Leo Allen @ Occhi's Lounge,Comix, NYC - Feb 1, 2008 (Maryanne Ventrice)
Leo Allen @ Comix

I've never been a big fan of 'comedy clubs'. The two drink minimums, the sterility, the ticket prices, the middle-of-the-road risk-free comedians, the touristy crowds, the fact that people feel the need to dress nicer than usual and over-cologne themselves.... The whole vibe is pretty repellant to a slob like me. And although Comix is guilty of some of the above offenses to a certain degree, I feel that the venue makes great efforts in supporting and nurturing the local NYC comedy scene. They keep their ticket prices a fraction of what a place like Carolines would charge, they often have discount codes readily available, and they opened a downstairs lounge called Ochi's that has great indie comedy for free (with a one item minimum) six nights a week.

I am always happy when comics we're used to seeing at Rififi, Union Hall, The Pit, or UCB get the chance to shine in the main showroom of Comix. I'm comforted in the fact that they're probably making a halfway decent bit of coin and that they're reaching a more diverse audience. I think it's important (if we can afford it) to support our pals by attending these bigger shows. That said, I strongly recommend the following shows. Todd Barry's complete tour schedule also follows......

2/06: Comix Spotlight with Eugene Mirman with Larry Murphy, Greg Johnson, and Kumail Nanjiani. Use discount code EGM26

2/07: Prime Cut Comedy with Tom Shillue (TIX)

2/08: Arj Barker & Kristen Schaal (8:30, 10:45) (TIX. Use Discount code 020808)

2/09: Arj Barker & Kristen Schaal (8:30, 10:45) (TIX. Use Discount code 020808)

2/17: Hot Comix with Jon Fisch, Giulia Rozzi, Dan Siegel, Seth Herzog and Leo Allen (TIX)

2/22: Todd Barry (8:30, 10:45) (TIX. Use Discount code TODDB)

2/23: Todd Barry (8:30, 10:45) (TIX. Use Discount code TODDB)

2/25: Emmy winning Daily Show Producer Rory Albanese presents Friends, Acquaintances and Colleagues (TIX)

3/28: Brian Posehn! (8:30, 10:45) (TIX). Ok, not local, but it's POSEHN!

3/29: Brian Posehn! (8:30, 10:45) (TIX)


Todd Barry - 2008 Tour Dates
February 8: Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater **
February 9: Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre **
February 14: Buffalo, NY - Center for the Arts **
February 15: Cleveland, OH - Playhouse Square Center **
February 16 : Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre **
February 22, 23 : New York, NY - Comix (Super Rare NYC Headlining Shows, use promo code TODDB to get $5 off tickets)
February 29, March 1: Arlington, VA - Arlington Drafthouse
March 7: Wilkes-Barre Center - F.M. Kirby Center **
March 8: Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
March 13-15: Austin, TX - SXSW Festival
March 28: Hartford, CT - Belding Theatre **
March 29: Sparta, NJ - William McNeice Auditorium **
April 4: Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre **
April 5: Dallas, TX - House of Blues **
April 18: Notre Dame, IN - Notre Dame University (Free Show/Open to the Public)
April 25: New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre **
April 26: Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre **
May 9: Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre (w/Emo Philips, doktor cocacolamcdonalds)

** w/Louis CK


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