Comedy shows help city cope with holiday crazy

Nickey Winkelman admitted the comedy in these two upcoming shows isn't necessarily all Christmas-themed, but is there a better time for genuine, gut-busting laughs than the holidays?

This is the third year for these shows, which kind of started because comedian and Columbus expat Riley Silverman was going to be in town and Winkelman wanted to put her to work onstage. A slate of all-female comics was a hit, and it was followed up a week later with an all-male show.

“For every HoliDames, I've been able to have Riley Silverman in town to close the show. I'm really happy to have her back again this year, since she's the reason this all started,” Winkelman said. HoliDudes also has a couple of out-of-town guests, and both slates also feature Columbus comics, including Amber Falter, Brooke Cartus, Erik Tait and Dustin Meadows.

“We always pitch it as, ‘Get away from your family for a night, or bring them along.' Just don't bring the kids, and maybe not grandma, unless she's a dirty grandma, because there is definitely adult language and content,” Winkelman said.