Usually, when comedy hawkers beckon for me to see their free and supposedly hilarious shows, I say Im busy. Or running late. Or another one of a myriad of excuses. Its not that I dont enjoy comedy; theres just something about those guys that provokes an automatic no (in a polite way, of course).
But this weekend, some pals and I took up a street promoter on his offer of free laughs (2 item food/drink minimum).
Down the steps of the Village Lantern (167 Bleecker St., 212-260-7993) we went. Though upstairs the Lantern is just a regular bar, the comedy lounge is pretty cool a decent-sized performance space with cozy tables.
Five or six comedians performed throughout the hour, and unfortunately the talent varied greatly. The funniest performer was NYCs Jonathan Randall definitely someone to keep tabs on. Everyone else was pretty unmemorable (I wont name names because I cant remember them!).
But for $12 (salad and a glass of wine), Id recommend swinging by one night. Some of the jokes were really funny and a little laughter never hurt anyone.
Call for a schedule of shows.