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JeremyEssig

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.

This week is going to be great. Snatch up your tickets here.

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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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Matt Holt

Matt Holt Comes To Crackers Broad Ripple

Matt Holt is a funny guy. What made him so funny? Perhaps being the youngest of eight kids in a non-catholic family? Yup, Holt let’s you know they drink, swear and gamble…they just don’t believe in repenting for it!

The story of his life begins with the good fortune of being raised by humorous parents and being surrounded with a wonderful cast of misfits, felons and fugitives who just happen to be related to him. Who could ask for more?

The next chapter of Matt’s life sees him working for a major telecommunications company. He survived fifteen years in Corporate America before throwing his hands up to surrender.

Some people are bad with remembering people’s names or with fractions, Matt is bad with marriages and relationships. At a young age, in need of various small appliances and an assortment of picture frames, Matt entered into the blissful institution of marriage.

The bliss lasted for a few months, the marriage lasted nine years. It ended with the division of everything he owned and the addition of a beautiful daughter.

Since the first marriage went so well, Matt figured; “Why not give it another shot?”. STRIKE TWO! This time around, the marriage train lasted 5 years before it pulled into the station. Now, with what would appear to be one quarter of the possessions he once owned, Matt embarks on the next step in his quest for relationship happiness.

The scars, shadows and memories of his past have not been forgotten. It is from this grounded but chaotic life history that Matt has developed and honed his comedic sensibility. He bases his humor on these experiences and never misses an opportunity to laugh at himself and the world around him. Audiences appreciate Matt’s quick, razor-sharp wit and his relaxed style.

Matt will be performing here at Crackers in Broad Ripple on Wednesday, July 3, Friday, July 5 and Saturday July 6.

If you come from a big family, ever been divorced, or shop at Big & Tall, or just want to laugh your ass off, he’s your guy. We can’t wait to see him. Get your tickets here!

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Crackers DT Welcomes Jesse Joyce and Patrick Keane

In the spirit of keeping things…well…awesome, comedian Jesse Joyce will be headlining Crackers Comedy Downtown Indy along with feature comedian, Patrick Keane.

Okay, so… Jesse Joyce started his comedy career in Pittsburgh in 1998. In 2001 he made the move to New York City and has been earning a reputation as a rising star on the comedy scene with performances loved by crowds around the world, and a writing style admired and respected by comedians at every level. Spawned from a family of lawyers, professional jugglers, an army ranger and a circus clown, Joyce developed his own unique brand of comic charisma which he brings to the standup comedy stage entwining distinctively intelligent material and high energy performance.

In television, Joyce has made appearances on the Date Night for AMC, Comedy Central’s inaugural season of Live at Gotham, Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’s “Pass The Mic,” Stand-Up 360 with Caroline Rhea and Gotham Comedy Live on the AXS network. In 2010 he was a top 20 Semi-Finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Currently, Joyce can be seen regularly on History Channel’s I Love the 1880′s and RedEye with Greg Gutfield on the Fox News Network where he brings his acerbic wit to bear on the events of the day. There’s more, but that shit is too long so read about more Jesse here! But better yet, watch him.

Amazing, right? We thought so. But wait! There’s more. Patrick Keane: Originally from the Midwest, raised in Orange County, college in Montana and a three year stint in Asia make Patrick Keane a comedian with a background. Why college in Montana? Football scholarship.
Why Asia? To get away from football.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Patrick has appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Live At Gotham’, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Bob and Tom show, Comics Unleashed, the Montreal Comedy Festival and is a regular at the Improv and Comedy Store in Hollywood. He was also a cast member on My TV Network’s “Tony Rock Project”. (the white guy).

When not headlining himself, Patrick is the opening act for comedians such as: Nick Swardson, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollok, Bobby Lee, Henry Phillips, Eddie Gossling and Bil Dwyer. While at home in Los Angeles he studies at the UCB theatre and Lesley Kahn institute. Asked what the key is to comedy, this writer/actor/comedian says, “I try not to be funny and it usually works.” Learn more about Patrick here.

Get tickets to see Jesse and Patrick downtown. Don’t forget that Wednesday is ladies night and Thursday is College ID night (and we don’t care who’s ID you use).

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Crackers Broad Ripple Welcomes Tim Harmston and Mary Mack

Crackers Broad Ripple is excited to welcome two great comedians this week: Headliner, Tim Harmston and feature comedian, Mary Mack – beginning Wednesday June 26 through Saturday June 29.

Tim Harmston started his comedy career in 2002, a year later he won Acme Comedy Company’s 2003 Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest. Once, while emceeing at Acme, a well known headliner said to him “You’re kind of like an idiot, but with smart material”. That winning combination has led to appearances on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, the Bob and Tom radio show, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Tim has performed at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, NE, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta. When he’s not on stage, Tim enjoys making smart, idiotic videos for his website. Here is one of his fabulous shorts:

Mary Mack and her mandolin sing-alongs have been featured on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, XM, Sirius, and Minnesota’s Polka Spotlight.

She has performed in the Vancouver Comedy Fest (2007), HBO’s Andy Kaufman Awards (2007), Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival (2009), and in 2011 was selected for the San Francisco Sketch Fest’s “Dozen,” 12 up and coming headliners performing at the Punch Line throughout the fest.

Mack had her national TV debut on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She now divides her time among Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and a camper in the woods. She has a couple albums out you can purchase

For advance tickets and more information, go here!

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Crackers DT Presents Mike Vecchione

At Crackers Comedy Clubs, we put forth our best effort to bring the best comedians to Indianapolis. Laughter makes life just that much better. Which is why we’re excited to have Mike Vecchione joining us this week at our club Downtown from Wednesday, June 19 – Saturday June 22.

A little history: Michael Vecchione was born in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated High School in Boca Raton, Florida…. He played football and placed second in the 1991 AAA state wrestling tournament…He attended Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Special Education from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. Mike has worked as a counselor and Special Education teacher in the Philadelphia area.

In 2010, Mike won the People’s Choice Award for the New York Comedy Festival, was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and was selected to perform at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival (New Faces). Later that year, Mike went on to perform on the Tonight Show starring Jay Leno and shot his own Half Hour Special for Comedy Central.

Michael headlines across the United States and is based in New York City.

Check him out! He’ll make you laugh. Hard.

You can get your tickets here!

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Pete Lee

Crackers Presents Pete Lee

Summer is a time for comedy and so far, it’s been fantastic and is only getting better. This week, Crackers Broad Ripple welcomes Pete Lee to Indianapolis.

Hailing from New York but raised in Wisconsin, Lee made it television debut in 2005 on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. That same night, he met his future wife, and she made him move to Manhattan. Soon after moving to NYC, he was selected to perform at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where he was voted a standout performer. There is much much more… Lee is so freaking funny, we’ll let the video below speak for us.

Okay, now that you’ve had a good laugh, if you’re on Twitter, you should follow Pete @peteleetweets and fan him on Facebook. You can also learn more about Pete’s history on his website.

Pete will be performing Wednesday thru Saturday in Brip. We suggest you gather a group and get out. Snatch up your tickets here!

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Roy Wood Jr Coming To Indy

If you’ve been following our blog, our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed, you’ve seen we’ve been featuring all of our friends from Sullivan & Son. Sure, we love that show and would cover them at some point in time, but this week is special, as we’re nearing their Father’s Day performance at the Crackers in Broad Ripple. And the last but not least feature of these four incredible comedians is Roy Wood Jr. Check him out!

Here’s a little bio we stole from Roy’s website.

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.

We’re excited to have Roy Wood Jr’s talent gracing our stage alongside fellow friends and coworkers Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, and Ahmed Ahmed. Get your tickets here!

See you Sunday. Cheers

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Ahmed Ahmed Comes to Indy

Talented actor and comedian, Ahmed Ahmed, is coming to Crackers in Broad Ripple on Sunday June 16, as part of the Sullivan and Son Comedy Tour. This amazing line up includes Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr, and of course, Ahmed Ahmed.

Mr. Ahmed can be seen in such films and television shows as Iron Man, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, Swingers, Tracey Takes On, Roseanne, JAG, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, and MTV’s PUNK’D.

He has also appeared on CNN, The View, and NPR, and was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in December of 2001. Recently, he can be seen in the film City of Life, the first feature film to be shot entirely in Dubai, U.A.E., which premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2009. He was the recipient of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland.

Get your tickets to Sunday’s show! It’s going to be a great one and they’re here for only one night. Cheers.

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Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan Book Signing

Jim Gaffigan fans, look out! On Thursday, June 13, popular stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, Jim Gaffigan, will be at the Barnes & Noble in Carmel (14709 US 31 North, Carmel, IN 46032) at 12 Noon for a book signing of his hilarious observations on fatherhood…revealing the joys and horrors of raising five young children – and how to cope when you’re being outnumbered in your own home.

Parents unite! And even if you’re not a parent, this book will crack you up. So, swing by and get your copy of DAD IS FAT and have Gaffigan sign it. PLUS, we’ll be there, and we also just happen to be giving away two tickets to the Sullivan and Son Comedy Tour for Sunday’s show. No matter which way you look at it, it’s a win!

See you tomorrow @ Noon at Barnes & Noble Carmel.

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