• Stewart Huff is this week's top pick, co-headlining at Crackers Broad Ripple.

Independence Day weekend is traditionally a JV-type weekend for talent in the local comedy scene, as most of the clubs don't want to compete with fireworks, cookouts and whatever else people are doing to celebrate their freedom with things that really have nothing to do with freedom.

But I love holiday weekends at the comedy clubs. The upper echelon of local comedians often get a chance to headline, which creates a rare chance to see them do a 30-40 minute set, and get some well-deserved recognition.

Stewart Huff co-headlining at Crackers Broad Ripple is probably the best example of this. I saw him at Bear's in Bloomington a few years ago, opening for someone I don't remember. It was one of the best times I ever had at a comedy show, and he completely stole the spotlight.

Huff is a modest southerner with a brilliant perspective on life in Middle-America. He aggressively mocks outdated phrases and fashions with a sense of self-awareness that makes it all harmlessly fun. His bits about what it truly means to be "on the drink" and cowboy boots made me laugh as hard as I ever have at a stand-up comic— though that could have just been the eight shots of alcohol in my Hairy Bear.

Weekend Lineup:

Price listed is the lowest available, and all shows are Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise noted. Most also have Weds, Thurs., and Sunday shows; check their website for more info.

Crackers Downtown- Tim Gaither , 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com

Crackers Broadripple- Stewart Huff and James Sibley, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com

Morty’s Comedy Joint- Nick Anthony, 8 and 10:15 pm, $10. www.mortyscomedy.com

ComedySportz- Improv, 7:30 pm, (and 10:00 on Sat.), $15, www.indycomedysportz.com

Comedysportz- Oz: Unscripted (LAST PERFORMANCE), 10:00 pm. Friday only. www.indycomedysportz.com

The Funny Bone (Bloomington) — Dave Waite and Ryan Singer, 8 and 10:30 pm, $10. www.funnybonebtown.com

More than most forms of entertainment, stand-up comedy lineups are subject to last-minute changes, as well as unexpected sell-outs. Please be sure to check the website of the venue (or call and reserve tickets) before heading out, and make sure to be aware of any updated times, prices, availability or performers.

If you are aware of any upcoming events or venues that are not included here, please feel free to comment them below or email aroberts@nuvo.net!

  • Tim Gaither headlines Crackers Downtown
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