Although effective, the slap-line was quickly replaced by the punchline in most comedy clubs for its ability to induce laughter without inadvertently provoking duels. Enjoy harmless ha-has with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a standup-comedy night for two at Scott Hansen’s Comedy Gallery, which is located inside Welsch’s Big Ten Tavern in Arden Hills (a $65 value). The outing includes:
- Two VIP reserved tickets to any show before December 30 (a $40 value)
- One large pizza with any topping, as well as salad and breadsticks for two (a $25 value)
At Scott Hansen’s Comedy Gallery, a rotating cast of standup comics splits sides as crowds sup on piping-hot pizza dinners. Companions ease into VIP seating at 8 p.m., where they can hone exaggerated spit-takes during a preshow feast that preludes the 9 p.m. show. Guests can aim faces at TV personality Fancy Ray McCloney as he mines his ironic self-absorption for the comedic pearls that have landed him on The Tonight Show and Last Comic Standing. A veteran of the comedy circuit for more than 20 years, Ric McCloud pairs his rapid-fire delivery with an oscillating arsenal of characters to create his own one-man blue-collar comedy tour. The comedy quartet that make up Clean Up Your Act strive to bust guts with politically correct comedy that eschews swearing, dirty jokes, and the exploitation of rubber chickens.