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Establishment Stands Up For Laughs This Weekend

November 25th, 2016

As 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... Read More

Crew Neck Rolling Up Its Last Show On Monday

September 30th, 2016

With the weather getting colder, having shows at Garage 3 is going to require wearing more than a crew neck, so next Monday, Crew Neck Comedy is calling it a year for 2016, having their last show at 8 p.m. at the venue at 817 22nd St., Rock Island. Admisssion is free. The Crew Neck Comedy Show is a conception of Andrew Cline, a native of Orion. The first show was in late September of last year, with the intent of host Cline wearing a crew neck sweatshirt to every show. However, shows in late July were not anticipated during the creation of this theme. Cline is proud to be part of the burgeoning... Read More

Establishment Stands Up Again This Weekend For Comedy

August 26th, 2016

As 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... Read More

Big Apple Comics Didn’t Bite At Garage 3

August 23rd, 2016

Garage3, at 817 22nd Street in Rock Island, is becoming an ever more popular venue for traveling comedians, as the word spreads of its laid back atmosphere and warm crowds.  Named as being the third garage on the property of Dylan and Tia Parker, Garage3 is normally host to spoken word and poetry readings. Sporadically, however, it is taken over by comedians. Monday, August 22nd was one of these nights. Hosted by local comic Andrew Cline, the Crew Neck Comedy Show is a free comedy showcase of local and traveling acts. A donation basket is passed around for the out of town entertainers, however.... Read More

New York Comedians Headlining Garage 3 Tonight

August 22nd, 2016

A little of the big apple is coming to a garage in Rock Island tonight. Monday, August 22, Garage3’s Crew Neck Comedy Show will be showcasing comedians from New York City. Patrick Hastie, an Iowa native now living in New York, will be headlining. Featured along with Hastie will be Albert Kirchner and Nick Pupo from New York as well. Local comedians will be Benjamin Graham from Rock Island, as well as Travis Bails and Donny Townsend from Cedar Rapids. Located at 817 22nd Street in the historic Broadway District of Rock Island, sits Garage3, named as being the third garage on the property of #MrRockIsland... Read More

Crew Neck Comedy Will Give You A Pain In The Neck From Laughing So Much

August 19th, 2016
Andrew Cline

“I kill bugs for my mom. Recently she called me over to kill a daddy longlegs. I don’t mess with any bug that makes the other bugs call it ‘daddy’,” Austin Black said, during the latest Crew Neck Comedy show at Garage 3 in Rock Island. He followed that up with these wise words: “You ever get tickled by someone who has a straight face the entire time?” Regarding his senior prom and being in a dance circle, Black added, “You don’t make eye contact with another guy in a grinding circle. That’s seven years of bad luck.” Comedian Joey Ficken also offered this bit of advice: “One... Read More

The Hype Is Real About Garage 3

August 12th, 2016

There have been many spirited discussions, parties and creative meetings of the minds and performances held in garages, with and without the use of musical instruments. So much so that an entire subgenre of music, garage rock, has been named for it. Dylan Parker and Sean Whitney have taken that to the next level with Garage 3. The Rock Island performance space hosts a variety of poetry, comedy and spoken word performances in, well, Parker’s garage. On Wednesday, July 20, an attractive audience gathered at Garage3, named as being the third garage on the property of #MrRockIsland himself Dylan... Read More

Laugh Hard Enters The Finals This Weekend

August 11th, 2016

The Speakeasy Laugh Hard Challenge is a stand-up comedy competition where comics from around the Midwest compete for the win. The first round of preliminaries was held Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Avenue in Rock Island. Hosted by James Draper, there were 14 comedians in the first round. Judges included Tiffany Lundberg from WHBF, Brett Hitchcock, owner and operator of the Speakeasy, and Andrew King, host of weekly shows at Boozies in Davenport as well as the former host of the Quad-Cities only live late night talk show The After Hour. The comedians who attempted the challenge... Read More

Comedy Sportz, Establishment Theater, Studio Series

August 5th, 2016

The Establishment Theater isn’t just for families anymore. The clean, family-friendly early show by Comedy Sportz is followed up by a later in the evening 9 p.m. R-rated studio series of shows, which offer a variety of fun for a decidedly older crowd. The late show for Saturday, July 30 was The Establishment Stands Up! Hosted by The Establishment’s own Patrick Adamson, the R-rated humor 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... Read More

Brew’s Circumstantial Comedy Show Hilarious, Irreverent and Dark

July 29th, 2016

It’s hard not to like a show that begins with a disembodied voice introducing the host Donny Townsend as “the human oyster cracker.” But, co-host Andrew “Stu” Cline loves to start the Circumstantial Comedy Show every week on a high note, before he and Townsend allow the various comics to spiral into the darkness of their souls. Every Sunday night, live comedy comes to the Village of East Davenport. Specifically to BREW, the old blacksmith shop on the corner of 11th Street and Jersey Ridge. Comedians start signing up for the deranged debacle at 9:30 p.m., with the show starting at 10 p.m.... Read More