Stand-up comedy

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Improv Comedy Cage Match Sets Stage for Boise's Funniest Person Final Round

Posted By on Sat, Aug 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Emcee Sean Hancock took the stage at Liquid the evening of Aug. 1 to tell the audience that this had been the most closely contested installment of the Improv Comedy Cage Match in the three-year history of the event.
The final competition, between Pocatello-based The Comedy Project and Boise-based Sausage Party of 5, pitted two vastly different improv troupes against each other; but, to the audience, there was little surprise when it was announced that The Comedy Project would go home with a $1,000 prize and a $1,000 booking contract at Liquid Laughs.

The Comedy Project hit the stage first, organizing its act around simple questions posed to the audience, like "What was your 21st birthday like?" and "Are you a dog or a cat person?" The troupe was able to create a unique and entertaining array of situations without losing the attention of the audience, and benefited from being able to flesh out more elaborate skits while stressing the talents of individual Comedy Project members.

Notable examples included a lengthy comparison between binge watching Netflix and using hard drugs, and exploring emotions with an existential robot and millennials living in their parents' basements. A particular audience favorite was a skit delving into the psychopathy of step siblings. 

Sausage Party of 5, by contrast, chewed through its skits so fast that the audience had trouble keeping up—so much so that several jokes were simply lost. Some notably underserving bits included asking questions of a Sphinx made up of three members of the troupe, and a self-explanatory skit titled "Everything's Better with Sean Connery." 

Ultimately, SPo5, champion of last year's competition, relied too heavily on two members' uncommon gifts of gab and fluid humor, making its performance uneven.

The show, however, must go on. Watch the final round of Boise's Funniest Person at Liquid Laughs, Saturday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. That's when Brett Kennedy, Merry Cole, Tommy Chartier, Gabe Hess and Kaz Gable will square off for $1,000 and immortal—well at least year-long—fame as the funniest person in the City of Trees.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Loni Love Lands in Boise Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Loni Love is blowing up.

The super-funny stand-up comic, author, podcaster and regular Chelsea Lately panelist has recently appeared on Arsenio and Ellen, all while following a rigorous touring schedule, which, fortunately, includes 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. shows tonight and tomorrow night at Boise's Liquid Lounge. Just don't offer her any soup.

Visit for tickets.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM


"Tell me a story!" is one of the oldest requests of civilized human beings. Once our ancestors had enough food and shelter to avoid starving and freezing to death, their minds turned to entertainment—big-fish tales, hard-boiled narratives and calumnious ditties.

Following in our cave-people's footsteps is Story Story Night, which tonight hosts MiRAGE, tales of things too good to be true told by some of Boise's best storytellers. Jessica Holmes hosts and Dan Costello provides live music.

The pros at SSN will spin ribald tales before an open story slam. It all goes down at the Rose Room at 7 p.m. Admission is $8-$10.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM


Remember the Mayan apocalypse, and how the world was supposed to end in some unforeseeable-but-theatrical way? It seems like the distant past, but the folks at Story Story Night remember it like it was yesterday. Just before the apocalypse was supposed to begin, the SSN crew threw an end of the world bash, but when the world refused to burst into flames or the dinosaurs failed to climb out of a fissure in the Earth's mantle, well, they were plumb disappointed.

That's why they're hosting Story Story Night: Aftermath—to tell you, the public, just how anticlimactic it was that all our lives weren't cut cruelly short.

The evening begins at the Rose Room at 7 o'clock, and admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. And if you're not done with your evening when the stories are finished, there's an afterparty going down at Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House, which are honoring ticket holders with a free drink special.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

So it's not really the end of the world.

You could check out your print edition of Boise Weekly for a list of cool apocalypse parties, but for many of us, the reset of the Mesoamerican long count calendar—the source of all this end-of-days ballyhoo—will go unnoticed.

It's for you, dear skeptics, that BW recommends Insert Foot Comedy Improv at Liquid. It starts at 8 p.m., and if you're late, there's a second show at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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