America’s birthday week! You better believe America celebrates its birthday for a whole week and tells everyone that it’s coming up months in advance. Fire up the grill, drink a beer, colonize a country and celebrate Independence Day as it’s told in history books. If only we could’ve been there when George Washington, tired after defeating the xenomorphs took a swig of a cold Bud and proclaimed July 4th Independence and Chill day. St. Louis comedy is taking the 4th off it looks like, but there’s lots of shows to see throughout the week. Some might have fireworks!
Improv Shop Open Microphone
(7PM, The Improv Shop, 510 N. Euclid Saint Louis, MO 63115)
Check out The Improv Shop’s new home in the Grove with a full kitchen and two showrooms! Rafe Williams and Bobby Jaycox host this night of free-for-all comedy.
Babylon Comedy Open Mic
(7PM, Babylon Bar and Grill, 4744 Mid Rivers Mall Drive St. Louis, MO 63376)
Jimmy Day hosts this weekly open mic that also serves as a competition. The top comics of the night move on to a showcase at the end of the month!
Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic
(10PM, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave St. Louis, MO 63116)
$1 PBRs have fueled this ship for years and there’s no stopping it. One of the premier mics in the city, the Comedy Shipwreck is captained by Chad Wallace at the beloved Heavy Anchor, a south city St. Louis jewel.
Wild Card Comedy
(10:30PM, The Crow’s Nest, 7336 Manchester, St. Louis, MO 63143)
A mix between an open mic and a college party, Wild Card Wednesday at The Crow’s Nest subjects St. Louis comedians to ridiculous challenges during their sets. Come out and cheer or jeer them on!
Run The Joes
(8PM, The Improv Shop, 510 N. Euclid Saint Louis, MO 63115)
Two comics onstage at the same time improvise their sets based on audience suggestions. Joining Joe Murray this month are St. Louis comedy veterans Duke Taylor, Ryan Dalton, Andrew Topping, Brandon Judd, and Jack Schurk.
The Storrs Objection
(8PM, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave St. Louis, MO 63116)
Comedian Matt Storrs (Sonoma LaughFest and Cinder Block Comedy Festival) brings his legal background to the stage, especially when fact-checking other comedians’ material after their sets. “The Storrs Objection” gives Matt and his co-counsel, Hattie Hayes (Ladykillers Comedy), the opportunity to fact-check other comedians’ material DURING their sets.
(8PM, Foam 3359 S. Jefferson St. Louis, MO 63118)
Ken Warner hosts this monthly night of coffee, beer, and comedy. July’s lineup includes Phoenix comedians Matt Storrs and Hattie Hayes along with St. Louis locals Eric Brown and Andrew Mihalevich. 20% of all proceeds go to Grounds For Health.
(Various Times, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria St. Louis, MO 63117)
With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Jim Breuer is one of stand up comedy’s brightest stars. Named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time,” Breuer hit it big as a member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and his role in the cult classic, “Half Baked.” Breuer released his latest special “And Laughter for All” in 2013. 7/6-/78
Funny Bone St. Louis
(Various Times, 614 Westport Plz St. Louis, MO 63146)
A native of St. Louis, Guy Torry moved to L.A. in pursuit of an entertainment career. He premiered his stand-up talent nationally on Russell Simmons’ hit “Def Comedy Jam.” He also appeared at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival which he continues to receive critical and industrial acclaim. Guy’s resume includes writing credits for “Martin,” “Minor Adjustments,” and “Moesha,” among others. 7/6-/79
Hey Guys Comedy
(Various Times, 5225 N Illinois St Fairview Heights, IL 62208)
Tom Clark was born and raised, in that order. He has appeared on such shows as TBS’s Conan, CBS’s The Late Late Show, The Bob & Tom Show, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Clark has traveled coast to coast doing stand-up and has performed internationally as part of New Faces at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and on The Main Stage at The Cape Town Comedy Festival in South Africa. Clark is also an actor and has appeared on such shows as NBC’s Outsourced, TNT’s The Closer, and the Hallmark made for TV movie, The Wish List. After landing the role on Outsourced, director Ken Kwapis invited Clark to be in the Drew Barrymore movie, Big Miracle. You can also see Clark in Columbia Pictures horror comedy Freaks of Nature. 7/7-7/8