Luminaries: The Evolution of Stand-Up Comedy

// Tuesday, Sep 28, 2pm ET

Luminaries: The Evolution of Stand-Up Comedy

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2 p.m. presentation followed by light refreshments


This presentation will highlight the origins of stand-up comedy, from the vaudeville era to current-day comedians, exploring the comedy boom of the ’80s and deconstructing sets from some of the legends of the field.

About the Presenter
Nationally known comic Dwight Simmons hails from Indianapolis and has performed stand-up in nearly every state in the country. He started telling jokes while in school at Indiana University and immediately fell in love with it. He has been featured on Kevin Hart’s LOL Radio on Sirius XM and on the syndicated The Bob & Tom Show, for which he is also a writer. He is a co-director of the annual Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington and the creator and host of the web series BrewTube Comedy. In 2018, Simmons’ self-produced album Sip and Pass reached No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts, making it his second release to do so. That same year, he was the Indiana selection for Thrillist’s “Best Undiscovered Comedian from Every State.” More information is available at

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