Posts Tagged ‘underground comedy’

Vaudeville Café Joins Chattanooga’s Alternative Comedy Scene

November 2, 2011

Chattanooga’s alternative comedy scene has been growing for more than two years, and it now includes Web series such as Natural 20’s and stand-up comedy in local bars and clubs.  Joel Ruiz is a performer, writer and one of the scene’s main organizers.  In this segment, he discusses some new developments, including how he’s now working with the Vaudeville Café to bring local acts to their stand-up showcases on Friday and Saturday nights.


Here’s the teaser trailer for the Web series Natural 20’s:


And a big headliner coming up – on December 16th and 17th, Bobcat Goldthwait will come to the Vaudeville Cafe to perform three shows.  Tickets are available on Vaudeville’s Web site.




Underground Comedy Brings Doug Stanhope To Chattanooga

March 31, 2011


Doug Stanhope is an award-winning, internationally-recognized comedian.  His career has been amazingly diverse: he’s performed at major festivals such as Montreal Just For Laughs and the Chicago Comedy Festival, he’s been on Comedy Central and co-hosted the Man Show, he’s hosted Girls Gone Wild, and he once made a serious bid to be President on the Libertarian Party ticket.

In this piece, Stanhope talks about how social networking has allowed him to avoid mainstream comedy and perform on his own terms; why he dislikes comedy clubs; and a condition called “irony fatigue.”

Chattanooga’s Underground Comedy Scene Is Growing

February 1, 2011


When you think of stand-up comedy, you probably think of venues like the Comedy Catch, or the Memorial Auditorium.  However, for the last couple of years in Chattanooga, amateur and professional comedians have been creating something different, performing in non-traditional venues.  Joel Ruiz joins me on this segment.  He’s one of the people organizing Chattanooga’s underground comedy scene.

Joel Ruiz

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The big upcoming event the scene is a performance by Doug Stanhope.  That will take place on February 17th, at the Lindsay Street Hall.

More information about Chattanooga’s underground comedy scene is available on their Facebook page.