Quirky comedy, open mic stand-up, family fun

Students in the SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp program spend three weeks preparing a musical to perform in front of a live audience at the Dock Street Theatre.

Local nonprofit Redux Contemporary Art Center will open its downtown space to a different kind of art this week, hosting the budding comedy series “Rip City: A Comedy Show.”

The series is relatively new to local audiences — Friday’s show will be its sixth installment — but it’s already begun gaining steam as a crowd-pleaser with its offbeat, anything-goes brand of exploratory humor. Organizers resist categories like “stand-up” and “improv” and tout the series as simply an experimental art show instead.

Charleston-based sketch comedy duo and Second City alum Nameless Numberhead will headline Friday’s show, having piqued local interest after its Piccolo Fringe Festival run in May.

The duo’s new show, “Regular Comedy for Insane People,” combines its outlandish characters and witty situational humor with introspective social commentaries that tend to leave audiences thinking about their laughing.

For its part in Rip City, the duo will be joined by Theatre 99 and Upright Citizen’s Brigade alum Andy Livengood to introduce characters, cast members and comedians, including Fish Taco, Rossi Brown, Tim Hoeckel, Matt Perry, Deshawn Mason, John Brennan, Caleb Usry, Jon Antoine, Jeremy McLellan and Brock Brickson: PI.

Tickets are $5 and available online at www.etix.com, search “Rip City.” Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call Redux at 722-0697.

Alleviating the Monday drag, The Sparrow in North Charleston boasts its weekly “Drink ’Til It’s Funny” series as the cure to the worst day of the work week.

Local comedian and founder/producer of the “Most Races Show on Earth” Neil Bansil hosts the series and invites both seasoned and amateur comics to perform 3- to 5-minute sets, either rehearsed or improvised, with a chance to gain exposure, experience or even an opening slot for a future Sparrow headliner. Whether hilarious or disastrous, the sets promise off-the-couch entertainment for your Monday night.

For a soggy, and likely funnier, night, The Sparrow also offers drink specials, including $2 PBR tallboys and $3 select craft brews, for the evening.

Admission is free, show time is set for 9 p.m. at 1078 E. Montague Ave. Comics wanting to perform should arrive by 8:30 p.m. for sign-up, only 12 spots are available. Call 744-7753 or go to The Sparrow’s Facebook page for more information.

Charleston Stage, Dock Street Theatre’s resident theater company, is set to unveil this year’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp production this weekend.

The company hosts a three-week camp each summer for students in second through 12th grades, culminating with a professional-grade musical complete with elaborate sets and costumes. This year’s musical is an adaptation of Disney’s “Aladdin” and features the music of the original score, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”

“Aladdin Jr.” will open Friday at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., with a 7 p.m. performance. The production will run two shows Saturday, an early performance at 10 a.m. and a finale at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.50 and are available at the box office, online at www.CharlestonStage.com or by phone at 577-7183.

The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre will host its slapstick history-mystery, “Captain Blackbeard’s Sing-Off Smackdown,” for a family-friendly Monday night out.

Audience members are invited to portray pirates from Charleston’s past for a karaoke sing-along set to hits from the ’70s to present day as the crew of the Good Ship Fishbait returns from the dead to uncover Stede Bonnet’s rumored buried treasure.

Those more interested in watching the fun can enjoy appetizers and desserts, as well as choose from a wine and beer list, while taking in the show.

Show starts at 8 p.m. at 164 Church St. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for military members, $15 for children ages 12 and younger and are available at the box office or online at www.CharlestonMysteries.com. Call 937-6453 for more information.