Archive for November, 2011
Traditionally, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Zanies puts together an all-star lineup of comedians from Nashville who are off the road and back in town to spend the holiday with friends and family. “Comics Come Home” is a showcase style line-up of the guys (and ladies) who came up through the open mics, starting getting work.. and at some point hit the road to do comedy full time. It’s always fun. If you’re looking for an excuse to ditch your family and go have a few drinks / laughs.. this is the perfect show for you.
This year, our own Keith Alberstadt (“Late Show with David Letterman”, CMT, etc) will host AND headline the event which also features Dan Whitehurst, Dawna Kinne, TC Cope, Chad Riden, Brian Bates and Rick Wey.
Keith Alberstadt grew up the son of a Vanderbilt professor and a craft artist. The result . . . a very clever comic with sharp perception, unmatched creativity, and a treasure trove of unique material. His likable personality and down-to-earth charm invite people into his brand of humor—one that is smart but not brainy and relatable but not hacky.
While performing, Keith takes pride in laughing at himself and his “inner dork”, which he attempts to prove is something in all of us. Current events, popular trends, personal details… Keith shares his witty insight on everything, all the while doing it with a mischievous smile that quickly becomes infectious.
A regular performer for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Keith has been described as “absolutely hilarious” by Armed Forces Entertainment and “a hidden gem” by the Boston Globe. He’s also a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, National Lampoon and various online magazines.
Here’s a video of Keith’s Letterman appearance:
“Comics Come Home”
Wed. Nov. 23, 2011, 7:30pm
Zanies Comedy Showplace
2025 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
Tickets are available online or by calling 615-269-0221.
Nashville Comedy Theater’s Pre Thanksgiving Improv Weekend & Iron Songwriter Round 3 to feature Mark Anundson
Nashville Comedy Theater‘s Pre Thanksgiving Improv Weekend & Iron Songwriter Round 3 is this Friday & Saturday (Nov. 18th & 19th). The last semi-final round of “Iron Songwriter” includes a performance from Nashville-based comedian / podcaster / musician / awesome person Mark Anundson.
Whether you remember Mark as the host of WRVU’s “Get Up, Stand Up” or know him as half of the music group BIZRQ or as the FUN-gineer for sketch comedy podcast “The Mangy Dog Radio Hour Whoop Dee Doo” or one third of the cast of “Happy Birthday Gary” or the host of “Happy For Apathy” or as a frequent performer at Zanies or as a close, personal friend of The Kenny Rogers.. you know Mr. Anundson is a funny, funny man with musical improvisation skills sharp enough that other musical improvisors should probably just quit whatever it is they’re doing and start improvising songs about how great Mark Anundson is at improvising songs.
Five other people who are decidedly NOT Mark Anundson will also be there participating in Saturday’s Iron Songwriter Competition. They’ll be given 45 minutes to write and perform a new song based on the audience’s suggestion. Saturday’s winner earns a spot in the final round in December and they will want YOUR vote to bring them forward.
All shows start at 8pm, Tickets are $10 and can be purchased right now online at NashvilleComedyTheater.com, or at the door with cash or check. Questions? Call Nashville Comedy Theater at 615-544-5386.
two shows – 8pm – Friday, November 18th & Saturday, November 19th
(but, seriously, go see Mark on Saturday)
The Writer’s Stage / Next Level
1008 Charlotte Ave; Nashville, TN
Corporate Juggernaut and the Bongo Java After Hours Theatre welcome Rory Scovel back to Nashville with open arms and a loving embrace. Rory has been on Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, and most recently made an appearance on Conan. Since his last visit to Nashville, Rory released his album “Dilation” which reached #3 on the iTunes comedy chart and had more than one person say “it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life!”
Here’s video of Jon Dore and Rory Scovel on Conan:
Rory Scovel @ Bongo
Monday, November 14, 2011
2007 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212-4405
The show is all ages and starts at 9 PM.
Tickets are $7 in advance online or $10 at the door.
For more infos about Rory, visit his website: