TopCity Comedy, tonight featuring four dynamic funny men and woman.


by: Kerrice Mapes

Austin Arbogast hosts, what we presume will be a hilarious TopCity Comedy showcase Friday, March 15 at The Breakroom; featuring four dynamic performers.


Born and raised in Illinois and moved to Kansas at 18, Derek Aalders developed a passion for comedy at an early age. He started standing in front of brick walls as early as first grade recess. His views on life may be considered cynical to some, but in his eyes he’s a realist. Derek has performed at different venues stretching as far as New York, and has shared the stage with many well-known comedians. He is a local favorite in Wichita, and is a four-time finalist in the Wichita’s Funniest Person Contest. You may have seen him at The Stand in New York City, Stanford and Son’s bin Kansas City, Wichita’s Loony Bin. You may have also seen him on NBC’s Wheel of Fortune.


Jeremy Rush grew up in a salvage yard on the Southside of Wichita with a crazy stepdad and uses that upbringing and quick wit to entertain people all over the Midwest. His hilarious stories of growing up and his wife and kids will have you laughing all night.


Tracy’s comical style appeals to everyone as she discusses life, relationships, weight loss/gain, crazy family and pop-culture, all through the lens of a country girl set loose in the big city.

-Steve Moser

Tracy Barkley was born and raised in a very small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Alabama. An interest in comedy sparked in Tracy at the age of seven when she began watching Andy Griffith and Carol Burnett television shows, which remain to this day two of her biggest influences. A keen interest in the rebellious side of comedy started in her teenage years when she discovered Sam Kinison, George Carlin and Andrew Dice Clay. This all developed into Tracy Jean Barkley busting out of the comedy closet and diving head first into theater, improv and stand up in college. Tracy began professionally touring as comedian in February 2016. A mix of home-style story telling about life in the deep south all the way through to laying down roots in a big city. Tracy’s comical style appeals to everyone as she discusses life, relationships, weight loss/gain, crazy family, and pop culture through the lens of a country girl set loose in the big city. She also has a great passion for animals. Part of all proceeds she makes goes to help animal rescues and BeArded WARRIORs, a U.S. Veterans Support Group.


Sparkplug aka Michael Threlkeld joins us on the main showcase for the first time. He started last fall and has been a great addition to our open mic group. His humorous outlook on unpleasant situations and genuine personality shine through.


-30- profiles provided by Steve Moser, founder of TopCity Comedy


TopCity Comedy is downtown Topeka’s premier bi-monthly showcase featuring the best stand-up comedians in the Midwest. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7p; Show at 8p. Open mic follows, approx. 10:05p.

More info. and to purchase advanced tickets online, go to





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