Stand-Up Tuscaloosa Has Hit Its Stride, Hosts Five Comedy Shows a Week

Stand-Up Tuscaloosa is a growing group that includes all of Tuscaloosa’s mainstay comedians, as well as some that live and perform elsewhere, and Lockhart continues to bring newcomers into the mix.

By Jake Herron
News Reporter

Local comedy group Stand-Up Tuscaloosa hosted its monthly “BrewHaHa” showcase at Druid City Brewing Company Wednesday, and have settled in to a schedule that includes five comedy shows a week.

The group hosts comedy shows at Druid City Brewing, Alcove Tavern and Wheelhouse Sports Pub every month, and crowds have often filled the rooms where they perform.

“Crowds have been incredibly good and consistently filled to the gills at times,” said Richard Lockhart, founder and mentor of Stand-Up Tuscaloosa. “To anyone who wants to see our shows, I recommend getting there early.”

Lockhart started the group hosting comedy shows and open mic nights at Green Bar, Crimson Tavern and Glory Bound, and eventually finding a more permanent venue in Druid City Brewing. The groups longest running show, “BrewHaHa,” has occurred every first Wednesday at Druid City since 2014.

Stand-Up Tuscaloosa is a growing group that includes all of Tuscaloosa’s mainstay comedians, as well as some that live and perform elsewhere, and Lockhart continues to bring newcomers into the mix.

“It’s my favorite part of doing this,” Lockhart said. “Getting to see new people get curious and get a taste of the stage. The nervousness of going up and the eventual attempt.”

One of those young comedians that got involved early on, Gantt Moore, performed in the show Wednesday.

“Richard is a great mentor, and one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met,” Moore said. “Druid City Brewing Company will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The show on Wednesday had a crowd that filled the small back room in Druid City Brewing Company that primarily serves as the brewing room. The crowd sat on folding chairs and bags of malt and hops, surrounded by large fermenting tanks and kegs.

It has become a regular occurrence for this back room to be packed by show time.

“The turnout has been like a dream come true,” Lockhart said.

The consistent turnout has even helped the group bring in regional traveling comedians that hadn’t performed in Tuscaloosa before, including Mo Alexander from Memphis, TN on Wednesday.

Stand-Up Tuscaloosa also hosts open mic nights at Alcove Tavern on the second Wednesday of the month, Druid City on the third Wednesday, and Wheelhouse Sports Pub on the fourth, as well as the “Cove Comedy Showcase” at Alcove every fourth Saturday.

The open mic nights allow anyone to attempt five minutes of comedy in front of a real audience, and the showcases feature local and regional comedians performing longer sets.

Go to Stand-Up Tuscaloosa’s Facebook page for more information on the weekly shows.