Thanks to Larry and Cindy Sloan and their business, The Talent Factory, which opened for its first show back in January of 2013, Nevada is becoming known a town for comedy.


This month, the Sloans learned that The Talent Factory had been named as “One of the 10 Best Comedy Spots in Iowa,” according to Best of AmericanTowns, a property of AmericanTowns Media.


“We were unaware there was a list like this prior to getting the first article a few weeks ago,” said Larry. “So when we found out that we were number 4 in Iowa, it validated all the hard work and effort we have put into it. It’s been a long haul, with a lot of disappointment. This helps us feel like we’re making some progress.”


The Talent Factory has hosted some funny people. Among them are Louie Anderson, Heywood Banks, Drew Hastings, Greg Hahn, Tim Bedore and Bob Zany, to name a few.


And to keep people laughing, more funny shows are on tap for this summer.


“We have the great Drew Hastings, a four-timer on The Tonight Show” coming again soon, Larry said. Also coming up this summer are John Bush and Patrick Albanese, two-thirds of Triple Espresso; the comedy magic of Ben Ulin and Bob Zany’s Birthday Bash.


The Top 10 list put The Talent Factory in the midst of good company. The rest of the Top 10 were as follows:


#10) Octopus College Hill, Cedar Falls


#9) Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines


#8) The Englert Theater, Iowa City


#7) Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines


#6) Last Laugh Comedy Theater, Windsor Heights


#5) Yacht Club, Iowa City


#3) Laughing Moon Comedy Club, Dubuque


#2) Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids


#1) The Funny Bone, West Des Moines


“We’ve been to The Funny Bone and know the owner of Penguin’s,” Larry said. “Many of the names on the list have been open for decades, so to be included in that list after only four-and-a-half years makes us very proud, especially considering we’re located in (a small town like Nevada).”


To find out more about what’s happening at The Talent Factory, visit The Talent Factory page on Facebook, or visit the website: www.iowatalentfactory.com.