No Name Comix Illinois, like so many great ideas, came into existence out of necessity. "There were no places in Springfield to get stage time," says comedian, founder and First Thursday Comedy Showcase host Derek Bennet. "We were having to drive for everything. The other thing was, everywhere we went we saw these really hilarious guys who nobody knew about. It was really a no-brainer. We needed to find ways to get stage time in Springfield, and we needed to bring these guys to town."
A fortuitous acquaintanceship with thriving St. Louis collective No Name Comix led to Bennett and friends starting their own branch of the group back home. Sine then, a strategic partnership with Donnie B's Comedy Club has allowed No Name's monthly First Thursday Comedy Showcase event to flourish, while a connection to up-and-coming Springfield (soon to be St Louis) stand-up Brandon Judd will soon result in the group's first sketch video.
Check out youtube clips from some of the talent on display tonight below - but don't blame us if you wind up with coffee lining your nasal passages. Har!
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