This time of year the TV is filled with reruns and bowl games featuring myriad football teams. Luckily there’s live stand-up comedy at Go Banana’s with headliner Tommy Johnagin, Geoff Tate and MC Sam Evans. For Evans, it’s another chance to perform outside the club’s popular Pro-Am show. “I was an English Lit major at UC,” he says. “I started doing stand-up in college and as I got closer to graduating I realized it was the only thing I liked.” Evans also performs with Underbelly, the loose affiliation of comics that put together a monthly sketch comedy show.
Formerly headquartered at Southgate House, the show will be at Go Banana’s in January, and is seeking a new permanent home. “I really enjoy sketch comedy,” Evans says. “I wouldn’t say it’s my forte, but I’d say doing it helps my stand-up which is why I’ve been doing it. It’s like being an athlete and working out, building different muscle groups.” The coming year is shaping up to be a busy one for Evans as he branches out and heads for gigs in Bloomington, Ind.,Toledo and Columbus. “My material is coming along,” he says. While in the past it’s been joking about post-graduate struggles, he’s now expanding into relationships and family. “For some reason it’s always extremely easy to write jokes about my parents because I know them better than anybody. And they're insane."Tommy Johnagin, Geoff Tate and Sam Evans perform at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are $10-$15. Saturday’s New Year’s Eve party has two shows: 7:30 ($20) and 10 p.m. ($45). $5 Thursday with college or military ID, $5 Sunday for bar and restaurant workers.