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The late Bobby Boris Pickett, master of the mash
  • The late Bobby "Boris" Pickett, master of the mash


It's a routine week for Indianapolis comedy, as the last few have been. There is one exception— the Headless Horseman: Unscripted special at Comedy Sportz— but I featured that a couple weekends ago, leaving very little to talk about. A couple of unknowns at Crackers, a treat for the college kids at Morty's, and an interesting show in Bloomington that I can't get to with all the Halloween happenings of the weekend.

So instead, it's time we pay homage to perhaps the greatest and funniest Halloween-themed pop song of all time, "The Monster Mash."

They just don't make great Halloween music like they used to.

See?

There's something magical about that wise old man's voice; it seems like he should be reading a book of E.E. Cummings poetry on NPR instead of singing about a dance he calls "The Transylvania Twist," which either sounds like seasonal flavor from Baskin Robbins or an extremely raunchy sexual maneuver.

And the lyrics are genius. For example:

The ghouls all came from their humble abodes/to get a jolt/from my electrodes.

You can't just make up lyrics like that— he either made a deal with the devil, or it had to have actually happened. And hidden within this American treasure are several great band names. My wife and I have been looking to start a musical project, and I need to post Bobby "Boris" Picket's gems here, so that no one steals them for their own band later.

The Crypt-Kicker Five
The Coffin Bangers
The Transylvania Twist

We'll put it to a vote. In the meantime, if you're on the south side tomorrow, go see my kid brother's band Veseria at Lizard's.

I think the scene will be something like this:

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

You said it, Bobby.

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- Ryan Dalton, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com

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

Morty’s Comedy Joint- Joe Larson, 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, $12. www.indycomedysportz.com

The Comedy Attic (Bloomington) — Bob Zany, 8 and 10:30 pm, $18. www.funnybonebtown.com

IndyPROV- Spotlight Players, 8 and 9 pm, $10 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.

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!

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