Comic uses unconventional venues to start comedy movement

By | July 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm | 2 comments | News | Tags:

When stand-up comic, Chris Fox first started out in Greensboro, NC, comedy venues were hard to come find. Taking a lesson right out of the Comedians of Comedy handbook, Fox and his comedy pals started hosting their own comedy events in partnership with local punk bands.

“It’s a way of bringing people’s attention here that our comedy scene is just as diverse and experimental and radical as the music scene,” Fox says. “Some people don’t go into comedy clubs, so the idea is to bring the comedy to where people are with bands that they are already familiar with.”

The end result has been near capacity crowds at the Green Bean, a local coffee house. While other venues have not yet come around to the idea of booking comedy events, Fox is confident they will come around.

“If you are a venue or bar owner in town, anything you can do that raises your visibility and puts its name on a flyer that people can see — that’s a good thing,” Fox says. “So, I think it would be equally as lucrative as putting bands on.”

Chris Fox can be seen with Trent Bowles, Joe Weinhouse and music by the Three-Brained Robot and the Sugar High Gang on Saturday at the Green Bean in Greensboro, NC.

Would you ever try to start grass roots comedy scene? Know someone who has? Have opinions? Sound off in the comments section.

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Chase Roper is the Internet’s only comedy writing, podcasting, stay at home dad (maybe). His comedic sensibility has been described as bitingly sarcastic. He’s not sure if he agrees with that but is pretty sure that “bitingly” isn’t a real word. You can check out his show, The Stay at Home Dadcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

  • http://www.LAComedyAwards.com LA Comedy Awards

    I recently started the Los Angeles Comedy Awards as a community red carpet event in typically music clubs. I think it’s great comedians are finding crowds they can relate to in other settings. But background noise is a problem usually.

    Comedy Clubs are the best place to see comedy, because of the atmosphere of an attentive crowd. But nepotism and marque value the comics have to contend with sometimes makes it very daunting to grow in popularity.

    Max Worthington, Executive Producer
    http://www.LAComedyAwards.com

  • Anthony

    I’m getting ready to open for my first band sometime later this month and am getting ready to start booking music/comedy shows at this artist co-op house. The people at the house seem really excited to do it, as they use the house for any sort of art to be exhibited at.

    They do a lot of house shows with bands around town and only take donations for using the space.

    I’m glad to see that somewhere else in the world someone has tried this and it’s worked out.