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Crackers Comedy Downtown Welcomes Al Jackson

Crackers Comedy Club Downtown is very happy to present Al Jackson this week for NYE and then through the weekend.

Al Jackson’s impressive resume could have you reeling. It does us, but rather than name drop all of his impressive appearances, such as Comedy Central Presents: Al Jackson, Host of “Officially Amazing” on BBC, Writer/Guest on “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal”, The “John Oliver Show”, “Insane or Inspired” on SYFY, E! Network “50 Super Epic TV Moments”, E! Network “50 Most Insane Celebrity Oops”, MTV’s “MADE”, Showtime’s LOL Comedy Festival, Last Comic Standing Season 4, Last Comic Standing Season 6, Comedy Central’s “Fresh Faces of Comedy”… and more.. I think you get the drift… Watch him here:

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Crackers Comedy Club Broad Ripple Present Kristin Key

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When you think comedy, comedian, Kristin Key should be one person who pops into your mind immediately! She’s amazing, and we’re thrilled to have her for our New Year’s Eve and then through the weekend. A little bit about Kristin:

When Last Comic Standing season 4 held their auditions in Austin, Texas. (like every other Texas comic) she stood in line hoping for a chance to be seen. After 7 hours of waiting, she got her chance and she shined. She got her ticket to Hollywood and the chance to compete against the best of the best in the comedy world. Her years as a road comic paid off, and as the episodes aired, her fan base exploded.

After being seen by millions of comedy fans on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, she moved to Los Angeles and has continued to utilize opportunities in radio, television, writing, and live performance. Kristin’s writing was regularly featured in Life & Style Magazine’s Style Slip-up section. She currently has two full-length comedy CDs “Where The Cab Takes You” and “Buckle Up”, which have been nationally distributed through Uproar Records, and is scheduled to record her third in March of 2013. She continued to appear on television shows such as Comics Unleashed and multiple episodes of VH- 1’s 100 Greatest Series. Kristin is frequent guest on the nationally broadcast Bob and Tom show and is often played on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio for her own specials as well as radio shows including National Lampoon Comedy and The Comedy Channel. Of course, she still blazes across the country performing live in comedy clubs and universities leaving audiences in stitches wherever she goes.

Although she now calls L.A. home, she still has that small town point of view with a polished rapid-fire delivery that keeps audiences howling. She grew up musically inclined and, perhaps as a last act of rebellion against her strict upbringing, incorporated the guitar into her comedy. With the blend of music, comedy, and her spontaneous sense of humor anything can happen and no two shows are the same. Much has changed from the dusty west Texas town of Amarillo to the bright lights of L.A. but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that fast-paced quick witted comedy that has kept audiences rolling in the aisles from the beginning and keeps getting better.

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Crackers Comedy Broad Ripple Presents Jaime Kennedy

Crackers Comedy Broad Ripple is freaking thrilled to bring you Jamie Kennedy from Thursday August 22 – Saturday August 24. If you don’t know about Jaime, he grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the son of a machinist and a paralegal, and the youngest of six children. He spent his formative years the same way as many children: being abused by nuns in Catholic school, tormenting his parents, and avoiding any thought of long-term goals. But when Jamie’s high school guidance counselor informed him that his grades, test scores and personality best suited him to a career of shoeing horses, he decided that the time had come to get serious about the future. He was going to move to Hollywood and become an actor. Honing his skills on the comedy circuit, Jamie landed his big break being cast in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a punked-out rival to John Leguizamo. His career soon kicked into high gear as he co-starred in his breakthrough performance as Randy Meeks, the video store clerk well-versed in the conventions of scary movies, in Wes Craven’s ‘Scream’ and its follow-up ‘Scream 2.’

Since these early days, Jamie has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. While doing what he does best alongside legendary comics such as Steve Martin in ‘Bowfinger,’ you see a harder side of Jamie Kennedy the actor as a street hustler who attacks Greg Kinnear in the Oscar-nominated ‘As Good As It Gets.’ Across his acting range, he always maintains his crafted ability to add much-needed comedy into dramas, seen in ‘The Three Kings’ with George Clooney, ‘The Boiler Room’ with Vin Diesel, and Tony Scott’s ‘Enemy of the State,’ playing a comedic techie in charge of protecting national security alongside Seth Green with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

In 2002, Kennedy created his own sketch comedy show ‘The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,’ a television show that can be best described as a combination of Candid Camera meets Saturday Night Live. As a part of the show, he collaborated with Oprah Winfrey on multiple occasions, combining his prank jokes and unwavering wit on her practical joke special. JKX quickly became The WB’s highest-ranking new show, attracting three million viewers each week. Among the wacky characters played by Kennedy, one became across the board an all-time favorite – Brad Gluckman the Malibu rapper. Taking it to the next level in 2003, ‘Malibu’s Most Wanted’ was released starring Kennedy as the white “wanna-be rapper” from Malibu. Both projects were produced by Kennedy’s production company, Wannabe Producers. The company also produced the TV comedy ‘Living with Fran’ in 2005 with Fran Drescher, the WB reality show ‘The Startlet’ in 2005, and MTV’s ‘Blowin’ Up’ in 2006, starring Kennedy and Stu Stone. He also created and Executive Produced did his own comedy special, ‘Unwashed’ in 2006 for Comedy Central.

Kennedy starred in ‘Son of the Mask’ in 2005, the sequel to the blockbuster Jim Carrey vehicle, ‘Kickin’ It Old Skool’ in 2007, about a young break dancer who slips into a coma for twenty years and wakes up 2006, and ‘Heckler’ in 2008, a documentary that examines the means, methods, and motives of hecklers, comparing film critics to stand up comedy hecklers. With approximately 190 episodes of television under his belt – with networks that include CBS, WB, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, NBC, Fox, and VH1 – Jamie currently provides his voice for ‘The Cleveland Show’ on Fox and was starring as psychology professor Eli James in the CBS drama ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ which was Friday’s number one show on television at the time. After wrapping WWE’s ‘Bending the Rules’ feature with Adam “The Edge” Copeland in the fall of 2010, he spent the spring of 2011 filming Tyler Perry’s latest, ‘Good Deeds,’ starring Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Rebecca Romijn and Gabrielle Union. While now prepping for a five week summer shoot in Europe, on ‘Lost and Found in Armenia,’ Jamie Kennedy just finished filming three episodes of the final season of ‘Entourage.’

After working with such directors as Baz Luhrmann, Wes Craven, James L. Brooks, Tony Scott, Frank Oz, David O. Russell, Antoine Fuqua, and Kevin Smith, Jamie Kennedy is a true renaissance man, covering the genres of comedy, drama, animation, reality, horror, action and thriller. Along the way he has also written his own book ‘Wannabe’ and recorded his own record ‘Blowin’ Up.’ Kennedy stands now with the experience of being a part of over 40 films with such industry entities as Dimension, Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., New Line, Sony, and Disney, totaling a gross of over 2 billion dollars in worldwide box-office sales. He has appeared on Oprah, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez, and Larry King Live to name a few. Kennedy has also been hired to either consult or create commercials for several companies on new product launches. Pepsi hired him to shoot four commercials for Aquafina water. Coors hired him to shoot a commercial with the push of Coors Light into the urban market. AXE Body Spray hired him to host an event for a new product release, along with other companies such as Activision, Intel, and Sketchers to name a few. After all this knowledge and fifteen years in the business, Kennedy has decided once again to start up his own production company appropriately titled, Jamie Kennedy Entertainment, where he will own all the content and license it out.

He is so funny! Check him out!

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Crackers Comedy Broad Ripple Presents Scott Long

Meet Scott Long. I know we introduced you to him last week, but that blog post was really just focusing on his rock star “Comedy Booty Camp” that he’ll be providing for all those who are interested on the Saturday afternoon of August 17. Well, now is our chance to actually pimp HIM and his shows this week, along with feature act, Sally Brooks.

Scott is a nationally touring standup comedian. He’s been seen on a plethora of networks you may have heard of: NBC, FOX-TV, Bob and Tom Show, and ESPN. Plus, he’s been a writer for the NFL on FOX pre-game shows for the past nine years.

You may think his life is amazing, right? Well, life’s a bitch…Hear Scott’s story of being a cool guy until having twins and how he went from Hipster to dipster overnight. Sports car to Minivan. Can you hear the train going off the rails?

If you like dark comedy with some heart thrown in, this is your show. A master of improvisation, no two Scott Long shows are ever the same. Check him out. And don’t forget to sign up for his ‘boot camp’ on Saturday… which includes your admission to his show that night.

Sally Brooks is a comedian, writer and all around swell gal whose personal stories of misadventure and smart-assed nature make her an audience and staff favorite wherever she appears.  She started as a stand-up in coffee shops and dive bars in Cincinnati, Ohio and is now performing at clubs and venues all over the country, sharing the stage with comedians such as Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Nealon and Greg Proops. Sally took part in the 2012 Boston Comedy festival, as well as the North Carolina Comedy Arts, Women in Comedy, Brew Ha Ha and Cape Fear Comedy festivals. She is also the creator of the Suburban Housewife web series which has over 1.2 million hits on YouTube and has headlined her own “Girl’s Night Out Tour.” Check out Sally’s comedy.

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Scott Long’s Comedy Booty Camp

Think you have what it takes to be a funnier writer or performer? This booty camp is for YOU! Join the hilarious Scott Long for an afternoon of his Comedy Booty Camp on Saturday, August 17 at Crackers Comedy Club (Broad Ripple) from 3pm-6pm. It’s $40 (and it includes soda, snacks, and a ticket later that night for Scott’s headlining set.)

Scott has appeared on NBC, FOX-TV, the Bob and Tom Show, and ESPN radio, plus he’s appeared at most of the top comedy clubs in the country. This three hour seminar will cover both creating comedy and performing it. Of course, Scott doesn’t guarantee you will be a touring comedian after his course, but he does promise you will achieve major gains in your writing and speaking skills.

This three hour seminar will teach you the stand-up techniques Scott has mastered over the past two decades. Having written the Emmy-nominated NFL on Fox sketches for the past decade and produced material for his popular and widely-read blogs, Scott will use his experience to help you unlock the keys to writing funnier material. A bonus segment will include tips on how the best use social media to raise your profile. Get signed up ASAP if you’re interested in taking your career to the next level.

Learn more at www.scottlongclass.wordpress.com.

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Crackers Downtown Presents Ron Funches & Mat Alano-Martin

Ron Funches will be joining us this week at our Downtown location from Wednesday August 7 until Saturday August 10. Funches is a very funny stand up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor…you just want to hug and squeeze him like a big stuffed bear. His easy going, inventive style sounds the way fresh chocolate chip cookies taste. Ron performs stand up all over the United States impressing audiences everywhere.

Most recently Ron was added to the upcoming NBC series Undateable, featured as LA Weekly’s Number One Comic to Watch in 2013, and ESQUIRE Magazine’s Best New Comedians List. He has performed live on TBS’s CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW, currently stars as “Roland” in Disney XD’s Crash & Bernstein, and is a writer for The Kroll Show on Comedy Central. Ron has also appeared on IFC’s PORTLANDIA. Ron resides in Southern California.

Mat Alano-Martin will be joining Funches this week. Mat comes to comedy from the world of rock and roll, where he spent 10 years touring North America as an Americana singer-songwriter, opening for a who’s who of indie rockers and roots revivalists and occasionally headlining his own smaller, less well attended shows. With a comedic style that bridges the alternative sensibilities of his indie-rock background with the more mainstream views of his rural and blue collar youth, Alano-Martin was selected to be the opening act on Ralphie May’s 2012 summer tour. Alano-Martin has also appeared at Gilda’s LaughFest, The World Series of Comedy, Comcast’s “Look Who’s Laughing Now” and the Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Competition. PS… he’s also from Bloomington! Check him out here!

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Crackers Downtown Presents Keith McGill

Hey Indy! We’re excited to present Keith McGill at Downtown Crackers from Wednesday July 24 – Saturday July 27.

What kind of comic is Keith? Well, he’s the guy you want to sit next to at a boring meeting. He’s clever, insightful, and a little bit eye-opening. His comedy is truth with a twist. Indy’s NUVO said, “Keith McGill has a style that is smooth and temperate, and lacks any gaudy gimmicks or catch phrases, making him one of the best standup acts within earshot… His material is positive and PG-13, yet still intelligently critical of the comical absurdities [of life]…The Louisville native is impossible not to like.” As well as being popular internationally on Royal Caribbean Cruises, Keith has appeared on BET and CMT, and is a Bob and Tom Show favorite, as well as a much sought-after entertainer for corporate events. A sample of his comedy:

“The Economy”
The economy is getting better, but the media isn’t saying very much about it. They like it when the news is bad. When the stocks were dropping, that was all they could talk about. “Oh, my God, your stocks are going down! Watch your stocks! Watch your stocks!” I was like, I should be watching my stocks. Then I realized–I don’t have any stocks! I was broke when the meltdown started; I’ll be broke when it’s over. My portfolio is stable. I’m not waiting for my 401(K) to come back–I don’t have one. My 401(K) is a Powerball ticket. My retirement plan is a slippery floor at WalMart.

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Keith will be performing at our downtown location with the EXCEPTION of Thursday night. He will be performing for a private benefit in Broad Ripple on Thursday night, and Tone Bell will be performing downtown. Get your tickets here.

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Crackers Comedy Presents Tone Bell

This week, Crackers Comedy Clubs proudly present Tone Bell this week from Wednesday, July 24 – Saturday July 27.  A little history…a whole lotta fun:

Tone Bell is best known for starring in the NBC multi-camera comedy “Whitney” as RJ, Alex’s (Chris D’Elia) old high school friend who has moved back to Chicago to bartend after a recent divorce. Born and raised in Atlanta, the stand-up comedian began his career in Dallas, where he was voted one of the Funniest Comics in Texas. Bell’s real-life brand of comedy has seen him succeed on both the comedy festival circuit as well as previously on NBC as the winner of the Stand Up For Diversity program. Tone recently was a guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was also featured on the Spike TV special Eddie Murphy:  One Night Only and E!’s “Love You Mean It”.  He currently tours around the country performing at colleges and clubs. Tone recently starred in a single-camera comedy pilot for Fox and can be seen next on Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele”. Check out his stand up!

Okay… So, here’s the deal. Tone will be performing in Broad Ripple Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. He will be at our DOWNTOWN location on Thursday night. So, if you purchase tickets for Tone on Thursday, you’ll be seeing him downtown. Let us know if you have any questions.

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Crackers Downtown Presents Jeremy Essig and Michael Paramore

The fantastic comedy of Jeremy Essig and Michael Paramore will be all over our Downtown Stage from Wednesday July 17 through Saturday July 20.

Jeremy Essig is the former bass player and guitarist for late-90’s (way) underground bands Box of Rocks and The Flaming Moes.

To many, however, Jeremy is best known as a stand-up comedian and writer. His comedy, described in NUVO magazine as “Intelligent Cynicism,” walks the line between “smart” comedy and mindless indulgence. In a matter of minutes, Essig can move seamlessly between current events and kitchen appliances, weaving the two together with a nod to his love of pop culture.

Essig has released three comedy albums that have appeared on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio as well as on his own Pandora Channel. He has also appeared more than fifteen times on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show as well as multiple times on National Public Radio.

An accomplished writer, Essig has also had pieces appear in the Columbia Missourian, Riverfront Times and Louisville’s Leo. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Ohio native, Essig moved to St. Louis in 2004 where he became a fixture in the city’s thriving comedy scene.

St. Louis Magazine dubbed him a “comic to watch” and KDHX’s “Slip of the Disc” radio show featured his segment “Six Degrees of Tommy Stinson,” a celebration of Essig’s love of music and trivia.

Comedian Mike Paramore has been cracking jokes since grade school. But he’s come a long way since his class clown days in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio. Having started in the church and gaining experience working through the Mid-West amateur comedy circuit since 2007, Mike has performed and competed in various venues; including being runner up in the Columbus FunnyBone ‘Funniest Person in Columbus’ 2007 contests, a finalist in the Go Bananas competition and named Mountain Dew comedian of the week in 2008.

Being a former featured comic for Time Warner Cable OnDemand, Mike was bitten by the action bug as an actor of the annual play ‘Hell Bound’. Using that natural style comedy afforded Mike the opportunity to opening for Comedians like Earthquake, Conon writer Deon Cole, Damon Williams, and Comedy Central’s Kyle Grooms and Steve Byrne.

In addition to performing at the 2010 Stellar Awards Mike was also a part of the 2012 Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago. As Senior Artistic Director of Good Jokes Live! Comedy & Improv – a complete show featuring a stable of comedian, improv and sketch comedy, since 2007; Mike also is currently expanding the sources of laughter through working as Comedic Director for vesselvibemag.com – an online urban Christian culture and lifestyle publication.

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Crackers Downtown Presents Gary Menke & Brent Terhune

Downtown will have you in stitches this week as we welcome comedians Gary Menke and Brent Terhune. Gary Menke has been making people laugh for over 20 years. In addition to his appearances on hit CBS show Nash Bridges, he has been on Comedy Central and featured on Satellite Radio, and the Travel Channel. Menke’s show is high energy, current, squeaky clean and full of true stories. Well, sort of true and almost clean. Check him out.

As for our next comedian – Characters, voices, one liners, and time-tested monologues-comedian Brent Terhune is the embodiment of all these things and more. Not many comics can pull off Brent’s laid-back style of comedy and still remain just as absurd and funny, but equally relevant and relatable at the same time. Currently, Brent is a writer for the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show (he’s been on the show, too) as well as the co-host of the immensely popular podcast that is enjoyed by dozens of listeners, The Interweb Podshow. He’s the creator, writer, and illustrator of the Uncle Frank comic strip and he’s performed at the Iowa Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laugh Fest, and the Cleveland Comedy Festival (runner up 2012), the Limestone Comedy Festival, and the Laugh Your Ashville Off Comedy Festival.

Snatch up your tickets to see these incredible guys. They’ll be performing Wednesday July 3, Friday July 5, and Saturday July 6.

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