It's tough for any arts scene to flourish without a dedicated venue. And with the closing of the Funny Bone and its successor, Hijinx, Boise's comedy scene took some serious hits. But with a series of new venues and the Boise Comedy Festival in May, Boise's comedy scene appears to be bouncing back something fierce.
Established venues are trying out comedy open mic nights and they seem to be working. On the last Wednesday of every month at Sockeye Grill and Brewery and every Tuesday at the Quarter Barrel comedians can try out new jokes as well as build on and smooth out existing material.
On the scripted side, China Blue, the largest club at Sixth and Main streets, announced today that it will start featuring comedy at 8 p.m. on Saturday evenings before the club opens for dancing at 10 p.m.
Ashlei Meyer, a rep for China Blue, says they've booked nationally touring comedians through March as an experiment. If it goes well, they'll let it ride.
The first Chuckles Comedy Cabaret show at China Blue on Saturday, March 5, will feature national headliner Susan Jones. On Saturday, March 12, catch Rick Pulido and Rodney Genther. On Saturday, March 19, the stage belongs to local comedians Sherry Japhet and Leif Skyving. And Saturday, March 26, will feature Doug Canney and Luke Francis.
Doors open at 7 p.m., shows are at 8 p.m. . Tickets are $12 and available through ictickets.com.
And now, to show Boise's comedy scene is still alive and laughing, enjoy this clip of local comedian Olek Szewczyk at Sockeye Grill and Brewery explaining the difficulties of dating with Tourette Syndrome.