The Speakeasy in Rock Island is launching two new shows -- the Drinkin' Spelling Bee on Friday, and The Stand-Up Face-Off on Saturday.|
The spelling bee is the latest from The Blacklist -- the Quad-Cities adult improv comedy troupe -- with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show at 8. The Speakeasy will offer 50-cent drafts from sponsor Bent River Brewing all evening.
The monthly show is a real spelling bee, with audience participants. It's a four-round competition where spellers are given words by an emcee who controls the show. There will be "all kinds of crazy and hilarious antics that happen during the competition and a great prize package for the winner," according to the Speakeasy, including a certificate good for all Blacklist shows for a month to the winner.
"We are really excited about this new show and to have Bent River Brewing on board as the sponsor," said Blacklist manager George Strader. "They feel, as do we, that Quad-City audiences are going to love this show."
The cost to participate is $5 per person, which also gets you a souvenir cup for your beer. You may reserve your spot in advance by calling (309) 786-7733, ext. 2. Only those 21 and older may attend; the next bee will be Aug. 18, and starting in September, it move to Thursday nights.
The Stand-Up Face-Off is the brainchild of local performers Wayne Lyter and Joshua Kahn. They are both members of The Blacklist and Mr. Kahn is an original member of Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque.
The comics will lead teams of three stand-up comedians (and a wildcard performer) into a comedy battle royal. The comedians will go head to head on stage in four rounds, while being distracted or challenged at any time by the other team's leader. In the end, the audience judges whose team did the best.
"We created the show because we felt that not only our audience but our comedian friends needed something new to explore," Mr. Kahn said. "Many open-mics and showcases are the same each time. This is comedians messing with each other during a performance and having a great time."
Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling (309) 786-7733, ext. 2.