Before They're Big
Over the past few years, our Sunday Showcase has brought in some pretty big names: Kyle Kinane of Comedy Central, Sean Patton from Maron, Doug Stanhope… I mean, do I even need to write out his credits? The list of comedians goes on. If you know a lot about comedy, or even just a little bit, you know these names mean something. To some, they mean everything. They’re the people we look up to, laugh at, and take notes from. We follow their careers intensely and talk about them incessantly.
But, here is one of the coolest things about the weekly showcase we have here in Indianapolis: it gives you a chance to see the biggest names in comedy before they break. Folks like Geoff Tate, Joe Zimmerman, and Dave Waite – just to name a few - all made their national television debuts after headlining on our stages. We’re not claiming that our stage is a rocket to stardom, but that we are fortunate to have such great talent perform for us on our local stage and then we get to watch the country recognize their craft on a national stage.
Here are some of our favorite Sunday Showcase headliners who recently made their television debuts:
Caleb closed out the Sunday Showcase in the summer of 2014 back when we were running it at Sabbatical (RIP). At the time, he had just come off an awesome showing at the prestigious Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. This past September, he made his debut on CONAN.
Megan was one of our earliest headliners at Sabbatical, closing out the show in early 2014. This past summer, she was featured at Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. In October of 2015, she made her debut on CONAN.
Brad was featured at the 2014 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and he is one of our more recent headliners. Brad closed out the Sunday Showcase at the Alley Cat Lounge Front Room in mid-January. Just last week, Brad made his debut on CONAN.
With all the talent coming through Rocketship stages, we could write a post like this every few months. These shows are not to be missed. This Sunday one of our favorites, Jordan Mather-Licht, is closing out the show. You can check out the rest of the calendar of events here.