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Kansas City's comedy scene grows as new talent emerges

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Standup comedy is alive and well in Kansas City.  There are plenty of talented comedians, but many times their jokes go unheard. Standup comedy is alive and well in Kansas City. There are plenty of talented comedians, but many times their jokes go unheard.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City has a flourishing art scene with First Fridays and museums, but there is one form that doesn't get as much attention.

Standup comedy is alive and well in Kansas City. There are plenty of talented comedians, but many times their jokes go unheard.

Now, two funny, young men are trying to grow the comedy scene in the metro.

Zach Smith and his friend Patrick Moore know how to get laughs. They're working on getting crowds.

Comedy is their craft, and take it from them, a joke isn't funny if no one is laughing.

"It makes it tricky because you're at a bar at open mic night and there are three people there," Moore said.

The two local comedians are trying to generate buzz about the variety of shows and talent around town.

"I think people only think of it being at comedy clubs, which there's only two in Kansas City. People don't know about the other shows that go on all throughout downtown, here in the Crossroads and Westport. There are lots of comedy shows there," Moore said.

A little known gem is a comedy show called "The Movie Interruption" at the Alamo Drafthouse.  It is gaining crowds of up to 50 people, but the real goal is to fill the entire theatre.

"Each week we bring a different show, different comics, a different guest, and we play a movie and crack jokes in front of it. It's a lot of fun," Chris Cubas said.

Cubas runs the show. He is from Austin, TX, which has a nationally recognized comedy scene. He says it is all about getting the word out.

"The problem with comics is we are lazy. We do comedy because we don't want to have real jobs. So we get a lot of people that put on shows, but they don't put the backstage work which is promoting and doing radio, TV, posters. And these guys, they do all that," Cubas said.

"Don't take us as an example. There are really funny people in the city... people that have been around a really long time, headlining comedians," Smith said.

For them, comedy is no joke. It is their life.

"The Movie Interruption" at the Alamo Drafthouse takes place at 8 p.m. Friday.

Smith and Moore have a show coming up Jan. 9 at Mission Theatre.

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