Just in time for Valentine's Day, Shadowbox Live will take a cynical -- if not funny -- look at romance.
Love Sucks will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 in the entertainment venue, 503 S. Front St.
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or online at shadowboxlive.org.
Justin Golak, one of four local comedians who will take the stage that evening, said the subject lends itself to good-natured fun.
"I don't think, necessarily think, love sucks," Golak said.
"I think some of us have varying degrees of enjoyment of love," he said.
"We wanted to give a single person who might be a little jaded during the holiday season an opportunity to commiserate and feel not so alone, or a couple who's so in love they wanted to see what the other side of love is like.
"We have something for everybody."
The first 45 minutes will include material from local comedians Nickey Winkelman, a staff writer from Shadowbox, Laura Sanders, Joseph Ivan and Golak.
Things then take an interactive turn.
During the last 45 minutes of the show, the panel of "self-appointed experts" will field questions from the audience on the topics of love, sex and relationships, Golak said.
Those who want to submit questions beforehand can do so at columbusisfunny @gmail.com.
"We've been around," Golak said. "We'll give you our advice. If it's not helpful, at least it will be humorous."
Golak cautions more sensitive viewers that the topics could get X-rated.
"I'm going to say that's probably where it's going to head, knowing the people who are in the show," he said.
"If you're grown up enough to be in a relationship, you'll be grown up enough to listen to it. But maybe not. Be prepared."
Jimmy Mak, head writer at Shadowbox, said he and Golak are creating theme nights for the comedy shows, which are held the second Tuesday of each month.
Mak said the select group of comics, who often riff on the tortured side of affection, will really make the show.
"I know that just seeing Justin and the other comics, they have a lot to say about love and relationships," he said.
Regardless of one's relationship status, it will be a Valentine's Day gift to remember, Mak said.
"It's a little more honest than dinner and flowers, let's put it that way," he said. "For better or worse, it's a little more honest."