Free comedy from a poor comic

I’m launching my stand-up comedy career and this is your big opportunity to laugh at me – not with me. And in public. In front of a live audience. Within throwing distance, if you wanna.

Me, along with about 12 to 15 other budding comics – all enrolled in Jeff Jena’s “Stand-Up Comedy Basic Training” course at the Funnybone on the Levee – will do a two-hour show of six to eight minute sets each in front of a live audience.

Who’s the live audience? You.

And the best part? It’s absolutely free. And if you park at Sawyer Point and walk across the Purple People Bridge – you won’t even have to pay for parking. Drink minimums? Bleh – not even being enforced. However, the bar will be open and so will the kitchen. So you can eat and drink to your heart’s content. Get drunk, if you’d like – just so you can tolerate us all. Whatever it takes. Just come.

So bring the kiddies, bring Mom, bring Dad and Grandma can come, too. And watch me and a bunch of others try out all their original material for the very first time. Did I mention it was free?

In all honesty, though, it’s a big night for all of us. I am nervous even just thinking and writing about it. Typically the places fills up, so get there early. Tickets are available the night of the show at the Funnybone on the Levee box office located, believe it or not, at Newport on the Levee. Box office opens at 7 p.m. and the approximately two-hour show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Those who have been in the past say it is one of the best, raw comedy shows around as comics trying to see if they have the skills necessary or not throw out their very best stuff. Hope you can make it.

If you decide to come…
WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2005
7 p.m. Doors open
7:30 p.m. Show begins
WHERE: Funnybone-on-the-Levee, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky TICKETS: Free, at the door. Tell attendant you’re there to see me, Joe Wessels. No limit.
PARKING: $4 at the Levee Free at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati. Five-minute walk over Purple People Bridge.
WHAT: Comedy students have their first stab at performing in front of a live audience, each doing six to eight minute sets
FOOD: Bar open and kitchen open night of the show.
WHY: Support local comedy and see a good, free show.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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