"Stand-Up Face-Off" returns to Speakeasy


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Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2013, 10:07 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
First time comedian Wayne Lyter and his stand-up pal, Joshua Kahn, held a "Face-Off" contest last July at The Speakeasy. Mr. Lyter's team lost and he was forced by Mr. Kahn to parade around The District wearing nothing but a thong and shoes, and was filmed by a clown (yes, the video is on YouTube).

Now, Mr. Lyter wants revenge, and he and Mr. Kahn return with another "Stand-Up Face-Off"Friday at 8 p.m. at The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Both men are members of The Blacklist and hosts of Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque.

The comics 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.

Examples of distractions last time were a bikini-clad girl dancing in front of the comic, and aclown stealing the comedian's drinks, Mr. Lyter said this week. "In asense, we're each trying to sabotage the other's comedians," he said, noting there will be comics coming fromSpringfield, St. Louis and Omaha.

Mr. Lyter and Mr. Kahn expect a sell-out crowd Friday, and if they get it, they may add a Saturday show, with more local comedians.Tickets are $10 per person, and doorsopen at 7 p.m. For more information, visit circa21.com and click on "The Speakeasy."



















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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