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Brandon Gale, David Terrell Green, Tyler Walsh, Austin Black, Kil Theodrick and James Draper were among the comedians who competed in the Laugh Hard Standup Competition at the Rock Island Speakeasy.

Mike Lucas Wins Laugh Hard Finals

A little over a dozen comedians competed in the Laugh Hard Challenge at Rock Island’s Speakeasy, but in the end, after three weekends of competition, the winner was Mike Lucas from Iowa City.  He takes home $1000 and will headline the stand up showcase on November 12 at the Speakeasy, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. […]

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Big Apple Comics Didn’t Bite At Garage 3

Big Apple Comics Didn’t Bite At Garage 3

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, […]

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New York Comedians Headlining Garage 3 Tonight

New York Comedians Headlining Garage 3 Tonight

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 […]

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The Hype Is Real About Garage 3

The Hype Is Real About Garage 3

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 […]

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Laugh Hard Enters The Finals This Weekend

Laugh Hard Enters The Finals This Weekend

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 […]

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Brew’s Circumstantial Comedy Show Hilarious, Irreverent and Dark

Brew’s Circumstantial Comedy Show Hilarious, Irreverent and Dark

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 […]

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Big laughs for a great cause ring out in Muscatine Saturday

Big laughs for a great cause ring out in Muscatine Saturday

Getting your laughs on for a good cause is a win for everyone involved, and Cyndi Hartley is hoping to bring those positive vibes to Muscatine Saturday night as the Muscatine Society of Freethinkers will present a comedy and music show entitled Passing Notes: a Benefit for Flickinger Learning Center. The event will be upstairs […]

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