In an effort to keep their Monday-night open mic alive, comedians Chris McGrail and Dan Vetrano have decided to not let the small obstacle of having an actual venue stop them. Unfortunately, Bar Xchange wasn’t known for treating their comedian clientele fairly and is now closed due to mismanagement. Being one of the only places to work on material on Monday nights, they have decided to move their open mic next door in a vacant lot. Personally, I think this concept has potential to become even better than the show at Xchange, given good weather and a little support from Philadelphia’s comedy scene. To further explain the situation, please read the following article by Philadelphia comedian H. Foley.
COMEDY ON THE CORNER
It is amazing how much of an impact the Xchange bar has had on Philadelphia comedy. In the short amount of time that this establishment has been open it has helped to galvanize the underground comedy scene. It has accomplished this by being the worst bar in Philadelphia.
For the last several months comedians Dan Vetrano and Chris Mcgrail have been making a valiant effort to try and run an open mic out of this dump. It has not been easy. Especially when your using an XM radio as a sound system, a desk lamp( hung upside down from the rafters, yes this place had rafters, that it is how shitty it is) as a spot light and serving the worst tacos of all time. Really, I don’t know what was worse the methadone addict who worked the grill, the female bartenders who had a strong resemblance to ZZ Top, or the furniture that was stolen from a airport lounge.
The point is, Dan and Chris and the faithful comedians who showed up every week were trying real hard. So on monday night when they should up to do the show, and the Xchange was closed with no explanation, they made lemonade out of cheap taco meat. Rather then pack up and go home, they decided to do a guerilla style show right next to the Xchange, and believe or not the venue was nicer. It is a little open space under the wing of a huge skyscraper, fresh summer air and the determination of few comedians. The show went great, including a sing a long to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Sure there were no microphones or sound system, but fuck it, the Xchange never had those things either and the lighting was better. So come join us the 4th of july and every Monday after for “Comedy On The Corner” right next to the Xchange bar at the corner of 20th and Ludlow. After a few weeks the venue will change to a new location around the center city area, to keep the vibe fresh, and stay one step ahead of the cops am I right? No? Nothing? Anyway, If your a comedian it is a good experience to step out of your comfort zone and just have fun, if you are coming just to watch your fucked cause there is no seats, only the sweet scent of revolution. be there 9pm.