(Charles Passy’s article appeared in The Wall Street Journal, 11/26; via he Drudge Report.)

AFTER OVEREXPANSION, MORE SPOTS ARE OPENING AND ESTABLISHED ONES ARE TURNING AWAY PATRONS

New York is getting serious about joking around.

The city is enjoying a comedy boom with the opening of several new clubs in the past few years. West Side Comedy Club, a 100-seat venue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is one of the latest additions to the scene, launching in early October.

And other venues are adding comedy to the mix. Fishbowl, a bar and lounge at the Dream Midtown hotel, has launched a monthly comedy program, with the next one slated for Wednesday night.

Established clubs say their business has been growing as well. Case in point: Carolines on Broadway, the 284-seat Times Square club that has a roster of such familiar comedians as Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin and Dave Chappelle.

Owner Caroline Hirsch says attendance has increased by about 50% during the past 25 years to a current figure of about 150,000 a year.

Comedy is “bigger than ever right now,” Ms. Hirsch said.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/no-laughing-matter-new-york-comedy-clubs-become-a-draw-in-tough-times-1511618400

Photo: Wall Street Journal

One thought on “NO LAUGHING MATTER: NEW YORK COMEDY CLUBS ARE FLOURISHING

  1. Kenneth Gladman

    It is great to hear that attendance in comedy clubs are growing. Stand up is a art, and it is something that I really appreciate as such. Hopefully these trends continue in the coming years.

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