JaWon Wheat, a talented comedian, found his passion for comedy during a talent show at Highland Park High School in 2014. Since then, he has been actively pursuing opportunities to work on his craft in Topeka. Wheat is part of Top City Comedy, a comedy showcase that started in 2011 and has become a pillar of the local comedy scene.
Through his storytelling format, Wheat invites the audience to join him on a journey through his life, making them feel like family. He believes that laughter is therapeutic and helps him cope with his severe anxiety and depression. Comedy serves as his personal form of therapy, giving him the chance to share his unique perspective on life’s challenges and find the light in every situation.
Vicki Trembly and Dan Shenck, the founders of Top City Comedy, have been instrumental in nurturing the growth of the comedy scene in Topeka. They have consistently provided comedians and performers with opportunities to showcase their talents at various venues and shows throughout the city. Their dedication to fostering laughter has attracted not only local comedians but also talent from all over the Midwest.
Top City Comedy recently hosted a comedy competition, drawing more than 50 people to watch each comic perform and vote for their favorite. Ace, a comedian from Kansas City, took home the top prize, while Wheat placed second and Malik El-Amin, also from Topeka, placed third. The competition showcased the diversity and relatability of Midwest comedy, which resonates with audiences across the country.
The growth of the comedy scene has been evident as more younger comics emerge and find their voice on stage. Jay Patterson, a 70-year-old comedian known as “Just J,” started her comedy career during the pandemic and has witnessed the rise of new talents. She encourages aspiring comedians to seize opportunities, take classes, and not be afraid to step into the spotlight.
For those interested in experiencing comedy in Topeka, Top City Comedy hosts regular open mic nights at Happy Basset Barrel House on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Additionally, they have produced a televised comedy hour on Fox 43. Chris Shultz, owner of 909 and 911 S. Kansas Ave., is also considering bringing live comedy back to downtown Topeka.
To be part of the comedy scene, Shenck and Trembly recommend trying out their open mic nights, as many successful headliners started their careers in that very same way. For information on upcoming events, follow Top City Comedy’s Facebook page and visit their website www.topcitycomedy.com.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How did JaWon Wheat get started in comedy?
JaWon Wheat discovered his comedic talents during a talent show at Highland Park High School in 2014. Since then, he has been actively pursuing comedy opportunities and is now part of Top City Comedy.
2. How does comedy serve as therapy for Wheat?
Wheat shares that he suffers from severe anxiety and depression. Performing comedy acts as his therapy, allowing him to find humor in challenging situations and bring joy to both himself and the audience.
3. Who founded Top City Comedy?
Top City Comedy was founded by Vicki Trembly and Dan Shenck. They have been relentless in their efforts to grow the comedy scene in Topeka and provide opportunities for local comedians.
4. Where can I find comedy events in Topeka?
Top City Comedy hosts regular open mic nights at Happy Basset Barrel House on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. They also organize various shows and events throughout the city. Stay updated by following their Facebook page and visiting their website www.topcitycomedy.com.