It’s a funny and insightful multi-media presentation about the history of an original American art form, stand-up comedy, and what all the jokes and laughter say about America. The stories of forgotten trailblazers, martyred iconoclasts and familiar stars show how the simple act of one joker taking on a crowd became one of our most popular entertainments, and a cultural weathervane.
Endorsements for “America's Reflection in the Fun House Mirror -
A History of Stand-up Comedy”
Wayne Federman, History Of Standup Podcast
“Ritch Shydner covers 150 years of stand-up history in 90 entertaining minutes. Get ready to laugh and learn.”
Jordan Brady Director of “I Am Comic”
"They say comedy dies when you dissect it, but Ritch Shydner has created a funny Frankenstein's monster of a one-man show about comedy. It’s a history lesson that will have comedy nerds begging to stay after class.”
Jeff Foxworthy, stand-up comic and author.
“Ritch Shydner’s History of stand-up comedy held me mesmerized. I have been a professional comedian for 35 years and I learned more about the origins of my craft in two hours than I ever had before. Everybody loves stand-up comedy but it never gets the same recognition or respect as the other arts. This presentation goes a long way towards changing that!”
Marshall Chiles, owner of Laughing Skull Cokedy Club, Atlanta:
“One of my favorite shows I’ve seen in years was Ritch Shydner‘s History of Stand-up Comedy show. I fully expect it to be picked up on a national platform like Netflix because it was so entertaining and educational. Ritch’s story telling is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to see it again.”
Bert Haas, owner Chicago Zanies Comedy Club
2 item (food/beverage) minimum per person
All seating is first come first serve, therefore we cannot guarantee seating together. Groups need to be particularly aware of this.
We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes to an hour prior to show time for better seat selection.
Doors close 30 minutes after showtime.
Tickets are available at the door UNLESS tickets have sold out.
18+ for early shows (before 9pm). 21+ for late shows (18+ with guardian)
ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS.