'Compost Comedy'

If you've ever wanted to re-enact a tradition from old-timey movies and pelt a performer with tomatoes, the "Compost Comedy" open mic is here for you.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, at Free Cycles community bike shop, performers are welcome to sign up and tell their "tallest tale or your best worst jokes." The audience, meanwhile, is welcome to pelt them with "old inedible" fruit. To ensure the experience is fun for both sides of this, the targets will be provided with a rain poncho and goggles.

Local artist Parker Beckley arranged the first of these comedy events last fall at Real Good art space. While he expected a handful of people, some 30 ended up on stage, he said. "Some brought pages of incredibly lame jokes, some tried out material they'd used before or were working on, some people just told stories," he said.

"Once people see someone else do it and get hit they realize it's not actually so scary. If someone starts to get too rowdy and is throwing them too hard, we just make them go on stage," he said.

It was successful enough that he's bringing it to Free Cycles and constructing a new outdoor stage.

The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a farm party courtesy of sponsors, including Missoula Grain and Vegetable Co., Harlequin Produce and more.

The open-mic starts at 7:30 p.m. Afterward, stick around for live music by Holy Smokes and the Godforsaken Rollers. There's a $5 suggested donation. If you sign up to perform, you can get in for free.

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