The Vernon Club, nestled in a historic building dating back to 1886, rolls out eight gleaming lanes with automatic scoring, a new Internet jukebox, and tasty comestibles for fueling competitive appetites. Players don borrowed footwear and the letterman jackets of league-player ghosts before hurling three-holed spheres toward pins poising themselves for the welcomed whack of a spare or strike. Bowlers can rest their pin-striking biceps of fury with a gooey 12-inch pizza or maintain concentration while grasping a bratwurst in non-bowling hands. On select nights, rock bands set up shop beside the lanes and churn out foot-tapping ditties until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.
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.
Founded in New York City during the 1960s, the Improv Comedy Clubs has since grown to host a multitude of celebrity comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, and Jim Carrey. Standup chucklemeister Dean Napolitano—known for his appearances on the Internet sitcom Hollywood Handyman and TV series What About Brian?—rouses crowds with flaming-pie fights and gut-busting insights on everyday situations. An appetizer platter stocked with potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and other finger foods sates the appetites of two audience members in between bouts of guffawing and scouring the comedy club for dissolvable sutures.
• For $23, you get two tickets to The Stephen Foster Story (a $46 value). Performances are held on select dates Tuesday–Sunday at 8:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., from June 11 to August 13. • For $23, you get two tickets to The Wizard of Oz (a $46 value). Performances run on Thursday and Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. from July 7 to August 6.
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.