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Local comedians to invade Alton on 2-10-11

Anyone looking for a good laugh and an enjoyable night out on this Valentine's weekend should check out the "Fistful of Valentines" show this Saturday in Alton, IL. The show, which is being organized by Kathy Zeman, Brock Smith, and Ben Vogt, will take place at The Owl's Club in Alton, IL. The club is located at 227 Blair Ave., doors open at 7:30 and the show kicks off at 8PM. There will be a $10 cover and a cash bar is available. The list of performers includes Joe Wilson, Amber Davidson, Mike Stranz, Greg McClintock, Joe "the Animal" Lancey, Mike McGuire, Nick Branson, Christopher Coburn, Landon Meyer, Theresa Masters, Bruce Veach, Frankie Chubb, Brock Smith, and a special musical performance from Super Fun Yeah Yeah Rocketship. Zeman and Vogt will be acting as MCs for the event. Talking to Vogt, this event will be much like the events that he and Zeman have hosted before at Spirits in Alton. Each comic will have around 7-8 minutes in which to take to the stage and practice their craft. This rapid fire succession makes for a fun night and really keeps the performers on top of their game. The experience of the performers ranges from seasoned veterans to a few first timers and all of the performers are from the St. Louis area. In fact, Joe Wilson, Amber Davidson, Greg McClintock, Christopher Coburn, and Brock Smith are all specifically from the Alton area.

These shows offer a great way for the audience to not only come out and have a laugh, but to also see comedians try out new material and evolve as performers. I think it is really great that the stand up community is able to come together and put on these independent comedy shows. It seems a no-brainer when bands approach clubs to put on DIY shows, and to see the comedy world venture into this territory is really exciting. Comedy clubs can definitely be fun, but are often on the expensive side and do not get to feature as much local talent as these shows get to do. Zeman has also organized shows at Quintessential in St. Charles, MO and McGuire has organized shows at Lemmon's in St. Louis and at Jacobsmeyer's in Granite City, IL.

This show also has some musical flavor added to it. According to a report in the RFT, this will be the last performance for Super Fun Yeah Yeah Rocketship. If you have ever seen Super Fun Yeah Yeah Rocketship (which is just one person, Corey Goodman) perform, you know that his sets are always extremely high energy and entertaining. According to the RFT article Goodman commented that "It's time to do something different." when asked about ending Super Fun. According to Vogt, the plan is to have Super Fun perform after every third-or-so comic and then close out the night with whatever he wants to do. I would expect nothing less than fantastic from this final set.

Attendance looks to be pretty good judging by the event's page on Facebook. In other words, if you are interested in attending this sure to be fun show try to talk to Ben, Brock, or Kathy to get your grimy little hands on some tickets ahead of time, or get your booties to the door early on the night of the show. See you there!