PITTSBURG — The Memorial Auditorium is set to bring top-notch comedic talent to Pittsburg with its new comedy series this week.
Appropriately titled “It Came from the Basement,” the six-week string of 90-minute shows will begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial’s lower level at 503 North Pine. Although this space typically hosts banquets and conventions, it will be transformed into a 200-seat comedy club for the series.
Audience members 18 years or older may attend. Ticket prices are $60 for a VIP table for four, $10 general admission in advance, and $12 general admission at the door.
The first act is Connor McSpadden and special guest Kameron Johnson, with the next show set for the same time the following Wednesday.
“These comedians are playing venues in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and more,” said General Manager Chris Patterson in a release. “The comedy series will allow people in Pittsburg to see major talent at an affordable price, without the hassle of driving out of town for entertainment.”
According to Patterson, one of the motivating factors behind the series was the opportunity to capture a younger audience.
“There are so many people in the community who have fond memories of attending Pittsburg community theater here, but I feel like a lot of young people — particularly Pittsburg State University students — haven’t ever set foot in the building,” Patterson said. “So this is really an opportunity for them to get to see that there’s a lot of different types of programming here.”
With so many students set to live at Block 22 next year, Patterson said now was the perfect time to start familiarizing them with the building.
“I think people are excited about the ticket price, and I think people are excited that they’re going to get to see something that they might normally have to travel to see,” he said. “For this series, it’s just around the corner.”
Stressing the universal draw of comedy, Patterson said he is excited about the variety of comedians who will perform throughout the next six weeks.
“There are so many genres of music and music is so fragmented these days, but with comedy, hopefully there will be something there for everyone,” he said. “I love that we’re having different comedians each night because you’re not stuck with just one person.”
Looking ahead, the general manager said he hopes to build an audience and do more comedy shows in the summer and fall.
“I would love to build a social media following and sell shows by just putting the word out,” Patterson said. “We want people to constantly be looking at Memorial Auditorium as the go-to place for entertainment.”
— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.