Connect with us

Things To Do

Secret comedy show hosts the city’s top standup talent

Mike Thomas

Published

on

The “secret show” model has proven a hit with music fans in Columbus and beyond. Now, one enterprising producer is bringing the city’s top standup comics together for curated, exclusive engagements in a top-secret location.

“I had been working with the local music scene for around 3 years. There are certain comedians that overlap with the music scene, so I knew something was happening there—I just had no idea how huge it was. I had no idea how many amazing comedians there were,” says Mel Millimen, the mind behind Lampshade Media—an upstart media brand that showcases the Columbus comedy scene through a podcast and monthly live shows.

A crowd enjoying a Lampshade Media Live show (Photo: Tiffany Detzel)

“I started going to more comedy shows, and I was just blown away by how great a time I had, how much I laughed, and how amazing the talent was. I definitely wanted to talk to these people,” Millimen explains regarding the origins of his podcast, Lampshade Media Presents, in which he plays host to some of Central Ohio’s top comedic performers.

Soon after the launch of the podcast, Millimen was inspired to share his love of local comedy through exclusive live performances in a top-secret location. While the subterfuge of the secret show adds a layer of intrigue, there are practical motivations at work as well.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

The “super secret” location of Lampshade Media Presents: Live! (as the performances are called) is Millimen’s suburban living room, transformed into a comedy venue complete with seating for around 20 guests and a makeshift stage. This controlled environment is ideal for recording the live performances for later use in the podcast.

Emcee Tony Casa works the crowd (Photo: Sam Welch)

Admission to the show is $20 per guest, with all funds given directly to the evening’s performers. If that sounds steep for a comedy show in a stranger’s living room, fear not: the ticket price also includes beer from sponsor Platform Brewing, and a meal from the Paddy Wagon Food Truck—not to mention the entertainment, which consists of three comics per show with a rotating cast of notable emcees.

So far, Lampshade has hosted a who’s-who of local talent such as Wonder Doug and Amber Falter. The next show is scheduled for November 8, and will feature the comedic stylings of comedians Angie Healey, Peter Brieck, and Becky Brown.

For tickets, info and more, visit Lampshade Media on Facebook. The Lampshade Media Presents podcast is available wherever podcasts are found.

Continue Reading
Comments

Things To Do

Brick by Brick: Lego popup bar is the ultimate nostalgia trip

614now Staff

Published

on

With playsets encompassing everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Legos remain a go-to for kids of all ages. Now, the colorful little blocks are preparing for their greatest team-up of all—with booze, of course!

A new popup event called "The Brick Bar" is bringing the fun of Legos to a bar near you for an exclusive 2-day engagement this March.

Bringing over 1 million blocks to the party, the event organizers will transform The Kitchen at 231 E Livingston Ave. with unique lego sculptures, as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. Prizes for the best builders, DJs, and a ping-pong table (built entirely from Lego bricks, of course) are also in the mix for your nostalgia-driven enjoyment.

For ticket information, dates, and more, visit The Brick Bar Eventbrite page or follow them on Facebook.

Continue Reading

Things To Do

Hit Your Peak: 3 worth-the-drive ski slopes near Columbus

Asa Herron

Published

on

The cursed Ohio Winter Monster has made its presence known to all with its 5pm sunsets, snow storms, and seasonal depression for all. How are you going to fight back against the gloom this year? It may seem like it’s impossible to do fun things with your friends or to stay active in the winter, but I’m here to tell you that not all hope is lost. Finding a new hobby is a great way to kick your winter woes to the curb and start the new decade on a good foot.

Skiing can be a great way to casually exercise with friends and resuscitate your serotonin levels. Here are three high quality places to ski within driving distance of Columbus for you to check out.

MAD RIVER MOUNTAIN

Located in Zanesfield, Mad River Mountain is about an hour's drive northwest of Columbus. They have the most reasonable prices of all the nearby ski resorts. Plus, their on-property bar, The Loft, has 12 taps of craft beers on rotation to add a little more fun to the night. Mad River is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays, too, so you’re getting a full Friday night of flurries.

Mad River is home to over 20 trails (spanning 3.9 miles) and four terrain parks making it the largest ski resort in Ohio. They also bolster ten ski lifts (the most in Ohio) and are tied with Snowtrails for the largest vertical drop in the state with their 300 foot slope. An added perk of Mad River is that they just built a new $6.2 million facility in 2016 to replace the space they lost to a fire in 2015. Plus, most of their trails are designated “easy” difficulty. Mad River has everything you need to have a relaxing, affordable day of skiing.

Details on hours and pricing can be found at www.skimadriver.com.

SNOWTRAILS

Founded in 1961, Snowtrails is Ohio’s oldest ski resort. It is located in Mansfield, so also about an hour drive north. This resort is only slightly more expensive, with lift rates starting at $31 for midweek evenings and $52 for all-day on the weekends, with skis, boots, and pole rentals are $37. If there’s one day this month that you visit Snowtrails, let it be January 25 for their mid-season party. Get ready for an outdoor DJ, a custom built snowbar, and a fireworks show 30 minutes after the slopes close for the night. Not into skiing? No problem! The party is free and open to the public, so let your expert friends hit the slopes while you hit the spirits at the snow bar.

Snowtrails is the second largest resort in the state with six ski lifts and 3.3 miles of trails. The majority of their trails are designated “intermediate” difficulty, so more experienced skiers will enjoy their time here.

More information can be found at www. snowtrails.com.

BOSTON MILLS & BRANDYWINE

Boston Mills & Brandywine is the farthest ski resort from Columbus on this list, but great for a full weekend away. This quaint resort is in Peninsula, OH is a two hour drive from Central Ohio. Their pricing is $40 after 3:30 p.m. and $45 for an all-day pass. Staying another night? Come back on Saturday for $5 Late Nights admission from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Boston Mill & Brandywine ski resort is known for being especially conducive to beginning skiers. They offer high quality lessons and will walk you through the process. This is the place to go if you have “stupid” questions about skiing, or just want to tube. However, they also appeal to veteran skiers as the majority of their 18 trails are designated “advanced”. Despite the high quantity of trails, this resort is much smaller than the other two, with only 1.2 miles of skiable trails, and their largest vertical drop being 264 feet. But for these prices? Could definitely be worth the trip.

Learn more about Boston Mills & Brandywine at www.bmbw.com.

Continue Reading

Arts & Culture

Watch: “World’s largest mural” in Short North is more than meets the eye

Regina Fox

Published

on

At a glance, "The Journey AR Mural" adorning the Graduate Columbus hotel in Short North is stunning. Look a little harder, and it actually comes to life.

Standing at over 107 feet tall and over 11,000 square feet of augmented reality, "The Journey AR Mural," is the world's largest AR mural, offering technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

The gaily-painted snapdragons, hibiscus, Easter lilies, and hummingbirds bloom and fly when viewed through the Journey AR Mural app (free for iPhone and Android). Watch the murals come to life in the video below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7PRvBxpBkI/

Los Angeles-based artists Ryan Sarfati and Eric Skotnes (going by “Yanoe” and “Zoueh," respectively) are the creatives behind the project.

In an interview with Short North Arts District, Skotnes revealed he was inspired to take on the project after learning that Columbus is home to the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country—he hopes the murals symbolize strength and prosperity for its viewers.

To learn more about The Journey AR Mural, visit shortnorth.org.

Continue Reading

No mo’ FOMO

Missing out sucks. That's why our daily email is so important. You'll be up-to-date on the latest happenings and things to do in Cbus + be the first to snag our daily giveaways

Shop Now!

The Magazines

X