Tour Stop STL: Your Uncle’s Girlfriend

On Monday, June 11, the Heavy Anchor will host another edition of the weekly open mic, Comedy Shipwreck, helmed by Chad Wallace at roughly 10:00 pm. A special treat’s in store early, though, as an indie tour shares the venue with a 9 pm start time.

Dubbed Your Uncle’s Girlfriend, the tour features New Orleans comics Laura Sanders and Kate Mason. After a stop in Memphis, St. Louis’ gig will be the second on their June tour swing.

The bio for the show reads like so: “Laura and Kate grew up mere hours apart in Columbus and Pittsburgh, respectively, where they honed their loud voices, love for mushy foods, and ability to fake confidence to avoid ridicule. They met in New Orleans where together they host the beloved weekly open mic, Bear with Me, at Twelve Mile Limit. With over 15 years of stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy experience between the two of them, their credits include being featured on Fox’s LaughsTV, Limestone Comedy Festival, and Denver’s High Plains Comedy Festival. Laura’s comedy album, Oh God Please Like Me, debuted at number one on the iTunes comedy charts.”

Writing from home in NOLA, Mason notes that “this is a single tour, but we would like to do more in the future, so it could end up being a recurring one! We’ve built the tour through friendships with comics in other cities. We’re really lucky to have this network, because each show becomes like a trust fall with the local indie comedy scene. We’re so excited to see who local show producers have picked to be on the shows with us, and get to know each city’s local comics even more.

“This tour is actually a friendship anniversary for us,” she adds. “Laura moved to New Orleans in the fall of 2015. We dodged each other for as long as we could, but by June of 2016 we were unable to deny that friendship was inevitable. Laura started hosting the mic on Monday nights at Twelve Mile Limit around the time we became friends, and I jumped on board a year later.”

The pair look forward to road life.

“One thing that I think is surprising to many people,” Mason adds, “is how amazing comedy shows are in cities that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with great comedy. People tell us how impressed they are by shows in New Orleans all the time, and I think the same goes for a lot of small-mid size cities across the U.S. People are producing incredible, creative shows with fantastic talent all over the country, and you don’t need to pay a lot to see it.”

(In fact, the this Monday’s gig is a “donations accepted” affair, so open your wallet to the sum that moves you.)

Here’s Kate Mason at work:

And here’s Laura Sanders:

Everything else you need is found on Facebook.

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The Laugh Lounge Opens This Week

In 2004, in an article about St. Louis comedy powerhouse, Jessie Taylor, there’s a point towards the end of the article where Ben Westhoff writes of Jessie:

“Taylor dreams of opening what he says would be St. Louis’ first black comedy club.”

     – (“What Are You Laughing At”, St. Louis, Riverfront Times, February 4, 2004)

The statement seems prescient, as this week Jessie Taylor announced the soft opening of The Laugh Lounge, his new comedy club.  This new club promises to be home the city thriving urban comedy scene, but Taylor isn’t limiting the reach of his audience or comic base. Continue reading “The Laugh Lounge Opens This Week”

St. Louis Comedy in the News: STLMag Profiles Eric Brown, Ella Fritts, and JC Sibala

St. Louis Comedy: Fritts, Brown, and SibalaSt. Louis Magazine continues Thomas Crone’s monthly profile of comics at various levels of the  St. Louis comedy scene.  This month, they asked questions of Ella Fritts, JC Sibala, and Eric Brown.  It’s a fun look at their views on the craft of comedy.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out each of them stress the importance of open mics in developing material, since we’re in the midst of Death Mic 2017.  Our favorite is Ella’s declaration that:

“I, personally, don’t consider someone a comic until they’ve done open mics for at least three months, no matter what shows you’ve done or what comedy you’ve participated in.”

Shots fired!  Also, we agree.  Get out there and do the work. Here’s a list of open mics.

Read the whole article here.

See Ella Fritts and JC Sibala this Wednesday night on Helium Comedy’s Dirty Show.  Catch Eric Brown with Dave Stone (the comedian, not the Jazz Musician) May 3, at The Monocle.