Crackers Comedy Club Downtown is excited to have Rory Albanese gracing our stage from Wednesday Oct 23 – Saturday Oct 26. We’ll be there and so should you! Joining Rory will be comedian, Bill Gibson.
Rory Albanese is the former Executive Producer and Writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Having been a key part of The Daily Show for over a decade, Rory has won 9 Primetime Emmy Awards and is currently creating an original situation comedy for CBS.
Outside his television career Rory is an accomplished stand-up comedian; beyond touring the country as a headliner he has been a featured performer on John Oliver’s New York Comedy Show on Comedy Central and starred in his own Comedy Central half hour special in 2010. He spends his free time keeping the streets of New York City safe by employing the lost art of ‘Vigilante Justice’.
Crackers is very excited to bring you headliner, Michael Palascak! Beginning Wednesday Oct 23 – Saturday, Oct 26, Michael will be bringing down the house alongside Mark Matusof and Matt Bachus. And as always, all shows are 18 and up.
After moving around the Midwest during his early years, Michael Palascak (Pal-a-sack) ended up in Wabash, Indiana– “The First Electrically Lighted City in the World.” He spent his formative years there, and then, after college, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy and living at home with his parents.
In the last three years, Michael debuted on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also performed at The TBS LOL Lounge in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. He also has performed at Caesar’s Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO’s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. He won the Chicago region of Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and went on to make his Comedy Central debut on Live at Gotham Season 3. Last year, he was selected as one of 12 comedians in America and internationally to debut his half hour special on the inaugural season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour.
Desiring to perform all forms of comedy, Michael took sketch and improv classes at The Second City in Chicago, iO, and Annoyance. In Chicago, Michael debuted his one-person sketch show–Pursuing Happiness: A bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents’ house, got a real job and got married. Performed by a guy who didn’t.
Michael connects to the youthful innocence in everyone as he relates his stories onstage. From becoming an uncle to going down water slides, Michael’s stories allow everyone to laugh a lot.
Michael made his television debut on WGN—The Bozo Show, Age 9, Large Boot Relay Team Blue (Runner-up).
Les and Jane Dunkleman were the proud parents of nine children….and then Brian was born. Due to a desire to have his parents one day address him by the correct name, Brian started doing stand up comedy in 1992. That year he won the “Buffalo’s Funniest New Comedian Contest”. Granted, the contest was voted on by the audience and he brought 50 people with him, but that’s not important….the point is, he never looked back.
Since then, he’s performed at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, on the “Tonight Show”, NBC’s “Late Friday”, and TBS’s ”Very Funny at the Laugh Factory”.
He has had acting roles on several hit television shows such as “FRIENDS”, “3RD ROCK FROM the SUN”, “THAT 70’s SHOW”, “GHOST WHISPERER”, “NYPD BLUE”, and “LAS VEGAS”.
He was the voice of SANFORD on the MTV animated series “3 SOUTH”, as well as characters on “FAMILY GUY” and “PROUD FAMILY”.
He hosted the first season of “AMERICAN IDOL”, and knowing full well the show would never last, decided to continue to pursue his dream of breaking the record for pilots that never make the air.
He was also the host of the syndicated television show “AMERICAN IDOL REWIND” and is a regular host of “Family Feud Live” in Atlantic City for Fremantle Media. He recently guest starred on two episodes of the NBC hit show “MY NAME IS EARL”, which was then abruptly canceled.
He can be seen doing stand up regularly in Los Angeles at the Laugh Factory and Improv, as well as comedy clubs all over the country. He also just had a comedy special air on SHOWTIME. Check out his comedy here!
Crackers Comedy in Broad Ripple is so excited to have Roy Wood Jr. of TBS’s hit sitcom, ‘Sullivan & Son,’ joining us this week from Wednesday though Saturday, Oct 16 – Oct 19. Joining Roy will be feature act Nate Abshire and opener Matt Clemens.
Though he can currently be seen on the TBS sitcom ‘Sullivan & Son,’ Roy’s journey did not start there. Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of 12 comics to watch in 2009, Roy has been featured on the new season of CBS’ THE LATE SHOW w/ David Letterman, HBO’s DEF COMEDY JAM, TV One’s ‘The Funny Spot w/ Tony Rock’, BBC’s THE WORLD STANDS UP- LONDON, CBS’ LATE LATE SHOW w/ Craig Ferguson, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s BOB & TOM COMEDY TOUR. He’s also showcased at the prestigious MONTREAL COMEDY FESTIVAL and is a regular guest on the E! Network’s ‘CHELSEA LATELY’.
Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Roy’s creative writing and dedicated work ethic has since earned him the right to perform his comedy in front of millions of people coast to coast.
The Montreal Gazette called Roy’s 2006 festival performance on the ‘New Faces’ show “tremendous” and the Hollywood Reporter called Roy a “standout”. Roy has also appeared on ‘COMEDY CENTRAL’S PREMIUM BLEND’, BET’s COMIC VIEW, CBS’ STAR SEARCH (2003) , ‘IT’S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO’ and LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD w/ KIKI SHEPPARD’.
Steering clear of predictable topics and premises, Roy delivers comedy that gives an honest look at not only his life, but the world in which we live. The universal appeal of his comedy crosses all race and cultural lines which is why he has opened for an array of comedians ranging from D.L. Hughley, Ron White, Monique, Tommy Davidson, Bill Engvall, and Katt Williams.
A two-time nominee for APCA’s title of ‘Comedian of the Year,’ Roy works numerous college and university appearances into his schedule every year as well. Roy has also carved a niche for himself in the world of radio.
After graduating from Florida A&M University in 2001 he served as head writer and producer of the Buckwilde Morning Show WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ– Birmingham, AL until 2007. He has since returned to that very same station to host his own morning show ‘The Roy Wood Jr Show: Good Morning.’ He is also a regular guest on the ‘Bob & Tom Radio Show, a syndicated morning show heard by more than six million people every morning. His hilarious prank phone calls are also carried in almost 50 different radio markets including stations in Canada and England. In addition to terrestrial radio, his prank calls are a main stay on Jaime Foxx’s ‘Foxxhole Station’ on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. These same prank calls have been compiled into three nationally released CD’s. 2003′s ‘MY MOMMA MADE ME WEAR THIS’ , 2005′s ‘CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH SCHOOL BENCH WARMER’ and his newest CD, “I’LL SLAP YOU TO SLEEP.”
Check him out when he was here last year and then snatch up your tickets as soon as you can. It’s going to be a heckuva week.
Bret Ernst headlines the top clubs across the country and has earned the sought after honor of marquee status on the Sunset Strip. He’ll be with us at our downtown club from Wed – Sat October 9 through October 12.
Bret can be seen in his own 1/2 hour Comedy Central Presents special, which aired April 16, 2010. He was most recently seen on the BET series ONE MIC STAND & the SHOWTIME series COMICS WITHOUT BORDERS. He also recently starred in the feature film VINCE VAUGHN’S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW, now out on DVD. The film documents Ernst with Vaughn & 3 other comedians as they perform to sold out crowds in a 30 night 30 venue tour across America.
Bret was a recurring character on the hit SHOWTIME series WEEDS, and has guest starred on CSI: NY. He appeared in Artie Lang’s movie, BEER LEAGUE & hosted the series WRESTLING SOCIETY X on MTV. His stand up has been featured on THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS, & on COMEDY CENTRAL’S PREMIUM BLEND. He has made celebrity appearances on THE CHELSEA LATELY SHOW/E!, COMICS UNLEASHED/ABC, E!’s TOP TEN and THE SPORTS LIST/FOX. Born in New Jersey, Bret went to high school at Plantation High in South Florida, played collegiate level football at C.W. Post in New York, and currently resides in LA.
Crackers Broad Ripple is stoked to have Brad Williams joining us this week from Wed-Sat Oct 9 through Oct 12. Brad Williams possesses something that everyone can agree is funny: a disability. Brad is a dwarf. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Legit, Live at Gotham, the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind Of Mencia, and Pitboss. Brad has also performed for the troops all over the world because soldiers think dwarfs are funny too.
Brad’s show is high energy. Robin Williams called him “Prozac with a head.” Brad’s ability to make humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race are winning over audiences and proving that anyone can overcome their shortcomings.
Crackers Comedy Downtown is thrilled to present comedian Drew Thomas from Wednesday October 2 – Saturday October 5 along with comedian Brad Tassell.
The comic stylings of Drew Thomas are a hilarious portrayal of comedic storytelling. He draws his audience in with his accounts of relationship follies and keen retorts on everyday life and current affairs. Drew’s insight on comedy leaves you with a sense of intimacy that makes women want his number; guys want to grab a beer with him and everyone laughing all night. His warm and inviting personality puts you at ease and makes you comfortable instantly; you are immediately drawn into his world as he takes you on a comedic roller coaster ride. Drew’s quick wit and smooth delivery are the perfect combination for laughing out loud.
Drew was born in Jamaica, raised in the Bronx, NY and is currently living in Atlanta. He’s been honing his craft at some of Atlanta’s top comedy spots: The Punchline, Twisted Taco, Star Bar, and Funny Farm. He has left many nights as the only comedian to blow up the stage and receive continuous standing ovations.
He is currently the Host of Phat Comedy Tuesdays @ Twisted Taco where he is the main attraction. He has featured and headlined at numerous comedy clubs, colleges and universities and special engagements. Some of the people Drew has graced the stage with, include Ron White, Jake Johansen, Don DC Curry, D.L. Hughley, Bill Burr, Jim Norton, Jon Reep, Bobby Slayton, Shaun Jones, Aries Spears, Bill Bellamy, Corey Zoo Miller and Craig Robinson. You definitely want to catch this guy’s show; insiders say he’s one to watch. The best way to describe Drew’s act, well he’s just a natural.
Owen Benjamin returns to Crackers Comedy in Broad Ripple, and we couldn’t be more pleased!
TBS’ Sullivan & Son star Owen Benjamin was recently a correspondent on “The Jay Leno Show” and has appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” MTV’s “Punk’d” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” He played Marvin the bartender in the feature “The House Bunny” and can be seen in “Born to Be a Star” and “All’s Faire in Love” opposite Christina Ricci.
He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, a nationwide 18 city tour with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as well as clubs and colleges across America.
His short films and web series “Owen Benjamin Presents” and “Gaytown” have accumulated over 10 million hits. His unique blend of music and comedy makes him a must-see.
In his first one-hour stand-up special, High Five Til It Hurts, Owen Benjamin uses his infinite wisdom and virtuoso musical ability to explain everything from getting out of speeding tickets to avoiding arrest by the TSA. High five!
Join your favorite comedy club downtown as we bring the amazing John Evans in to entertain you, alongside John Crist and Matt Bachus from Wednesday September 25 – Saturday September 28.
John has taken the comedy world by storm and has entertained audiences all over the world. His intelligent brand of likable sarcasm is both off-beat and hilarious.
He was invited to the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival’s “New Faces” show in 2002 and began to headline comedy clubs across the United States; an appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘Live At Gotham’ followed.
In 2006 and 2007, Evans appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and he is a regular on the syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. After a move to Los Angeles, John had the unique pleasure of opening up for his comedy idol George Carlin, and he has shared the stage with the likes of Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, and Jeff Dunham, and Mitch Hedberg.
We are very excited to have Bob Zany kicking it with us this week, September 25 – September 28, at our Broad Ripple location with feature act, Zan Aufderheide.
Bob is wry, sarcastic, insulting, lovable, and well… zany. He has been a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performs more than three hundred nights a year in the best clubs in the country. As if this weren’t enough, his Zany Report is also featured on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show.
“He simply reaches into a bottomless grab bag of jokes. It’s like watching Magic Johnson lead a fast break–so smooth and effortless that it would be easy to overlook just how much talent and skill is behind the process… He’s also a naturally funny guy, a distinction at a time when stand-up is cluttered with people who aren’t.” – The Los Angeles Times
“Zany has so mastered his craft that it’s become invisible …his improvisational style harks back to Robin Williams. But when art is highly evolved nobody looks like a clone of anybody else, and Zany is nothing but an original.” – Dramalogue
“We at the Weekly do believe that it is Zany’s turn… Bob Zany as big as Tim Allen, Roseanne and Jerry Seinfeld? In our minds, he already is.” – Pasadena Weekly