What's up, party people? July was a quiet month for comedy in Nashville, but it looks like August is coming out swinging, with performances by Amy Schumer, Chris Gethard, Myq Kaplan and more on the horizon. All that, plus the regular open mics and a brand new recurring show at a venue across from a cemetery. Spooky!
Mikey's Sunday Night Comedy (Sundays at SmackDab Media)
Back in May, when I was talking to NashvilleStandUp.com proprietor Chad Riden about the options stand-up comedians have for performing in town, he mentioned that he'd been looking around for a dedicated venue to book comedy in — outside of the bars and restaurants that he's tried to twist into working. That dream, apparently, has come to fruition with the new Mikey's Sunday Night Comedy show, held in a warehouse/production studio/rehearsal space near the City Cemetery on 3rd Avenue South.
Now with actual stage lights and an actual stage, the space owned by SmackDab Media will start hosting weekly comedy shows, starting this Sunday. The inaugural show is headlined by Monty Mitchell, with supporting sets from Trey McClarnon, DJ Buckley, Mary Jay Berger, Brad Hinderliter, Brett Cantrell, Josh Wagner and Riden himself. The show is $5, BYOB and happens every Sunday night at 7 p.m.
For line-ups through the end of the month, see the Facebook event.
Amy Schumer at Zanies (8/2-3) — This one sold out quick, so if you don't have tickets to see Amy Schumer, you're out of luck until she inevitably plays a theater next time she's in town. I've got 150 words of pontificating about Schumer in this week's dead tree edition, but suffice to say, Amy Schumer is very funny and you should know what's up.
Tom Scharpling at Nashville Outlines (8/3) — So, Tom Scharpling had to cancel his MCing stint at this weekend's Nashville Outlines festival, but in his honor, you should all listen to his Gathering of the Juggalos episode with Paul F. Tompkins and prepare to weep with laughter.
Victoria Jackson at Zanies (8/8) — Sigh. Next.
Chis Gethard & Kurt Braunohler at Zanies (8/9-10) — I didn't see Chris Gethard at Bonnaroo this year, but word was that he basically stole the comedy tent on the first night of the festival and never let it go. And I believe it — everything I've heard from Gethard has been hilarious and almost uncomfortably real. This is a man who wrote a book called A Bad Idea I'm About to Do, after all. Joining him is Kurt Braunohler, who was supposed to play High Watt last night but had to cancel. There are many things worth noting about Braunohler, but let's just leave it at the fact that he masterminded this brilliant Kickstarter.
Bobcat Goldthwait at Zanies (8/9-11) — As if Chris Gethard and Kurt Braunholer weren't enough for one weekend. '80s stand-up mainstay turned brilliant indie film director Bobcat Goldthwait brings his recent stint of un-retirement through Nashville. No longer leaning on that unhinged scream from his weirdo early days, Goldthwait's performances are as smart and dark as they are manic. Totally worth your time.
Frank Caliendo at Zanies (8/16-17) — I know this isn't cool to admit but I find Frank Caliendo's impressions funny. Deal with it. If you wanna hear a guy make fun of John Madden, you're not going to find a better person for that job than Caliendo.
Myq Kaplan at The High Watt (8/19) — Since you missed Josh Gondelman at One a few months back, you can make it up by catching Myq Kaplan at High Watt. Like Gondelman, Kaplan is a relentlessly clever joke machine.
Ari Shaffir at Zanies (8/21-22) — Man, I don't know how to feel about Ari Shaffir. On one hand, Joe Rogan's crew have never really been my bag and while “The Amazing Racist” is a pretty good portmanteau, the execution just kinda bummed me out. But, his new Comedy Central webseries, This Is Not Happening — in which he hosts comedians telling amazing, insane stories — is outstanding. Truly outstanding. If nothing else, check that out — especially the bits featuring Kyle Kinane and Sean Patton. Holy hell.
Marvin Dixon at Jazz & Jokes (8/23-24) — Marvin Dixon is one of those road comics who has been around for a minute (nearly 20 years at this point), but has never quite broken out into the mainstream — even as less talented comics have skated by on similar material. He's a funny guy, though, and does a solid job of crowdwork — something that takes a kind of fearlessness I haven't seen much of lately.
Nate Bargatze at Zanies (8/28) — Nate Bargatze technically cut his teeth performing comedy in Chicago, but his time growing up in Middle Tennessee significantly informs his style of stand-up comedy. Bargatze comes through every once in a while, but if you haven't seen him, this headlining gig at Zanies isn't a bad place to start.
Kamikaze Kitten at Dino's (8/14) — The free dive showcase continues with booked comics and a handful of bucket spots for comics in the crowd. 8:30 p.m., Free.
NashvilleStandUp.com Showcase at Zanies (8/15) — Pretty much the same deal as Dino's, but with more comics, less cigarette smoke and comedy club vibes. Brad Hinderliter, Joshua Wagner, Brett Cantrell, Will Copeland, Rob Haynes and Chad Riden are on this one, which will set you back $10. Show's at 7:00 p.m.
Comedy Pug Hugs at Cafe Coco (8/31) — No word on who's performing at the third monthly Comedy Pug Hugs, but it seems like a fun night and a solid comedy variety show. Tickets are $5, doors at 7:30 p.m.
Pictures of Fireworks at Fido (8/28) — Heather LeRoy did a hell of a job hosting last night's Pictures of Fireworks. I was worried that Jane Borden's escape to Los Angeles would send one of our favorite shows spiraling, but it's as good as it's ever been. Expect more true stories told in the back of a coffee shop this month.
- Open House at Mercy Lounge Back Bar (every Monday); sign-up at 8, show at 8:30
- Ultimate Comedy Open Mic at The East Room (every Tuesday); sign-up at 8, show at 8:30
- Open Mic Contest at Spanky's (every Tuesday); sign-up at 8, show at 8:30
- Dive Laughing at Springwater (First Wednesday Only); sign-up at 9, show at 9:30
- Touch the Mic at Jazz & Jokes (every Thursday); sign-up at 8, show at 8:30
- The Laugh Cycle at Family Wash (starting Thursdays, August 22); sign-up at 8, show at 8:30
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.