Fall Arts Guide 2016: Must-see Comedy

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Jo Koy

1. Jo Koy, ?Funny Bone, Sept. 9–10?

Koy mines his family experiences for material, like ultra-competitive Wii bowling matches against his mom, and that relatable humor has earned him multiple appearances on Chelsea Lately, as well as other late-night and Comedy Central shows.

2. The Quiz Box Trivia ?Game Show, ?Backstage Bistro, Shadowbox Live, ?Sept. 16

?Once a month, comedians Erik Tait and Nickey Winkelman host this hilarious hybrid trivia contest. Audience members team up with one of four panel comedians, who in turn compete for prizes for their counterparts by answering outrageous questions.

3. The Second City Touring Company: Free Speech! (While Supplies Last), ?Lincoln Theatre, Sept. 21–23?

As the country hurtles toward a particularly insane presidential election, Americans can count on one antidote: humor. Second City offers its unique brand of political satire, improv and song to soothe the nervous democratic masses.

4. Christopher Titus: Born with ?a Defect Tour?, Funny Bone, Sept. 23–25?

The star of the eponymous TV show Titus returns to the stage with his seventh full-length set, continuing to use his personal life for material. His anger will make you laugh, or at least relish your relative lack of dysfunction.

5. Hashtag Comedy, ?Backstage Bistro, Shadowbox Live, Wednesdays?

You know that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach when you're put on the spot? Hashtag Comedy's improv shows are basically an evening of that, but with the relief and joy of watching others deal with it and deliver hilarious material time and again.

6. John Witherspoon, ?Funny Bone, Oct. 14–15

?His name might not ring a bell, but John Witherspoon is instantly recognizable as the cantankerous everyman father full of one-liners from the "Friday" series of movies. His standup act spans territory from Costco mustard (it's very large!) to ISIS (they're very mean!).

7. Deep Space Standup?, Spacebar, Oct. 19?

Every third Wednesday, Spacebar hits pause on its usual lineup of rock and indie music acts and plays host to a free hour of standup comedy from a range of up-and-coming comedians, Columbus mainstays and touring acts.

8. To Hell with Good Intentions?, Broken Records and Beehives, Nov. 11?

Dustin Meadows seems to be everywhere, hosting the Whiskey Bear Comedy Showcase, the Pop Culture Mixtape and Hot Dog!, as well as organizing the inaugural Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival in May. At his monthly To Hell with Good Intentions show, he invites local and touring comedians to share a stage for a night.

9. Monday Night Live?, Wild Goose Creative, Nov. 14

?Like its namesake and inspiration, Monday Night Live is a sketch comedy showcase with a new guest host every month. Each performance is written and produced from scratch by the Asbestos Crew and features live scenes, filmed pieces and multimedia segments. BYOB.