Comedy Caravan returns to Mallards Thursday

Published 8:24 pm Sunday, January 15, 2017

Comedy Caravan returns to Mallard’s Thursday with headliner Mark Klein, the “Corp Jester.” 

A Louisville native who’s been touring professionally for well over 35 years, Klein has been fortunate enough to headline shows on all five continents. 

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GQ magazine’s five-page profile of Klein, says Tom Sobel with Comedy Caravan, was aptly titled “The King of One Night Stand Ups.” Dan Rather introduced a CBS 48 Hours profile of Klein’s career, “Comedy’s Road Warrior,” by saying, “Did you hear the joke about the comedian who actually earns a living at it?”

“Like his former comedy team partner, Bob Batch, Mark’s first national TV appearance was taped in Cincy in 1983, with a very young Tim Allen for Rupert Murdoch’s international broadcast, STAR-TV,” Sobel says. He says many of todays comedy stars — Steve Harvey, Ellen DeGeneres, Roseanne, Paula Poundstone to name a few — all opened for Mark.” 



Sobel says no slouch himself, the featured act will be Jamie Utley, a very well-traveled and respected comedian. A veteran of the FOX TV series “Laughs,” Utley is also an owner of several comedy clubs — including Louisville’s Laughing Derby. 

The night’s emcee, Robin Michelle Taylor, has had a very interesting path to comedy which took a unique turn, Sobel says. 



“She’s another Louisville native, and a graduate of Louisville’s Youth Performing High School. She moved to New York in hopes of a singing career with the Metropolitan Opera,” Sobel says. “Although she sant on Met productions for three years, the comedy bug hit her and she just couldn’t resist.” 

The show goes up at 8 p.m. Get tickets by calling (859) 936-8103.