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The Premise with Dino Tripodis (Presented by Whiskey Business Podcast)
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Premise with Dino Tripodis (Presented by Whiskey Business Podcast)

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It’s the show that’s part podcast, part gameshow…and all brought to you by veteran comedian and radio personality Dino Tripodis!

The Premise seeks to answer the question: who will kill, who will bomb? 

The show features special guests and comedians who discuss the art of comedy. Then, two comics (one stand-up and one improviser) go head to head as they compete to create their best 5 minutes of material based on a secret premise revealed live on stage. Who will be on their A game? No matter what, hilarious results will ensue. The Premise is hosted by star of the popular podcast Whiskey Business, Dino Tripodis.

$10. Doors at 7pm, show promptly at 8. Food and drink available. Reservations strongly recommended to guarantee seating.



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Hamell on Trial
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Hamell on Trial

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Doors: 7:00 PM

Showtime: 8:00 PM

Tickets $10

Hamell on Trial - the one man rock/punk/folk artist that brought lyrics and music to Shadowbox Live's "F#(K Cancer: The Musical" - returns to the Up Front stage for a late night show full of music, wit, and humor from one of America's sharpest tongues!  

Reservations recommended
Food and drink menu available
Adult Language and Content  

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The Laugh Lotto (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Laugh Lotto (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)

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IT’S BACK FOR A THIRD TIME! “The Laugh Lotto” gives YOU the power write the characters of the show. You’ll submit a mad-libs like card detailing a character’s name, age, job, hobbies, etc. and the seasoned improvisers will randomly pull a card (lottery style) and bring the character to life.

$7 // Doors at 7pm, Show promptly at 8pm // Food and drink available // Reservations recommended to guarantee seating

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Ready Player Fun
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

Ready Player Fun

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Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $7

A live-action video game battle for your entertainment. 

Hosted by definite video game nerds and probable comedians Dave Burkey and Erik Tait, Ready Player Fun (formerly Console Wars) gets the audience in on the action. Members of the audience are brought on stage to play video games on a giant screen against our video game Gladiators. This comedy show mixes your favorite video games with lots of laughs and is exactly what you need to get through the week. Can you take home the glory? The only way to find out is to be at Ready Player Fun! 

Due to language and content, this show is intended for adult audiences only.

Reservations recommended / Food and drink menu available

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Drink & Draw with Derik Diaz
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Drink & Draw with Derik Diaz

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Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $7

Have a drink and make some art with our favorite artist-slash-bartender, Derik Diaz. All skill levels are welcome at this casual creative event that includes a drawing workshop lead by Derik Diaz himself. Order from our full food and bar menu starting at 7pm when doors open. The workshop starts promptly at 8. Then enjoy an hour of drawing, drinking, and socializing. Art supplies will be available for use, plus Derik has hand picked some of his favorite cocktails for a featured drink menu. At the end of the event, one lucky artist will be selected to win a prize! Tickets are $7 and include the drawing workshop and a piece of art you get to make and take home. Food and drinks sold separately. Please make purchase tickets in advance to reserve your spot.

About the artist: Derik is a comic book artist and illustrator living in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design's Sequential Art program. Derik has gone on to self-publish several works including his webcomic series The Adventures of Toad. Derik has also worked with a variety of local and corporate businesses creating everything from posters to custom growlers. Currently, Derik is working on a multitude of projects including the upcoming graphic novel Rewind with writer Donathin Frye.

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Game Show: The Game Show (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)
Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

Game Show: The Game Show (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)

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Game Show: the Game Show! is an Improvised game show based on your suggestions. Whether contestants wind up looking for love, answering trivia questions or competing to solve a puzzle or two, we’ll build a game show from the ground up, on the spot, and you’ll be there to witness the results. Don’t miss being a part of our studio audience for this show!

$7 // Doors at 7pm, Show promptly at 8pm // Food and drink available // Reservations recommended to guarantee seating

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Thanks Obama VII
Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Thanks Obama VII

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Brandon Anderson and Joseph Moorer are back to embarrass their moms with an evening of sketch comedy that will make you wanna ... jump, JUMP!! But you shouldn't, though. Just buy some seats and stay in them. It'll still be fun. With Noelle Anderson, Jae Esquire, Mark Hale Jr., Amy Lay, and Chad Tennant.

$7

Doors at 7pm, show promptly at 8pm

Reservations recommended to guarantee seating

Adult language and content



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Ladies Who Lounge: an Improvised Music Show
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Ladies Who Lounge: an Improvised Music Show

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By popular demand, the Ladies are back for another evening of improvised lounge music!

Are you ready to sway to the smoothest singers in town? Do you want to hear the songs that zing right to your heart place? Are you hepped to get dolled up and feel that swingin’ lounge vibe?

If you said, “you bet!” you’re in luck. Ladies Who Lounge is an improvised lounge show that hearkens back to the days of the Rat Pack. Big romantic numbers, croon-y ballads and bawdy tunes are all on the table…we just need your suggestions to bring the lounge to life.

Founded by cast members of the popular TBD: the Musical, Ladies Who Lounge is the show that gets you in the groove. And yes, your fanciest lounge attire is encouraged!

Featuring:

Katie Lynn Drown

Sheree Evans

Sara Bucher Greer

Shannon Poulsen

Sarah J Storer

Plus guest improviser Alexis Nelson + Prima, Donna + other special guests

Musical accompaniment by Nathaniel Stevens

$7
Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Food and drink available
Reservations strongly recommended to guarantee seating


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Ready Player Fun
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

Ready Player Fun

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Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $7

A live-action video game battle for your entertainment. 

Hosted by definite video game nerds and probable comedians Dave Burkey and Erik Tait, Ready Player Fun (formerly Console Wars) gets the audience in on the action. Members of the audience are brought on stage to play video games on a giant screen against our video game Gladiators. This comedy show mixes your favorite video games with lots of laughs and is exactly what you need to get through the week. Can you take home the glory? The only way to find out is to be at Ready Player Fun! 

Due to language and content, this show is intended for adult audiences only.

Reservations recommended / Food and drink menu available

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Save Wilma's Hips (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Save Wilma's Hips (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)

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Hey! Clay Vansickle here, from the Wednesday cast with Hashtag Comedy. My lovable, fat, goofy dog needs hip surgery, and I'm goin'-a-fund-raisin'. I have a wonderful Saint Bernard named Wilma- here's a picture of her dumb, foldy face! Wilma, whom I love dearly, was recently diagnosed with bilateral hip displaysia, which means that her femur bones are not properly attached to her hip sockets. This causes pain, arthritis, lameness, lethargy, and general difficulty enjoying normal puppy activities. Wilma's case is particularly severe.  We've been encouraged through consultations with Ohio State Vet. that surgery is Wilma's best option - they're recommending a total hip replacement, or THR. Seven out of every eight dogs diagnosed with bilateral hip displaysia can get by with having only one hip replaced- Wilma may need both. The surgery, under the steady hands of OSU's orthopedic surgeons, has a 95% success rate. Her surgery is scheduled for December 9th.

100% of the proceeds of this show will go towards the surgery for Wilma.

$7 // Doors at 7pm, Show promptly at 8pm // Food and drink available // Reservations recommended to guarantee seating

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Adult Improv Comedy Class Graduation Showcase
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Adult Improv Comedy Class Graduation Showcase

**Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are required to guarantee seating**

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They did it! For the last 6 weeks, Hashtag Comedy’s Level One and Two students have studied and learned about the art of improv. And tonight, they’re sharing what they’ve learned in a free graduation showcase.

Come see a variety of improv styles and games, learn more about upcoming classes and cheer on your friends and family members as they show off their new knowledge on stage.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required to guarantee seating.

Food and drink available.

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BROWNPROV 7 (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

BROWNPROV 7 (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)

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It’s Hashtag Comedy’s SEVENTH installment of BrownProv, the improv comedy show featuring all people of color. Grab those tickets…seats sell fast for this show!

CAST: Alexis Nelson, Ashley Johnson, Amanda Ramirez, Bianca Moore, Bobbie Dodds, Eduardo Esparza, Leslie Battle, and Terrance Davis

$7 // Doors at 7pm, Show promptly at 8pm // Food and drink available // Reservations recommended to guarantee seating

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QUEERPROV (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

QUEERPROV (Presented by Hashtag Comedy)

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Come out and pregame Pride Month with our debut of QueerProv! Support LGBTQIA+ improvisers and comedians from around Columbus playing together in a night full of short form and medium form improvised comedy.

Cast: To Be Announced

$7 // Doors at 7pm, Show promptly at 8pm // Food and drink available // Reservations recommended to guarantee seating

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ReachOUT: an LGBTQ+ standup comedy benefit show
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

ReachOUT: an LGBTQ+ standup comedy benefit show

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Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $7

We all know that Columbus, OH is a great place to live if you are LGBTQ+. It's mostly safe; many businesses and civic associations are owned, operated and staffed by LGBTQ+ community; hell, we even have openly LGBTQ+ elected leaders!  Of course, nothing really exemplifies Columbus's better qualities quite like our annual Pride festivals each June, where the community scramble to participate serves as an annual reminder that Cbus is pretty okay with the gay.

Most of Ohio isn't Columbus.

Many cities and small towns outside of Ohio's three "Big C's" still lack employment and housing protections for LGBTQ+ people. In some places, pervasive bigotry and a disconnect between community members allows for violence against members of the community to go unrecognized and unaddressed.  Indeed, just a forty minute drive from the edge of our 270 bubble is Springfield, OH, a small town where it is still entirely legal to fire a person for being LGBTQ+.

That's why we're holding ReachOUT: a standup comedy benefit show to raise funds for Springfield Pride's annual Pride Festival. If we ever want to perpetuate systemic change in how LGBTQ+ people are treated outside of our largest cities, we need to ReachOUT and support the members of our communities that are having these difficult conversations and fighting (and sometimes losing) battles on the ground.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Springfield Pride. Learn more about Springfield Pride on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/springfieldohiopride/  

ReachOUT features comedians Pat Deering, Brooke Cartus, Angie Healey, Matt Loxley, Bianca Moore, Olivia Smith, Nickey Winkelman, and hosted by Mary Nolan

Reservations recommended
Food and drink menu available
Adult Language and Content


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Pop Diva Roast
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Pop Diva Roast

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Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $10 
Reservations recommended / Food and drink available
Adult Language and Content  

DESCRIPTION:

An all-female lineup of local funny women assembles for this hilarious comedy roast. For decades, pop divas having been belting out ballads and rocking our radios with their vivacious vocals, but now they grab the glitter microphone to throw some shade. Comedians play the roles of some of the most famous pop divas in this fun night of jabs and jokes. 

Featuring:
Sheree Evans as Celine Dion
Amber Falter as Miley Cyrus
Sara Bucher Greer as Dolly Parton  
Alexis Nelson as Beyonce
Jackie Shreves as Cher
Sarah J Storer as Liza Minnelli
Nickey Winkelman as Britney Spears

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Ladies Who Lounge: an Improvised Music Show
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ladies Who Lounge: an Improvised Music Show

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$7

Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

Food and drink available

Reservations strongly recommended to guarantee seating

Hey there, cool cat. Are you ready to sway to the smoothest singers in town? Do you want to hear the songs that zing right to your heart place? Are you hepped to get dolled up and feel that swingin’ lounge vibe?

If you said, “you bet!” you’re in luck. Ladies Who Lounge is an improvised lounge show that hearkens back to the days of the Rat Pack. Big romantic numbers, croon-y ballads and bawdy tunes are all on the table…we just need your suggestions to bring the lounge to life.

Founded by cast members of the popular TBD: the Musical, Ladies Who Lounge is the show that gets you in the groove. And yes, your fanciest lounge attire is encouraged!

Featuring: 

Katie Lynn Drown  

Sheree Evans

Sara Bucher Greer

Sarah J Storer

....and other musical improvisers  

PLUS special guest Bianca Moore

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Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival Headliner Zach Sherwin
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival Headliner Zach Sherwin

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Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $12  
Reservations recommended / Food and drink available
Adult Language and Content 

DESCRIPTION:

The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival presents headliner Zach Sherwin

Zach Sherwin is a comedian and writer whose YouTube videos have been viewed over 400 million times. He has performed on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “The Pete Holmes Show” (TBS), and “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX, FXX), written for “Crazy-Ex Girlfriend” (The CW), “Problematic” (Comedy Central), and MAD Magazine, and co-starred in ten episodes of the massively popular web series “Epic Rap Battles of History.”

For more about Zach Sherwin, visit zachsherwin.com

The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival is produced by Columbus comedians Lisa Berry, Pat Deering, Dustin Meadows, Tom Plute, and Nickey Winkelman. This yearly comedy festival features numerous local venues, incorporates some of Columbus's best comedy showcases, and brings in upwards of 60 comedians from around the country. The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival is thrilled to have its headliner shows at Up Front for the fourth year in a row. A full lineup of this year’s festival comedians and shows will be announced in April 2019. Check whiskeybearcomedyfestival.com for updates. Weekend and day passes can be purchased through the website for an advanced price discount. Tickets for the headliner shows can be purchased at upfrontstage.com

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 Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival Headliner Michael Malone
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival Headliner Michael Malone

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Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $10 
Reservations recommended / Food and drink available
Adult Language and Content 
DESCRIPTION:

The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival presents headliner Michael Malone

Michael Malone is an award-winning stand-up comedian, film director and writer based in Los Angeles. He won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, was named 2013's "HOT Comic to Watch,” and in 2014 he was voted one of the "Top Five Comedy Performers" in the U.S. college market. Michael released his second comedy album via Uproar Records in 2015 titled, "Thirty One." This album was featured for several weeks on the New and Noteworthy section of iTunes and became a top ten bestselling album on iTunes.  Michael has been featured on the Bob and Tom Show, XM Radio, 24/7 Comedy Radio, FOX, Fusion, WGN, Comcast on Demand, HULU's "Comedy Time", The CW, and the first two seasons of "Laughs" on FOX. He was also the lead in the comedy/horror cult classic film, "Chopping Block," and is also the co-writer and director of the award-winning five-part web series, "Bethlehem." 

In 2016 Michael went overseas with the Armed Forces Entertainment Tour and performed for the US military in eleven different countries. He currently resides in Los Angeles California and writes a monthly column for "Face the Current" Magazine and is the creator behind the very unique podcast, "Punched Up." Michael has appeared on several episodes of FOX Television's comedy game show, "Punchline," has been seen on Comedy Central, and on the Showtime's drama series, "I'm Dying Up Here."

For more about Michael Malone, visit malonecomedy.com 

The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival is produced by Columbus comedians Lisa Berry, Pat Deering, Dustin Meadows, Tom Plute, and Nickey Winkelman. This yearly comedy festival features numerous local venues, incorporates some of Columbus's best comedy showcases, and brings in upwards of 60 comedians from around the country. The Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival is thrilled to have its headliner shows at Up Front for the fourth year in a row. A full lineup of this year’s festival comedians and shows will be announced in April 2019. Check whiskeybearcomedyfestival.com for updates. Weekend and day passes can be purchased through the website for an advanced price discount. Tickets for the headliner shows can be purchased at upfrontstage.com

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Stand Up Momedy
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Stand Up Momedy

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Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $7
Reservations recommended / Food and drink available
Adult Language and Content  

DESCRIPTION:

An all-female stand up comedy show made up of nothin' but moms. Some of these moms are new moms, and some of these moms have been a mom longer than your mom (maybe). Either way you'll have a mother of a good time. Bring your mom. 

Featuring: 

Leslie Battle

Lisa Berry

Becky Brown

Sara Bucher Greer

Natalie Burkey

Kelly Thewlis

and Nickey Winkelman

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Adult Improv Comedy Class Graduation Showcase
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Adult Improv Comedy Class Graduation Showcase

**Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are required to guarantee seating**

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They did it! For the last 6 weeks, Hashtag Comedy’s Level One, Two and Three students have studied and learned about the art of improv. And tonight, they’re sharing what they’ve learned in a free graduation showcase.

Come see a variety of improv styles and games, learn more about upcoming classes and cheer on your friends and family members as they show off their new knowledge on stage.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required to guarantee seating.

Food and drink available.

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Console Wars
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Console Wars

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Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets $7
Reservations recommended / Food and drink available
Adult Language and Content  

DESCRIPTION:

Console Wars! 

A live-action video game battle for your entertainment. 

Hosted by definite video game nerds and probable comedians Dave Burkey and Erik Tait, Console Wars gets the audience in on the action. Members of the audience are brought on stage to play video games on a giant screen against our video game Gladiators. This comedy show mixes your favorite video games with lots of laughs and is exactly what you need to get through the week. Can you take home the glory? The only way to find out is to be at Console Wars! 

Due to language and content, this show is intended for adult audiences only.

Hosts: Dave Burkey and Erik Tait Video Game Gladiators: Bianca Moore, Pat Deering, Ian Miller, Natalie Burkey

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Triple Threat: a Musical Theater Burly-Q Revue
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Triple Threat: a Musical Theater Burly-Q Revue

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Join Thrillda Swinton and her cast for an evening of burlesque celebrating the best of musical theater. Prepare to see classics like Oklahoma! and Bye Bye Birdie, mega-hits like The Lion King, and more reimagined as you've never seen them before!

Featuring:

Honey Merlot

Delhi Marquette

Blonde Jenaé Glamsey

Neoma Day Echo

Thrillda Swinton

Hostess and Chanteuse: Roxy VonTeddy

Produced by Thrillda Swinton

$7

Doors 7pm, Show begins 8pm

Food and drink available

Reservations strongly recommended to guarantee seating

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