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Kafe Kerouac to serve up some comedy with its coffee

Courtesy of Zachariah Bair.

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Kafe Kerouac will now serve more than coffee and baked goods to Ohio State students and local residents.

The café will bring local comedic and musical talent with its Thursday night comedy addition at the “Wac.” The shows start at 10 p.m.

Kafe Kerouac hosts poetry slams and game nights throughout the week but will now include a comedy night every Thursday. The coffee shop works with Organ Grinder Productions Company to book standup comedians, including current OSU students.

Zachariah Baird, organizer for Organ Grinder Productions, has worked with Kafe Kerouac in the past and is excited to bring comedy talent to the café.

Baird said the campus area is missing a place for entertainment and for people to get a laugh.

“There is no place where every week a comedy show happens,” Baird said.

Thursday comedy nights will vary from week to week, depending on the talent brought to the stage.

Justin Golak, an OSU graduate student and aspiring comedian, will perform at the “Wac” on Thursday at 10 p.m.

Similar to a late night talk show, Golak said he will invite two guests and interview them. The guests are local trivia expert, Mario Ashkar, and rock musician, Matt Monpaw.

“It’s funny but I like how I get to interview a lot of cool people around Columbus: artists, musicians and people that even run non-profit organizations,” Golak said.

In addition to a themed skit, the comedian will perform his own monologue.

Golak said that OSU has been a great part of his work and hopes to get more students involved in comedy.

“A lot of our guests are OSU graduate students and I would say that the university is, in one way or the other, involved in our shows,” Golak said.

Laura Sanders, an OSU graduate and comedian, will attend the comedy show on Thursday and is also scheduled to perform at the café in November.

“It nice that it’s not your typical comedy show,” Sanders said.

Kafe Kerouac is located on 2250 N. High St.

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