Cambridge is losing The Comedy Studio to Somerville, where the comedy club plans to open in spring in Bow Market in Union Square – a former storage space being turned into a complex of more than 30 small storefronts for food, retail and the arts.
After more than 20 years, the Comedy Studio is seeing out the year and then shutting down atop Harvard Square’s Hong Kong Restaurant. By that time, club founder and owner Rick Jenkins hopes to have found another home for comedians in 2018.
Public controversies that contributed to a 2013 resignation at ImprovBoston, the Central Square comedy theater and school, seem minor compared with what’s happened since Zach Ward returned to leading the improv theater he owns in North Carolina.
Harvard Square’s Comedy Studio is cutting back its schedule, going to four days a week – losing Wednesday to run shows only Thursday through Sunday. The issue: rising rents.
From monthly variety and sketch comedy showcases delivered by the Women In Comedy Festival and a Second City Chicago alum to weekly shows focused on improv, there’s a bunch of fresh work coming to the stage in Central Square in early 2017.
Veterans and up to three guests have access to all Veterans Day shows at Central Square’s ImprovBoston comedy club for free.
The combination of election season and Halloween season is best viewed – with a plastic smock to keep the blood off – at ImprovBoston. In addition to the 14th GoreFest, there are three more special shows campaigning for attention this fall.
We love our public radio, so attorney and improv comedian Ben Snitkoff chose well in bringing his “WIPR – Improvised Public Radio” to Central Square’s ImprovBoston for the next three Fridays.
It’s the 13th year for ImprovBoston’s annual Halloween musical, GoreFest, which throws out so much fake blood that ponchos are recommended for audience members. Of course this year’s show is “GoreFest the Thirteenth” and takes place at a summer camp.
The Comedy Studio’s 20th year in an attic over Harvard Square brings some change, taking steps toward maturing its comedic anarchy: pay for more experienced comics, and a benevolent association for the troubled ones. For owner Rick Jenkins, it’s all become possible.