Comedy has long been used to subvert the established order, shedding light on modern life’s pervasive absurdities and fomenting distrust of potentially seltzer-filled boutonnieres. Discover some rollicking truths with today’s Groupon to the Comedy Grand Opening Event week at Marquis Ballroom in Fitchburg. Choose from the following dates: March 21, 22, 23, or 24. Choose from the following options:
- For $32, you get two single-night tickets for March 21 or 22 (an $80 value).
- For $56, you get four single-night tickets for March 21 or 22 (a $160 value).
- For $72, you get six single-night tickets for March 21 or 22 (a $240 value).
- For $42, you get two single-night tickets for March 23 or 24 (a $104 value).
- For $76, you get four single-night tickets for March 23 or 24 (a $208 value).
- For $102, you get six single-night tickets for March 23 or 24 (a $312 value).<p>
Each night includes: * 90-minute comedy show * Complimentary pizza bar with beer, wine, and soda from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. * DJ party from 10 p.m. to midnight<p>
The Marquis Ballroom unites libations and laughs underneath one roof during its four-day unveiling of onsite comedy events. At the top of the evening, made-from-scratch pizza rolls in to join complimentary beer and wine at the bar. Once tummies have slipped into unflappable naps, a pair of comedians seizes the spotlight and the last remaining slices of pepperoni. Celebrity impressionist Frank Roche touches down on his ceaseless national touring schedule to grace the ballroom with his rapid-fire quips, manic energy, and occasional costume changes. Mike Moses draws on his Gary, Indiana, upbringing, social trends, and current headlines to backdrop traditional-minded battle-of-the-sexes routines.
At 10 p.m., chuckles give way to dance moves as a DJ alleviates itchy records. Surprise celebrity appearances garnish the grand-opening celebration with an extra kick of excitement, and prizes send guests home sporting grins wider than the tub used to bathe Camp Randall Stadium.
The menu at Pancake Cafe is impressive—almost as impressive as the restaurant's streak of Best Breakfast awards, from 2003-2015, in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison showcase. For breakfast, the staff serves home-style meals such as oven-baked omelets or house-made biscuits and gravy. The eatery’s namesake comes in unexpected varieties, including an award-winning apple pancake that’s baked for 20 minutes with fresh fruit, baker’s sugar, and Sinkiang cinnamon glaze. Pancake Cafe also whips up gluten-free versions and an old-fashioned potato pancake capped with applesauce or sour cream. They even squeeze fresh orange juice by wringing out a traffic cone as aggressively as possible. At lunch, servers put the waffles down for a nap and begin presenting plates of white-albacore tuna melts, Angus burgers, and Chicago-style italian beef sandwiches.