418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901, United States

(618) 457-5353

A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.

A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.

A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.

LIVE EVENTS

Terriers Live! Comedy Improv

image2

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
$8 adults / $4 students
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30


Terriers Live! Improv Comedy troupe is back at the Varsity for their monthly show.  


The talented group of students is based at Carbondale Community High School. They perform a variety of short-form improvisational games. The show is appropriate for all ages. The troupe is sponsored by CCHS teachers Erik Berry and Josh Taylor. Their work is made possible through a grant from the Garwin Family Foundation.


Tickets are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link). They are not available in advance at the venue, but will be available at the door on the night of show when doors open at 6:30 p.m. That’s also when the Varsity Bar opens, featuring wine, beer, select cocktails, non-alcohol beverages and snacks. 

Bryan Miller Comedy

image3

7 p.m. Thursday, March 5
$12
Doors and Bar at 6:30


Bryan Miller grew up in Carbondale and started pursing his love for comedy at iconic Carbondale establishments such as Booby's, Gatsby's II and Mugsy McGuire's. Now, having spent his most recent decade honing his skills as a writer, performer and show runner in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miller is returning to headline at The Varsity Center for one night only in March.


Miller plays comedy clubs all over the country, writes jokes for performer friends on “The Bob & Tom Show,” and has even logged some TV performances during his comedy career.


Catch Bryan at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link.) Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but will be available when doors open on the night of the show at 6:30. That’s when the bar opens, too.

Riverside Comedy

image4

7 p.m. Saturday, March 28
$12
Doors & Bar at 6:30


The whole crew from Riverside Comedy is bringing stand-up, music, miming and majorly entertaining acts to The Varsity Center!


Tom Cook, Thor Harter, Mark Hewkin, Eric Ruessler, Tyler King, and Liam Ohlendorf are the dudes of Riverside Comedy. They're bringing some abrasive and outlandish comedy to The Varsity on March 28, but they've got so much more for you than that. These guys are a modern day Animal House, and the world is their COLLEGE.


Get ready, get rowdy, and get your fill of interactive laughs when Riverside Comedy takes over The Balcony at The Varsity with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this crew deliver their best before they get even better.


Tickets are $12 and are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link). Tickets aren’t available in advance at the venue but will be for sale when doors and the bar open at 6:30 on the night of the show.

Comedy: Christine Stedman

image5

7 p.m. Saturday, April 18
$12
Doors & Varsity Bar at 6:30


With a Mr. Wonderful in her life and a mic in her hand, comedian Christine Stedman continues to deliver a mix of comedy momma and filthy grandma to clubs and venues throughout the country. 


Christine will make a tour appearance at The Varsity on Saturday, April 18.


With career highlights including residencies in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and television performances on “The View” and Nickelodeon's “Funniest Mom in America,” Stedman has earned her comedian's tan. Her stories about sex and growing old, kids and feeling young, and her propensity for drawing hilarious interactions from crowds in attendance keeps audiences laughing. 


Opening for Stedman will be local heartthrob Elizabeth Hamilton, whose wit and energy have taken the heartland comedy scene by storm in recent months. 


Showtime is 7 p.m. and doors open half an hour before the show, with $12 advance tickets at Eventbrite (see link). Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but will be on sale when doors open on the night of the show.