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.
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!
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.
Leading up to the much anticipated Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour this Sunday, June 16, we’re featuring all the comedians (and stars) that will be here. Today is Steve Byrne. Here’s one of my favorite bits from him. You can’t help but laugh out loud.
Grab your tickets to see this one night only night of laughter on Sunday, June 16 at 8:30pm in Broad Ripple. The Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour features Steve Byrne (The Tonight Show, Conan, The Byrne Identity: Comedy Central Special, Four Christmases, Couples Retreat), Owen Benjamin (The Tonight Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, The House Bunny, Jack And Jill), Roy Wood Jr. (The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show, The Funny Spot with Tony Rock, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Chelsea Lately), and Ahmed Ahmed (The Tonight Show, Axis Of Evil: Comedy Central, Iron Man, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Swingers). Come out and see these four accomplished headliners together in one amazing show!
Hey Indy, Mike Lawrence will be gracing us with his presence this week at our downtown location from Wednesday to Saturday, and we’ll tell ya what, you don’t want to miss him. A New York City based comedian, Lawrence has been featured as a stand-up on such notable national brands as TBS’ Conan, Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, Paul Provenza’s Setlist, and John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, and has an upcoming episode on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour.
When he’s not working in NYC’s best clubs or headlining on the road he can be seen featuring for the likes of John Oliver, Marc Maron and Tom Papa, who shortly thereafter hired Mike as a writer for his pilot. Mike was one of the “New Faces” at the 2010 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and was back with JFL in 2012 doing their Festivals in both Chicago and Montreal, and recording for HBO Canada’s Funny as Hell. Does all this blow your mind? Wait till you hear his new record, Sadamantium.
In less than a week, we’ll be welcoming the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour to our Broad Ripple location. If you’ve not heard of this talented and hilarious crew, here’s a little recap: First off, “Sullivan and Son” is TBS’s hit half-hour comedy series with all new episodes premiering in June. The first season garnered a large fan base, averaging over 2.5 million viewers per episode. That’s a lot! The show is based on Steve Sullivan (Steve Byrne) leaving behind his life in New York as a successful corporate attorney to take over the family bar in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood. The barstools are filled with Steve’s best friends Owen (Owen Benjamin), Roy (Roy Wood Jr.), and Ahmed (Ahmed Ahmed). Diane Werts of Newsday raved “Surprise! A laugh-out-loud hilarious show.” Don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY act on Sunday June 16 at 8:30pm. Get your tickets here!
The Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour features Steve Byrne (The Tonight Show, Conan, The Byrne Identity: Comedy Central Special, Four Christmases, Couples Retreat), Owen Benjamin (The Tonight Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, The House Bunny, Jack And Jill), Roy Wood Jr. (The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show, The Funny Spot with Tony Rock, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Chelsea Lately), and Ahmed Ahmed (The Tonight Show, Axis Of Evil: Comedy Central, Iron Man, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Swingers). Come out and see these four accomplished headliners together in one amazing show!
Take a minute for a sneak peak of Owen Benjamin’s stand up:
We’ll be featuring these guys all week, so stay tuned to our blog!
Angel Burlesque is Indianapolis’s only professional burlesque company. We present full length, theatrical style shows that showcase singing, dancing, comedy and the classic art of the striptease.
What will I see at Erin Go Bragh…less?
Erin Go Bragh…less is a full length (about 90 minutes), theatrical style show that features singing, dancing, comedy and striptease routines. The show’s theme is a St. Patrick’s Day parade…the best St. Patty’s Day Parade you’ll ever see!
What was burlesque?
Originally burlesque was referred to as the poor man’s theatre and featured comedians, chorus girls, musicians and the striptease artist. In contrast to the snooty theatre of the day, burlesque shows were light hearted, silly and with the daring (ankle and calf revealing) costumes of the chorus girls, sexy. The root of the word burlesque means “to make fun of.” Current events, theatre, and popular literature were all sources of material.
Who were some famous burlesque comedians?
Burlesque was a great training ground for comedians. Some you may have heard of include: Abbott and Costello, Jimmy Durante and Bert Lahr (a burlesque comedian long before he donned the mane of the Cowardly Lion).
Who were some famous burlesque striptease artists?
Gypsy Rose Lee (who’s life story was put onstage in the musical, Gypsy), Georgia Sothern, Lili St. Cyr, Ann Corio and Sally Rand; just to name a very few of the many gorgeous women of burlesque.
Check out some of these videos below, and head over to our Facebook page and enter our contest for tickets to see Thursday night’s show! Enter your favorite burlesque-inspired photo for a chance to win!
“Hallelujah! Two and a Half Men is Finally Cancelled.
As a Los Angeles native, I’ve grown up around the rich, the famous and the drug-addled mentally ill that make up Hollywood. My therapist believes that the majority of celebrities have a personality disorder of some kind, most likely narcissism. And yes, those of us who perform for a living have some degree of insanity (myself included…did I mention I’m in therapy?). But what the hell is happening with Charlie Sheen? I’ve been watching him for a while now wondering how long it takes for a huge star to asshole his way out of show business. Turns out, it takes beating up a few hookers in a hotel room (allegedly), going in and out of rehab a baker’s dozen times and trashing talking execs. At one point, he had a sober living coach. Too bad he doesn’t have a “stop being a fucktard coach”. Finally, this guy got fired. If Sheen was Charlie the cab driver, he’d have been unemployed ages ago.
On a human level, what is going on here? It always amazes me how someone with all the money and fame in the world can be such a colossal waste of human garbage. There are people in this country struggling to pay mortgages and put food on the table and this spoiled actor can’t pull it together to say a few lines of dialogue once a week and MAKE MILLIONS doing it? It makes me angry enough to beat the shit out of Denise Richards – allegedly. My favorite TV doctor, Drew Pinsky has some insight into all of this mess. Finally someone has the balls to come and say that a huge star is likely mentally ill. He said that Sheen is possibly Manic Depressive and “it’s getting scary guys, so hold on tight.” I love it. That clip can be seen here:
There’s no shame in being mentally ill. Hell, I’ve got a few family members that are certifiable. But Hollywood is terrified of admitting that a major star may be chemically imbalanced. The whole juggernaut functions on the premise that celebrities are above us and worthy of admiration. I often think of Marilyn Monroe, the hugest icon of Hollywood. Did you know it’s rumored that she had approximately 13 abortions? Abandoned by her mentally ill mother at the age of 2, Marilyn was raised in various orphanages and foster homes. She inherited her mother’s mental illness and eventually cultivated a nasty pill habit. I know that’s a major boner killer, but it’s interesting to think about. Whenever I get angry about douchebag actors ruining what seems to me to be a perfectly good life, I remember they’re likely batshit crazy. And no amount of money can help you if you refuse to stop the craziness. I wish Charlie Sheen the best and hope he welcomes the help he apparently needs. In the meantime, I will buckle up and enjoy the crazy train ride! WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!”
A Legend in comedy (and in teen boys’ hearts everywhere) is gracing our stage this week! That’s right, Jennifer Coolidge IS Stifler’s Mom! You remember her from the American Pie movie series, but did you know there’s a band named after the infamous character she played? A Facebook Page dedicated to her –(24,586 people are FB fans!)? And now you can see her in person this week at Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple! Visit our website for tickets or give us a call at 317-255-4211.
OR == WIN TICKETS BY TELLING US YOUR BEST ‘YOUR MOM’ JOKE! Post them here on our blog, but you must include:
1). Your Name
2). Your email address
3). Your phone #
4). Your joke
In order to win tix, you gotta include those! Thanks for sharing your funnies with us, and we look forward to seeing you this week!
When I hear myself described as a “lesbian comic”, it’s always conjures up mixed emotions. I consider myself a stand up comic, first and foremost. I also happen to be gay. It’s just part of who I am, it doesn’t define me, it isn’t the focal point of my act. That being said, people feel the need to categorize everyone and everything in our culture.
So if I’m going to be labeled “lesbian comic”, it’s a lot better than “crappy comic”, “super ugly comic” and/or “that comic who has enormous cankles.” At the end of the day, funny is funny and that’s my goal. I performed stand up for about six years before I started talking about being gay on stage. I didn’t realize I was gay until my mid 20’s (although everyone else did) so the thought of revealing that world on stage was not an option. Stand up comedy requires a lot of experience, a lot of confidence, none of which I had in my personal life at that time. But I always knew that when I was ready to talk about it, my comedy act would become a lot stronger and funnier. A lot of people have such a skewed perspective of gay culture. I always say to crowds, “Gay, Straight, it’s all the same crap”. My goal is to bridge the divide between straights and gays through
humor. If we can all laugh at how crazy the world is, maybe people will realize that we’re all in the same boat and we need each other to survive. Besides, lesbians are really handy in times of need!
Get up close & personal with Erin Foley, Friday & Saturday night at Crackers Comedy Club downtown. She’s just wrapped up her performance for our special event tonight: a fundraiser for Indy Pride. Give us a call at 317-255-4211 to make your reservation now!
Whether your Valentine’s Day celebrations are being extended, or you’re feeling the hangover from your over-indulgence in all that love mess, you’ll want to join us this week in Broad Ripple as Craig Shoemaker headlines!
Craig is THE LOVEMASTER, and no matter how you spend your Valentine’s Day, your night with him will top the charts. But you say you’re pockets are a little empty? Well, no sweat: The Lovemaster is giving away tickets to see him at Crackers Comedy Club, AND a two extra-lucky winners will receive a Hat & CD from Craig!
How do you win? Just submit your own version of The Lovemaster! Make a video of your impression of The Lovemaster, and post it to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Crackers Comedy. Keep it semi-clean, and keep your clothes on, and Craig will pick the winners himself to enjoy his show Friday February 18 at Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple.