Comedy at the Grove: Tommy Blaze

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Comedy at the Grove welcomes Tommy Blaze to the Oak Ridge stage. Joining Tommy will be East Tennessee’s own Grady Ray. The show will be hosted by Scruffy City comedian Liz Brooks.

You must be 18 to enter and 21 to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.

Headliner:
Tommy Blaze

Tommy Blaze has been called America’s premiere relationship comic. For over two decades, he has entertained audiences from all walks of life. Blaze has performed in such diverse arenas as television, film, comedy clubs, colleges, military bases, casinos, cruise ships and churches. Tommy sums up his broad appeal with a simple statement, “Wherever you find men and women together, that’s where I’m needed.”
Despite social trends that have some sociologists, politicians and religious leaders worried, it takes the likes of Tommy Blaze to remind us that the things that bring the sexes together can be very funny indeed. – The Reporter
You watch his (Tommy Blaze’s) show and something in your subconscious finally clicks…may miss it due to the laughter.
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
A funny Dr. Phil and probably more accurate.
– New York Times
Tommy Blaze’s Movie and Screenwriting Career:
Tommy has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television shows including the NBC mega-hit Friends and the movies Rumpelstiltskin, Me Again and Marriage Retreat.
He continues to write films as well. Most recently he completed Brother White for the GMC (Gospel Music Chanel) The Upper Room and Dancer and The Dame for PureFlix Entertainment.
Tommy Blaze’s new CD Twice Bitten:
Blaze discovered the source of wisdom and comic inspiration for his new CD Twice Bitten in a most unlikely place; The Holy Bible. Says Blaze, “The Bible is the best self help book ever written and comes with a triple your money back guarantee, but only if you read it.” Twice Bitten is neither sacrilegious nor sanctimonious, but rather an honest and hysterical depiction of why marriages and couples are in a present state of disarray.
Blaze is working on several other projects in addition to his stand-up. One Question For God is his new book that poses a simple scenario; if you could ask God one question, what would you ask? To date, Blaze has collected thousands of questions from across the globe.
Additionally, Blaze writes the net-based comic strip Knocking on Heaven’s Door, (www.KOHD.org) which follows the misadventures of a six-year-old boy and his very, special best friend.

Features:
Grady Ray

Grady Ray has performed all over the Midwest and Eastern United States. He also recently was invited to perform at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival. Along with stand-up comedy, Grady has had his comedy sketches featured on WMPC radio in Newport, Tennessee. Grady Ray is a lover, not a fighter, a comedian and a character straight out of a book you would find on the shelf of a moonshiner in the Smokies.

Host:
Liz Brooks

By way of Knoxville, Tennessee comes comedian Liz Brooks with a nerdy and irreverent style of comedy. She’s shared the stage with comedians like Shane Mauss, Jen Snyder, and Tim Northern. Liz is part story-teller, part fact-lister, and all liar.

Tickets will be $10.00 per person and you must be 18 to enter. Birdwell Catering is also returning to suit your refreshment needs. You must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. Join us for a fun filled night full of laughs!

Comedy at the Grove: Trae Crowder & Drew Morgan

Liberal Redneck performs at Oak Ridge's Grove Theatre 5/28/16

Comedy at the Grove is back with Knoxville’s favorite headliners- ONE NIGHT ONLY on Saturday, May 28th at 8:00 PM viral sensation Trae Crowder the “Liberal Redneck” will perform, along with Drew Whitney Morgan in from NYC, special guest Waylon Whiskey and Knoxville’s Nate Cate. DO NOT miss out on a great night of laughs! You must be 18 to enter and 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. Beverages will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission.

Trae Crowder
Trae Crowder is a Liberal Redneck originally from the small backcountry town of Celina, TN. He likes to think of his material as being southern-fried intellectual humor. So basically he says a lot of big words in a funny sounding accent and sometimes people like that.

Trae has performed all over the country and has participated in multiple comedy festivals. He was a principle cast member in a pilot produced for CMT by the Impractical Jokers, and he is currently a member of NBCUniversal’s Talent Infusion Program as both a comedian and a writer.

Drew Morgan
Drew Morgan is a stand-up comedian based in New York City who has been featured as part of the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and The Laughing Devil Comedy Festival where he was a semi-finalist. He was the Fall 2015 winner of the StandUp ShowDown at the Pit.

Hailing from rural East Tennessee, Drew is the quintessential son of a preacher man. He draws on his experiences as a small town kid who has lived in Africa, Australia, Miami, Boston, and New York City, weaving together intense stories with cutting observations on culture, religion, and identity. He has been a backpacker, a public defender, a husband, a wonderer and comedian, all in all remaining a confused southerner experiencing this thing we call existence.

Described as having the “alpha certainty of a football coach, (and) the fulminating zeal of a charismatic preacher,” his style is decidedly southern, extremely smart, and charmingly sarcastic.

Special Guest:
Waylon Whiskey

Host:
Nate Cate

Comedy at the Grove: Blayr Nias

Blayr NiasBlayr Nias, voted by readers of Charlotte Magazine as Charlotte’s best comic and seen on Fox’s Laughs on Fox, will be the headline performer at this month’s Comedy at the Grove. Joining Blayr on the stage for this show will be Asheville, North Carolina’s Art Sturtevant and Tom Scheve. Knoxville comedian Sam King will be your host for the evening.

Tickets will be $10.00 per person and you must be 18 to enter. Birdwell Catering is also returning to suit your refreshment needs. You must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. Join us for a fun filled night full of laughs!

 

Comedy at the Grove

Comedy at the Grove - Future Queens of Comedy

Comedy at the Grove is back with the Future Queens of Comedy! We are very excited to grace our stage with the very funny Jenn Snyder, Kristine Kinsey, Jennifer Lynch, Miss James Holdiness and Bridgette Martin. Tickets will be $10.00 per person and you must be 18 to enter. Birdwell Catering is also returning to suit your refreshment needs. You must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. Join us for a fun filled night full of laughs! Online ticket purchases can be made now at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512363

Laugh in Public – A 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in Knoxville

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Welcome to the Scruffy City 10-Day Guide to Live Comedy in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Based on your feedback, we’re moving this feature to Thursdays to help you better plan your weekend ahead and to give you a sneak peek at the next weekend, too. This should be especially helpful if you’re thinking about surprising your Valentine by taking him or her to a comedy show.

So, let’s see what’s on the calendar for all you February comedy lovers out there.

For more information about these or other events, check the links in this post or visit the Scruffy City Comedy Calendar on ScruffyCityComedy.com.

Laugh In Public: Live Comedy Events in Knoxville, February 5-14, 2016.

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Friday, February 5: First Friday Comedy presents Mo Arora and Brian Emond (stand-up comedy)
Saw Works Brewing, 7 pm – No cover – 21+

First Friday Comedy at Saw Works returns in February with a pair of great comedians from the Atlanta comedy scene for you. Mo Arora and Brian Emond will be our headliners. Also performing will be Scruffy City’s Angela Garrone and Sean Simoneau. Matt Chadourne is your host this month. No cover.

Friday, February 5: KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy at Sassy Ann’s (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm – No cover – 21+

Join us in saying goodbye to longtime show host Jay Kendrick as he hands over the reins of the KnoxVegas Open Mic to a new host. You never know who might turn up or what might happen at Sassy Ann’s, but you can bet it will be hilarious. This open mic features a blend of open mic comedy and invited feature performers. No cover.

Sunday, February 7: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm. – No cover before 8 pm – 21+

Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic returns to Preservation Pub for another week of local and visiting comedians to entertain you. Hosted by Boston McCown. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

QED - 12 Hours Until Now

Monday, February 8: QED Comedy Lab presents “12 Hours Until Now!” (experimental comedy)
Pilot Light in the Old City, 7:30 pm. – No cover – 18+

This week’s experiment at QED Comedy Laboratory seems simple enough: performing comedians are assigned eight random topics 12 hours before the show and have to create a brand comedy set based on those topics. What desperate measures will they take as the clock ticks down to zero. Join us and find out. Our host is Matt Chadourne. No cover but donations are accepted.

Tuesday, February 9: Einstein Simplified (improv)
Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, 8:15 pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s longest-running live comedy show is Einstein Simplified, a comedy improv show in its 21st year. Come on down to Scruffy City Hall to join the fun and see how the talented members of Einstein Improv turn your suggestions into hilarious comedy. No cover.

Tuesday, February 9: Longbranch Saloon Comedy (open mic)
Longbranch Saloon on the Strip, 9pm – No cover – 18+

Knoxville’s oldest home for live entertainment on the Strip is now the newest home for open mic comedy in Knoxville. The legendary Longbranch Saloon opens its doors every Tuesday evening for this entertaining evening of open mic comedy. John Miller is your host. No cover.

Full Disclosure Improv Comedy

Wednesday, February 10: Full Disclosure Comedy (improv)
Open Chord Music, 8:15 pm – No cover – 18+

The Full Disclosure improv troupe presents a long form improv show every month at the Open Chord in West Knoxville. Find out why Full Disclosure has become a crowd favorite of the growing West Knoxville comedy scene.

Comedy at the Grove in Oak Ridge

Friday, February 12: Comedy at the Grove (stand-up comedy)
The Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, 8 pm – $10 – 18+

Danny Whitson’s popular Comedy at the Grove series returns with a full-slate of hilarious stand-up comics. Local author and comedian Alex Stokes is the headliner, with additional performances from Kareem “Plug” Chapman of Atlanta and Joe Leeper of Knoxville. Birdwell Catering is on hand to keep your tastebuds happy during the show, too.

Friday, February 12: KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy at Sassy Ann’s (open mic)
Sassy Ann’s in the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood, 9 pm – No cover – 21+

This week Sassy Ann’s welcomes a new host for the show. Join us in the fun of launching the next era of KnoxVegas Open Mic Comedy. You never know who might turn up or what might happen at Sassy Ann’s, but you can bet it will be hilarious. This open mic features a blend of open mic comedy and invited feature performers. No cover.

Sunday, February 14: Upstairs Underground Comedy Show (open mic)
Preservation Pub on Market Square, 8 pm. – No cover before 8 pm – 21+

What could be more romantic than an evening of laughter? Join host Boston McCown for the Valentine’s Day edition of Knoxville’s longest-running weekly comedy open mic. Visiting and local comics alike will be on hand to lament and/or celebrate everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday. There’s no cover if you get there before 8 pm.

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