Party Planner: 'Beef Ghost'

Erica Thompson
Amber Falter, photo by Tim Johnson

What's behind door number three?

It's the first question you'd ask when passing the otherwise nondescript garage with the number painted in yellow on its bright, turquoise door. Located near the former site of multiple slaughterhouses, the building is said to be haunted.

When local comedian Amber Falter encountered the entity less than a year ago, she knew she had to do two things. The first was to give it a name: “Beef Ghost.” The second was to build a show around it.

“It's almost like a comedy speakeasy, or you have to know to go,” Falter said during our interview in the garage. I was given vague directions that required travel by car and then by foot, and I still don't know exactly where it's located. Fortunately, we met during the day, so we were only surrounded by non-threatening objects: a broken forklift and stacks of flat boxes here, a bucket and ladder there.

But folks attending the sold-out inaugural “Beef Ghost” show on Thursday, Aug. 23, may not be so lucky. But maybe that's the point. In addition to getting a possible glimpse of the spirit, they'll be entertained by a lineup of comedians, including Angie Healey and Brooke Cartus, who was namedAlive's best comedian of 2017.

“As a female comic, I always want to represent females first,” Falter said. “I will find a headliner, and then based on the headliner's style and cadence, I will book others. … [Healey] and Brooke remind me of each other, but on very different ends of the spectrum. They are loud. They are demanding. They are hilarious. They are brilliant. But their styles are super different.”

But that's not all.

“I'm doing some Oprah-type shit,” Falter said. “I'm gonna give out really random prizes. … I'm just gonna hand out like a pound of bacon, or it could be a ham. Who knows?”

Falter has flexed her event-planning muscle with other shows such as the “Stand Up for Choice” benefit for pro-choice organizations and the monthly “Growlin' Gremlin” showcase at the Daily Growler in German Village. The latter show was inspired by the 1985 film “Cat's Eye.” Falter had recurring nightmares about the troll character.

“Now, it just seems like I have an obsession with monsters and the dead,” she said of “Beef Ghost.”

Falter anticipates “Beef Ghost” will be a quarterly production, but an appearance could be sparked sooner by a comedian visiting town, or something in current events.

“‘Beef Ghost' will rise when the occasion presents itself,” she said.

8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23

“Beef Ghost”