With the number of places in which to
hone their craft in short supply, it has befallen many comedians to
organize their own independent shows. It’s a concept that developed
somewhat oddly in comedy club-heavy towns like the aforementioned, and
it’s now in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is known for making many
things: chili, soap, aircraft engines. Lately, though, the Queen City is
being recognized for producing comedy, as several current headlining
comedians started their stand-up careers here and more are making their
way into the national spotlight.
Many popular comedians are recognized from TV performances, movie work or perhaps a radio program like The Bob & Tom Show. Or maybe they have a popular podcast like Marc Maron or Jimmy Pardo. Rob Delaney has become one of today’s
hottest comedians without any of that. Most comedy fans know Delaney
strictly from Twitter. (Follow him at @robdelaney, if you don’t already.)
Underbelly has been entertaining in-the-know audiences since 2009 and has managed to spark sketch comedy’s resurgence in Greater Cincinnati and comedy in general at the Southgate House. Underbelly’s anniversary will be celebrated on May 3 at the group’s monthly first-Tuesday show in the venue’s Parlour.