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Upcoming Shows at Morty’s Comedy Joint

Morty's Comedy Joint

Morty’s Comedy Joint. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Steve Hofstetter
Morty’s Comedy Joint
http://www.mortyscomedy.com/

Morty’s Comedy Joint, 3625 East 96th Street in Indianapolis, features top-drawer comedians year-round at its northside Indy location. Here are the scheduled shows for the next month.

Indiana Mic-Off
Wednesdays at 8PM, join us as the best of the Indiana area (and beyond) showcase to see who will be the next winner of The Great Indiana Mic-Off. Bringing their A-Game to show off for the audience and the club bookers, The Great Indiana Mic-Off comedians are a mix of house pros and new talent looking for a shot. If anyone kills on The Great Indiana Mic-Off, they earn the coveted position of club regular – and you will see them again soon.
Wednesday 12/18 – 8:00 PM – $5
Wednesday 1/1 – 8:00 PM – $5
Wednesday 1/8 – 8:00 PM – $5
Wednesday 1/15 – 8:00 PM – $5
Wednesday 1/22 – 8:00 PM – $5
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James P Connolly
James P. Connolly is a stand up comedian and radio/ TV host known for his playful, confident style and unique sense of humor. James attended Harvard University on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship, which left him feeling “wicked smart”, but possessing the skills to hurt people who are “actually” smart. While serving in Desert Storm, he was ordered to write jokes for a Colonel. Understanding this to be a lawful and punishable command; James erred on the side of funny. Eventually making his way to Hollywood, he began to perform at the World Famous Comedy Store, the World Famous Improv, the Legendary Ice House Comedy Club and other major comedy venues with too many adjectives. Soon James popped up on television, commercials and in small films. In addition to having appeared on Comedy Central and HBO, James hosted VH1’s “Movie Obsessions” and “Live From Here” on XM Radio for National Lampoon. He is recognized across the country as one of the most played comedians on the Sirius XM Comedy Channels and is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. James has also made multiple trips overseas to entertain the troops. James also wants you to know he has a very manly voice.
Thursday 12/19 – 8:00 PM – $12 Starring: James P Connolly, Jacob Williams
Friday 12/20 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: James P Connolly, Jacob Williams
Friday 12/20 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: James P Connolly, Jacob Williams
Saturday 12/21 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: James P Connolly, Jacob Williams
Saturday 12/21 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: James P Connolly, Jacob Williams
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Merry Christmas – Closed
To celebrate the Christmas Holiday we are closed so that our staff can be with their families. We wish you and your families wondrous tidings and don’t forget to get you tickets for NYE now!
Wednesday 12/25 – 8:00 PM – $0
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Vince Martin
Vince Martin has already established himself as a fixture on the national comedy circuit. Born and raised in New Jersey, Vince’s career began in New York City, where he quickly made a name for himself and performed at the city’s finest clubs, including Comic Strip Live, Stand Up New York, and the renowned Caroline’s on Broadway. A self-described “recovering Yankee”, Vince then moved down South, becoming the house emcee at Myrtle Beach’s Comedy Cabana before taking his act on the road. Vince’s distinctive perspective on American life and politics combines with a laid-back, friendly delivery to create a wickedly clever and wildly funny act. His eye for the absurdities of modern politics and his unique writing style leave crowds in stitches. Audience members have called him “hilarious” and “hysterically funny”, while bookers have labeled Vince “brilliant” and a “rising star”. Intelligent yet silly, Vince’s act is a hit for crowds of all backgrounds and tastes.
Thursday 12/26 – 8:00 PM – $12 Starring: Vince Martin, Brian Moote
Friday 12/27 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Vince Martin, Brian Moote
Friday 12/27 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Vince Martin, Brian Moote
Saturday 12/28 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Vince Martin, Brian Moote
Saturday 12/28 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Vince Martin, Brian Moote
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Gary Gulman
Gary Gulman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comedy Central (1 hr Special ‘Gary Gulman: Boyish Man’), Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s ‘Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,’ Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3 (Runner UP), and was a guest star on Last Comic Standing Season 4. He was seen on Dane Cook’s ‘Tourgasm’ on HBO and recently shot the pilot ‘Dinner with Todd Glass’ with Todd Glass and Sarah Silverman.
Sunday 12/29 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Gary Gulman, Brian Moote
Monday 12/30 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Gary Gulman, Brian Moote
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Gary Gulman – NYE Special Event
Gary Gulman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comedy Central (1 hr Special ‘Gary Gulman: Boyish Man’), Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s ‘Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,’ Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3 (Runner UP), and was a guest star on Last Comic Standing Season 4. He was seen on Dane Cook’s ‘Tourgasm’ on HBO and recently shot the pilot ‘Dinner with Todd Glass’ with Todd Glass and Sarah Silverman.
Tuesday 12/31 – 7:00 PM – $20 Starring: Gary Gulman, Brian Moote
Tuesday 12/31 – 9:15 PM – $40 Starring: Gary Gulman, Brian Moote
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VIP – Gary Gulman – NYE Special Event
Limited to just 20 people, this package includes 2 tickets to the show, one hotel room with a king bed at the Hyatt Place, and a shuttle to go to and from the show and hotel. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and late night apps provided as well, so come party in style!

Gary Gulman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comedy Central (1 hr Special ‘Gary Gulman: Boyish Man’), Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s ‘Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,’ Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3 (Runner UP), and was a guest star on Last Comic Standing Season 4. He was seen on Dane Cook’s ‘Tourgasm’ on HBO and recently shot the pilot ‘Dinner with Todd Glass’ with Todd Glass and Sarah Silverman.
Tuesday 12/31 – 9:15 PM – $200
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Joe Matarese
Joe’s completely autobiographical act pokes fun at his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses, life with a five year old, and a baby daughter, and his marriage to a psychologist (his perfect match). After 20 years of failed relationships, his main objective is fixing Joe – he has to if he wants this relationship to work. Joe’s talent for turning real life struggles into comedic gems quickly landed him appearances on the most sought after TV and radio shows including Chelsea Lately (semi regular), The Late Show with David Letterman (2 appearances), The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central Presents (his very own 1/2 hour special), Comedy.TV, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Nick Mom’s Night Out, The Howard Stern Show and Breuer Unleashed on Sirius Satellite Radio, Howard On Demand, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (4 appearances), and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. You may also recognize him from Bravo’s reality series Better Half where he teaches his wife to perform standup and she brings home the $20,000 prize. Joe has also hit the stage four times at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, leading to two development deals with major television networks. Joe’s acting resume also recently grew when he landed a guest starring role on IFC’s Zrock playing “Cliff Brenner” an annoying yuppie with a pet bulldog, and a stand out performance in Howard TV’s hit show “Show In The Hallway” playing a cop who becomes obsessed with Robin Quivers, or on his web series “Fixing Joe” on http://www.Officialcomedy.com which he stars in. He also has a very successful podcast called Fixing Joe where he turns the tables on self help and talk radio by asking his celebrity guests, listeners, and friends and family to help him on every episode. His hit comedic podcast aims to help others as Joe helps himself. Check him out live – within minutes you will feel like your life is perfect!
Thursday 1/2 – 8:00 PM – $12 Starring: Joe Matarese, Liza Treyger
Friday 1/3 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Joe Matarese, Liza Treyger
Friday 1/3 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Joe Matarese, Liza Treyger
Saturday 1/4 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Joe Matarese, Liza Treyger
Saturday 1/4 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Joe Matarese, Liza Treyger
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Straight Up Stupid – Special Event

Sunday 1/5 – 8:00 PM – $15
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Kyle Grooms
Best known for his hilarious half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central and his guest appearances on VH-1, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Chappelle’s Show, Kyle Grooms has been featured on P-Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy, Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Byron Allen Show, BET Comic View, Red Carpet Fashion, and for international flavor, Le Grande Journal in France. Kyle also has several appearances in national TV ad campaigns under his belt for companies including T-Mobile, Sears, Career Builders and Holiday Inn Express.
Thursday 1/9 – 8:00 PM – $12 Starring: Kyle Grooms, Mike Trainor
Friday 1/10 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Kyle Grooms, Mike Trainor
Friday 1/10 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Kyle Grooms, Mike Trainor
Saturday 1/11 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Kyle Grooms, Mike Trainor
Saturday 1/11 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Kyle Grooms, Mike Trainor
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Russian Karaoke – Special Event
Come out and enjoy a fun night of Karaoke with an ethnic Twist! Lots of fun, drinks and prizes! (NOTE: This event will mostly be conducted in the Russian language)
Sunday 1/12 – 8:00 PM – $10
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Bengt Washburn
Bengt Washburn is an Aquarius with Hazel eyes who prefers boxer briefs, solid deodorants, and Crest toothpaste. Bengt is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and most recently Conan on TBS. He was invited to perform at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, the Aspen Laff Festival and Gilda’s Laugh Fest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He’s been heard on NPR, PRI and Bob and Tom. All three of his comedy Cd’s can be heard playing on XM Sirius radio. Most people who know him would say Bengt is a logistically impaired ditz, but his comedy is described as intelligent, surprisingly universal considering the content matter and profoundly funny.
Thursday 1/16 – 8:00 PM – $12 Starring: Bengt Washburn, Jonathan Pfendler
Friday 1/17 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Bengt Washburn, Jonathan Pfendler
Friday 1/17 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Bengt Washburn, Jonathan Pfendler
Saturday 1/18 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Bengt Washburn, Jonathan Pfendler
Saturday 1/18 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Bengt Washburn, Jonathan Pfendler
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Mike Merryfield
In a business where too many performers rely on shtick or the latest political joke du jour to get laughs, Mike Merryfield is refreshingly original. His act never feels fake or forced. By simply being himself, he’s become a comic on the verge of stardom. *WINNER season 3 Comcast’s Trial By Laughter. *Runner up in the 2012 37th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition *One of the original “Lucky 21” at the HBO Comedy Festival. Aired on TBS. *2 different one hour comedy specials on SiriusXM *First album “Live at Loonies” was considered for a Grammy Nomination
Thursday 1/23 – 8:00 PM – $12 Starring: Mike Merryfield, John Conroy
Friday 1/24 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Mike Merryfield, John Conroy
Friday 1/24 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Mike Merryfield, John Conroy
Saturday 1/25 – 8:00 PM – $15 Starring: Mike Merryfield, John Conroy
Saturday 1/25 – 10:20 PM – $15 Starring: Mike Merryfield, John Conroy

There is a two item minimum in the show room which can include food or drink. There is a full dinner menu so you may enjoy food and drinks. An 18% gratuity is added to every bill. For more information, visit http://www.mortyscomedy.com/, or call 317-848-5500.

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