Comedy in The Lou

Julia Prescott: Show of the Week, May 24 – 30

PicnicTimePicnic Time with Julia Prescott
Friday, May 29 at Art Bar
No Cover | 9 p.m.

Tucked back past the bar, away from anyone who is on the fence about this “comedy thing” Justin and Ben’s monthly show Picnic Time is not to be missed. Arrive early. This month, Julia Prescott is in for Los Angeles as she jaunts across the Midwest and seats will fill up fast.

If you want a more in depth analysis of Art Bar, Picnic Time and Ms. Prescott… head to the Riverfront Times. Or you could watch the video below. Or you could just take our word for it.

Kyle Kinane Will Never Choose Between Pizza or Tacos

Credit: Moses Robinson // Comedy Central

Credit: Moses Robinson // Comedy Central

Kyle Kinane is performing at The Ready Room this Thursday, May 21 en route to Omaha to headline Crom Fest. It’s his fourth bout headlining in St. Louis and lucky for us Kyle offered up some wisdom on the growing alt scene, time travel and the difference between a pen and pencil…

Kelsey McClure: Your 2011 show in St. Louis was to about 25 people, the next to 40 and the most recent sold out. Do you proactively grow your audience or are people just behind on the Kinane curve?

Kyle Kinane: I wouldn’t say I proactively do much of anything in life. All I can control is the quality of what I’m doing and hope people appreciate it for what it is. I’m lucky the crew at The Firebird were willing to take a chance and put on comedy shows for me and other comics working somewhat outside the club circuit in certain markets.

A lot of the growing scenes are coming out of alt rooms as opposed to clubs, can you give any insight as to the pros and cons of not having club restrictions?

At the alt rooms and music venues, chances are you’re getting an audience that knows what they’re coming to see. People looking for a general “good time” don’t wander off the beaten path for entertainment. I’m not totally against clubs though. Some of them are great and treat standup like a relevant form of artistic entertainment. But some of them haven’t been told that the 1980s ended 25 years ago. But maybe the comfort of hearing Yakety Sax works for some crowds. I’m not a businessman. I don’t know what works for different markets. But I know I feel better about my choice of pursuing standup comedy for a living when I’m in front of people willing to at least take a chance on hearing new ideas and not a bachelorette party throwing glitter dicks all over.

Do you set writing goals for yourself?

Not really. I take an idea on stage and see if it has any legs. If it does, then I take it onstage the next night and see if the legs can dance. If it can dance, then I take it onstage the next night and ruin it by adding too many metaphors.

Do you think comedy would benefit from having categories like music? 

I don’t know. I’m not sure dividing comedy up into subdivisions is helpful. Especially for new comics. The focus should be on becoming a good comic in general before worrying about what type of comic you want to be.

Have you ever been bored on stage?

Material gets stale after a while, especially if I don’t have enough new stuff to work on. I wouldn’t say I get bored as much as I get frustrated. Boredom is just laziness.

Pizza or Tacos?

I’ll never choose. They cohabitate so well.

Pen or pencil?

Pen. with arrows and scratch outs and parentheses. Pencil just lets you second guess yourself too much.

Have you prepared a last set? …as in you know you’re going to die and you have one last time on stage; have you thought about what those jokes would be?

May as well do some new stuff. If it bombs, I won’t be around long to worry about it.

If you could go back in time and see any band live and in their prime, who would it be?

I wish I had a cool underground punk rock answer, but it would probably be David Lee Roth era Van Halen.


Kyle Kinane LIVE! at The Ready Room on Thursday, May 21.

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Kyle Kinane: Show of the Week, May 17 – 23

Kyle Kinane
Thursday, May 21 at The Ready Room
8 p.m. | $15 ADV & $18 DOS

Kyle Kinane is quite possibly the funniest human being on the face of the Earth and he’s definitely the World’s funniest Kyle Kinane.

On the topic the RFT says, “If you’re unaware of the tragically hilarious stylings of Kyle Kinane, this is what you ought to know: He embodies the kind of transparency most comedians spend years working towards and never fully achieve.”

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**Full Disclosure: Kelsey McClure is the author of the RFT’s monthly ‘Best Of’ post. She also wrote this.


COMEDIENNE: Todd Masterson: Show of the Week, May 10 – 16

Todd Masterson
Saturday, May 16 at Cicero’s
9 p.m. | $12

Todd Masterson is a hilarious comedian, writer, and producer living in West Hollywood, CA. He has written for such icons as Joan Rivers and James Franco. His most recent work includes producing season 7 of the hit reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race on LogoTV. When he’s not onstage being an adorable giant, he can be seen taking too many pictures of his amazing pug for Instagram.

COMEDIENNE brings together stories from the last eight years of Todd’s life living in Los Angeles. A born and bred Missouri farm boy, Todd has done, seen, and been told some pretty crazy things in the City of Angels. From auditions in his underwear to meeting Cher and everything in between, COMEDIENNE is a pop culture junkie’s must-see.

Tickets | Facebook | Twitter

COMEDIENNE was also chosen as one of the RFT’sBest Comedy Shows.”


STL Up Late: Show of the Week, May 3 – 9

STL Up Late
Saturday, May 9 at Satori
8 p.m. Doors | 9:30  p.m. Show | 21+

Looking for an original live and local experience? STL Up Late is an interactive late night talk show featuring the most talented and engaging guests that St. Louis has to offer. STL Up Late takes all of the best elements of your favorite televised late night talk shows, like live music and famous personalities, and adds interactive audience games, sketch comedy, and a spontaneity that you can’t find on FCC regulated TV shows. Anything can happen on STL Up Late, but you have to be there to see it because this is a live show only!

Keep up with STL Up Late for show announcements, updates and tickets via Facebook.

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