Excuse me, do you like live comedy? Well, good news!
The EastVille Comedy Club– a low-key spot frequented by Janeane Garofalo and other downtown comics– picked up and moved to Brooklyn in July, leaving its home of 10 years empty but for the lingering odor of a thousand Long Island Iced Teas. Lucky for the East Village, the subterranean space at 85 East 4th Street was quickly taken over by the New York Comedy Club, which gave it a quick touch-up and has now soft-opened an outpost of its Gramercy club there.
It looks like Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry, who regularly dropped into EastVille Comedy Club, have already dropped into its replacement, and a grand-opening event on Aug. 30 will feature comics Sherrod Small (VH1’s The Best Week Ever and Opie with Jim Norton) as well as Last Comic Standing alums Yamaneika Saunders, Jon Fisch, and Adrienne Iapalucci.
As for the interior decor, the somewhat goofy faux-subway-station motif that served as a backdrop for EastVille’s small stage has been replaced by a classic, Comedy Cellar-esque brick wall, and LED trim makes the modest show room a little sexier. There’s still a small bar in the front room.
Ticket prices for announced shows range from $19 to $39, with a standard two-drink minimum. Though most lineups haven’t yet been revealed, the description for the Aug. 31 “weekend kickoff show” name-drops regulars like Judah Friedlander, Jena Friedman, Josh Gondelman, Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan, Ari Shaffir, Jay Oakerson, Jon Laster, Corinne Fisher, and other.
But can they follow in EastVille’s footsteps and wrangle Dustin Diamond, aka Screech from Saved By the Bell?