A nationally acclaimed comedy club, Comedy Off Broadway serves up live laughs every Friday and Saturday and many weeknights thanks to a plethora of nationally recognized comedians. Upcoming joke jockeys include comedic melodeer Tim Wilson (December 1–11) and Boston Comedy Festival winner Dwight Slade (December 29–January 1). Choose from the following rib-tickling options, each of which requires a one-drink minimum (alcoholic or non-alcoholic):
Comedy Caravan corrals chuckles into a singular locale with a lineup of professional comedians performing in the Historic State Theater. This summer, the show will regale theater-goers and inconspicuous phantoms of the opera with such line-punchers as Rich Ragains, a hard-working standup and regular on The Bob and Tom Show. WLEX-TV feature reporter Lee Cruse, who has performed alongside such notable funny-bone ticklers as Jon Stewart and Bill Engvall, will also take the stage in a flurry of guffaws. Ohio native Kelly Collette, a comedienne as lauded as her name is alliterative, will emcee this year's event.
Featuring the talent of actress and comedian Judy Gold, Wild Women of Comedy presents a showcase of mostly female comedians, with proceeds benefiting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Gold—who won two Emmys for her work as a writer and producer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show —has honed her chops in appearances on The View, in the film The Aristocrats, and during her brief stint wearing bells as Secretary-Jester of the United Nations. She is joined by the talented Carie Karavas, Kit Stewart, Keith Anthony, and an invisible crew of sound engineers and lighting wraiths. The NYCB Theatre's theatre-in-the-round format puts performers at the center of chortles, chuckles, giggles, and guffaws—giving the audience an unhindered view of each comedian and making it easier to scan the crowd for clown assassins armed with sniper pies.
It started when Gerald Kubach became enamored with standup comedy. Looking to invest in the humor business, he and cofounder Mitch Kutash opened the very first Funny Bone Comedy Club in Pittsburg in 1982. Over 25 years later, the little club that could has turned into a national comedy institution, with branches in nearly every metropolitan city. While household names such as Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Roseanne Barr, and Tim Allen have cut their teeth on the clubs' stages, The Funny Bone continues to offer the first big breaks to up-and-coming local talent. All Funny Bones sport full-service bars to lubricate laughter – the Toledo location serves up a bouillabaisse of spicy Louisiana flavor at its adjoining restaurant Fat Fish Blue.
Smoke scented with flavors such as mango, pineapple, and cherry wafts through Aladdin Restaurant and Hookah Bar as patrons linger over waterpipes as late as 3 a.m. Besides Al Fakher and Starbuzz tobacco, skilled staffers also blend house mixes with names such as Bubble Yum and Candy Drop, and can even fit hookahs with heads made from hollowed-out pineapples, watermelons, and other fruits. The kitchen also crafts a full menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, including kebabs, gyros, and Turkish coffee.
National treasure Glen Campbell encapsulates a nearly 60-year career rife with fiery passion, charisma, and immortal hits as he graces Louisville with a stop on The Goodbye Tour. Although Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, his divergent catalog and recent Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award portray an artist who, like a pigeon with an oversize head, can never be pigeonholed. Born with an endless sunrise of a voice and lightning-quick guitar playing abilities that leave skid marks on pick-guards, Campbell's career has spanned from touring member of The Beach Boys to variety-hour host to consummate country-chart-topper. The well-traveled performer has a blast on his victory lap, reacquainting fans with hits such as "Wichita Lineman," "Rhinestone Cowboy," and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," along with new tracks from his gossamer swan song, Ghost on the Canvas.