Laughing out loud: Comedy makes a local comeback
By Elizabeth Kim
and Eve Sullivan
Article Launched: 09/20/2008 02:53:38 AM EDT
STAMFORD – When the Terrace Club closed a couple of years ago, Eduardo Caceres could no longer go out for a night of ballroom dancing.
“We’re still alive; we like to dance. They forgot about us,” he said.
Caceres stepped out Friday night for the opening of the new Catch A Rising Star comedy club at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. With The Treehouse slated to open Sept. 27 on nearby Greyrock Place, the nightlife scene in downtown Stamford is tilting in a new direction at a time when traditional theaters in the city are struggling, and bars target a younger crowd. The comedy clubs are reaching out to audiences of all ages, a welcome change for Caceres.
“It’s a wonderful idea; for the most part Stamford is very boring for people of middle age,” Caceres said as he and friend Lorraine Iacovetta waited for veteran comic and actor Robert Klein to take the stage.
Klein, 66, poked fun at his status as an elder statesman on the comedy scene, opening with a song about a colonscopy and mocking the direction of his career.
“I’ve performed for four presidents, I’ve been nominated for Tonys and Emmys, and I’m in the basement of a Marriott off Route 95,” he said before talking about his 82 appearances on “The Tonight Show.” “Where did I go wrong?”
The two sold-out shows also featured Comedy Central comedian Andrew Kennedy. Kennedy, who got his start in Stamford as a lead participant in “The Players Troupe,” will be tonight’s headliner.
The club’s opening comes at a time when many in the city could probably use a laugh. In recent days, a vulnerable banking system and plunging stocks left many average investors worried about their 401(k) funds.
“It was a rough week. A lot of people need a laugh and a good night out,” Catch A Rising Star partner and president Suzy Yengo said.
Linda Cahn, who was sitting at a long table in front of the stage in the basement theater with her husband, David, said she liked the room, as well as the food that was served.
“Robert Klein is a great opening act,” she said. “We’ve loved him for years.”
Tickets will typically cost $20 for Friday night and $22 for Saturday night. There is also an $18 minimum expenditure for food and beverages.
When The Treehouse Comedy Club opens Sept. 27 at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall at Greyrock Place, the lineup will be Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane and Dr. Jay Sutay, a Connecticut pediatrician and comedian.
Actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried is slated to take the Treehouse stage Nov. 8. Tickets will be $25 for Gottfried’s show and $17.50 to $19.50 for other comedy acts. All shows require a two-drink minimum or a $22 buffet dinner. Dinner and show packages are available for $39.50.
As Rowayton residents Chris Buswell and his wife, Gale, ate a plate of sushi at Catch A Rising Star Friday night, Chris was reminded that downtown Stamford has had a void for a few years.
“It think it’s great; they used to have a great comedy club on Main Street but it closed down. I was upset,” he said.
– Staff Writer Elizabeth Kim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 964-2265.