Hosted and produced monthly by Chris Cyr, Impolite Company bills itself as “Stand Up Comedy For Adult Persons.” The show is presented at The Crack Fox, a goth/industrial/punk/fetish club, and has featured local and visiting comics. (Full disclosure: The Host is The Editor of this site).
Describe what you do.
The original goal of Impolite Company was to put on a show where comics were encouraged to specifically talk about sex, politics, religion, and other topics not to be discussed in polite company. However, we’ve pretty much removed any restrictions from the performers entirely. Our show encourages comics to be as weird or as straightforward, as dirty or as clean, or really whatever else they want to be. The regular audience is extremely eclectic and open minded, so it’s a good place for comics to do something different than what they would do in a club.
How long have you existed?
Who/what are your biggest influences for what you do?
There are a lot of really great dirty shows nationwide, and at the time the show was founded, St. Louis didn’t have a regularly scheduled dirty show. The show was really inspired by getting out of state and seeing those.
Locally, the show took some inspiration from Contraceptive Comedy, and other independent showcases around town.
Describe your worst performance/show experience.
A few months ago at one of our shows, we had the perfect storm of inconsiderate/asshole audience members. We had a line up of great locals, one of whose voice is a bit on the quiet side. During her set, a couple had sat down at the bar and started having an incredibly loud conversation.
They were asked to quiet down, and they did for a few minutes before starting back up, and having to be asked again. It’d seemed like they had gotten the message until, in the middle of the performing comic’s set, the sound of a movie starting up rang out. The couple had begun watching a movie on Netflix in the middle of the show. After being told they could not sit at the bar and watch movies, they got incredibly offended and stormed out, loudly.
Twenty minutes after that, during another comic’s set, a male patron grabbed a female patron and refused to let go of her. When he was asked to, he puffed up and attempted to start a bar fight (one where no one was on his side). There was some pushing and shoving before he was forced out the door. The performing comic never stopped. It was the closest we’ve ever come to being compared to the movie Roadhouse.
Describe your best performance/show experience. Give details. Make it a story.
In April, we staged a show named “Rimshots,” where we had a stand up bass and drums accompany the performing comics. The show was a tribute to Mitch Hedberg, and the comics all did short jokes in time with the music. It was a great time and we’re doing it again before the end of the year.
Tell us something your organization is particularly proud of.
We’ve spun off a bi-monthly storytelling show called “All The Feels.” While the show has comedic elements, it’s not strictly a comedy show. It’s a great way to get on stage and work out other elements of speaking to a crowd. So far, audiences seem to like it a lot.
What do you like most about the St. Louis Comedy Scene?
There’s literally something for everyone. We have comics putting on shows that reflect their punk rock ethos. We have comics putting on shows that be placed into any club in the country and be well received. We have storytelling shows, game shows, and shows that can’t be described. There’s improv. There’s sketch. There’s live performances of local podcasts. It’s a huge and vibrant scene, before you even take a look at what’s going on in the clubs. Yet, people still act surprised when they learn about the scene’s existence.
There are a lot of working comics trying very hard to spread awareness of the scene.
You have 30 seconds to convince a group of traveling salespeople to come to your show instead of heading to a Buffalo Wild Wings for all you can eat hot wings. What do you say?
The bar/club where our show is hosted has a TARDIS, an ED-209 painted on the wall, pictures of men and women in various states of undress on the wall, a great beer and whiskey selection, incredible mixed drinks, and a kick-ass stage where you’ll see a line up of comics guaranteed to make you laugh.
Buffalo Wild Wings only has Debra. Debra’s pissed off about having to be at work today. It’s her kid’s birthday, and she couldn’t get anyone to cover her shift. If they’re real slow, she’ll get to go home early and be with her kid. If you take your group there, she’ll have to work the rest of the night. That’ll piss her off more. Do you really want to know what Debra’s going to do to your chicken wings when she’s that pissed off?
Come see the show!
Plug something. It’s why we do this.
Saturday August 20, 2016 at The Crack Fox is the August edition of Impolite Company. We have comics from Chicago, Springfield, and also from right here in St. Louis. It’s going to be a great time! The show details are here.