What's a comedy club to do on Super Bowl Sunday? Hold a staff talent show, of course!
I am a Store girl, first and foremost, and I always will be. And whenever one of my Store friends comes out to NYC, they always fall in love with The Stand, just like I did. And with good reason. The Stand, like the Store, has managed to find a balance between being a preeminent club with top quality talent, making room for comedic development and creating a sense of family.
One key feature of this is the staff. The staff at the Stand all have their own outside interests - music, acting, even poetry! - but they all love comedy and care about the club. They aren't just friendly and courteous, they get to know the comedians and the regulars. Hell, my field trip to The Comedy Cellar with Em Cohen, Tommy Kang, Nell Ross and Ryan Herzich was one of the biggest items in the Pro list when I was weighing whether to move here or not. Christine Evans was one of the first and still greatest welcoming forces for me in this city. And I've had more fantastic nights of shooting the shit, debating weighty matters or just throwing a couple back after shifts next door with Adele, Patrick, Graham, Alex, Paolo, Cris, Jamie Lynn, Paul, Molly, Chi, Michelle, Sal, Kelsea, Angie, Danny and someone I'm inevitably going to prostrate myself in front of for forgetting them than I can count.
The Stand Staff Talent show was a great opportunity to let them trade places and be the ones onstage and for everyone to come together and celebrate the majesty and dominance of The Patriots. Ok, maybe not that second thing, but it was wonderful to see the room packed with current & former staff, comedians, friends of the club and even a few random strangers who probably didn't know what they were in for.
It was a silly, fun inside baseball party, that included a group of sketches called "Scenes from a Comedy Club" detailing the kind of customer insanity you don't have to deal with at Starbucks or Spago. And good lord, I wish Yelp didn't exist so that club managers everywhere could actually explain to "helpful hecklers" "You may be funny among your friends and coworkers, but take a look around the room. Nobody here knows you and they don't care what you have to say!"
And, of course, I probably wouldn't base my entire opinion of a club on one evening (though I can still name you the exact hour The Hollywood Improv won me over), but this is a great example of how The Stand is just as much clubhouse as it is club.