Last night The Stand Comedy Club said goodbye to their Third Street location with a blow out six plus hour show featuring over 40 comedians a very dedicated audience of comedy super fans, and an open bar party that packed out the entire club and the sidewalk from 8pm till some time after 2am.
It was a fitting tribute to a club that has given stage time to plenty of comedy giants Janeane Garofalo, Rich Vos, Ari Shaffir, Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, T.J. Miller, Kevin Hart, Colin Quinn, Gilbert Gottfried, Ali Wong and Louis C.K. to name a few, and has given a start and a home to plenty of performers who will be the future giants of comedy.
Paul Italia, Cris Italia, Dave Kimowitz and Patrick Milligan said goodbye to their 6 year home by inviting all the comedians who have ever performed there and a packed house of regular audience members to drink up all their booze (for free) and celebrate comedy. Aaron Berg hosted the six-hour edition of Frantic (which by the way will continue through the summer at pop up venues, and then later at the new location) and hundreds of fans and performers came out to celebrate.
The list of performers included Petey DeAbreau, Janeane Garofalo, Dean Delray, Bonnie McFarlane, Roy Wood Jr., Judah Friedlander, Monroe Martin, Sean Patton, Yamaneika Saunders, Dan St. Germain, Sherrod Small, Rich Vos, Yannis Pappas, Mark Normand, Joe List, Christian Finnegan, Sarah Tollemache, Nikki Glaser, Paul Virzi, Gibran Saleem, Ron Bennington, Tim Dillon, Dave Attell, Matteo Lane, Ari Shaffir, Josh Wesson, Ben DeMarco, Luis J. Gomez, Big Jay Oakerson, Jourdain Fisher, Nick Mullen, Stavors Halkias, Derek Gains, Justin Silver, Giulio Gallarotti, Ian Lara, Ricky Velez and more.
Of course we wouldn’t have missed The End of The Stand party for anything- the Stand has been a second comedy home to us, where we’ve not only produced shows but we’re always welcome to stop in and check out whatever’s happening.
As always, when there’s a major event in comedy, we are there with a bad camera to capture the comedy glitterati, and we’ll be adding names in so check back later to see who is who if you’re not a New York comedy scene fanatic. If you missed the big party you still have one last night to say goodbye, tonight the final final shows include Alia Janine’s Tuesday open mic, a show for HBO, and the final Roastmasters battle in this location. Be the last fan to sit at your favorite table tonight.
It’s not totally over, The Stand will be back at a location very nearby the O.G., so this is not goodbye, and we’ll keep you updated. See you in September!
But first…here’s how it all began…
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Heading to @thestandnyc tonight for the last Frantic… this is a picture of the stage being built back in 2012 (which I‘m pretty sure I took on a blackberry)… I will miss this physical space so much, but The Stand has become more than just walls… it’s a community and I have all the confidence in the world that the new spot will keep that community going & growing! The lineup tonight is just absolutely incredible!!! Swipe right to see all the performers from a picture I stole from the man who started it all, @cringehumor… Patrick @pitalia212 @criscitalia & @davekimowitz surpassed all our expectations with this venue! They still have day one staff @emmpathy (my very first hire) @grahambennettnyc & @chisowicked holding it down and oh my god, what would any of us have ever done without @lavoro_adele! All the guys and gals that have come and gone over the years have left a mark on my life. Working at that club is an opportunity I will always be grateful for. Thank you for letting me be a part of this family and always giving me a place to go to see a friendly face! Here’s to new beginnings!!! 🎉🎉🎉