Louisville Magazine

JUL 2016

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.16 67 PEOPLE'S CHOICE WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE The Olmsted Mellwood Arts Center The Henry Clay TV ANCHOR: MALE Scott Reynolds WAVE-3 Doug Profftt WHAS-11 Rick Van Hoose WLKY-32 TV ANCHOR: FEMALE Dawne Gee WAVE-3 Shannon Cogan WAVE-3 Vicki Dortch WLKY-32 TV SPORTSCASTER Kent Taylor WAVE-3 Fred Cowgill WLKY-32 Tom Lane WDRB-41 TV WEATHERCASTER Kevin Harned WAVE-3 Marc Weinberg WDRB-41 Jay Cardosi WLKY-32 TV MORNING HOST Candyce Clifft WDRB-41 Lauren Jones WAVE-3 Kelsey Starks WHAS-11 (no longer there) RADIO STATION FOR MUSIC 91.9 WFPK 99.7 WDJX 103.5 WAKY O People's Choice O THE BARD'S TOWN 1801 Bardstown Road BEST O P E N - M I C N I G H T At fve till 10, Kate Sedgwick weaves among the tables of tatted, spectacled patrons at the Bard's Town. Her hands like struggling birds. "We're starting the open-mic! We're starting the open-mic!" she yells. She heads through a curtain into a dark room, steps up onstage, her dyed near- white hair a bright mop against the spotlit brick backdrop. She wears a loose button- down, baggy jeans turned up over her tennis shoes. She's hosted this open-mic for about two years, and she's no-nonsense about the rules: "You have fve minutes," she says. Then she'll shine her little fashlight at you. Then she'll stand near the stage. Then she'll come up there and tear you off. "That's how little I'm willing to fuck around," she says. Giggles from the small crowd, a couple long tables full, about 20 people counting the loners at the corner tables, most of them waiting for Sedgwick to call their name. Wannabe comics torpedo the stage with their bodies and bodily insecurities. Most impale themselves on the mic. A young guy in a Big Bang Theory T-shirt stammers through jokes about cats buying cake, his words too fast for his lips, one arm shaking at his side, a tic from some kind of disability. A bald guy with a square jaw tries crowd work. "You two ride bikes? Did you come here on a tandem bike?" It doesn't work. A guy with long brown hair pulled back into a man bun honks a laugh through his big nose, thanks the frst comic for concluding "the special-needs part of the evening." A woman says, "Oh, my God." No one laughs. Later, thankfully, some levity: "I'm a lesbian and an alcoholic," a young woman says. "I consider those my two best qualities." "If you want to be a comic, this is the only way to get better," Sedgwick tells me later. The 40-year-old has done comedy for about fve years and knows there's only one way to improve. "It's not like we can sit in a closet and practice arpeggios seven hours a day," she says. "Comics need stage time. There's no other way to learn." — DJ

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