The Martinsville Arts Council and Merry MAC Players are hosting a stand-up comedy show, featuring professional stand-up comedians from all over Indiana, as well as refreshments from locally owned and operated Cedar Creek Brewing Company. Shows will be on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at The Depot Theatre, 210 N. Marion St., Martinsville. Doors open at 7 pm. Only ages 21 and over admitted. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.merrymacplayers.org.
The shows will feature different professional comedians each night.
Friday: Joe Bates, Rachael Goldman, and Stephen Vincent Giles
Saturday: Gwen Sunkel, Sam Griswold, Cale Forbes, Lucas Waterfill, and Stephen Vincent Giles
While the event is for those 21 and older, the comedy for the event will be PG-13.
Half of the money from the event will go the Martinsville Arts Council to help the organization put on other events like this, as well as its normal plays it puts on in the community. The organization will also be selling snacks, soda and other refreshments that are non-alcoholic. Those proceeds will also go to the council.
Joe Bates has been featured on NBC's "SeeSo," has been a finalist on "Comcast's Trial By Laughter," and has been a part of festivals across the country such as Arch City, Come and Take It, Whatever Fest, and Santa Cruz comedy festival. He's also host of the show "Rank You Very Much" on Bidchat under @JoeBatesComedy. Joe is also a regular at comedy clubs in the Midwest.
Rachael Goldman has worked with such comedians as Bobcat Goldthwait, Gilbert Gottfried, Christina Pazsitzky, Rich Vos, Emo Philips, Jimmy Pardo and Bill Burr. Based out of southern Indiana, she regularly tours the Midwest and has performed at comedy clubs including The Caravan in Louisville, KY, Morty's in Indianapolis, IN, Crackers in Indianapolis, IN, Wiley's in Dayton, OH, Go Bananas in Cincinnati, OH and The Comedy Attic in Bloomington, IN. She has been selected to perform at Gilda's LaughFest, Crossroads Comedy Fest and has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show Bob & Tom.
Stephen Vincent Giles transforms the mundane into misery, and spins his misery into hilarity. Every silver lining has its cloud, and Stephen Vincent Giles finds the eye-opening, gut-busting shapes in those clouds. Stephen has performed at the Annual Mensa Regional Gathering, "Who's Laughing Now?" - Xfinity On Demand, TEDx Indianapolis, The Superbowl XLVI Village, Madame Walker Theater - Indianapolis, The Athenaeum Theater - Indianapolis, and the Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He is a regular at comedy clubs throughout the Midwest, and as a core member of Know No Stranger, was among the first Performing Artists In Residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2015.
Gwen Sunkel is an Indianapolis based comedian and emcee. She co-produces of The 10@10 Comedy Showcase and has appeared at various comedy clubs and Comedy Sportz of Indianapolis.
Sam Griswold has appeared in comedy festivals throughout the country, most notably, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and SXSW, and is a regular writer for the Bob & Tom syndicated radio show.
Cale Forbes is a stand-up comedian born and raised in Indianapolis. Quiet and reserved in person, his comedic style examines the logic and reasoning of everyday occurrences through a mixture of absurd humor and common sense. He performs largely in the Indianapolis area and the throughout the Midwest.
Lucas Waterfill is a 25-year-old comedian who performs two to three nights a week and is a staple at Crackers Comedy Club and Morty's Comedy Joint. His jokes range from relationships and religion to his own disability. Waterfill was born with cerebral palsy, a muscular disorder that caused him to need a wheelchair. This hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the funniest comedians in Indianapolis.