The Comedy Hoedown

Published On June 28, 2013 | By Isaac Kozell | The Arts

HoThis is the true story of five dudes, picked to perform standup comedy, on an action-packed night in Pittsburgh, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real…ly weird.

Tonight, Club Café has stacked the deck with an eclectic lineup of five noteworthy Pittsburgh comedians who have banded together to put on the best goddamn comedy show in town. They know that as a comedic arts consumer, you have a veritable buffet of hilarious entertainment options to choose from. But they hope that you will choose them, as they have already, without your permission, chosen you.

The Comedy Hoedown is hosted by certifiable madman and winner of the 2012 Gilda’s Club Great Comic Search, Alex Stypula. Stypula’s comedy is abrasive, off-putting, and bizarre, which makes him an unlikely candidate for hosting duties, which, in turn, will probably make this a show to remember.

Stepping up to the microphone first is Ed Bailey, a natural comic who recently opened for Hannibal Buress and Tommy Davidson. Bailey is a fast rising star on the regional comedy scene. This will be one of three shows he’ll be performing at tonight. Yeah.

Next up is Isaac Kozell. That’s me. I guess I should have opened this article with a disclaimer about how I’m a shameless self-promoter who isn’t above begging my wonderful editors at NakYouOut to let me write something about this show. Since that ship has sailed, I’ll just say this: I want to see your lovely face in the crowd tonight. So slip into something cute and get that adorable ass of yours down to Club Café. I’ll save a warm seat for you.

Batting third is the impressively hirsute Tim Ross. Tim is fresh off the Race to the Coffin comedy tour where he allegedly signed one, maybe two, sets of titties. With a chilled-out stage presence, Ross delivers clever observations with witty twists. If you’re nice, he’ll let you touch his beard.

Headlining tonight’s show is the hilarious Jeff Konkle. Konkle has worked with comics like TJ Miller, Pauly Shore, Bill Burr and Charlie Murphy, so you know he’s legit. I asked him what the audience can expect from his performance, to which he replied, “I’m just Jeff.” Humble and talented!

It’s also rumored that former Pittsburgher and current Austin comedy scenester Danny Palumbo might be dropping in for a guest set. That’s like paying for five comics and getting a sixth one free!

So, um, will I see you at the show? Check YES___ or NO___

Tickets are $10 at the door and the show begins at 10PM.

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