Leave this field empty. Editor and publisher since , when he was named New York’s Funniest Reporter. He has become quite the regional legend. You can hear him and watch the animation:. Big names appearing there run the age gamut from Bob Newhart, 84, who will perform May 30, to Assiz Ansari, 31, who sold the place out in early May. Cambridge-born comic Dane Cook was selling out places like Boston Garden about 10 years ago, Blumenreich said.
He has become quite the regional legend. Blumenreich sold the Comedy Connection franchise in , when his business sense told him he had to think bigger and the Wilbur was available. But let’s remember where he came from. The venue seats 1,, [ citation needed ] but the main floor orchestra level has removable tables and seating, to create a general admission standing room bringing capacity to 1, In the theater was put on the market. Follow this list on Twitter:
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Then everyone else started doing it and the pie was cut up in many pieces. The venue seats 1, [ citation needed ] but the main floor orchestra level has removable tables and seating, to create a general admission standing room bringing capacity to 1, Local comics vied for the few remaining headlining spots or moved to New York and other cities.
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In the theater was put on the market. The only thing more surprising to me than Steve Sweeney’s lawsuit against Comedy Connection owner Bill Blumenreich was the fact that Blumenreich had a contract with Sweeney, considering the timing. Straight White Male, 60 .
Get Fast Forward in your inbox:. Meanwhile the Comedy Studio remains a Harvard Square staple, a blumenreivh for audiences to catch the unexpected and for comics to find their voice. A little more than a year later, five downtown clubs are competing for audiences – more than the city has boasted since a generation of comic talent burst on the scene in the s. Blumenreich said the Wilbur books comics mainly on weekends and musical acts during the week.
In the fall ofafter I took over the comedy beat at the Boston HeraldSweeney showed up at the paper to promote his new venue with Dick Doherty in an Asian restaurant in Back Bay, clearly trying to take comedy fans away from the Comedy Connection. The Wilbur Theatre dwells in the heart of Boston’s historic theater district and is known for hosting live comedy and clnnection. The last time I saw Steve Sweeney, he was sitting next to me as we judged the Boston Comedy Festival contest finals back in September from a balcony perch at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, and Sweeney later went downstairs to deliver a short performance of his own amid the finals and a celebration for the Smothers Brothers.
But Bill Blumenreich has successfully combined both. So I was surprised in when I started seeing Sweeney’s name show up as a regular weekend headliner at the Connection in Faneuil Hall, usually to cover for Blumenreich’s Boston headliner who he’d send off to Chicopee for connextion Saturday night show. Southbridge Uxbridge Worcester eastern northwestern southwestern. But the allegations the Globe got are these: Comedy is a laughing matter.
More clubs means more chances to improve, even if that entails flopping in front of a tiny crowd some of the time. Kandarian May 18, Blumenreich sold the Comedy Connection franchise inwhen his business sense told him he had to think bigger and the Wilbur was available. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wilbur Theatre. After all, when I talked to George Carlin in and mentioned Comedj lived in Boston, the first comic who sprang to Carlin’s mind was Sweeney.
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Why would Blumenreich say something like that of someone he had no trouble booking on a regular basis?
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A Wee Bit o’ Revolution . On a Friday earlier this month, crowds varied considerably.