This is no laughing matter. We don't have enough comedy in Lodi.
We've been in a humor drought for some time. Sure, there's an occasional show at Hutchins, such as the upcoming Chicano Comedy All-Stars in July, but that's one night in the middle of summer. And the cheapest tickets to that show are $17.
There was a time that my friend, the late Grace White, produced the Women Who Kick Comedy Butt show, with regular performances out at Vino Piazza in Lockeford. It's my understanding that the popular wine venue no longer exists.
What we need, my fellow funny-lovin' compadres, is a low-cost (I'm talking $10 per person max) comedy show that brings in quality talent on a regular basis, with an open-mic night thrown in for less established comedians.
The trick is, I suppose, finding a large enough and adaptable place to host the show, preferably somewhere that serves food and drink.
It's not a problem to draw in the crowds. Any show I've been to that was advertised liberally always had a packed house. People love to laugh. Plain and simple.
But what would it take to get a committed producer/coordinator with the right comedic connections? Is there a venue that would play host to a weekly or bi-monthly comedy night?
We've done it before. We should be doing it now.