Every Thursday night, the Raven Lounge in downtown Philadelphia makes the radical transformation from a hip, scenester club to a hip, scenester club with Stand Up comedy. It’s incredible. The Raven features modestly-priced drinks with the mandatory Philly specials, toys and games scattered around the tables and bar, and a ceiling covered in the ramblings of drunk chicks with glow pens. Needless to say, it’s an interesting locale. It is upstairs, however, where the Thirsty Thursday magic takes place. Comedians gather by the droves to perform on a small stage for a comfortably-sized audience. For this many funnymen (and women), the price tag of “absolutely fucking free” should be a no-brainer.
Comedians at the Raven are often doing their routines in front of fellow performers and a semi-respectful audience, so they use this opportunity to develop new material or further hone what they feel is the best of what they have to offer. As with anything else, the comics can be hit or miss, but you will never leave The Raven disappointed or having not laughed your ass off. Even if a particular comedian isn’t in your taste, the next 3 or 4 will be spot on.
As if we can’t mention this enough, comedy nights at the Raven Lounge every Thursday are run by the good people at Center City Comedy. The team of Cassidy, Cotton and Foley never cease to impress and always bring the best talent in the Philly comedy scene to the masses.
I will be back. Hopefully every week. Keep up the good work, everybody!
As always, here are some featured moments from last week’s revue:
(All footage shot by Alex Gross/SuperDPS.com)