"When you show up, you're like 'oh no, what's this going to be like?' But then it's great! Definitely better than being at a bar show where everyone's staring at the TVs and hating you because the sound is off." - Sandy Danto
Sandy hit it on the nose, as did Andrew Santino when he got onstage and joked that this was like doing a show in Matt Hoffman's grandma's garage. Cavity Comedy takes place in a small, freestanding room behind The Mint. The room feels exactly like a comfy basement or garage decked out by a teenaged stoner. The seats are all couches and cushy house chairs, some even clustered around a coffee table. The stage is in the back corner, kind of weirdly lit and littered with musical equipment. There's no more than 6 feet between the stage and the first row couch.
But all this and the committed, supportive crowd, create some kind of alchemy that makes for an amazing work out room. The audience are completely engaged and happy to hear all the new stuff you might throw at them.
I especially enjoyed the night because the lineup - producer Steph Simbari, Julia Reiss, Sandy Danto, Austin Miller, Jade Catta-Preta, Andrew Santino and Joe Derosa - was packed with my friends. So not only was it a fun night watching big dogs like Santino and Derosa work out new stuff, I got to see how good my comedy-young friends have gotten. And that's always a pleasure.