If you’ve been paying attention to the St. Louis Independent Comedy scene, you’ve noticed a few comics pulling off the hard task of successfully executing short form stand-up. One liners, puns, zingers, hot takes, and other cute names for material that moves fast and requires you to keep up. One of our favorites is Spencer Tegtmeyer.
As we sat and watched the preliminary rounds of Helium Comedy’s “Funniest Person in St. Louis” contest last month, we were amazed by one act that didn’t progress into the semi-final round. Dressed unassumingly in a Cardinals baseball cap and a sensible jacket for a cold summer day, Gene Kitsmiller spent the next five minutes blowing our minds with his observations on modern life. Gene proves that the line between Everyman and Superman, can be a simple pun.
Longhorn has been a comedy fixture around the midwest for awhile now. Whether he’s performing in a club, college, or other venue, he’s consistently funny and has earned his fanbase.
Tonight, Christopher Titus is on stage for a one-night show at Helium Comedy. We think [INSERT CLEVER TITUS ANDRONICUS PUN HERE]! Right?
To get you ready for that show, and to give St. Louis Comedy fans a chance to learn a little bit about local venues, here’s a little info about the club. Keep an eye out for future venue profiles.
There’s a great comedy scene in Springfield, Missouri and their comics are no strangers to the stages of St. Louis. In a few cases, we’ve managed to steal some of these delightful people. Among them is Matt Barnes. Matt performs regularly on the local showcases at Helium Comedy and at the various indie shows. He’s never played basketball for the Golden State Warriors.
Local comedian, Jimmy Day hosts the Babylon Open Mic every Monday. The room’s a great place to see and perform comedy. If you’re in the area, you should go there.
He’s not related to Doris.
Zach Gzehoviak hosts the monthly Arguments & Grievances event at Brennan’s in the Central West End. He books comedy shows for the venue and has been around the scene for a while. His newest project is the Flyover Comedy Festival, which is having its inaugural festival this November.
Ron Finger is an interesting person. In the St. Louis comedy scene, he’s known for saying some pretty outrageous things, with no fear whatsoever. But, even though he’s sometimes saying the most horrible things you can imagine, he’s smiling so much you’re almost certain to forgive yourself for laughing. This has made him a regular this past year on Helium Comedy’s Wednesday showcases. Especially, their monthly Dirty Show.
Joe Murray can regularly be found featuring at The Funny Bone and performing on other shows around town. His answer to the Tacos v. Pizza question demonstrates a self-reliance that no other comic we’ve profiled has shown. His new show, “Run the Joes” premieres tonight at The Improv Shop.
If you’ve attended “Sorry, Please Continue” regularly, then you know one of the show’s favorite storytellers is Rob T. No matter what the subject is, Rob has a story for it. And the story is probably crazier than anything you can think of on your own.