"All right 'Linchpin of the New York Comedy Scene (2012),' let's see what you've got." I've heard so many good things about Kabin (the show's official name is Comedy As a Second Language, but it takes place in the back room of Kabin bar, so everyone just calls it Kabin), I was bracing myself for a stunning disappointment. Instead, I got a show that more than lived up to the hype.
It's a small room with only about a dozen seats, but almost twice as many people packed into the standing room around the edges. It's intimate, but feels professional. The crowd was split about half and half between first-timers and repeat visitors and only like one guy was being a douchey "helpful heckler." So, all in all a very good environment for a show.
And the lineup was solid. Jason Saenz, Jenny Zigrino, Adam Newman, Louis Katz, Josh Gondelman, Casey Balsham, a couple of guys whose sets I missed waiting in line for the bathroom and, oh yeah a pop in from Louis CK. The show felt just a little bit too long, but the crowd was with everyone from start to finish because everyone was so good.
I'm already a huge fan of Josh Gondelman, who was charming and funny as ever. And Jenny Zigrino was delightful! She's definitely going to one of those people who, when I see her name on a lineup full of all these comedians I don't yet know, I'll be like "okay, that's gonna be a win at least" And I know she's one of my besties so you might not trust this, but Casey Balsham crushed. Host Chesley Calloway was still wiping laughter tears from his eyes when he got back on the mic to introduce the next act.
So, okay, Kabin, you win. You're pretty awesome.