Downtown Comedy Club.
Did those three words get your attention? If so, then you’ll be thrilled to know that a new bimonthly stand up comedy night is launching this month at Shadowbox Live in the Brewery District. Local comedian Justin Golak and Shadowbox head writer Jimmy Mak have teamed up to kick off this new series that will take place in the Backstage Bistro venue located on South Front Street.
“One of our goals with our move Downtown was not just to expand Shadowbox Live’s programming, but also to allow opportunity for more artistic ventures,” says Mak. “When I read on Columbus Underground that local stand-up comedians were desperate for a venue, it just seemed to make sense.”
While technically located in The Brewery District, Shadowbox Live is still within a very close proximity to Downtown Columbus. Fans of stand up comedy will find the location to be much more central than The Funnybone located at Easton Town Center, which is currently the only main full-time comedy club venue in Central Ohio.
“Shadowbox Live offers a very unique and amazing venue that simply can’t be topped for a comedy show,” says Golak. “A great stage, great lighting, great sound… and there’s really a certain intangible awesomeness that comes with performing comedy in a space that was built to house it.”
“I have always needed the approval of other people and wasn’t handsome enough or athletic enough to get it, so I became funny and started doing stand up comedy,” explains Squire of his origins in comedy.
Squire’s honest and original performances have landed him acclaim through appearances on The Opie and Anthony Show, and a spot on the Comedy Central’s “Mitch Across America” Tribute to the late Mitch Hedberg.
“We’ll continue to bring in the best comics from out of town, featuring many that even loyal comedy fans haven’t had a chance to see yet,” says Golak. “We’ve also compiled the best talent from Columbus for these shows.”
The launch event on the 17th will include performances from Travis Hoewischer, Sumukh Torgalkar, Mark Lucas, Michael Meyers and Golak himself.
“Since these shows will take place in the Backstage Bistro, it wil be a much more intimate space,” adds Mak. “We’ll still have great food and drinks available, but it’s important that people understand this is NOT a Shadowbox Live show. Justin has done a great job of picking up the ball and running with it, so this is really his event.”
Stand Up at Shadowbox Live begins on Tuesday, January 17th at 8pm, and will continue on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Tickets are $5 at the door. More information can be found HERE.