Posted in comedy | music | venues on July 30, 2008

by Klaus Kinski

Brett Gelman's 1000 CATS! @ Rififi, NYC (mister mark davis)

So I just got a myspace bulletin urging me to go to Gelmania at Rififi tonight (July 30, 2008), not only because it has a killer line-up featuring Tom McCaffrey, Baron Vaughn, and Adam Newman, but also because, as the message went on to tell me, the author "Just found out that Rififi is closing, come hang out one last time tonight!". This isn't the first time these words have been uttered. Reluctant to get suckered into this Boy Who Cried Wolf nonsense, I checked out trusted comedy authority The Apiary and sure enough they had a pretty convincing scoop on this most recent closing rumor. The Apiary included a note that Rififi's manager sent to the very funny Matt Ruby:

it's quite possible that thursday will be the last day that rififi will be open, it seems that the owner of rififi has come to an impasse with the landlord... as you might have known rififi has been occupying the space on a month-by-month basis since march and the landlord is now asking for substantially more money, it's possible that he's playing hardball but if an agreement isn't be reached by thursday then it will really be the last day that rififi is open.

i'm sorry we didn't have a couple of weeks to plan for this but the relationship between the landlord and the owner has always been somewhat unstable so it was hard to predict if and when the end would actually come... please be assured that all of the time and effort you put into producing your show has been greatly appreciated, if there is any change in the situation i will let you know as soon as i hear about it.

Rififi currently plays host to incredible weekly shows including Totally J/K, The Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy Show, Sweet Haven, Gelmania, as well as Mo Diggs' Open Mic Comedy Night. The potential loss of such consistently fun and talent-packed showcases will be one of the biggest, most devastating blows to the comedy scene in NYC as I, we, know it.



Comments (15)

people still go here?

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 3:11 PM

It's totally fucked up! First Mo's and now this for real!

Something's gotta give. I'd been trying to get the Living Room to allow comedy in their upstairs room because I think it would be perfect but they ignore my attempts! Otherwise I haven't thought of a kickass new spot.

I love my Cake Shop, but it's not the kind of venue that works for all comedy shows.

If you agree with me on the Living Room Upstairs somebody go whine to them.

Posted by Heather | July 30, 2008 3:11 PM

i only went there once and it was really funny, but i don't think it was a comedy was just a bunch of "beautiful people" trying to be really "downtown" while dancing in sardine-like conditions to what was most likely a mix cdr titled "the most famous 'indie' songs of all time."

Posted by "Anonymous" | July 30, 2008 3:13 PM

The Gelmania line-up is growing... John Mulaney and Eugene Mirman will be there, and more to be announced

And, yes, jokes aside, it's true that Rififi houses more than just comedy, though much less often in recent months. Burlesque, drinking, dancing and the occasional rock show were known to happen there too.

Posted by klaus_kinski | July 30, 2008 3:23 PM

.... Greg Johnson, Joe Mande, Noah Garfinkle, John Gemberling, Neil Casey, Chris Gethard also added ....

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 3:47 PM

What a shame. This is such a great venue.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 4:37 PM

adam newman = hilaaaaaarious

Posted by sarah | July 30, 2008 5:12 PM

... and Jon Glaser (possibly)

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:12 PM

He puts the TARD in LEOTARD.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:13 PM

"The Gelmania line-up is growing"


"John Mulaney and Eugene Mirman will be there"

Wow, you never see them at others shows all over NYC. Good tip!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:56 PM

Rififi's has been dead to me since Trash! left.

Rest in peace... Rififi's & Trash!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2008 9:10 PM

"The Gelmania line-up is growing"


"John Mulaney and Eugene Mirman will be there"

Wow, you never see them at others shows all over NYC. Good tip!"

Wow you are so coool! Maybe you should write for bv! Dick.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2008 12:44 AM

It ended up being a pretty good send-off last night, though it definitely had a somber feel amongst my friends who were closely involved with the bar and its comedy shows. Everyone mentioned above (and many more) performed. The show was free and went on forever...

Posted by Beeeeve | July 31, 2008 9:45 AM

This was such a vital downtown institute. The comedy, movies and dance parties were all stellar, especially Glamdammit and Trash. Fuck all those people who are trying to turn the city into the suburbs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:56 AM

I guessed that BV posted those dates because they were going to tape some shows on the road here in NYC .

Posted by منتديات | February 22, 2011 3:25 PM

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