April 25, 2014 By Michael Florio
A new Astoria-centric comedy show opened at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in March and will be running once a month.
Jesse Jones, a local resident and comedian, is producing the show that aims to be a venue for talented Astoria comics.
The show takes place in the basement of the famous 29-19 24th Avenue venue on the first Wednesday of the month.
“There are so many good comics from Astoria and nowhere for them to perform,” Jones said. “I started this show to give them a place close by where they can do their act.”
The first show drew an audience of about 30 people and has garnered some attention within comedy circles, Jones said. The April show drew an audience of about 45, he said.
Jones said he trying to build a following so he can turn the event into a weekly session. He is currently trying to convince the Beer Garden that he can draw a crowd.
The shows are free, with no cover charge or drink minimum.
The comics don’t get paid and the professionals who do come are there to practice their skits for the Manhattan circuit, Jones said.
Jones has been producing comedy shows for the past six years. He has lived in Astoria for the past 10 years and hopes to bring more shows to the community.
“This is for the neighborhood, that’s the main point,” he said. The next show is May 7.