St. Louis Independent Comedy Scene
The 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.
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ARGUMENTS & GRIEVANCES
Arguments & Grievances is a live debate show in which contestants – from comedians to CEOs to your great Aunt Helen – debate outlandish topics with audiences choosing the victor. An outrageous enterprise exploring the heated issues of the day! Message their Facebook page for details.
CLAYTON COMEDY SERIES
Monthly comedy show at Kingside After Dark in Clayton, Missouri, curated by Yale Hollander’s Coffee Break Productions.
Weekly showcase with local and traveling comics at The Improv Shop. Every Saturday night, stop in and see this show. Produced by Rafe Williams and Bobby Jaycox.
Local showcase at the oldest comedy club in the area. Booked by Max Price.
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE
This monthly showcase at The Heavy Anchor features female comics from the St. Louis Area at every level of their careers.
Local comedians perform as historical figures in this monthly show. Contact Christian Lawrence for more info via the show’s Facebook page.
JOKES AND SPOKES
Another Coffee Break Productions showcase curated by Yale Hollander. The show takes place at Bike Stop Cafe in Chesterfield, MO on the third Friday of each month.
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.
Podcast hosts, and live event producers, We Are Live is an active member of the St. Louis scene, curating a weekly comedy night at Sophie’s Artist Lounge in Mid Town St. Louis.
This weekly showcase is hosted by Tom Brown at Apotheosis Comics on South Grand in St. Louis city. Spend your Saturdays in this combination comic book store/bar and laugh with some of the city’s rising stars of comedy.
Meredith Hopping and Sam Lyons host this showcase at The Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63116) every third Thursday of the month. It’s a great mix of new and established comics, and features the antics of the co-hosts who definitely aren’t related.
More Than Stand Up
There are a ton of comedy related projects going on in the St. Louis Comedy scene. There’s improv, there are talk shows, variety shows, podcasts, and sketch comedy. This is just a small sample of what’s going on.
Part sketch, part stand up, part video, all funny. Boondoggle is a live comedic variety show written and performed entirely by Aaron Sawyer and a rotating guest comedian.
Do you like St. Louis comedy? Do you like St. Louis music? Shane Presley interviews both as part of his regular podcast. Take a minute to check out this great look at the creative scene in St. Louis.
Every month, Michael Allen and crew view a “classic” movie at The Heavy Anchor while providing live commentary.
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.
Whether you want to learn the craft or watch others practice it, The Improv Shop in the city’s Grove Neighborhood is the place to go. In addition to stand up and improv shows, they offer classes on everything from sketch writing to scene work, and of course, improvisation. They also have the best damn burger in town.