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Shots ‘N’ Giggles Pouring In At Rock Island’s Speakeasy

June 18th, 2021
Shots 'N' Giggles Pouring In At Rock Island's Speakeasy

The most popular improv comedy show in Speakeasy history is back on June 19! LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME FOR THIS SHOW!! Shots ‘n’ Giggles mixes adult beverages and improv comedy into one wild and crazy spectacle! What can possible go wrong with that combination? The talented improv performers are drinking along with the audience during the show. From toasts to shots to audience participation, there’ something new and fun each show! Reserve your tickets by calling 309-786-7733 ext 2 or online at www.thecirca21speakeasy.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. Because of the nature... Read More

‘The Ghost Of Vaudeville’ Bids Goodbye At This Weekend’s Burlesque At Rock Island’s Speakeasy

April 30th, 2021
'The Ghost Of Vaudeville' Bids Goodbye At This Weekend's Burlesque At Rock Island's Speakeasy

The Ghost of Vaudeville is fading away, at least for now. After a decade as the emcee and co-leader of the Bottoms Up Burlesque Troupe, Joshua Kahn, “The Ghost of Vaudeville,” is doing his last shows this weekend, before taking an extended sabbatical to celebrate the birth of his child and to spend time with his wife and family. Bottoms Up announced the move about a month ago on social media, after Kahn had announced it live at their late March shows. They posted: “Well the cat is out of the bag, and the Ghost of Vaudeville is leaving the building. After dedicating 10 years of... Read More

Davenport Library Partners With Stephen King Podcast on Zombie Barbie Event for Valentine’s Feb. 13

February 11th, 2021
Davenport Library Partners With Stephen King Podcast on Zombie Barbie Event for Valentine’s Feb. 13

When you think of Valentine’s Day, you think of horror stories, Stephen King and Zombie Barbies, right? Right??? Well, the fine folks at the Davenport Public Library and the local King podcast Derry Public Radio sure do. They invite you to add a little blood to your heart holiday, as they’re hosting a free Zoom event Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., to make Zombie Barbies and talk about their favorite horror tales. Amber Carlson, DPL youth services and programming librarian, first asked podcast co-host (and Stephen King fanatic) Joshua Kahn to recommend specific horror books for teens around Halloween... Read More

Shots And Giggles Returns To Speakeasy

May 23rd, 2019
Shots And Giggles Returns To Speakeasy

After a sold out performance in March, The Speakeasy is happy to welcome back the popular adult improv comedy show SHOTS ‘N’ GIGGLES on May 25!  “The audience at our performance in March was amazing!  The energy in the room was unbelievable and the performers were feeding off that the entire night” said Brett Hitchcock director of audience development.  “It was similar to when the show was performed by The Blacklist a number of years ago which, at the time, was the most popular adult improv comedy show in town.” SHOTS ‘N’ GIGGLES The show brings improv comedy... Read More

Open Source Opening In Speakeasy This Weekend

February 17th, 2017
Open Source Opening In Speakeasy This Weekend

Emerging from the ashes of the Blacklist, Open Source Comedy, the area’s roving improvisational comedy troupe, is roaming back to its place of origin – the Speakeasy in Rock Island. Open Source will perform for two shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Speakeasy, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Tickets are on sale at the door at by phone at 786-7733, ext. 2. “Over the past 25 years, The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island has been the original home to several popular comedy troupe’s including ComedySportz for 20 years and, more recently, the now defunct Blacklist comedy troupe. The Speakeasy... Read More

Pokeballs Getting Harry With Potter-Themed Show

July 22nd, 2016
Pokeballs Getting Harry With Potter-Themed Show

The Pokeballs are about to get Harry. And if you want to get your wand atwitter, don’t Hermione your own business, use your sorting hat to make sure your plans for Saturday night include you slytherin over to the Speakeasy, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, because I dumble-dare you to ravenclaw your way to Show Us Your Pokeballs new Harry Potter-themed show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and you can make them magically appear ahead of time by calling 786-7733, ext. 2. So what made the idea of a Harry Potter-themed show magically appear in the heads of Pokeballs organizers,... Read More

So, You Want to Write a Web Series… (A Slightly Fictionalized Memoir About the Making of “Against the Odds”)

July 15th, 2016
So, You Want to Write a Web Series… (A Slightly Fictionalized Memoir About the Making of “Against the Odds”)

May 2015 “Hey, that’s me!”  I say it aloud while staring at my phone in the coffee shop.  The people at the next table look at me as if I spilled soup down my shirt.  After cleaning myself up (I have, in fact, spilled soup down my shirt), I read the Facebook status again.  Josh Kahn (The Ghost of Vaudeville, Bottoms-Up Burlesque, Blacklist) is asking his Facebook friends if anyone knows of anyone with screenwriting experience. “Hey, that’s me!” is a slight exaggeration.  I had one co-written play produced and have various unproduced ventures – four episodes of a co-written 1930s... Read More

‘Pokeballs’ gets all Dr. Who on fans

February 19th, 2016
‘Pokeballs’ gets all Dr. Who on fans

The Show Us Your Pokeballs crew is going back, and forth, in time for their latest show, an homage to everyone’s favorite Gallifreyan time lord, Dr. Who. “I’m really excited for this one, it’s not just Dr. Who, there are lot of geek culture references, but fans of Dr. Who will especially love it,” said writer, director and actor Josh Kahn. “These shows are always so much fun. They’re geek humor done by geeks for geeks, and I say that with all love possible. There are jokes for all different kinds of fandoms in here, and if you are passionate about anything related to geek culture,... Read More