establishment logoAs home to Comedy Sportz, the Establishment Theater, 220 19th St., Rock Island, has long enjoyed a reputation as a venue for G-rated improvisational comedy. But over the last few months, they’ve also opened up their stage to more PG- and R-rated stand up.

This weekend they’ll get back to that, with the Establishment Stands Up! At 9:30 Saturday night, after the regular Comedy Sportz show, a number of comedians will dole out their dicier routines. It’s not for the kiddies, but it is for the laughs.

The last show, which I reviewed, hosted by The Establishment’s own Patrick Adamson, was a good time for all. Cracking jokes about weight loss attempts and baby proofing his house, he got the crowd warmed up.

Next up was Ty Lane, talking about his fear of driving at night and thinking there is someone lurking in the backseat to kill him down the road. He also shared some hilarious stories about our nation’s seventh president Andrew Jackson. Jackson was in 103 duels in his lifetime, which means there were at least 103 times when he was so angry, he was willing to duel to the death than apologize. The presidential assassination attempt was started by Jackson. A man tried to shoot the president point blank, but the gun misfired. He pulled out a second gun, which misfired as well. Jackson then beat the man to near death with his trusty sidekick, a hickory stick. Jackson’s aides actually had to come to the rescue of the assassin before Jackson killed the man.

adamsonsJim Adamson admonished the crowd about their duty to vote (no matter who) in the upcoming general election. He spent most of his set talking about gun rights and the many arguments for and against. An example was that the Constitution is a living document that can be changed as time and social norms progress. Our forefathers were wrong about slavery, women’s rights, and prohibition, so why not guns? Jim advised on a one bullet law, that would allow each citizen one bullet to be used at their discretion. This would cause people to think before shooting.

The headliner for the evening of stand up comedy was Jeff Adamson. He talked about his trip to Brazil and the country’s love of thongs on the beach, his adventures in grocery shopping with his wife, and many one-liners based on popular culture.

Comedy Sportz is nearly every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm, followed usually by a late show at 9:30pm for those 17 and older.

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Cyndi Hartley is a single mom who enjoys spending time with her son and three cats. She lives a boring life.