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Indy Comedy Show Pokes Fun at Authors

Bloomington comic David Britton Perform-ing as Col. Arthur Blunderbuss at the White Rabbit Cabaret in Indianapolis.

Photo credit: Pauline Shypula

Bloomington comic David Britton Perform-ing as Col. Arthur Blunderbuss at the White Rabbit Cabaret in Indianapolis.
Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 23, 2016

Written by Joshua Storrs

“An Evening with the Authors*”  is a comedy show out of Indianapolis that satirizes bad author readings, playing in Fort Wayne for the first time at the Jennifer Ford Art Gallery on Jan 30. at 8 p.m. In the show, both local and Indy comedians will adopt fake author personas and perform readings from their fake books.

Jared Busch, a local comic who will be featured in the show, appreciates its emphasis on character work.

“The comedians present characters as these authors of all shapes and sizes. It can go from a serious kind of character to the totally absurd,” Busch said. “The appeal to me, and I think for most folks, is just how silly it is, with its huge array of characters set in a formal, reserved tone.”

Busch also works as an organizer for the show’s host, local comedy promoters Let’s Comedy!.

“An Evening with the Authors*” was created by comedian Jim Leugers in 2014 at the White Rabbit Cabaret in Indianapolis. Leuger didn’t want to start another open mic event, but, instead wanted to create something new and unique, he said.

“Generally speaking, [the comedians] do it all themselves. They come up with the characters; they write the piece and everything,” Leuger said. “Once in a blue moon I’ll write something if it’s somebody that has more of an acting skill set that isn’t really the strongest writer.”

The Jennifer Ford Art Gallery, located on Carroll road, is the perfect location to host the show, Busch said.

“What’s attractive to us about having Let’s Comedy! work with us is that they are individuals in Fort Wayne trying to create a community for Fort Wayne,” Bridget O’ Reilly, the gallery director for The Jennifer Ford Art Gallery, said. “That’s what we’re trying to do in the arts. Anyone that’s trying to do something new or different are individuals that we want to be around and help in any way we can.”

Tickets are $7 at the door, and all patrons must be over the age of 18.