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Eddie Griffin to perform at Crackers Broad Ripple!

Popular comedian turned actor, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990. Griffin is coming to Indianapolis to perform at Crackers Broad Ripple (6281 N College Ave) on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22, showtimes are 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-37. 

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, his first love was always dance and by the young age of 16, he opened his own dance studio and was choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows. But all of that would soon change when one night his cousin dared him to go on stage at the local comedy club Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3 minutes. He performed off-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. It was then that Griffin purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a stand up.

In only one short month, he was a regular at the renowned Comedy Store, where he was compared with esteemed talents such as Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Lenny Bruce. After only 2 short months, Griffin was chosen to open for Andrew Dice Clay at Madison Square Garden that kicked off a 22-city tour.

These many successful performances led to Eddie Griffin‘s appearance on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam”1992″, the Cable Ace Award-nominated HBO special One Night Stand “1992″, HBO Comedy Half Hour Special “1995″, the HBO special Voodoo Child “1997″ and onstage at the legendary Apollo Theater. He also recorded the successful comedy albums Message In The Hat “1993″ and The Message “1999″ featuring comedic and musical performances by him as well as Master P, Sikk the Shocker, and Fiend.

Griffin began branching out into acting. Roles in such films as The Last Boy Scout “1991″, Coneheads “1993″, and Jason’s Lyric “1994″ soon led to his own hit comedy series Malcolm and Eddie “1996-2000″, for which role he was nominated (1996) and won (2000) the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition to lending his acting experience to this sitcom, he also wrote and directed four episodes, one of which starred his mentor and Richard Pryor.

After, he was offered a lead role in Double Take “2001″ alongside Orlando Jones. Griffin then starred alongside Denzel Washington in John Q “2002″, earning him respect as a dramatic actor. Shortly thereafter, his leading-man status lead to his role as Anton Jackson in Undercover Brother “2002″. Mr. Griffin’s extensive film resume includes films such as and Armageddon “1998″, and the worldwide successful comedy franchise Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo “1999″ and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo “2005″, as well as Date Movie “2006″, Scary Movie 3″2003″, My Baby’s Daddy ” 2004″ “which he starred, wrote and Executive Produced for Miramax.

Eddie also contributed and performed on Dr. Dre’s Multi-Platinum selling albums The Chronic “1992″ and Chronic 2001 “2001″. Eddie Griffin is widely known for his award winning Comedy Stand-up Special Dysfunktional Family “2003″ which he starred, wrote, Executive Produced and performed on the film’s soundtrack with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac.

Eddie most recently starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the hit feature Norbit “2007″ and starred, wrote and Executive Produced his next comedy special Freedom Of Speech “2007″. Later that year he contributed to and performed on T-Pain’s worldwide successful album Circus “2008″ and starred in Disney’s Beethoven’s Big Break “2008″.

Eddie’s most recent comedy special YOU CAN TELL ‘EM I SAID IT premiered on Comedy Central on February 19, 2011. In June 2012, Eddie took a dramatic turn in David E. Talbert’s play A FOOL & HIS MONEY in which he received rave reviews as the hero.

Comedy Central honored him as the Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time. Eddie has appeared in over 50 films and numerous television shows. Eddie Griffin is a highly accomplished individual who has contributed significantly to the arts and the entertainment industry and is a star and gifted entertainer in the entertainment world.

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We’ve got the Hollywood Dish…

from Christina Pazsitzky, Keeping Hollywood Classy

“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!!!!!”

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Stifler’s Mom

Have you ever Googled “Stifler’s Mom”?

Jennifer Coolidge / Stifler's Mom

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!

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Guest Blog: Erin Foley

A special message to Indy, from Erin Foley!

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!

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Who do you love…?

Shane Mauss is headlining this week in Broad Ripple! Wanna go?  Just let Shane know how much you love him!  Head over to our Facebook page and let the whole world know how much you love Shane Mauss.

The first 10 people to post “I’M deeply in love with Shane Mauss!” will win a voucher for BUY-1-GET-1-FREE tickets to the 8pm show on Friday February 11!

But before you leave our blog, Shane has more — he’d love to do an online Q&A session!  If you’ve got some personal, professional, wacky, or just off-the-wall questions for Shane, submit them here on this blog post!  He’ll answer them Friday {and of course, you get the chance to win a pair of FREE tickets!!}

How ’bout that!

In Laughter,

~RA

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How D’you Do That?!

If you’ve every wondered how the comic geniuses that grace our stage every week com up with those side-splitting jokes, then you’ll want to come to Crackers Downtown Thursday February 3rd and see Pat Godwin!  After his show Thursday night, he’ll be fielding some Q&A and giving some insight on how he comes up with his comedic songs like “Gangsta Folk” and .  So if you’re an aspiring comic yourself, or are just interested in the behind-the-scenes mind of a comedic genius, then make your reservation for Thursday night, downtown, for pat Godwin’s show!  Call 317-255-4211 and tell them you’re staying for the Pat Godwin after-show!

Plus, Thursday night is College ID night! Show us a college ID and get in for $5! So, no excuses, get off your but and come see us downtown Thursday night!

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Warm up at Crackers!

This weather has us stuck inside!  So we’re gettin’ crafty…

As you know, the infamous Etta May is performing in Broad Ripple this week!  Take this opportunity being stuck indoors today to create an Etta May -inspired outfit, take a picture, and post it to our facebook page!  Then, wear your new outfit out this week as Etta May performs Wednesday through Saturday at Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple!  Remember, Wednesday night is ladies night, and Thursday night is College ID night!  Get your tickets online now!

Etta May will pick the BEST-DRESSED picture and the winner will get a pair of tix to see Etta May on Friday night!

Happy Layering!

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