The biggest comedy news in the city is that Louis CK is performing at The Scottrade Center Thursday night. Sure, that’s cool, but you’ll have to sit with 20,000 other people in a venue where you’ll barely be able to see him without the aid of a giant video screen. It’s like being in your living room, with more expensive beer and nachos.
Luckily, we’ve found a few shows where you’ll not only be able to sit mere feet away from the actual live comedians performing, but you can probably even meet them and shake their hands after the show. Don’t try that with Louis.
Tuesday 8/2 – Decraplon: A Comedy Decathlon is at The Heavy Anchor. 5 contenders. 10 challenges. No winners. The show features Chris Cyr, Ella Fritts, Brandon Judd, Justin Luke, and Libbie Higgins. It’s hosted by Angela Smith, Zack Stovall, and JC Sibala.
Wednesday 8/3 – Helium Comedy: Dirty Dozen is on. This showcase features a line up of local comics performing material meant to shock and offend, while still being funny.
Thursday 8/4 – Happy Tree & Friends at The Purple Martin. Sure, Louis CK is performing this night, but he doesn’t have Tree Sanchez presenting an adorable and happy stand up showcase in the Fox Park Neighborhood. The bar’s good. The comedy’s good. And you don’t have to pay a cover.
Thursday 8/4 – The Low Energy Comedy Tour at Foam. With the assistance of a Time-Turner, Tree Sanchez appears with Ben Johnson and a number of traveling comics for a low energy showcase at Foam Coffee and Beer.
Friday 8/5 – Kurt Braunohler at The Firebird. Kurt Braunohler’s stand up as been described as “refreshing idiocy from an enthusiastic weirdo.” See him live at The Firebird now, before his Comedy Central special drops later this year. Local comics, Chris Cyr and Brandon Judd, open.
Saturday 8/6 – Todd Barry at Off Broadway. Off Broadway has Todd Barry as part of their Open Highways Music Festival. Joe Murray and Andrew Topping open.
An entire week’s worth of comedy (not counting the weekend shows at Funny Bone, Hey Guys Comedy, and Helium Comedy), on top of the biggest name in comedy coming to town. It’s a good week to be St. Louis.