Satan Does Stand-up?
Austin comedy veteran, Norm Wilkerson, has an ill kept dark secret. Several times a year, his face contorts, turns red, and horns burst forth from his forehead. He becomes the dark lord, Satan. I first saw Satan at one of Matt Bearden’s Punch! shows called Cringetacular. He was emcee and John Tole recorded an album for Stand Up Records.
Norm Wilkerson has taken care to build the reputation of Satan in Austin’s comedy scene and much of this has come from his annual Comedy Seance. The show, now in its 5th year is a raucous, irreverent spoof of the popular ghostly ritual. Last year, the Spider House Ballroom graciously opened their arms to Wilkerson and the Comedy Seance. Things went well and he’ll be back again this Thursday, October 30th.
Wilkerson, as Satan, is a brutally funny comic who frequently makes his archenemy the butt of his jokes. Adding to that Comedy Seance staples, Matt Bearden and Mike Macrae are known to be viciously hilarious. They bring a level of logic and intelligence to the stage that even rhetorical geniuses like Bill O’Reilly would have a hard time debating them.
Dead Celebs Embody Local Comedians
What will be entertaining is seeing how the cast of comedians encapsulate themselves in their respective dead celebrity character. Considering the talent Wilkerson has lined up for this year’s show, it should be remarkable. This year he’s got Bearden, Macrae, Lashonda Lester (who has her own special show on Halloween), Avery Moore, Ralph Hardesty, Cody Hustak (2014 Funniest Person in Austin), Maggie Maye, and Aaron Brooks.
This line up is ridiculous. I mean that in a good way. I’ve seen all perform and they kill. Seeing any one of them perform is worth the price of admission.
By the way, I should warn you that if you are of a delicate religious disposition, you may be offended.
Spider House Ballroom
This show is shaping up to be a humdinger. Regular readers will know Spider House Ballroom from some of my other articles. and the Spider
House Ballroom is quickly becoming one of my favorite comedy venues in town. It’s located at 2906 Fruth St. To make things easier, it’s one block east of the intersection of 29th St. and Guadeloupe. I really like this venue. The room is large and wraps around the stage. The bar has a very good selection of beer and liquor, the staff is incredibly friendly, and there are plenty of dining options in the immediate area, especially the attached Spider House Cafe.
Once again, the show is Thursday October 30th at the Spider House Ballroom. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. tickets can be purchased two ways: online at the Spider House website for $7, or at the door for $10. Like I inferred earlier in the article, the ticket price is a steal for the level of comedy you’ll get.
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