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Hensville Rooftop Comedy Thursdays, August 15 and 29 at 8pm. 419-725-4367.

Wanna laugh? Come out to a Toledo comedy night By Jon Ruggiero In our sleepy little town, people can forget that we have a lot in common with bigger cities. We have a wonderful art museum, several entertainment districts and a growing comedy scene. One can see comedy almost every night in Toledo, from seasoned comedy vets to newcomers telling corny jokes. The events, either showcases (with a group of established comedians) or open mic nights (where anyone can sign up and tell jokes), are listed on Facebook, where line-ups and sign-ups are most likely to be found.

Looking for a funny time in Toledo? Give these spots a try... Home Slice Comedy Night Every Thursday at 8pm, beginning in September. 28 S. St. Clair St., 419-724-7437.

Coming up on it’s second anniversary, Home Slice Comedy Night is Toledo’s longest-running show above a pizza joint. Hosted by three of Toledo’s favorite local comics, Keith Bergman, Jenson Strock, and Jon Ruggiero (me), the show took a summer hiatus, but will continue with a show on Thursday, August 22. In September, the performances resume to showcase the best comics in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

If you like your comedy with a scenic view, there’s no better spot than the roof of Fleetwood’s in Hensville. During the summer, local comedy godfather Keith Bergman currates a fantastic list of touring and local comedy vets, who put on a show as the sun sets over our fair city. This season’s great run of shows ends in August, with Gwen Sunkel at Holy Toledo Tavern on August 15 and Dennis Piper at Fleetwood’s Tap Room on August 29.

The Kool Comedy Lounge at the Peacock Cafe Every first Thursday. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. 2007 Monroe St. 419-241-8004. Purchase tickets at

Bier Stube Comedy Showcase First Monday of every month. 5333 Monroe St., 419-841-7999. Regional comedy king Dave Crumbley wants to show you his funny friends from around the area on the first Monday of every month when he hosts a comedy showcase at the Bier Stube. Touring comics, and big names from Detroit, Columbus and Cleveland, have stopped by to entertain an audience that knows how to start out the week right.

Comedy Night at The Ottawa Tavern Every Monday at 7:30pm. 1815 Adams St., 419-725-5483. This show is the newest addition to the growing comedy scene, inside one of Toledo’s cherished watering holes. Hosted by a smile turned into a human, Ryan Chernick, this open mic is like a gym for jokes, giving budding comedians plenty of exercise to try out new material every week. If you’re looking to give stand-up a shot, this is a great place to start.

Grumpy Dave’s Every Tuesday at 9:30pm(ish). 104 S. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-353-0988. Though the name is deceiving, this dive bar above Main Street in Bowling Green hosts a fun Tuesday open mic where anyone can sign up to test their jokes in front of a college-and-townie-mixed audience.

You’ve got to hit up the Peacock Cafe’s Kool Comedy Lounge, not only for their excellent standup lineups, but for the food and music they provide. Who doesn’t want to chow down on nachos and lemon lime pound cake while being entertained by comedians like Kool Keith, Calvon Brown, and Detroit Red? You never know who’s going to show up at this venue, but make sure to book your tickets quickly, as seats for the shows fill up quickly. Oh, important detail— these comedy nights are free!

Based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the play Sister Act follows a Vegas headliner who goes undercover as a nun after witnessing a crime. “Sister Mary Clarence” soon finds herself taking charge of the convent’s music program, which needs a lot of work. Hilarity ensues, but the story is also a testament to how people from opposing worlds can come together to help others and learn from each other. The music is a mix of gospel and old show-tune style numbers with new music added by Alan Menken. Appropriate for all ages. $15-$40. Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 18. 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 2:30pm on Sundays. The Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian, MI. 517-264-7469. —EH

Downtown’s Black Cloister Brewing Company hosts the Up and Amped series, which gives local comedians and songwriters an outlet for their craft. Each month has two Up and Amped shows: a songwriter showcase and a comedy showcase. Comedian Lorenzo Melchor and musician Jake Pilewski put together the line-ups, which are per-

Toledo Funny Bone Shows every weekend. 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., 419-931-3474. This true comedy club is in Levis Commons, sharing space with Fat Fish Blue, regularly bringing incredible national headliners to town. Coming up: Tacarra Williams (August 16-18), Tony Rock (August 23-25), John Morgan (August 30-September 1), and DeRay Davis (September 6-8). For Tickets and showtimes, visit

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Catawba Island Brewing Company Thursday, August 15, September 19 and October 17. 2330 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton. 419-960-7764. An hour drive brings you to a wonderful monthly comedy show in a brewery, showcasing the best of Northern Ohio comedy and suds. Find out more about these venues and shows, including details on how to sign up and showtimes, by visiting their pages on Facebook.

Glass City Improv co-founder Erin Kanary directs the Ctrl+Z Sketch Show, a production the group describes as being like Are You Afraid of the Dark? meets M*A*S*H meets Smallville, and so on. Basically, you never know what you’re going to get with this group. With Kanary’s background at Second City in Chicago, you can be sure she will put together a good show. $10. 8:30-10:30pm. Friday, August 16. Glass City Improv, Studio A, 410 Adams St. 419-242-2787. Visit for tickets. —EH

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Up and Amped Live Comedy Showcase Dates announced each month. 619 Monroe St., 419-214-1500.

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Shown here is Jon Ruggiero, a local comedian and the writer of this article.

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Want to prove to your friends just how acrobatic you are? Now’s your chance. Bird’s Eye View Circus is hosting a shoot with Ruben Kappler, who will take photos of you on silks, on a trapeze, while hula hooping, or any number of options you can conceive of. You can bring your own props, but there will be plenty on site. See the Facebook page for details on the photo package. $75. 10am-5:30pm. Sunday, August 18. Bird’s Eye View Circus, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Room C116. 567-6946628. —EH


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