Comedy fans filled Traditions Banquet Hall Friday night for some laughs and to see a couple familiar faces.
Mike Tucker and Eric Brown, both 1990 Northview High School graduates, hit the stage as part of "Timeout for Comedy," which was co-sponsored by Coach's Timeout Sports Bar, Brazil, and Tucker's stand-up booking agency Comedy & Co., Bloomington.
Tucker, who currently resides in Bloomington and opened/hosted the show, told The Brazil Times it was a great experience to perform in the town where he grew up.
"It's home. It's where I first established myself as a comedian," he said. "It is a good feeling to take something I have done, and bring it home to share with everyone."
He added comedy has always been an interest of his.
"Growing up, none of my friends were comedians, so I decided to give it a try," Tucker said.
For Brown, who is well-known locally for being the emcee of the Popcorn Festival of Clay County, said his venture into stand-up comedy only started in recent months, with the help of Tucker.
"We had our 20-year class reunion last year, and in talking with Mike, he said I should try it out," he said. "I have always been a bit of a comedian, but my first true venture into stand-up comedy came this past December at an open mic night."
While used to being in front of large crowds, Brown said his nerves were going pretty good during his first performance, but not as much as they were Friday night.
"I was a lot more nervous tonight than any of my other performances," Brown said after the show. "For one, it was the biggest crowd I've performed to, and there were the perceived expectations of family and friends to be funny."
Representatives with Timeout said 155 reservations had been made and several walk-in tickets were sold for the 200-seat capacity venue, which Brown said he felt was a success.
"This was great for Brazil," he said. "It was a great opportunity to see professional comics and as long as the people of Clay County keep showing up like this, with this much enthusiasm, we'll keep doing shows."
He added his act had a bit of an improvisation feel to him as he formed the routine the night before the show.
"I give all the credit and thanks to Mike for putting on this show and getting my stand-up career started," Brown said.
Brown was considered the guest comic of the show, which also included Indianapolis comic Marques Bunn, who has been featured on the "Bob and Tom Show" and Paul Strickland, a professional comic from Nashville, Tenn.
Friday's show was also the second put on by Tucker this year with the first happening Jan. 15, which was also at Traditions, 105 E. National Ave.
"I definitely plan on having more shows here," Tucker said. "Both shows were initially set up to be at Timeout, but with the amount of reservations, we had to move it to Traditions because it has more room."
He added his agency currently books shows in southern and western Indiana, and he is looking to expand to venues in Illinois.
"Our next show will be April 21, at the Ballyhoo Tavern, with the proceeds to benefit the Terre Haute Children's Hospital," Tucker told The Brazil Times. "There are only 100 seats available, and if it's anything like this show was, I'm sure they will go fast."
For more ticket information to Tucker's next performance, call the Ballyhoo at 812-232-1540.
Those interested in booking a show with Comedy and Co., should contact Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he may also be reached through his Facebook page under "Comedian Tucker."