BAD IDEA: A Free Monthly Comedy Show hosted by Zahid Dewji

htxcomedy & Pi Pizza Present

BAD IDEA: A Free Monthly Comedy Show hosted by Zahid Dewji

Mike MacRae, Jay Whitecotton, Slade Ham, Jered McCorkle, Stephen Brandau, Yusef Roach

Fri, July 21, 2017

Doors: 7:45 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


BAD IDEA: A Free Monthly Comedy Show hosted by Zahid Dewji
BAD IDEA: A Free Monthly Comedy Show hosted by Zahid Dewji
BAD IDEA: A Free Monthly Comedy Show hosted by Zahid Dewji on the patio of the Secret Group

BAD IDEA is back with another killer show for October &...

***FREE PIZZA from Pi Pizza HTX (***

This month's show features top notch comics from Austin, San Antonio & Houston:

Keisha Hunt
Travis Reyes
Adam Hrabik
Austin Smartt
Matthew Donovan
Taylor Dowdy

Grab your FREE RSVP tickets fast for guaranteed seating, this show always sells out!

Patio will open at 7:45 pm (15 minutes early) for RSVP Ticket seating. Doors for non-ticket holders will open at 8:00 pm. Show at 8:15 pm. If it rains, the show will be moved to the barroom stage, which has ample seating.

Check out recent coverage of the show on Fox26 News:

Follow us on twitter / friend us on Venmo at @BADIDEASHOW!
Mike MacRae
Mike MacRae
A native of St. Louis, Mike MacRae began performing at the legendary (read: “closed”) Houston Laff Stop in 1999 and soon developed his trademark style of blending obscure impressions into straight stand-up. Mike’s television debut was on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” in 2001 and he has since performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, NESN’s “Comedy All-Stars”, and was a full cast member on the TBS sketch show “Frank TV”. In 2009, Mike was invited to perform on the Master’s Showcase at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and is a veteran of both SXSW and the Moontower Comedy Festival. As a regular on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show” he has toured theaters across the country as part of their All-Stars Comedy Tour. Mike’s comedy short “Taste in Powder” garnered rave reviews at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, and the YouTube comments have been surprisingly benign.
Jay Whitecotton
Jay Whitecotton
Jay Whitecotton is the product of a clinically diagnosed schizophrenic family of drug addicted Star Trek nerds, who would rage tweak all night while playing Dungeons and Dragons. Somehow this was not a setback. He’s performed at Funny or Die’s Oddball Festival, Las Vegas Punk Rock and Bowling Festival, Moontower Comedy Fest, and more. In 2016 his debut album hit #1 on iTunes comedy and he taped for FOX and PBS. Between solo gigs he is one third of the American Heretics Comedy Tour along with Tom Simmons and Stewart Huff.

“…ridiculously funny with absolutely no boundaries!” – Blake Doelle San Marcos Local News

“’Comedy is a dead art form.’ Not in his hands.” – Hector Saldana The Express News

“..some guy named Whitecotton…” – Brian Villalobos SA Current
Slade Ham
Slade Ham
Averaging more than 200 shows a year, Slade has performed in thirty-six countries on six different continents over the last fifteen years. Whether in Amsterdam, Toronto, or Texas, he cuts right to the heart of what makes the audience tick. There’s no pageantry, no props, no musical cues or novelty closer; he doesn’t have to take his pants off on stage to get huge laughs.

A seasoned headliner at clubs across the United States, Slade closed XM/Sirius’s two hour long, Best of Texas special and all three of his full length albums continue to receive daily airplay on both the Raw Dog and Blue Collar Comedy stations. Slade also returned to Montreal where his short film, A Fistful of Pills, went up against Kevin Pollack at the Just for Laughs festival and won, was a staff writer for the African Film Critics Awards, and most recently he appeared on A&E’s Flipped Off alongside Survivor’s Russel Hantz. You even saw him in ring at Wrestlemania XXV. Ok, that last part is a lie.

Slade is a veteran behind the microphone, both on stage and off. He is a regular on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, co-host of The Outlaw Dave Show in Houston, and host of the wildly popular bi-weekly Whiskey Brothers Podcast, which frequently lands in the Top 25 comedy podcasts on iTunes and spawned a Jack Daniel’s sponsored tour and a feature length comedy special.

His real passions lie on the road, however – traveling the world and collecting stories. He has free-climbed mountains and been swimming with sharks. He blew out his Achilles tendon dancing to Irish music. He’s wrestled a cheetah and beaten up a midget. He’s wandered Australia’s outback, been lost in Cambodian jungles, and hiked a good part of the Andes. He ran from the cops in The Philippines and was escorted through Cairo in an armored convoy. He drank a bottle of whiskey on a Saturday night and woke up the next morning in a black Baptist church. He is anything but boring.

Slade has also taken his show overseas to the United States military twice a year for the last decade. He was telling jokes in Germany two weeks after 9/11, he’s hopped from base to base across Japan and Korea for the Air Force, and has been dropped off by Blackhawk helicopter to do spontaneous sets for soldiers in the Iraqi desert and the mountains of Afghanistan.

When not on stage, Slade drinks Irish whiskey on the rocks and listens to rock and roll much too loud. One day he hopes to write a book, host a travel show, and continue to trick the world into paying him to do the things he loves to do. He keeps a very expensive storage unit in Houston, TX.
Jered McCorkle
Jered McCorkle
A gay veteran with a philosophy degree, Jered McCorkle has a lot of ammo for the astute but goofy observational humor he uses to torpedo his audiences. Jered has been a semi-finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Funniest Person in Austin contest, and he hosts and produces a number of comedy shows including the Double Barrel comedy showcase in Austin as well as the Kappa Sigma Chucklebucket show at Southwestern University. He also hosts Leading the Blind, a weekly comedy podcast.
Stephen Brandau
Stephen Brandau
Stephen Brandau wanted to give TED talks but found the barrier to entry for stand up was easier to get through. He's a native Houstonian and one of the founders of The Secret Group. He tells jokes about drugs, sex, and his time spent in China.
Yusef Roach
Yusef Roach
Based in Austin, Texas, Yusef started performing comedy in January 2013 and has since taken nothing by storm. He can occasionally be seen at the Velveeta Room or Cap City Comedy Club.

He has performed on Moontower Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Sound On Sound Fest, Bridgetown Comedy festival, Hell Yes Fest (NOLA), the Out of Bounds Festival (ATX), and the SLC Comedy Carnivale (UT).
Venue Information:
The Secret Group
2101 Polk Street
Houston, TX, 77003