Mak & Winks
Tuesday, May 24th
Most Tuesdays @ 8pm
Tuesday, May 24th
Masterdating: One Woman’s (Musical) Journey to Loving Herself
Masterdating is an irreverent look at how love inspires, drives and breaks us. This hilarious and thought-provoking one-woman show is presented through story, multi-media and original songs, and takes the audience on a journey toward the greatest love of all: the love Sarah J. Storer has for herself. Er, the love YOU have for YOURSELF.
Created and performed by Sarah J Storer
Tuesday, May 31st
Standup at The Backstage Bistro Featuring Sumukh Torgalkar
Sumukh Torgalkar was born in Cleveland, Ohio to two Indian people. It’s a simple statement but covers the adventure that is Torgalkar’s comedy. Focusing on such varied topics as his Midwest upbringing, his Hindu faith, his friendships with the elderly, and the Insane Clown Posse, Torgalkar weaves his personal experiences and observations via his dry but engaging sense of humor.
Torgalkar started doing comedy in Columbus, Ohio and helped organize numerous comedy festivals and independent shows in the city. He is now based in Los Angeles. He tours the country performing anywhere from independent stages to comedy clubs to corporate events all while accomplishing what one audience member described as “the impossible task of being funny to a group of people ranging from their early 20s all the way to their 80s.” He has opened for such major acts as Reggie Watts, Russell Peters, Kyle Kinane, and Chad Daniels.
He released his first stand-up comedy album, “The Mispronunciation of Sumukh Torgalkar,” in August 2015. It appeared in the top 10 of the iTunes comedy charts and has drawn rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
Also Featuring Comedians: Peter Brieck, Bobbie Dodds, and Nick Glaser
Hosted by: Nickey Winkelman
Tuesday, June 7
NO MAK N’ WINKS SHOW
Shadowbox Live will be hosting the GCAC Fundraiser featuring the Premiere Performance of
Gallery of Echoes: The Columbus Public Art Project
Tuesday, June 14
Pride Variety Show
Celebrate Pride month with this one-of-a-kind variety show at the Backstage Bistro!
Starring burlesque performers of Crimson Lace Cabaret: Devon Ayers, Pandora Foxx, Dimples Diamond, & Bianca Moore
Featuring special guest: Eileen Galvin
Standup comedians: Nickey Winkelman & Wonder Doug
Headliner: Brooke Cartus
Crimson Lace Cabaret is a performing arts troupe based in Columbus, OH featuring burlesque, dance, drag, and draglesque, owned and managed by Pandora Foxx. Voted the Buckeye Awards “Best Burlesque Troupe in Ohio” for 2015, the company’s broad vision is to collaborate with artists worldwide to create discussion, commentary, celebration and parody of sex, sexualities and genders through the diverse perspectives of its dedicated performers onstage. CLC players represent a broad range of identities and experiences that endeavor artistically both as soloists and as group acts, adorned in costumes often hand-crafted themselves. To date CLC has performed at such national events as the regional Burlypicks competition in Columbus, OH, the Windy City Burlesque Festival in Chicago, IL, and Queerpocalypse in Chicago, IL.
Brooke Cartus is a standup comedian originally from Buffalo, NY and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. Her Blog Size L for Lady has been featured on Outlook Ohio and Huffington Post: Gay Voices. Her sardonic storytelling and improvisational style has helped her land shows with Fortune Feimster, Erin Foley, Ian Harvie, and Dana Goldberg among others. Brooke has emceed benefits for the Human Rights Campaign, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Planned Parenthood, The You Will Rise Project, Stonewall Columbus, and many more non-profit organizations. She has interviewed NFLers Chris Kluwe and Wade Davis in front of an audience, and also co-hosts a podcast called Dykes on Mics, with guests including Paula Poundstone and Fortune Feimster. Brooke also has a monthly column in Outlook Ohio Magazine called Dyke Like Me.