All across the country, comedy shows are rising out of the concrete:
Shecky Magazine writes about a Denver reporter who is putting together a book about "indie comedy". The reporter, John Wenzel, recently wrote about the Denver collective Wrist Deep Productions who are seeing some great results:
...rowdy crowds have always been part of Tuesdays at the Squire. The open-mic contest typically draws 100 people to the cramped space, making it the bar's busiest night.but Wenzel makes sure to note that it didn't happen overnight:
And it doesn't even start until 11:15 p.m.
They paid their dues at nearly every comedy club, bar and music venue in town. After nine months of poor turnout, the Squire open-mic nights finally clicked and began drawing large crowds. That was almost four years ago.In the District of Columbia (a.k.a. "D.C."), the folks over at DCcomedy4now.com put on a bi-weekly stand-up show, "Top Shelf".
Meanwhile, the Village Voice profiles Klaus Kinski and BrooklynVegan.com's new comedy show "Rock and ROFL" that combines sorta-under-the-radar NYC comics (Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani, Sean O'Connor, etc.) with music (John Vanderslice, etc.).
And finally, in San Francisco, SFStandup.com presents a bunch of shows along with a new weekly show "Something People Like" with Chad Lehrman and Justin Lamb.
We'll keep you updated on what Philadelphia does next...