The Mill — Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m.
Five different midwest comedians, all named Dan — Dan Bush, Dan Schmidt, Dan Vaughn, Daniel Frana and Dan Umthun — perform Saturday at the Mill for the “Best Dan Comedy Show Period,” part of the group’s Dan-A-Palooza tour. The tour runs through January, or as the comedians prefer to call it, “Danuary.”
“The whole idea came up one day on Facebook when I was joking around with Dan Umthun and we generated this list of Dan-themed comedy shows like ‘Pants-off Dans-off,'” explained Iowa City’s Daniel Frana. “That’s in fact what we’re calling the Des Moines show.”
“Pants-off Dans-off” will take place Jan. 23 at The Basement in Des Moines as part of the Mad Science Comedy Lab stand-up series organized by Umthun. Frana and Umthun perform regularly in Iowa City and Des Moines, respectively, and have performed together in a number of shows. This fall, Frana appeared at the Des Moines Beast Village Comedy Festival in October which Umthun organized. In addition, Frana hosted Umthun and other Des Moines comedians for a comedy showcase at The Mill in November.
“I am thankful to my parents, for putting me on this earth, but, more importantly, for naming me Dan,” said Dan Bush of Davenport. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be on this tour.”
While Frana has performed with Bush, this will be his first time doing stand up along with either Dan Schmidt and or Dan Vaugh, both of whom hail from Wisconsin. However, he is confident that the experience will be a positive one.
“It’ll be nice to work with so many like-named people,” said Frana.