About two weeks ago I was in New Brunswick at the Stress Factory Comedy Club. It was my first time at a comedy show, so I was really excited to see what it was all about. The headliner was Dave Attell, who is best known for being on the show “Insomniac”on Comedy Central. I was definitely not ready. It was the coolest atmosphere. I walked in, the lights dimmed, with brick walls and a small platform stage in the center of the room, with a payphone randomly hanging above a stool in front of a microphone. We were seated and watched clips of random comedies like “Happy Gilmore” and “Old School” as we waited for the opening act.
There were two opening acts before Attell even came on stage. It was very entertaining. The audience was mostly college students, afterall Rutgers is right down the street. It was a packed house. I laughed the entire time, almost to the point of tears. And ever since, I’ve been looking for clubs like that, around my area, to go relax and have a good laugh, without breaking the bank of course! During my search, I found some random sites of comedy clubs, until I finally came across “This week in Philly” which is a great tool for all the hot events going on in Philly. They have links to their favorite restaurants, bars and parks all categorized by the audience you’re looking to satisfy (families, children, singles). They have a complete list of comedy clubs to check out, ranging from improv to stand-up, from unknowns to the big names in comedy. And believe it or not, comedy clubs don’t cost too much either. With an average cost of about 20 dollars per ticket, some places have a mandatory drink minimum, which is fairly reasonable considering the entertainment and the fact that you’re in the city.
There’s also a list of clubs all over New Jersey at the leisure guide site for New Jersey. I definitely think it’s a worthwhile activity, and it’s something fun and different to do. It sure beats another night wasted at a mall or the movies!