If you enjoy a good laugh, you might want to stop in at R Place for a night of laughter on May 11. The new pub and pizza place is kicking off the event season with Josh Alton, who just happens to be an Iowa native that studied comedy at the famous Second City Theater in Chicago.

Alton, an athlete turned comedian, hung up his football cleats and grabbed the microphone. Alton eventually became a regular at several Chicago comedy clubs, including the Improv and Laugh Factory and Riddles Comedy Club. Now, living back in Des Moines, he tours all over the country headlining comedy clubs and private events.

Leading off the night at R Place will be Bobby Ray Bunch, another Iowa native working the comedy circuit. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for six years, Bunch moved back to Iowa to further his education. It was during his college years that he tried stand-up comedy and decided that was a better career choice for him than his position working in benefits and financial security.

Bunch has been on stage at The Comedy Store, Zanie’s, Daytrotter, comedy festivals and casinos. He also performs as a solo acoustic musician.

The May 11 event at R Place includes the comedy show, acoustic music and trivia. Comedy will begin at 7 p.m., with a cover charge of $8 per person. At 8:30, the venue will be open to the public at no charge.

Gather your team for trivia and win prizes. R Place is gearing up for an active summer season. The first Bike Night will be on May 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Paul Michael Davis of Wikid Likir.