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Jessica Pupovac
Jay Groharing hosts the "As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show" at Eastside Tavern every Tuesday night.

Does the idea of standing up in front of a bunch of strangers and trying to make them laugh seem horrifying or exhilarating? For some people it’s both. This week, we explore the world of stand-up comedy and discover what kind of person willingly puts themselves out there.

Have you ever watched a stand-up comic and thought to yourself, “I’m funnier than that guy. ” Well, there’s a place in Columbia where you can give it a shot. Right on Broadway, Eastside Tavern holds a weekly amateur comedy night, the “As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show. ”

KBIA’s Jessica Pupovac went to the show to find out what’s driving these would-be comedians and whether they could

Scarlett Robertson joined KBIA as a producer in February 2011. She studied psychology at Lake Forest College and holds a masters degree in journalism from Syracuse University. Scarlett began her professional career in psychology, jumped to magazines and then came to her senses and shifted to public radio. She has contributed to NPR member stations WAER in Syracuse, KUT in Austin and Chicago’s WBEZ.