PITTSBURG, Kan. — A new comedy series is coming to Southeast Kansas, and it sounds like the title of a 1950s B horror movie.

“It Came from the Basement” is the name for a string of 90-minute shows — the first scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 — held at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. Each show will be headlined by a national touring stand-up comedian and run once a week, at 8:30 p.m., from the end of March through early May.

“I’m excited to see this venue re-imagined to provide comedy shows and other events, including live music,” said Chris Patterson, the auditorium’s general manager. “This size of the space allows us to do more shows, and it’s going to provide our audience with an intimate comedy club atmosphere.”

The name, “It Came from the Basement,” was inspired by the venue itself — the lower level, or basement, of the Memorial Auditorium.

This space, which often hosts banquets, conventions, exhibitions and numerous other events, will be transformed into a 200-seat comedy club for this unique series.

Patterson, who is utilizing the space in creative ways to attract comedy acts and other performers to Pittsburg, said he is expecting this comedy series to open up new downtown entertainment and nightlife options in Pittsburg.

“These comedians are playing venues in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock and more,” he said. “The comedy series will allow people in Pittsburg to see major talent at an affordable price, without the hassle of driving out of town for entertainment.”

The acts include:

• Wednesday, Connor McSpadden with special guest Kameron Johnson.

• Wednesday, April 4, Jason Russel with special guest Ryan Green.

• Wednesday, April 11, CJ Starr with special guest Lauren Turner.

• Wednesday, April 18, Robert L. Mungle and special guest Meghan Welch.

• Wednesday, April 25, Ben Creed and special guest Dave Short.

• Thursday, May 3, Jessica Michelle Singleton with special guest Olivia Grace.

Ticket prices are $60 for a VIP table for four ($15 each), $10 general admission in advance, and $12 general admission at the door.

Details: Tickets can be purchased online at www.memorialauditorium.org, by phone at 620-231-7827, or in person at the Memorial Auditorium box office.

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