Comedy is a Funny Business
Sunday, February 26, at 2:30 pm via Zoom


We all like to laugh (or at least most of us do). From class clown to comedy kingpin, Dustin Kauffman has been making people laugh, one way or another, for most of his life. He first appeared in front of a crowd at an open mic night in 1999. Within six months he was performing professionally. He started touring in 2003, appearing in clubs in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Tired of the life on the road, he returned to Kansas City in 2014, where he sold flooring. Which he was very good at. But still, it didn’t carry the same thrill as entertaining people. So, he began thinking about his own comedy club. In the summer of 2018, he signed a 5-year lease on what used to be a Waid’s Diner, and before that a small four-screen movie theatre. In April of 2019 the Comedy Club of Kansas City opened. At least for a while, until Covid shut it down. Dustin will talk about what it is like to run a comedy club. From obtaining a liquor license to booking comedians like Andy Dick, Andrew Dice Clay, Emo Philips, Margaret Cho, Paul Rodriguez, and Marsha Warfield, and this work may not be as funny as you think.

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Theodore Talks take place on Zoom on the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m., Central time. A list of future Theodore Talks can be found on the national Events Calendar: For more information or questions, contact Brad Lucht.