Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” With that being said, Big Mike’s Comedy Blast intends to make each 2nd Sunday of the month in Louisville, Ky as funny and productive as possible.
Michael Martin (Big Mike) is a native of Indianapolis but has lived in Louisville for the past 5 years due to his employment at Ford Motor Company. His cousin, Isaac Daniel, operates MobileNetwork1, which is an entertainment company based out of Indianapolis. Daniel has experienced an overwhelming amount of success with the comedy shows he promotes in Indianapolis, so a little over a year ago he decided to expand the brand to surrounding cities.
Being that Martin is currently living in Louisville, Daniel reached out to him about possibly promoting comedy shows in Kentucky. After researching the market and selecting a target demographic, the cousins decided to form a partnership that would provide the city of Louisville with a permanent Urban comedy scene.
“Ike [Isaac Daniel] approached me about doing comedy shows down here to bring the comedy scene back up to where it used to be… And so with the Improv closing, I saw an opportunity because there wasn’t a venue in town that was doing Urban comedy on a regular basis.” – Big Mike
Big Mike Entertainment in association with MobileNetwork1 held its first show entitled Big Mike’s Comedy Blast at the Laughing Derby in Louisville on July 14, 2014. Since that date, the duo have consistently brought nationally recognized comedians to the Laughing Derby on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
Over the past year, comedians such as: Guy Tory, Alex Ortiz, Ms. Pat (“Last Comic Standing” and the Bob & Tom Show), Maurice G (writer for Nephew Tommy of the Steve Harvey Morning Show), Marcus Comb (comedian on Tom Joyner’s “Fantastic Voyage” cruise) and many others have all headlined a show at Big Mike’s Comedy Blast. Tickets to each show typically range from $15-$20 each.
“Normally the headliner of my show has show credits. They’ve either been on Comedy Central, Comic View, Saturday Night Live or some comedy production like Nick Cannon’s Wild ~N~ Out and the list goes on… So we’ll have at least one of those on each show.” – Big Mike
Martin’s shows typically consist of one host, three comedians and a guest DJ. The usual lineup begins with a guest spot, a feature comedian and a headliner. To show support for local talent, he often enlists up-and-coming Louisville based comedians that have established a name for themselves, to fill the host and guest spots.
“I like to reach out to everybody and I like to support local comedians… I’ve had Justin Tabb, I’ve got Austin Rich coming up, I’ve had Stress, I’ve had Tara Crush, and Meech Dog, who is also hosting this upcoming show.” –Big Mike
(Comedian Justin Tabb performing at “Big Mike’s Comedy Blast”)
Big Mike’s Comedy Blast is currently holding its fifteenth show at the Laughing Derby (formerly the Comedy Caravan) on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
The show is headlined by Sean Larkin (Comic View, Who’s Got Jokes). Guests comedians are Austin Rich (Louisville), and Troy Davis. Louisville’s own Meech Dog is hosting the show and music is provided by DJ KnockOut.
Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. The Laughing Derby is located at the Mid City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Rd, Louisville KY 40204. (502) 459-0022. Tickets are $15 each or two for $20. For more info or to purchase tickets call (317) 250-6487 or visit www.laughingderby.com
Big Mike’s Comedy Blast is held every 2nd Sunday of each month at the Laughing Derby and is currently seeking short and long-term sponsors for upcoming events. Sponsorship packages can be customized to fit the needs of advertisers. For sponsorship packages call (317) 250-6487 or leave a message on the Big Mike’s Comedy Blast Facebook page.
Big Mike Entertainment is also available for corporate events, retirement parties as well as private events.
(Prior Big Mike’s Comedy Blast shows listed below)