Nate Bargatze is headlining the last comedy show at the Columbus Maennerchor, which will close at the end of August.

Nate Bargatze is headlining the last comedy show at the Columbus Maennerchor, which will close at the end of August.

The New York City-based comic said he will give the audience something to look forward to.

"Just come out," he said during a phone interview last week from his home in Queens. "You'll have fun, whether it's for the comedy or to watch me go down in a fiery blaze. Either way, it will be fun."

The show, "Dylan Shelton Presents: Nate Bargatze Live in Columbus," will begin at 9:30 p.m. May 26 and May 27,at the Brewery District location, 966 S. High St. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door.

Bargatze's story isn't unlike that of other comics. It wasn't his chosen profession.

Bargatze was raised in a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. A friend, who wanted to make a career in improvisational comedy, talked him into moving to Chicago. After a few years on the local circuit, he moved to New York City, where he performs several times a week.

He recently returned from his fourth visit to Iraq, where he entertained troops.

His act also takes him across the country. He has performed twice on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," before O'Brien's move to TBS, and did a special on Comedy Central.

"It's working out," he said of his career.

Then he paused.

"I guess we'll see if it works out," he said. "It's working out right now."

Bargatze said his routine is clean, in the style of Jerry Seinfeld and Sinbad, meaning no vulgarity or cursing.

"It's natural, the way I grew up," he said.

Shelton, a comedian based in Columbus, has organized five shows featuring national acts at the Maennerchor and another three with local talent.

It's a farewell show of sorts for Shelton, who is moving to New York City to develop his comedic style. He plans to stay in the Big Apple for five years and return to Columbus. He still plans to organize about two shows a year in Columbus.

Meanwhile, the Maennerchor eventually will be razed, as Columbus City Schools has plans to expand Stewart Alternative Elementary School, located across the alley.

Sue Gall, general manager of the Maennerchor, said she's sorry to see comedy nights, along with other events at the facility, drawing to a close.

"(Shelton) always gets top-notch people," she said. "The comedy's always a good time."

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