Noam Dworman, owner of the infamous Comedy Cellar in New York City’s west village, stopped by the Bennington show at SiriusXM last week. Dworman talked with hosts Ron Bennington and Gail Bennington about comedy in New York City, and particularly at The Cellar, a comedy institution. Along with sister club, the Village Underground, Noam sells out 35 shows every week, boasts the best “scene” in the country, and thanks to “Louie” is arguably the most visually recognizable comedy club in the world. The Cellar also has some of the biggest celebrity names in the business dropping by on a daily basis to do guest sets.
Every good comic in the city is working at the Cellar and there are no other good comics working at any other club.
Noam is fully aware that right now the Cellar is enjoying a unique place in comedy history, and he doesn’t play it down. He unapologetically told Bennington, that the acts that the Cellar has cultivated are the best in New York. Even beyond the “very famous people” like Chris Rock, Louis C.K. or Jon Stewart, the Cellar has become well known for hand picking some gigantic talents. Like Gary Gulman who Noam calls “Carlin-esque” and has been a rising talent at the Cellar, and Amy Schumer who Noam refers to as the fastest riser he’s ever seen.
“There’s only like 20 acts in the city who I think really really kill; everybody else is really a notch below.” Dworman said. “And all those acts are basically only working at the Comedy Cellar now. So except for a night where somebody is headlining at Gotham or something like that, I really feel, and I really believe this: that every good comic in the city is working at the Cellar and there are no other good comics working at any other club. Not with any predictability anyway.”
The comedy cellar is a very very nice room and so is the Underground but the heartbeat of the place is that table.”
it works best in a particular environment, with brick walls, and warmth, and earthy materials and seating close together. There will never be a better environment for that.”
Noam also credits the Cellar’s success to keeping the showroom simple. “Maybe I shouldn’t say this,” he said, “I think one of the mistakes some of the other comedy clubs have made over the years is trying to purposely not look as comedy clubs have traditionally looked. They try to be more upscale, they try to give people more space between the seats, almost everything to not be cliche but the truth is it works best in a particular environment, with brick walls, and warmth, and earthy materials and seating close together. There will never be a better environment for that.”
You can hear Noam’s weekly radio show, Comedy Cellar Radio on Thursdays at 7pm on Raw Dog Comedy Club 99, and go see a show at the Comedy Cellar or the Village Underground to watch some of the best comedy in the country every night of the week. Visit comedycellar.com. Listen to Bennington every day from noon to 3pm on SiriusXM Raw Dog Comedy Club 99. The Bennington show covers everything in comedy daily.