The Normal Humor Comedy Hour
The Normal Humor is an open mic style show hosted by local comic Jay Avery that brings comics from all over Central Illinois to perform 5 minute sets. An open mic is usually a first come, first serve style show where performers are given a short amount of time to perform their material in front of an audience. For this show, the night includes a mixture of first time comics and scheduled local performers. Booking for the shows are done via a link found on the Normal Theater Facebook page and website approximately one week before each performance. Please note: the content of the show is not always family friendly; however, performers are not encouraged to just present “blue” material.
Midwest Songwriter Sessions
Hosted by Marcos Mendez, the Midwest Songwriter Sessions is evolving into a particularly interesting and exciting show. This year’s format will showcase Central Illinois talent being interviewed by Marcos interspersed with the artists performing their music. The styles of the musicians and their music will be diverse, but will mainly focus on Folk, Americana, Roots, and Acoustic performance.
Normal’s Top Comic
Beginning February 20, the Normal Theater will offer comics a chance to win cash prizes and the title of Normal’s Top Comic. Each week during the preliminary rounds, audience members will vote for their top comedian – the four top comics each week will advance to the semi-final round. In addition to the 12 audience-selected comics, four will be chosen by Normal Humor members and the Normal Theater staff. These 16 comedians will compete in the semi-final round with eight advancing to the final round on April 8. The top three competitors will receive cash prizes and the chance to perform in a ticketed show featuring nationally touring comedians. All shows are free to the public excluding the final round; tickets for the April 8th performance are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Beginning in May or June, the Normal Theater hopes to provide ticketed concerts approximately once a month. The musicians and bands may be artists featured in the Midwest Songwriter Sessions or from a network of promoters. The ticketing for these shows will depend on the notoriety of the performers and the expense involved in securing the performers.