re going to love Fatal Bus Accident this time. Come check it out.

See Jon and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Invasion November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Spark Tabor

Over the next two weeks, we’re going to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Where starting with one of our favorites. Visiting us from Cincinnati, Ohio is Spark Tabor. He’s a two time winner of the Funniest Person in Cincinnati, and has appeared on “Laughs” on Fox TV. In addition to Flyover, he’s been accepted into the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington, and the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

I have several friends that are performing and live in the city, so seeing them will be so much fun.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

I have 3 shows at the Improv shop.

Give us your social media information!

I am @sparktabor on everything

It’s Halloween season, so…in that spirit, would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

Tacos are fine, so it wouldn’t be too hard to live without them.

Do you even lift?

I do, my friends and I do challenges to keep ourselves motivated

Plug something. Commerce will save us all!

https://www.patreon.com/SparkTabor

I put stuff on here i don’t put anywhere else, just a good way for people to support and connect with me.

See Spark and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Invasion November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival – Nov. 8 – 10, 2018

We’re just 2 weeks away from Flyover Comedy Festival, St. Louis’s premiere celebration of all things comedy.  From November 8 through November 10, The Grove will become a hub of laughter as local and nationally touring stand up comics, sketch comedy groups, improv groups, podcasts, and other performers take to the stages to entertain the masses.

St. Louis Independent Comedy is happy to help support the hard work of the festival’s organizers in any way we can.  So, over the next two weeks we’ll be bringing you snapshots of the performers selected from the hundreds of applicants.

So check in here each day to learn about your new favorite performers.  And,  buy a pass to the festival.  A three-day wristband only costs $40.

We’ll see you in The Grove on November 8th.

Guest Editorial: No Stage Time For Piven – Kelsey McClure

Editor’s Note: Kelsey McClure is a comic in St. Louis, MO.  She also ran Comedy In The Lou, which once served as the only dependable source for information about the STL Comedy Scene.  She has worked with national headliners on stage, and has interviewed them for print and digital media.   Her opinions are her own. I agree that these are discussions worth having and it doesn’t do us any good to pretend these issues don’t exist. – CDC

I was able to interview T.J. Miller in 2014 before two sold out shows at The Firebird for The Riverfront Times and it was a career highlight. Never had an interview been so relaxed and light hearted. As the interview wrapped, he told me to find him at the show as he owed me a beer. I did, and with a full, warm-hearted embrace he hugged me and thanked me for the interview. I have reveled in the experience since and probably with a few drinks in, bragged that T.J. Miller knows my name.

This morning T.J. Miller taunted me and boasted that like Jeremy Piven, he too will see me in St. Louis. Rewind.

Yesterday I tweeted about a Denver open mic that shamed T.J. Miller off stage in hopes of setting an example for the debut of Jeremy Piven at Helium Comedy Club. Piven’s three-day, five-show run begins tonight. The timing is downright disastrous with the incarceration of Bill Cosby, outing of Aziz Ansari and most notably Louis CK (who has already found his way back to a stage) what comedy does not need right now is not another predator with a platform. We are also at the crux of the #BelieveWomen movement, a result of our country being neck deep in the Kavanaugh hearings. So it was not within me to sit silent and think, “gross.”

My course of action included posting on social media, a couple ugly and fierce pillow cries and reaching out to Helium Comedy Club as well as a number of news and entertainment outlets in St. Louis. T.J. Miller is an excellent comedian who too is a sexual predator because I #BelieveWomen. He is not welcome to take the stage from, while maybe not decent, but certainly less controversial comedians. Jeremy Piven, however, is not a stand up comedian which follows at a close second as to why he too is not welcome to take the stage in St. Louis. Jeremy Piven has taken to stand up when his television career bottomed out on account of the sexual assault allegations made against him. ‘Lil homie doesn’t even have an album under his belt, no Netflix Special or even a Comedy Central Half Hour. Which begs the questions, what is it he intends to do at a comedy club?

Sexual predators do not deserve a platform in St. Louis. There are eight allegations against Piven and one against Miller. Miller was also arrested for slapping an Uber driver.

I demand St. Louis continue to be a safe and productive place for comics to approach the most difficult, dark and intimidating topics on stage. If we lend our platform to predators like Jeremy Piven (and now T.J. Miller in December), we will lose what we have worked so painstakingly to create, an art form that is re-defined every time a comedian takes to a microphone.

There are no prerequisites for sexual assault. We have learned who sexual predators are and who they can become (i.e. Supreme Court Justices) and I, Kelsey McClure, a distinctively average comedian, will not stand to lend my stage to any of their sort. In my city, in St. Fucking Louis, sexual assaulters do not get a platform.

So while Piven is making his rounds on various entertainment (105.7 The Point) and news (Fox 2) platforms in St. Louis to promote his shows… Here I am, asking you, yes, you specifically, to take the lead and start a conversation. Do you #BelieveWomen and if so, what is to be done?