Lima native Moore to headline stand-up night

LIMA — Ty Moore always feels humbled whenever he returns to his hometown to perform.

But the stand-up comedian from Lima is set to take the Ohio Theatre stage with five other comedians at the venue’s third stand-up night starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

“I just want to give them a great show,” the Columbus resident said. “I think the first time I performed in Lima was July of 2019 when I was five years in at that point. We had a couple of great shows a few years ago and it’s always fun to come back and tell some jokes.”

When Ken Carlson approached him through another comedian and mutual friend, it was easy to agree on the July 13 date.

“I’m really excited because I have a lot of family coming in that have seen me a few times on stage,” Moore said. “It’s going to be a challenge to make sure that I tell at least one new joke so they don’t fall asleep, but I’m also looking forward to performing for friends of mine who haven’t seen me since school. I don’t think they’ve seen me perform any sets yet and that’s good because they skipped over the first six years of my career and did themselves a favor.”

Moore, a Lima Central Catholic graduate, said he is excited for the audience to see the rest of the performers including fellow Columbus comedians Zach Harley and Brian Harris, but he will differentiate himself with his eclectic style.

“Some comedians lean into making a point or maybe have a political preference, but I’m very silly and like to make dumb jokes,” he said. “I’m usually the butt of my own jokes, but it’s not too sad because I’ve gotten better at self-deprecation. I try to give people 15 minutes where they don’t have to worry about whatever is going on in their own life.”

Moore said he will be honored to perform at the Ohio Theatre, but he will be nervous.

“I definitely hope the audience leaves feeling satisfied,” he said. “I hope they find me funny enough to be worth the price of admission. I was always nervous in the beginning because I wasn’t very good, but I always want people to laugh and getting to do it for people who have known me all my life like teachers and classmates is a fun, ironic feeling. I can’t wait to give everyone a great show.”

The comedian has one piece of advice for anyone attending the show: don’t hug him after the show.

“I know it’s going to be very hot,” he said. “Just do a handshake because it’ll feel like you’ve jumped in a swimming pool without one in sight.”

Doors open for the show, which has a $15 cover, at 6 p.m.

The show will also feature Indiana comedians Jamarcus Turner, DeAngelo and Carlson on the Stage Door Canteen Cabaret Stage.

Seating is limited to 75.

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