Comedian Dan Alten is returning to Be Here Now Wednesday to perform alongside Tennah McDonald and Steven Albert as part of Comedy Underground, a weekly comedy event, at 9 p.m.

Alten is motivated by the success of his past performances and uses audience reactions to help add, revise and improve his previous routine into an updated, “surreal, delightful and weird exploration.”

“I’m always working on new stuff. I perform a lot so I’m always changing material and writing new things,” Alten said. “I took the things I did last time and made them more developed with new twists. I add and take away things each night I perform.”

Dan Alten at Comedy Underground

Where: Be Here Now

When: 9-11 p.m.

Cost: $3 for guests 21 and up, $5 for guests 20 and under

As Alten travels to perform at different locations in Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin and Indiana, he is working to make his routine into something that is “universally funny.”

“The shows have always gone really well. People seem to really enjoy it,” Alten said. “I usually get the same people coming back and bringing their friends and even wearing the buttons I sell at my shows.”

With this show, Alten said he is looking forward to performing new material in Be Here Now’s fun environment. 

“[The Muncie crowd] is very smart, laid back and very interested in having a good time,” Alten said. “They get everything and don’t get offended, which gives me freedom. I love going back [to Muncie].”

Tennah McDonald, a comedian and former organizer of Comedy Underground, said Alten is “an absolute delight.”

“I love everything about his humor,” McDonald said. “He’s whimsical with a magnetic personality and infectious smile.”

McDonald is also looking forward to performing at Be Here Now because of the intimacy of the venue and the routine she has prepared, which she said is “a lot of weird humor … but not too gross.”

“It’s a special show. I’m not just saying that because I’m super bias, It’s a very warm atmosphere, you can come sit right by stage,” McDonald said. “I always describe Be Here Now — specifically the Wednesday shows — as the show you go to when you want to go hang out at your grandma’s place. She’s going to treat you right, you’re going to get spoiled. 

Between the three comedians performing Wednesday, musician Corey Sites will also play music for the crowd.

“At the end of the day, [the show is] entertainment like anything else. People are stressed out and busy, they don’t have time to relax, but when you find something really funny, it’s a moment of genuine relaxation, a genuine moment of relief,” Alten said. 

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