St. Louis Independent Comedy Scene

St. Louis Stand Up Comedy ShowsThe local independent scene produces a lot of great stand up comedy shows every month. Some of these shows have been running for a several years.  They allow St. Louis audiences a to watch local talent develop, as well as a chance to see touring comics passing through the St. Louis area.  Many of these shows are in intimate venues and are free or have cover charges more affordable than a traditional comedy club.

Support St. Louis Comedy

All The Feels

Hosted by Angela Smith, this bi-monthly storytelling show takes place at The Crack Fox. Storytellers share embarrassing, funny, or poignant tales of their youthful indiscretions, while filtering them through the lens of experience. Relevant show information can be found on Impolite Company’s Facebook page.

Bare Knuckle Comedy

Bare Knuckle Comedy is the longest continually running comedy troupe performing in St. Louis.  In addition to traditional stand up shows, BKC produces shows ranging from live podcast recordings to sketch shows.

Coffee Break with Ken Warner

Ken Warner’s monthly showcase combines two things he loves, coffee and comedy. Ken provides a line up of funny local and travelling comics. Furthermore, part of the proceeds of each show goes to charity.

Contraceptive Comedy 

While it’s one of the longest running locally produced shows, this monthly stand up showcase at Shameless Grounds manages to stay fresh.  Also, it’s the only  local comedy show hosted in a sex positive coffee shop. Hosted by Stryker Spurlock.

Fatal Bus Accident

Amy Milton, Stryker Spurlock, and Jeremy Hellwig, host this show while Jon Venegoni serves as band leader. FBA features stand up, special guests and sketches, as well as a non-talk show. It’s hard to explain, but worth experiencing.


Impolite Company 

Impolite Company” is a monthly stand up  showcase for adults at The Crack Fox in downtown St. Louis. Host Chris Cyr encourages comics to perform material that’s darker, dirtier, or even weirder than what they would perform in a club setting. Also, $2 of each admission goes to Planned Parenthood.

 O’Fallon Out Loud

Shaun Arredondo originally started this monthly showcase at Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar.  When he moved away, he hand-picked Andy Hamilton to continue the tradition. Each month, Andy brings a headliner, a feature, and assorted guests to a cafe setting where patrons enjoy a club style show while sampling a great selection of food and drinks.

Picnic Time 

“Picnic Time” is a monthly alternative comedy show. Lovable weirdos Andrew Mihalevich and Justin Luke host the show, while presenting local talent and touring comics from across the nation.

Sorry, Please Continue 

A cross between The Moth Radio Hour and Mystery Science Theater 3000, “Sorry, Please Continue” is a storytelling show where a panel of comics and guests provide insight and humor while interrupting guest storytellers. Kenny Kinds and Jeremy Hellwig host the show with a different guest panelist each month. Check out their Facebook page for opportunities to be a storyteller on this show.