Stand Up in the Heights

Betty Jayne Brimmer Center
Host Organization
Betty Jayne Brimmer Center

Giggles and Guffaws at The Betty Jayne

The Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in Peoria Heights will host another hilarious episode of “Stand Up in the Heights” from 7 to 10 p.m.

Prominent local radio personality Greg Batton again will emcee the event and likely tell a few jokes in his own right. Tickets are $10 in advance at, $15 at the door. This is an over-21 show, given some adult content.

The night of laughs at the BJB may be popular enough now to become a regular thing, with the lineup this time around featuring Edgar Sandoval, Joe Roderick and Jeff Govednik. The final hour of the evening will be set aside for audience members to talk, socialize and perhaps have a drink with the performers.

Sandoval, the former local television personality who left that world to enter corporate communications, has made a shtick of “growing up Asian in America” and says that most guys who look like him “are doctors, engineers or ninjas.” He mines his family life as a husband and father of four and soccer coach for fresh material. He started doing standup in 2016, calling it “a midlife crisis that’s cheaper than a sports car, less effort than a marathon, and less complicated than a girlfriend.”

Roderick grew up in an Irish Catholic family headed by a father who was an Episcopal priest. The Macomb native performs a vaudeville-like act, complete with opera singers and a speakeasy jazz band. Also a trivia fanatic, he has been a mainstay on Peoria-area comedy stages for the better part of the last decade, with a stint in L.A. writing for TV, specifically “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “This Is Us.” He has been described as a “bona fide comedy giant of the Midwest.”

Govednik “seamlessly combines highbrow and lowbrow humor into a unibrow philosophy” in a musical comedy act that is “both intellectually stimulating and a touch disturbing.” His performance of songs such as “Hey Look a Cow” and “Aquabet” have developed quite the following.