Secret Loft opened its doors to Manhattan on Friday night as it celebrated its new home across the river from where it started in Brooklyn. The new space, which until recently housed Babycastles before that venue moved two buildings down, was filled with a sold-out audience for the long-running Secret Loft Comedy Show.
Host Petey DeAbrue kept folks laughing between sets by comedians Pedro Gonzalez, Christi Chiello, Mookie Thompson, Simeon Goodson, May Wilkerson, Stavros Halkias, Mike Denny and Zach Simms. Before the show everyone was treated to free pizza and when it was over the lights dimmed as DJ Que Cee took the decks for a post-show after party. The vibe encouraged carousal amongst the comedians who stayed afterwards and busted each other’s chops along with venue co-organizer David Gelles.Secret Loft owner Alex Nuehausen could not have been happier with the turnout. Many of the attendees for his Brooklyn parties over the past four years commuted from Manhattan and his new location was filled with folks who simply walked from their apartments. When asked about his future plans for the space he told me that he and his organizers “have a vision for what we want offer. Stuff that’s missing from other places that we wanna see, like weirdness, comedy, LGBT programming, hip-hop shows and anything new that isn’t commercially viable and has artistic merit.”