‘Icky Antics’ stand-up heavy on laughs

‘Icky Antics’ stand-up heavy on laughs

‘Icky Antics’ stand-up heavy on laughs
October 15
14:39 2013

Javier Navarro / Staff Writer

It was cool Thursday night in a spacious backyard on Alice Street.  Several chairs were set up and bed sheets were laid on the grass around a small stage held up by five cinder blocks. This was not a gathering for a mini Coachella-like concert, but rather a venue for a stand-up comedy event.

“Icky Antics” is a new stand-up comedy event where 11 Denton comedians came out and performed during the first show Thursday night. The acts ranged from one comedian making light of his hearing issues, to jokes from others about having poor sex lives.

Daniel Rowe was one of the comedians who performed and his set included stories about his life and jokes about how his dating life is not up to par.

“I’m seeing this girl. She’s great, I see her pretty much everyday, and then I messed it up like I always do,” Rowe said during his routine. “I dropped my brand new binoculars right down onto the ground.”

The event brought plenty of laughs from the growing crowd throughout the evening at the house, which is nicknamed “The Alice Palace,” after the street of the same name.

The first few comedians admitted to the audience this was their first time being on stage, which included a few struggling to put words together. The second half of comedians had experience and got more of the louder laughs from the crowd.

In addition to the raunchy, self-depricating humor on offer, the audience was treated to free drinks.

Emma Galdo was one of the hosts of the event and said the idea of it came when her and one of her roommates were thinking about the lack of a comedy scene in Denton.

“You don’t think of comedy at all in Denton, so we contacted everybody that we knew who were funny,” Galdo said. “We wanted to create something that’s going to happen more and more in Denton so that these [comedians] are going to be known for doing stand-up.”

After the show, Rowe said this was his first time doing stand-up comedy and although he said he was nervous, he would want to perform again.

“I wanted to go back on the stage as soon as everyone else was done,” Rowe said. “I would’ve done my set a lot longer.”

Attendee Joe Overman said he enjoyed the show not only because of the acts, but the overall environment as well.

“It feels friendlier to be in someone’s backyard, and it’s a college town, so it already kind of has a party atmosphere going on,” Overman said. “I don’t see very many local comedy events happening often, so it was kind of nice to see one.”

Galdo said that she hopes to hold another event soon and have it happen every other week.

Emma Galdo emcees during the Icky Antics comedy show on Thursday night. Feature photo courtesy of Camille Ritchie  

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