Bar Matchless wasn't one of the shows like Kabin or Knitting Factory that Angelinos were telling me to hit up even before I moved. But it was one of the shows with the best on-the-ground buzz once I got here. Produced by Michael Che, Nimesh Patel and Becky Astphan, Broken Comedy (the actual name of the show located at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn) is a tight little weekly.
The room is one of the better bar setups I've seen so far - there's enough seating, the stage is high but not too high up and there's even a little bar right there in the back. The crowd is great and seemed mostly full of repeat visitors and their friends. One girl commented on her way out that this was becoming her favorite night of the week.
And with last night's show, she had good reason to think that. Gary Gulman. Hell-lo. He's so funny and has such lanky ease onstage, he made a story about a trip to Trader Joe's a fun, tangential, layered bit with plenty of laugh beats along the way. This guy knows what he's doing. I don't even have anything else to say besides it was a pleasure.
Yamaneika Saunders piggy-backed on that with tales from the urban warzone that is Whole Foods before going into material and totally freaking out a guy in the front row by telling him if he wants to get some good pussy, "YOU GOTTA FUCK THROUGH THIS FIRST!" It was pretty awesome.
I was in and out during the rest of the show, but very pleasantly surprised to walk back in and find Jared Logan onstage, working through a lot of new material. And they were almost all winners. And I can't tell if it was the content or the environment, but they all felt really accessible. Maybe it's from enjoying so much southern hospitality lately or having a lovely fiance as a roommate instead of a bunch of dudes (a premise he worked on last night), but it was sort of a cuddlier Jared Logan and I really dug it. (I know, I know, part of why we love Jared IS when he gets really wound up to the high point in a good bit, but still)
Nimesh and Che rounded out the night with a tandem set. It was almost talk-show style, with Nimesh acting as both host and sidekick - tossing Che softball setups, then cracking and riffing on the answer. It was a clever way to work out new new material and mine it for what's got legs in front of a real crowd.
Broken Comedy is every Monday at Bar Matchless. Follow @BrokenComedy for lineups and updates.