ComedySportz's "Unscripted" series is targeted toward a different demographic than their main event shows, as they are much more enticing for anyone who prefers f-bombs and boner jokes over their typical family-safe improv.
That's not to say that there's inherent comedic value in the f-word or easy sexual humor, but the ComedySportz performers— like all improv comics— tend to have an extra punch when they don't have to consider if the words coming out of their mouth are age appropriate. Those split-second decisions being made come at the expense of invaluable comedic timing, when a comic has to go out of his comfort zone to clean up.
It does go both ways, however. Like a creative writing exercise, the filter can sometime force a comedian who relies on gay jokes or racial gimmicks to branch out into something a little more clever.
In this case, it works well for CS— the change of pace allows the audience to see a different side of the comics; and there's no rule that says they can't make clean jokes, too, if that's where they thrive. So unless you're easily offended (elitist), or nine years old, there's nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
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- Dan Greuter, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com
Crackers Broadripple- Brad Williams, 8 and 10:30 pm, $25. www.crackerscomedy.com
Morty’s Comedy Joint- Marshall Chiles, 8 and 10:30pm, $15. www.mortyscomedy.com
ComedySportz- Improv, 7:30 pm, (and 10:00 on Sat.), $15, www.indycomedysportz.com
Comedysportz- Headless Horseman: Unscripted, 10:00 pm. Friday only. www.indycomedysportz.com
The Comedy Attic (Bloomington) — James P. Connolly, 8 and 10:30 pm, $12. www.funnybonebtown.com
IndyPROV- Talbott Street, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., Free. Friday Only. www.IndyPROV.com
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.
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