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April Fools: A Standup Comedy Show

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Martinsville Arts Council Presents ‘April Fools: A Standup Comedy Show’

The Martinsville Arts Council and Merry MAC Players are hosting a stand-up comedy show, featuring professional stand-up comedians from all over Indiana, Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. at The Depot Theatre, 210 N. Marion St., Martinsville. Doors open at 7 p.m. Only ages 18 and over admitted. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.merrymacplayers.org.

The shows will feature four professional comedians each night: Stephen Vincent Giles, Stephanie Lochbiler, Jonathan Pfendler, and Austin Reel.

Half of the money from the event will go the Martinsville Arts Council to help the organization put on other events like this, as well as its plays it puts on in the community. The organization will also be selling snacks, soda, and eer and wine. Those proceeds will also go to the council.

As the performing arts hub of Morgan County, Merry MAC works to provide quality entertainment, opportunity, education and enrichment for Morgan County and area communities. Merry MAC Players perform in The Historic Depot Theatre, a 100 year-old Registered Historical Landmark in Martinsville, which they also work to preserve. Each year, the group puts on several plays, hosts a Youth Drama Camp, and has events such as concerts, magic shows and stand-up comedy. Always open to new volunteers, directors and first-time actors, this is a non-profit group of volunteers who help the performing arts thrive in Morgan County, and preserve its rich history.

The comedians:

Stephen Vincent Giles transforms the mundane into misery, and spins his misery into hilarity. Every silver lining has its cloud, and Stephen Vincent Giles finds the eye-opening, gut-busting shapes in those clouds. Stephen has performed at the Annual Mensa Regional Gathering, "Who's Laughing Now?" - Xfinity On Demand, TEDx Indianapolis, The Superbowl XLVI Village, Madame Walker Theater - Indianapolis, The Athenaeum Theater - Indianapolis, and the Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He is a regular at comedy clubs throughout the Midwest, and as a core member of Know No Stranger, was among the first Performing Artists In Residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2015. In 2017, Crossroads Comedy Festival named him best male stand-up comedian in Indianapolis.

Stephanie Lochbihler has won over audiences with her edgy one-liners about motherhood, her love for booze, and her hatred for Pomeranian dogs. As an emcee and feature performer at Comedy Attic in Bloomington, IN, she has opened for a variety of acts, such as Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford, SNL castmate Sasheer Zamata, Ron Funches, and Brent Morin. She was also a finalist in the 6th and 7th Annual Bloomington Comedy Festival, and has been featured in national commercials (Compound W, Southern Comfort), and the TV show "Laughs."

Jonathan Pfendler’s stand-up comedy is not normal. He has a low-energy and offbeat comedy style that at any time could make you question the reality of the situation. He will lead you off the beaten path and into his bizarre world, which will either fascinate you or leave you in a state of disorder. He has appeared on the TV Show “Laughs” on FOX and has been a part of several festivals including the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA, and the 2015 Big Sky Comedy Festival in Billings, MT.

Austin Reel is a regular performer at Morty’s Comedy Joint in Indianapolis. He was a finalist in Comcast's “Trial By Laughter” and has appeared on “Laughs” on Fox.