I can’t handle vodka, but I can handle the truth. I’m not impressed with the way comedy clubs and shows are run in my general area. The market is saturated. There are too many comics and not enough audience members, who justifiably balk at steep ticket prices for questionable talent. Where should you spend your comedy dollar? In a cramped club, where it’s too dark to see the food you didn’t want to witness anyway, and where the staff treats you like cattle? Plus, you had to buy a ticket for this great experience, along with (likely) a two-drink minimum!
Carmine’s Bar/Grill/Stage (389 Main Street, East Hartford) is doing things differently.
Carmine’s offers monthly professional comedy showcases for NO COVER CHARGE. Carmine’s philosophy is to charge no cover, but still PAY the entertainers. Once you experience this beautiful, spacious restaurant, with foodie-grade cuisine and friendly staff, you’ll want to return. You will enjoy the same caliber of comedian at Carmine’s professional comedy showcases that you would at any comedy club or showcase in CT, but you will not have to pay for a ticket! In addition, there are no drink minimums! (As if my Estonian friend’s father would have cared! Cheers!)
The next FREE showcase has been scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at Comedy@Carmine’s. Mark your calendar. Don’t miss the next great show in the comedy revolution!
Headliner Josh Spear has been on Last Comic Standing, NBC’s Today Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Direct TV’s Artie Lange Show and is a veteran of the biggest stages in NYC including Caroline’s on Broadway. Rich “The Claw” Cyr has, in a relatively short span of time, made his mark producing and performing in comedy clubs and showcases up and down the East Coast. Nutmeg Chatter did a piece on him here: http://nutmegchatter.com/2015/02/26/rich-cyr-clawing-his-way-to-the-comedic-top/
And of course, don’t forget FREE COMEDY ON FIRST TUESDAYS at Carmine’s. There’s always a fresh and fun batch of upcoming and professional comedians!