This club is in the basement of Playa Betty’s, a California surf-themed restaurant founded by former employees of Caroline’s Comedy Club. An unusual theme, no?
There are two comedy clubs in my neighbourhood. Judging by the ‘connectedness’ to the comedy show business world, this one seems well attached. I attribute that only to their calendar which shows a lineup populated with ‘known’ and upcoming names.
The jazz club world is similar. Good clubs attract knowledgeable, respectful patrons in turn attracting knowledgeable talented musicians. Word spreads and a successful model is created and sustained.
There is so much competition for comedy club dollars I think the risk is high that partons will be disappointed over a random choice unless they pay a top dollar for headliners or for tickets to big name clubs in the Times Square area.
But this one seems to have found a niche — it’s popular, busy, and has survived — a potent indicator. It’s a busy corner location with a restaurant to support it, another good sign.