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Madison's Funniest Recording (multiple showtimes)

  • Comedy Club on State 202 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

It’s easy to identify the levels of accomplishment for stand-up comedians in Madison: you start at the open-mics, eventually progress up to a feature spot at the Comedy Club on State on a Thursday, and after you stick the landing on a few of those maybe you get a whole weekend to yourself as a host. After that, the next brass ring to shoot for is a top spot in the Madison's Funniest Comic competition. Once you do that, though, tradition dictates that you should probably move away to Chicago or some other place with a bigger scene because you are obviously too good for us and Madison doesn’t deserve good things anyway. Sometimes these impressively talented prodigal children return, though. In this case, Geoffrey Asmus (Winner of Madison's Funniest Comic 2015), Toler Wolfe (Finalist 2014), Gena Gephart (Finalist 2014), Charlie Kojis (Winner 2016), and David Freeburg (“Real cool guy” [ed: citation needed]), have been lured back for two professionally-recorded Friday shows where they'll flex 15-minute sets, the clips from which they will then use to get bigger and better gigs. Kojis has yet to move away, and Freeburg technically never placed in the competition. But otherwise the narrative holds true, and who should ever let the truth get in the way of a comedy lineup as stellar as this one? —Chris Lay