While there are countless ways to say farewell to 2015, the reality is that New Year's Eve parties can be pretty hit or miss. You could drop a bunch of cash on an "unlimited drinks" pass only to spend the evening elbowing your way to the bar to score a watered down vodka cranberry. Or maybe you spring for a limo to take you and your crew barhopping, only to have someone puke by 10:30 p.m., and you're stuck with a seriously pissed off limo driver. Regardless, the chances of your New Year's Eve blowout turning into a total dud are pretty good.
Fortunately, there are tons of awesome comedy shows happening this Thursday night, all of which are nearly guaranteed to make your New Year's Eve a blast.
Kermet Apio with Andy Erikson and Robert Baril
Hawaii native Kermet Apio is an Acme Comedy Co. favorite, having performed at the club countless times since its inception. Throughout his comedy career, which spans over 25 years, he has graced stages all over the globe, and boasts a track record of killer shows that can't be rivaled. As a father of two, Apio's comedy touches on everything from his own reflections of family life, to the obvious difficulties of growing up sharing a name with the world's most famous frog. This week, you will not only have a chance to check out the veteran comedian, Apio will also be performing with Last Comic Standing finalist (and 2015 City Pages Artist of the Year winner) Andy Erikson, as well as local standout Robert Baril. While Acme is known for presenting consistently strong lineups year round, it's hard to argue that they may have saved the best for last.
Acme Comedy Co.
8 & 10:30 p.m.
Troy Baxley with Jeff Pfoser
For those who don't feel like dealing with the crowds in downtown, Joke Joint Comedy Club has stacked its New Year's Eve show with a one-two punch of national and local talent. Headliner Troy Baxley has received praise from everyone, including The Onion and HBO. His brand of comedy is subtle but sharp, disarming audiences before catching them with a twisted hook that can be both shocking and hilarious. Baxley will be joined by Jeff Pfoser, who recently made it to the finals of Joke Joint's Minnesota's Funniest Person contest. These shows will definitely sell out, so buy early or be that chump sitting in his car when the clock hits midnight.
Joke Joint Comedy Club
8 & 10:30 p.m.
Tiffany Norton with Shannan Paul and Roger Schultz
Meanwhile, over in New Hope, second-run movies aren't the only thing happening on December 31, as Tiffany Norton will be recording her new standup album at New Hope Cinema Grill, alongside Shannan Paul (who will also be recording her new album) and Roger Schultz. Norton, who may be best known as part of the KS95 Morning Show, has had an impressive 2015, headlining stages throughout the state including Willy's in Coon Rapids, The Experimental Thinking Comedy Showcase at Brave New Workshop, and Rick Bronson's House of Comedy. "Miss Shannan" has had a killer year in her own right, keeping herself busy as an on-air talent with Go 96.3, co-hosting the Your GEEK Show podcast, and just recently featuring at Acme Comedy Co. for Damien Lemon earlier this month. Finally, Roger Schultz is a fan-favorite who can regularly be seen at Joke Joint, Terminal Bar, and Chatterbox. Come for the comedy, stay to sneak into the Goosebumps movie.
New Hope Cinema Grill
7 & 9:30 p.m.
East Coast Style New Year's Eve Show with Maggie Faris, David Harris, Drew Janda, Greg Coleman, and Janna Severson
Back by popular demand, the East Coast Style New Year's Comedy Show will once again give revelers the chance to laugh, drink, and celebrate, all with the option to be home in bed before the clock hits midnight. Revelers will be counting down to 2016 starting at 11 p.m. (midnight on the East Coast — get it?), allowing you to take a practice swing on that sloppy New Year's kiss before the real thing happens an hour later. Taking place at Sisyphus Brewing, the evening features a packed night of comedy, along with boobie prizes and lots more. Whether you’re someone who loves to party (but also enjoys getting home at a responsible time), or you just can’t get enough of the final countdown, there is no other comedy show that will better suit your needs this New Year’s Eve.
7 & 9 p.m.
Tommy Ryman's New Year's Eve Spectacular with Turner Barrowman
There are plenty of word's that can be used to describe this show: funny, adorable, absurd, clever, and, of course, spectacular. Ryman has been one of the most consistently impressive comedians to come out of the rich Minneapolis scene over the past several years, with a resume full of radio and TV credits to boot. Last season, he was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing, earning praise from both fans and judges (including Roseanne Barr). With a packed schedule that takes him all over the country, seeing Ryman perform in such an intimate venue as Comedy Corner Underground is a rarity, reserved only for special occasions such as this. In addition, comedy wildcard Turner Barrowman will open the show, meaning that literally anything may happen. Throw in a champagne toast at midnight (10:30 p.m. show only, duh), and you have a pretty spectacular way to close out 2015.
Comedy Corner Underground
8 & 10:30 p.m.