6pm-8pm; half-price drinks, open mic
7 at Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave.; G at 21st St.
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| Ongoing |
|Devil Science Theater 3000|
Laughing Devil Comedy Club—a narrow, bowling alley shaped place set right in the midst of Long Island City—could be the smallest professional comedy club in the five boroughs. Like the best jokes, the bar is trimmed of all the fat leaving nothing but functional parts: a soundproof curtain separates the small bar up front from the stage and tables at the back. There are a few decorative touches that speak to the bar’s comic bona fides: screens of Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, George Burns, Bill Hicks, and others grace the exterior windows, and framed comedy records line the walls. There’s 14 beers on tap, which isn’t bad at all for such a small place, and a few signature drinks named after the stand-ups of yesteryear. Shows usually go on at 8 and 10:30 PM, and once there, you’ll have to make your quota on food and drink: stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but there’s a two-item minimum during the shows. Because proper nutrition and a good diet aren’t funny, the menu features tacos, burgers, tater tots, and other comfort food from the restaurant next door. The crowd is fairly diverse (all the better to make witty, sometimes poorly-considered observations from the stage), and there’s even a Mic Shop on Sundays where aspiring comics can learn from the professionals venturing in from the Manhattan circuit (Tip: try jokes about airline food).
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.