A Barrel of Laughs at Kabin Bar & Lounge

A Barrel of Laughs at Kabin Bar & Lounge

For the most part, I have a love-hate relationship with comedy clubs. My checklist for an enjoyable night involves three key factors: No cover, cheap drinks and funny comics. Sure, I’ve seen my share of shows in the city; and, for the most part, venues can manage two out of three—which ain’t bad. But, on a recent trip to the East Village, I finally went to a spot that can deliver on all points.

At first glance, Kabin Bar & Lounge seems like most (slightly) divey watering holes you’d see in downtown Manhattan—with a long mahogany bar, stools and plenty of boozes. But, around 9 p.m. on any given Thursday, you’ll start to see crowds gather waiting to get into a backroom. What’s behind the curtain? An intimate lounge, with a few wrap-around booths and church pews, which serves as the setting for Comedy As A Second Language—a weekly, coverless comedy show for the 21-and-over crowd. With two handfuls of comics—ranging from observational humor, to life experiences, racy sets and even a guy who just told a lot of puns—you’re sure to find a few comedians that tickle your fancy. Most folks have pretty impressive credentials, including appearances on late-night TV talk shows and Comedy Central, as well as contributors to Saturday Night Live, The Onion, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, 30 Rock and more. And, with cheap specials like $2 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Kabin can’t be beat.

Photo courtesy Kabin Bar & Lounge Facebook page

 

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