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June 13, 2014

Comedy club open for business

Mike Gardner bringing bigger and bigger acts each week to Kokomo

Mike Gardner called on his friends to help him launch his downtown Kokomo comedy club this weekend.

Three nationally touring comedians agreed to perform in Kokomo for almost nothing to celebrate Gardner’s new venture.

“They’re just here to help me out,” Gardner said Wednesday. “They’re not getting squat.”

Kenny Smith, Jeff Oskay and Cleveland will perform twice tonight and twice Saturday at Laugh House Kokomo, 113 E. Sycamore St. The shows start at 7 and 9:30 p.m. both nights.

Don’t let their obscure names scare you away, Gardner said.

“No one’s ever heard of them per se,” Gardner said. “They’re not household names, but sometimes those are the funniest acts.”

Both Oskay and Smith performed Wednesday during the club’s soft opening.

READ MORE ABOUT THE SOFT OPENING.

Smith got laughs when he discussed getting Taco Bell while drunk and when he demonstrated the coolest way for a man to push a shopping cart.

He talked about how hard it became to catch his wife in his arms when she gained a lot of weight quickly. He tried it once, and he heard something snap.

“Honey we’re going to have to see other people,” he said, as people laughed. “You’ll have to see someone stronger. I’ll have to see a bone surgeon.”

It’s at this point Smith tells people his wife was pregnant at the time.

Oskay, who admits to looking like a homeless person, talked about being a single parent. He even pulled out a book of his 6-year-olds jokes to share.

“I really like my teacher, but I don’t think my dad does,” Oskay read from a notebook. “Every time he sees her he says, ‘I want to hit that.’”

Then he pulled out a Dora the Explorer joke.

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