Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for Zanies

We survived the challenge. Here's the survivor badge we all earned!



Today's letter is:




Today's subject will mean nothing to you unless you live in Tennessee or Illinois. In those two states are the four locations for a great comedy club franchise.




Zanies, Chuckles, The Comedy Store... Whatever your local stand-up comedy locale, if you haven't been in a while, you're missing out.




Generally, comedy clubs require a ticket purchase, along with a two-item purchase minimum. You don't have to order an alcoholic beverage. Two sodas or a bottle of water and a basket of chicken fingers or apple fritters will do it. I recommend the apple fritters with some diet soda. Because that's how I roll.





The only bad part about comedy clubs are the hecklers. The good news is, sometimes you get to see the bouncers bounce someone out in the middle of a show.




When was the last time you went to a comedy club?


68 comments:

  1. I've never been to a comedy club, or any club for that matter-I lead a rather mundane life over here lol.

    Congrats on getting through the whole A-Z challenge-we should get a badge of honor or something :D

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  2. I've seen buttons that say "A to Z Challenge 2013 Survivor" or something to that effect!

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  3. Hey, I live in Illinois! And I'm about 15 minutes away from a Zanies. When I was in my 20s, my friends and I went often, now not so much, but a few years ago I went there to catch Norm MacDonald.

    Excellent Z! Your series on indulgences has been a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to the cover reveal on Monday!

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  4. I would love to go to a comedy club. Those fritters look mighty tasty.

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  5. It has been years since I went to a comedy club. When they are good they are great but when they are bad...it's not that good but I don't like hecklers...unless it's the 2 old guys from the muppet show. We made it! The last letter!! Wow. Great for both of us-my hubby just cheered as he can clear the table now since that is where the lap top is:)

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  6. I can't even remember the last time I went to a comedy club. I did go see Jerry Seinfeld when he went on tour a couple of years ago but that was at a bigger venue. Funny stuff! :)

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  7. I don't know if I've ever been to a comedy club. We used to have some here but I think they are all gone now. Now I want to go just for the apple fritters!

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  8. Zanies seems nice. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

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  9. I can't even remember the last time I've been to a comedy club. I must've been in my twenties. Those apple fritters actually look pretty good!

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  10. Oh boy, not for years! The ones I went to never served apple fritters, though. If they did, I'd be there for sure :) Congrats on the end of the challenge! I'm looking forward to revealing your cover next week!

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  11. I visit one everyday. It's called my house. !!! Everyone's a comedian. But my teenage boys don't always crack me up. They usually drive me crazy:)

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  12. About twenty years ago in Las Vegas. It was fun, but I was naïve, didn't get all of the jokes. could be they were for adults. :-)
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  13. Would love to make it to another comedy club. Haven't been to one in years and they are often raunchy now adays. But I did recently go to a comedy show to see commedian Tim Hawkins, http://www.timhawkins.net/. It was fabulous. I love to laugh. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. Maria, Delight Directed Living

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  14. Stephanie, I am from Illinois so I know the club you're talking about. I haven't been to a comedy club in ages but enjoy watching comedians on cable. I'm dieting but drooled over the apple fritters! Thanks for the eye candy and the fun post that made me want to go out and do some laughing! Good luck with your novel. I love the title and thanks for visiting my blog during the challenge. I also wish you well with the blog hop. I'll be back for more!

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  15. I used to go to a comedy club back when I was in college in Utah. So fun! I don't know of one around here, but I haven't looked into it. The apple fritters sound so yummy!

    Happy Z day! We survived the challenge! It has been great getting to know you this past month!

    Looking forward to your cover reveal! :)

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  16. The last time I went to a Comedy Club was probably 2002. I've seen several comedians on cruises or online, but an actual club? They tend to get a little too...uh, distasteful for me.

    It's been a grand challenge, and I've had a blast hanging out. I'm going to be way too insane to help out this next week, but I would LOVE to have you for a Writerly Wednesday feature in the future.

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  17. Well done on completing the challenge.

    I've never actually been to a comedy club despite having what is reputedly a very good one only a 10 minute metro ride away. Inspired by this post and living in hope as unlikely as it is that they'll have apple fritters (its much more likely someone will be thrown out) I may well see about getting tickets.

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  18. I have never been to a comedy club. The apple fritters look yummy. Am stealing one ;)

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  19. We don't have them here, but I've seen what it's like on television. I wouldn't want to be performing and be stuck with some serious hecklers.

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  20. We have a theatre locally, but we don't have a comedy club or anything like it. In fact I don't think there is such a thing within a 50 mile radius of where I live. Oh well, I'm funny enough.
    Nice way to finish off your month. Well done on maintaining the effort throughout.

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  21. I have never been to a comedy club, my loss I'm sure. I'm with you on the apple fritters and diet soda. I'd go there just for those fritters. They look delicious!

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  22. I've always wanted to go to a comedy club. I'll try to go as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

    Congratz on reaching Z!

    LittleCely's Blog

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  23. Uh... I've never been to a comedy club LOL

    Congratulations on completing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. You really kicked its butt! *high five*

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  24. Good Z post. We don't have a comedy club here on Maui. Occasionally,we get comedians from the mainland (what we call the continental US).

    Congrats!

    Maui Jungalow

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  25. congrats on the upcoming new book cover!

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  26. Despite living in NYC for years, I never went to a comedy club. (Went to some great jazz bars though.) I love watching videos of stand up routines. Congrats on finishing the A-Z!!

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  27. I was at only one comedy club my whole long life...I loved the standup comedians, but I hated the hecklers.

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  28. I've never actually been to a comedy club. Even watching them on TV makes me uncomfortable. I'm not even really sure why, but they do.

    Congrats on making it to the end of the A to Z challenge!
    Jocelyn

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  29. My hubby and I (before kids) use to go to a comedy club every New Year's Eve with another couple and "ring in" the New Year laughing. Loved it!

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  30. That was our New Years Eve go-to place, too, Jennifer. Then they started having the same comedian every single year and we stopped. That comedian died earlier this year, incidentally. Tim Wilson was his name.

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  31. I don't live in either state, but I sure enjoyed reading your post. Last I sat in a comedy club? Oh, about five years ago in N. Hollywood, I think. One comedian in particular was very funny.
    And yes, we've earned the mighty badge. Made it to the finish line.
    Congrats to you, Stephie, and I look forward to reading many more of your wonderful posts.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites



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  32. It's been a long time since I've been to a comedy club. I think we were in Vegas. Which is silly, as there are several nearby.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

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  33. I've never been to a comedy club. I really should fix that one day.

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  34. I've never been to a comedy club. I'd love to see someone get bounced!

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  35. When I lived in Westwood, CA, I went to the Comedy Store and The Improv all the time. Saw the likes of Bob Saget, Garry Shandling, and Jerry Seinfeld when they were just starting out. Fun time. OMG - your comment on my blog today made me spit on my computer screen. Great to have met you during the A to Z.

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  36. I don't believe I've ever been to a comedy club! I would definitely enjoy the fritters and soda and occasional bouncer action! :)

    This is the first I've seen of the badge! very cool and congrats on a very fun A-Z! I've enjoyed your indulgences and found most to be things I indulge in as well!

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  37. Stephanie, I've never been to a comedy club. I guess I'm missing out, huh?

    Congrats on finishing the A to Z. It was fun reading your posts.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  38. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I did enjoy reading your indulgences! I don't think I've ever been to a comedy club; I must remedy that soon I do believe. In the meantime, I'm taking an apple fritter :)

    betty

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  39. I've really enjoyed reading your posts about indulgences this month.your now I have been to a comedy club but I have no memory of when or where... Congratulations on finishing the challenge and all the wonderful things happening with your books.

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  40. Stephanie,

    I've never been to a comedy club.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and reading all my posts during the challenge. It's been great chatting with you in the comments box. Congratulations on finishing the challenge.

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  41. Congrats on making it to the end! Woo-hoo! And thanks for all the blog love this month…much appreciated.

    As for comedy clubs, it's been a while. The one in my city is really expensive and quite far away, but it is always a good time. We don't get many hecklers, though. Maybe Canadians are too polite? ;)

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  42. It's been years since I've been to a comedy club. And those apple fritters look tasty! Congrats on surviving the challenge.

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  43. I went in the eighties to a club in LA and I'm pretty sure it was the Improv but it was a long time ago.I have been to a few one man comedy shows though and my husband always buys front row tickets so we get picked on!

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  44. Never been. Congrats on making it through the challenge Stephanie and the old puppets from The Muppets make hecklers look fun. They aren't in real life but those puppets sure know to make themselves fun and likable even when they're mean.

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  45. Those fritters remind me of Timbits and now I want some! Congrats on surviving the A to Z Challenge. I'll be sure to check back for your cover reveal :)

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  46. Yay for surviving A to Z.

    I've never been to a comedy club, I think I've missed out. The live events I attend, the biggest thing is people trying to take video or photos on their mobiles - this isn't that much of a problem at concerts where everyone is jumping around, but in the theatre where you're sat quietly, it can be really intrusive. Maybe we need bouncers in the theatre too! ;P

    I only found your blog late in teh A to A, but I've really enjoyed your posts :)

    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

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  47. It's been years! Ten or more!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  48. I've never been to a comedy club. The fritters look delicious. Congratulations on completing the Challenge!

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  49. I've never been to a comedy club, but I have seen a few comedians preform. Always a good time.

    Congrats on making it to the end of the challenge!

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

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  50. Congrats on finishing A to Z. Thanks for your kind comment about our Claire.
    I've never been to a comedy club. At almost 70 do you think it is too late for me to go?

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  51. Never too late, Grammy Staffy!

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  52. I've never been to a comedy club. Does sound like fun though. And you can't go wrong with apple fritters.

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  53. Congrats on completing the A to Z challenge!! Comedy clubs are a lot of fun, I just get squirmy when the comedians look out into the audience for prey...I mean, volunteers. :)

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  54. oh it sounds so nice! I've never been in a comedy club I confess but well I don't think we have many in France or any in my city in particular... But I would love to try!

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  55. My parents used to go to comedy clubs back in the 80's and that would have been the last time and only time I ever went. I think we went to one in Birmingham, AL but I don't exactly recall where it was. My father used to go on occasion to perform at them. Never saw him perform in a comedy club, but he was pretty funny and I'm sure I would have laughed. Sadly he died back in 1990.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  56. Congratulations on finishing the A~Z. The comedy club sounds fun. We have plenty in Oz, really life is pretty much a good laugh!

    There is no suggestion that the blogger ebook is aimed at romance writers. Just general tips.

    When I crank up my computer i'll be back to sign up for your blogfest.

    Denise

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  57. The last time... Well, I think about six years ago. You know, when I was young.... ;)

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  58. Congrats on finishing A-Z!! I've only been to a comedy club once. One of the comedians heckled my husband (who's very quiet). Was a rather interesting evening :)

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  59. Congrats on completing the challenge, Stephanie!

    Funny you remember Zanies. I have not been to a comedy club since I went there many years ago.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  60. Nice badge. You earned it.

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  61. Hello Stephanie, I admire you taking on such a difficult challenge! I’ve been following Eve over at evegaal.blogspot.co.uk/ while she worked her way through the same challenge, I’m very glad I didn’t have to do it!
    Thanks so much for visiting me earlier today. It is lovely to meet you. I’m looking forwarding to reading your posts and getting to know you. Barbara.

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  62. I've never been to a comedy club, but I'd like to go.

    Congrats on finishing the challenge.

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  63. I've never been to a comedy club, but then again, I don't get out much either. But it sounds like a great indulgence!

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  64. Apple fritters!? YUM!! I'm really hungry and my stomach actually growled at the sight of that photo, haha.

    I haven't been to a comedy club in ages, although I do love a good standup. Have you heard of Dara O'Briain? He's my current favourite comedian - what could be better than comedy wrapped up in an Irish accent ;)

    And well done for finishing A to Z! :)

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  65. I went to a comedy club last month and it was such fun! I loved getting to snack and laugh throughout the show. I am not a fan of hecklers and wonder why they feel the need to shout things out! Zanies sounds like a blast. :)

    Congrats on finishing A-Z! WOW!

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  66. This is my first time here, and I've only read a few posts, but you've already referenced so many things I enjoy. I love going to comedy clubs. Have you ever been to an improv show? They are brilliant. And double trouble? I watched every episode as a kid!

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  67. I haven't gone to a comedy club in over 5 years . . . I need to add it to my to-do list now!

    Congrats on finishing the A to Z challenge!!! :D

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