Hey Indiana!! Welcome to the third edition of “Win A Date” night brought to you by us, The Vogue Theatre, and Naked Tchopstix! For your chance to win this super fun date night package in Broad Ripple, all you have to do is let us know in the comment section of this blog, why you think YOU should win. The best story as voted on by the three of our businesses will win!
The August date night will feature these great acts!
Crackers in Broad Ripple is thrilled to have comedian, Dan Davidson, joining us the last weekend on January from Wed January 29 – Sat February 1.
Recognized as one of the top comedians by comedy clubs across the country and hailed by critics as one of the sharpest and wittiest live performers in the business. Davidson’s material is packed with provocative witticisms and edgy undertones. He hits the stage with an instant likability and draws the audience in with his charm. He has the rare ability to put people at ease while interacting with an audience resulting in the Chicago Sun-Times to say “quick with the audience, …everybody laughed”. His confidence inspired the Indianapolis Star to say “A natural, …sexy”.
Dan Davidson recently had the pleasure of performing for the troops based in the Middle East on the Red, White and a little Bluer tour. He has appeared on Comedy Central – Short Attention Span Theater, Fox – A Night of Comedy. He has been a guest numerous times on the nationally syndicated The Bob and Tom Show and his material has been aired on satellite radio. Davidson has worked with a wide range of performers such as David Alan Grier, Brett Butler, Bobby Slayton, Kevin Pollack, Bryan Callen and opened for musical acts such as The Counting Crows and The Wallflowers.
Davidson has sharpened his comedic timing and live performances through his 4,000 plus shows which keeps him in high demand.
He is a regular at The Improvs, Funny Bones, Catch A Rising Stars, Zanies and many other independent comedy clubs. He has made numerous appearances for charities, festivals, casinos and corporate groups.
Dan Davidson is a talent to be reckoned with. In a relatively short time Dan has become a comedy club favorite across the country. Since his humor wasn’t welcome at Purdue University, Dan decided to make his observational sarcasm work in his favor. This shy boy mustered up the nerve to hit an open mic night at the local comedy club and his talent didn’t go unnoticed. Shortly thereafter, Dan won the regional Johnny Walker comedy competition and was doing stand-up full time. His midwestern likeabliliy matched with his biting improvisational skills put him on the comedy world map. Don’t mess with Double D. He has also acted in several national commercials. His compact disc has been played on satellite radio. He has also written humorous articles in nationally magazines. Check him out!
We can’t wait to welcome comedian, Chad Daniels, to our stage from Wednesday November 6 – Saturday November 9. Performing alongside will be feature act, Chris Hedegus and opener, Brent Terhune.
Here’s Chad Daniels’ (auto)bio:
This is more of an AutoBio than a Bio. The truth is most comedians write their own bios. I’m not judging. It’s a lot easier to brag about one’s own accomplishments while hiding behind third person. They are very well written. It seems comedians either 1. Have a Masters in English, or 2. A Thesaurus, and a lot of free time. I have neither.
I could write things like: Chad’s devilishly naughty nature shines through like comedy gold when he takes the stage. Chad’s disarming personality allows him to push boundaries only the truly funny attempt. His edgy style usually begins by splitting the room into two equally stunned fractions and then miraculously ends up with everyone leaving the club with a new favorite comedian. But that’s lame. Or I could write: Plenty of comics have jokes about marriage and children, but few speak about the experience with such uncompromising honesty. “Babies are miracles. Think about it.
When they’re born their feet are tiny. Yet, they can somehow step on all your hopes and dreams.” It’s this acidic material, cut with underlying sweetness and served up with a knowing smirk, that perfectly encapsulates Daniels’s take-no-prisoners style of comedy. Even though he was born and raised there he’s not interested in Minnesota Nice. With his onstage swagger and arsenal of incisive, uproarious material, he practically bullies the audience into loving him. Sounds awesome, but that’s not how I talk.
The truth is I’d rather you come see me to check it out for yourself. To get you to the club I’ll tell you this.
In 2004 I performed in the New Faces show at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. I’ve been on the Late Late show on CBS with Craig Kilbourn and Craig Ferguson. In 2006 I was on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. I have three CDs. “Two Minutes for Stale Hacking” which was self-produced, “Busy Being Awesome” and my latest “You’re the Best” both on Stand-up! Records. I was named “Artist of the Year” in comedy by City Pages in 2009. I’ve been seen numerous times on “The Bob and Tom Television program”. I performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival for Rooftop Comedy and was given the award Comic’s Comic. I have a half hour special called Comedy Central Presents… Chad Daniels, which was voted #5 of all time in 2010. I am one of 13 comedians that have the honor to say they were on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. I was invited back to the Just for laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal to perform in The Masters Show. In 2012, I won the Gilda’s Laughfest Competition, performed on Conan’s new show, and released a free one hour special called “As Is” on the internet.
I’m funny. If you’re still not willing to come to a show you’re just being difficult.
Chad IS funny! Check out his comedy and then get your tickets here! He won’t disappoint!
Crackers Comedy in Broad Ripple is excited to present comedian, Andy Woodhull, to our stage from Thursday Oct 31 – Saturday, November 2. It’s going to be a killer show!
Andy made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. This came the same year that he was invited to perform at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and The Great American Comedy Festival. He has also been featured on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, and was a semi-finalist in CMT’s “Next Big Comic”. He also won the Best of the Midwest Competition at Gilda’s Laugh Fest in 2010. His 2012 album release “Lucy” was named top 10 comedy albums of the year by comedyreviews.com
In 2004 Andy won the St. Louis leg of the Laugh Across America Contest and was invited to perform at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. In 2005 Andy’s unique sense of humor won him the Carnival Comedy Challenge in Chicago. In 2008 Andy won the Butterfinger Comedy Showdown, an online joke-writing contest that ended with a live show final round at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
Andy who is a former resident of Chicago, where he was named one of four comedians to watch by the Chicago Tribune now lives in Los Angeles. Andy prides himself on his writing, and always delivers with great new material so if you have seen him once come again and see what is new.
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).
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.
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!
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
Starting Wednesday, September 4 through Saturday September 7, comedian Tim Statum will be headlining Crackers Comedy in Broad Ripple.
Tim is a Birmingham, Alabama native who will keep you in stitches with his southern style humor and storytelling. For the past 13 years, he has been entertaining audiences wherever he goes. You’ve heard him on various radio shows nationwide, including The Bob & Tom Show. He has also performed at comedy clubs all across the country. From New York to Las Vegas, all the way to the Bahamas, Tim incorporates real life stories of growing up in the country with classic stand up comedy to provide a hilarious evening for all ages. Check out his comedy:
Joining Statum is feature act, Mike Cronin and opening is Brad Scott. Get your tickets fast! You’re in for a treat.
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.