October is the funniest month of the year. The Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, massive stand up stars in large theaters (Chris Rock, Mike Birbiglia, Margarat Cho, more), celebrity books (Tom Hanks) and our Bentzen Ball fest. 2017 has been the least funny year in a very long time. You need to laugh.
Friday, October 6
The primary function of sex is not to procreate but rather to humble one’s self at the altar of our bodies. Gird your imperfect loins for an evening of horrific sexcapades! That’s redundant of course. -Jenn Tisdale
Saturday, October 7
Val Kilmer transforms himself into the artist formerly known as Samuel Clemens for his one-man play about Mark Twain. Wow, sounds like Val Kilmer is some kind of…real genius. 😉 – Jenn Tisdale
also October 6
Sunday, October 8
You may know him best from his continued presence on the Daily Show as one of the most consistently funny correspondents, but anyone who caught Roy Wood Jr.’s debut Comedy Central special, Father Figure earlier this year can assure you the dude is an excellent standup comic, as well. -Matt Byrne
also October 7
Tuesday, October 10
Podcast! TV show!
Wednesday, October 11
Story telling! NPR show!
Friday, October 13
Mike Birbiglia told the only Jay-Z playing Scrabble joke I’m aware of and I think of it often. -Jenn Tisdale
Saturday, October 14
Sunday, October 15
Dave Attell is the best kind of joke machine. Have you ever tried to tell someone a stand up comic’s joke at a party? I bet is was met with polite laughter at best. Stand up is about a moment with a specific person in a room and laughing with them. I don’t think anyone captures those kind of laughs better than Dave Attell. He’s the total package of perfectly crafted jokes that actually hit you in the gut, as opposed to those jokes that make you nod a little and say, “I see what you did there.”
Sure, he’s going to roll into town with a bunch of dirty material, probably about being a degenerate drunk. But that’s just the gravy. The meat is how meticulously he crafts his act. It looks effortless when Dave’s in a groove. Definitely go see one of the best working comics we have in these United States of America. You deserve it. -Joe McAdam
also October 13 and 14
Wednesday, October 18
also October 19, 20, 21
Thursday, October 19
Formerly known as Drunk TED Talks, you know what this is. This edition celebrates Infrastructure Week. The producers know their audience. -Brandon Wetherbee
Friday, October 20
Tom Hanks is funny, right? He’s pleasant. He’s a very pleasant man that’ll make you at least smile. He’s a good man. Or at least he seems like a good man. You know what you’re getting with Tom Hanks. Right? I have no idea what this show is going to be like but it’ll feature Tom Hanks. He’s funny. -Brandon Wetherbee
Saturday, October 21
also October 19, 20 and 22
Sunday, October 22
The best talk show host of all time receives praise for his work. This annual event can actually be funny. Last year’s Bill Murray celebration was funny and heart warming. Bill Murray will help honor Letterman this year. Related, go Cubs, go. -Brandon Wetherbee
Wednesday, October 25
The first and only Howling movie I’ve ever seen was The Howling III: The Marsupials. My best friend at the time got it for free when she bought a DVD at the local Sam Goodey (RIP). We were just becoming very obsessed with horror movies so we immediately sat down to check it out. The over sexed, super gorey and incredibly cheesy film had us hooked and laughing in seconds. I can’t imagine a better way to pregame the Bentzen Ball (and our How Did This Get Made? show) then by spending a night laughing and drinking at Suns. -Kaylee Dugan
Thursday, October 26
Our annual comedy fest kicks off with our annual Tig Notaro show. This will sell out in advance. See Sunday.
Friday, October 27
Our Lincoln Theatre show, How Did This Get Made?, sold out. Buy tickets earlier.
Saturday, October 28
Colin Quinn’s conversational style of comedy is thriving in 2017. Part story telling, part political, maybe inappropriate for some crowds, smart without pandering, Quinn is a welcome addition to the BB lineup.
Sunday, October 29
Sold out. Sorry. Buy tickets earlier.