Stand Up Comedy, Edgy, New Talent
18 & over
Two items minimum
Showcase @ Zanies is a showcase of the funniest professional comedians based in the Nashville area, plus guest sets from traveling comics, and a few up-and-coming young comics from the local Nashville scene.
Comics Scheduled to perform are:
Chad Riden has appeared on "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, the Late Show with David Letterman's "Tony Mendez Show," ABC's "Nashville," and is featured on an episode of CMT-Canada's "Mississippi Snake Grabbers."
Riden's comedy is about his chaotic reality. A full time stand-up comedian since 2006, Riden weathered bankruptcy, divorce and foreclosure, launched a poultry farm, broke a world record, and made an unsuccessful run for mayor of Nashville. Riden tells self-incriminating stories that embarrass his daughter and make everybody else think he's a weirdo. He lives in East Nashville with two flying squirrels and a turtle.
From April 12-20, 2015, Riden co-produced and headlined the world record setting #BrokenRecordShow at The East Room in Nashville, Tennessee - a non-stop 184 hour, 16 minute long standup comedy show that more than doubled the previous GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of “Longest Stand-Up Comedy Show - Multiple Comedians.” The show featured about 100 comedians, including surprise celebrity guest sets from Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, Rory Scovel, Nate Bargatze, Louis J. Gomez, Keith Alberstadt, Jon Reep, Ahmed Ahmed and Killer Beaz. Chad slept only 20 hours total over the course of 10 days, and only had to yell at two people who absolutely deserved it. He is not sorry at all.
"Chad's a good guy. He's been through a rough divorce and his heart is heavy; he's got a burden. That burden makes him funny." – Marc Maron, WTF episode 209 (September, 2011) & in Marc’s book “Attempting Normal,” on page 175.
“His observations on the domestic sphere teeter amiably on the edge.” – The Nashville Scene
Over the course of a weekend in February 2011, Doug Stanhope called Chad Riden “wicked funny” once, “fucking brilliant” twice, and “stupid” only one time.