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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Comedy Zone Had Grand Opening At The Moon Last Night

Al Ernst - iphone video

Ryan Van Genderen - iphone video

One of the nicest assets to our neighborhood is The Moon. Everyone in town knows about The Moon and where it is. When anyone wants to find our place - I just say "go to The Moon - that red light is Seminole Drive - go south 1/2 mile and that is our place."

The Moon used to be an A & P Store - it would be nice if that were there too :-)

The Comedy Store is a national chain of small comedy clubs. Simply - you pay a small admission - buy a few drinks and snacks - and laugh your butt off. Last night was the grand opening for The Comedy Store At The Moon. It used to be across town - but closed last year. We are delighted it chose The Moon to reopen. 

We can walk 1/2 mile from our home - drink in complete safety - and not worry about who is driving home. We can be in bed before the room is fully cleared. 

They offer two shows on Friday and Saturday night at 8 PM and 10 PM. The room holds maybe 100 tops. 

Last night at 7 - I asked Lulu if she wanted to go - we got showered and dressed - we bought tickets at the door. They offered $12 and $20 - the $20 was for the VIP reserved front tables. We sprung for the extra close seats - I wanted to test my new eye. The room filled pretty quickly.

There were 4 comics. First Johnny Ray - a local from Quincy was the emcee. He has always been good - a nice warmup - but I'll bet he could feature elsewhere. Next - it went so fast - I did not catch her name. A pretty young lady did a short set. We later learned that she was the wife of Ryan the opening act. I wish I had my camera ready for her - she did some very animated humor.

The two features were really good - Ryan Van Genderen and Al Ernst. You can read their bios at the end. 

During the show - I realized the people next to me and behind me were there on the $12 tickets - the ticket I will buy next weekend. :-)

Drinks were reasonable - in the $4 and $5 range. Snack was also hot and tasty. Even in the exclusive front row we got out of there for $55 total - drinks - snacks - tickets. 

After the show - we got home quickly - even with a buzz on. 

The Moon is a nice club - we have seen Willie Nelson there - and the Fab Four (Beatles Replica Ban).  We are looking forward to many more Comedy Store nights. 

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Carnival Cruise Lines "Entertainer of the Year," which is saying something when Carnival fills more than 5,000 entertainment gigs a year. Al has performed hundreds of corporate gigs in the last few years, because of his ability to combine rudimentary motivational speaking with non-confrontational humor. He has been a Professional Wrestling announcer and hosted of his own show , "A View from the Cheap Seats." His TV credits include all major networks and cable from CNN, TNN, ESPN, A&E, Comedy Central and HBO.
He has presented both entertaining and inspiring speeches, seminars and training to over 300 groups, and is a favorite guest on over 150 radio shows including the nationally syndicated “Bob and Sheri Morning Show.
Al was also featured prominently in a Wall Street Journal article with about clean comedy. With over 15 years on his way to “Destination: E-man Nation”, the audience is in store for one of the most memorable times of their lives. Al has a library filled with video and audio titles and has participated in over 30 television shows most recently MTV’s “TRL” and the SPEED network’s, “Victory Lane”.

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Ryan Van Genderen is patiently waiting to get famous so other people can write his bio but until then...
Ryan hails from Patterson, New Jersey.  He's been writing and performing comedy for almost 9 years.  Based out of Charlotte, NC he now tours the country as both a feature and headlining act delivering the funny ( Jesus really?) one city at a time.  His unorthodox style will sneak up on you with a laugh you never see coming (wait is that a good thing?). Voted "Class Clown" by his peers in 2000, Ryan has managed to make a career out of making people laugh. A true force on stage he mixes self deprecation with a witty point of view on life... in fact he might just change yours. 
In September 2013 he was selected as a finalist in the Comedy Central Up Next competition in Charlotte, NC.  Ryan has headlined at West Virginia University and featured at both the Hard Rock Casino in Cleveland as well as the Atlantis resort in Nassau, Bahamas.  He can do it all! ( ok rap it up)
He has opened up for some of the best including Nikki Glaser, Neal Brennan, Jaime Kennedy, Keith Alberstadt, Mike Birbiglia, Charlie Murphy, Margaret Cho, Aries Spears, Natasha Leggero, Jon Lovitz,  and Bill Burr.

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