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Aussie comic Jim Short headlines at Crackers Broad Ripple
  • Aussie comic Jim Short headlines at Crackers Broad Ripple

Aussie comedian Jim Short visits Broad Ripple this weekend, as both Crackers locations, Morty's and the Funny Bone all play host to a young lineup.

There are not any seasoned veterans in town, but that makes for a good change of pace; the young adult crowd has a wide range of servicable options.

Kenny Smith (the white comedian, not the black basketball player) is at Crackers Downtown, Kevin Shea is at Morty's and Dan Cummins (of "Last Comic Standing" fame) is at the Funny Bone in Bloomington. All of them have charismatic youth on their side, and will likely steer clear of the "wife and kids" humor that seems to be all too common in this town. Not that there's anything wrong with those jokes, but it's good to see some fresh faces.

ComedySportz has its first $5 Improv Jam in over a month, now that $3 Bill's run of "Pre-Existing Conditions" is complete. The $5 Improv Jam is the Friday late-night dirty show hosted on Mass Ave, where the performers are allowed to say naughty woords such as "butt" and "booger" without being brown-bagged (I jest— it can be much bolder and raunchier than their normal shows).

ComedySportz's scrappy competitor, IndyPROV, is also hosting a show this weekend at White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square, on Saturday night. It sincerely pains me to talk down about a local comedy troupe that's just trying to get out there and perform for people, but my experience with IndyPROV was not an enjoyable one— and unfortunately I have not heard a contradictory opinion.

Hopefully as they continue to get experience and grow as a troupe they will improve; it would be great for the local comedy scene for them to do well.

Weekend Lineup:

Price listed is the lowest available, and all shows are Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise noted. Most also have Weds, Thurs., and Sunday shows; check their website for more info.


Crackers Downtown- Kenny Smith, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com

Crackers Broadripple- Jim Short, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com

Morty’s Comedy Joint- Kevin Shea, 7:30 and 10:00 pm, $10. www.mortyscomedy.com

ComedySportz- Improv, 7:30 pm, (and 10:00 on Sat.), $12, www.indycomedysportz.com

Comedysportz- $5 Improv Jam (17 and over), 10:00 pm, $12. Friday only. www.indycomedysportz.com

Funny Bone (Bloomington) — Dan Cummins, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.funnybonebtown.com

White Rabbit Cabaret- IndyPROV, 10 and 11 pm, $5. Saturday only. www.indyprov.com

Great upcoming shows


Keith McGill: May 12 — 15 (Crackers Downtown)

More than most forms of entertainment, stand-up comedy lineups are subject to last-minute changes, as well as unexpected sell-outs. Please be sure to check the website of the venue (or call and reserve tickets) before heading out, and make sure to be aware of any updated times, prices, availability or performers.

If you are aware of any upcoming events or venues that are not included here, please feel free to comment them below or email aroberts@nuvo.net!


Kevin Shea is at Mortys
  • Kevin Shea is at Morty's

Dan Cummins is at the Funny Bone in Bloomington, for graduation weekend
  • Dan Cummins is at the Funny Bone in Bloomington, for graduation weekend

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