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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.

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 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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