Comedy in The Lou

First & Third Stand-Up: Show of the Week, June 28 – July 4

First & Third Stand Up

On the FIRST and THIRD Wednesday of each month, Rafe Williams and/or Bobby Jaycox will host an evening of stand-up comedy at The Improv Shop (510 N Euclid in the CWE).

1st Wednesday of each month will be an open-mic.
Doors and sign-up at 7PM. 8PM start.
No Cover.

3rd Wednesday will be a showcase of stand-up comedians invited by Bobby and Rafe to do a longer set.
Show at 8PM.
$5 or free for Improv Shop students and performers.


Description of event provided by Rafe Williams of the Improv Shop.

Would Sally Brooks Give Up Pizza For Fame?

sally-brooksAbout two weeks ago Sally Brooks recorded an album. She then made her way to the Limestone Comedy Festival and is now back on the road and headed to ‘ol St. Lou. Lucky for us we were able to borrow a few minutes of her time to ask a couple of questions and preview her shows at The Valley Park Funny Bone this weekend.

Kelsey McClure: Are there any foods you refuse to buy generic?

Sally Brooks: Ketchup. Heinz or bust.

Are there any words you constantly forget the spelling of?

Every time I write tomorrow I have to say to myself tom or row.

What was the last song you karaoked?

I did a pretty disastrous version of “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul and M.C. Skat Cat at the Limestone Comedy Festival.

Do you watch Game of Thrones (the purpose of this question is so that I can tag “Game of Thrones” in SEO to increase views)?

Yes! Not only do I watch, but I read all the books and I listen to a Game of Thrones podcast. I also like to pretend that the dragon I have tattooed on my back is because of the books, not because I was a dumb 19 year old.

You just recorded an album (high five!) can we pick up a copy while you’re in town?

It won’t be out until the fall, but definitely be on the lookout. It’ll be called “I’m Your Future”.

This was your first album correct?


How did the decision come about to do a double header with Mike?

We’re best buds and thought it would be fun to do it together. And it was! Strength in numbers!

Would you give up pizza for fame and fortune?


Sally Brooks LIVE! at The Valley Park Funny Bone. Thursday, June 18 thru Sunday, June 21.

First Comes Love: Show of the Week, June 7 – 13

First Comes Love
Saturday, June 13 at The Improv Shop
10 p.m. | $5

A few years ago, comedian and bored drunk Kyle Ayers decided to post a fake job on Craigslist, out of pure curiousity. He put an ad up, claiming to be a producer for a very prominant adult film (porn) company. “Send me your best three to four page porn script. I want to find the ‘next big thing in adult film writing.’ And make it weird.”

He wasn’t sure what to expect, but he certainly didn’t expect the flood of responses. Over 1,000 responses in just under a week. Musicals, movie spoofs, personal experiences put down on pages, sex toys you’ve never even heard of, everything. Over a thousand scripts and (still!) growing. After a while, Kyle decided it was time to do something with these scripts.

Using the talents of some of the best comedians around (and willing members of the audience!), First Comes Love honors this aspiring porn writers by acting these scripts out, live on stage. Word for word, line for line, typo for typo, comedians, actors, and audience members pay tribute through performance, and get really, really weird. Props, costumes, everything that would make up a bad high school theater production.

First Comes Love has been featured in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, the NerdMelt Showroom in Los Angeles, and has been standing room only for all of its shows. A show on the rise, it has big things planned moving forward.

Description of event provided by Kyle Ayers via

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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