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Comedy Central comedians David Graham and Johnny Kavanaugh entertained fans at the Knights of Columbus in Granite City.
GRANITE CITY — On Saturday, April 19, the Knights of Columbus took a new approach to reach their community in a fun and creative way by bringing in two headline comedians, David Graham and Johnny Kavanaugh.
Office manager Mary Austin told AdVantage News it was a goal to attract the community to the KC Hall.
"We want to let the people know that the KC Hall in Granite City is open to the public," Austin said. "We are not a closed-door club and we have so much to offer our community."
One way to welcome new guests to the Knights of Columbus Lounge was to offer a free show of two local comedians who have made it to some of the nation’s biggest stages.
Comedian headliner Johnny Kavanaugh was gracious to open for his friend and fellow comedian, David Graham, at the Knights of Columbus for this special show.
Johnny Kavanaugh has paired with other St. Louis comedians such as Kathleen Madigan and Graham to travel the country as well as take opportunities to entertain the troops. Kavanaugh has been on large networks like Comedy Central.
Kavanaugh got his start in comedy through basic observation and persistence.
"I was a comedy junkie," Kavanaugh said. "I would watch the ‘old guys’ in stand-up and also the black and white comedies like ‘The Three Stooges’ and that led to watching ‘The Tonight Show.’”
Kavanaugh explained how getting a break as a stand-up comedian is a courageous move in itself.
"I wanted to give it a shot, so I hit an open mic night," Kavanaugh said. "Once you do it, and if it goes well or not, you find out quick that you want to keep doing it."
David Graham, a native of Florissant, Mo., has also graced the stage for Comedy Central with his show "Graham Crackin" and worked with comedians such as Sinbad, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Graham has earned a reputation of being "America's Cleanest Comedian."
"God gave me the courage to follow this direction," Graham said. "I knew that I wanted to do this (comedy) and I didn't start off clean, but as I matured I realized I need to be in God’s corner and I knew I could be funny while keeping the language clean."
One big stage approached David Graham through a surprising series of events. “Saturday Night Live” was sent a video of a four-minute routine Graham had performed on stage and they were interested in getting that bit on the program.
"The bit was about if Forrest Gump was from East St. Louis," Graham said. "They really loved the bit but said they were not going to go with that direction at this time, but it was an amazing experience to be looked at from that big of a production."
The Knights of Columbus will continue to put out entertainment such as comedians or musicians for their guests and hope people in the community will visit their facility.
To contact the Knights of Columbus about future events, call Mary Austin at (618) 877-4250. The KC Hall is located at 4225 Old Alton Road in Granite City.