Not so many years ago, the Comedy House Theater sat atop what’s now a grassy knoll next to a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant.
These days, the Comedy Zone on Wednesday nights is all the rage at Somewhere in Augusta, a sports bar at 2820 Washington Road that’s just blocks away from where the old Comedy House Theater was.
Before going out of business, the Comedy House moved across the street near where the Fresh Market grocery store and Legends conference center are now.
Cindy Fiske, who co-owns Somewhere In Augusta with her husband, John Fiske, said comedy nights at her venue are not new and have been enjoyed by a solid clientele for several years.
“When we purchased Somewhere In Augusta about five years ago, comedy nights were already in place,” she said.
Somewhere prides itself as Augusta’s premiere sports bar, with the area’s coldest beer and, now, the region’s only professional comedy outlet.
On a recent Comedy Zone night, comedians Lyndel Pleasant and Landry, worked the club, and both said they were impressed with Somewhere’s atmosphere.
“In general, I’m impressed with the new South – so much better than the old South,” said Pleasant, 32, who hails from Chicago, but as a kid often visited his grandmother in nearby Washington, Ga., where he “picked figs off trees,” he told his audience with a chuckle.
“Somewhere in Augusta has great management, and I enjoy the close proximity of the audience. The pay? It’s not bad either,” said Pleasant, who considers Dave Chappelle one of his favorite comedians.
He also names Bill Cosby as a favorite, “mainly because Cos never resorted to expletives to tell a story. And, that’s my style too,” said the married father of two toddler sons.
Landry says he considers the cold beer and fresh, hot wings a bonus when he visits Augusta’s new home of comedy.
In the early 1990s, the Comedy House Theater hired major acts such as Sinbad and Gallagher, the food-smashing comic, along with a fresh-faced comic from Cleveland, Ohio, named Steve Harvey, who stayed with Augusta businessman Charlie Williams during stints until Harvey’s finances grew along with his comic genius.
Harvey, now a movie-star and love-relationship author, is a Hollywood renaissance man who no longer requires assistance from Williams, though Williams says Harvey remains a true friend – one who never forgot those leaner times in Augusta.
In recent years, Club 706 on Deans Bridge Road was another local venue that staged comedy nights in Augusta.
Cindy Fiske says her Comedy Zone is an inexpensive evening of entertainment for couples, co-workers, military comrades and singles. Shows cost $8.
“It’s a nice option for Augusta,” she said. “We provide a little more diverse entertainment without having to go to major concert venues.”
She also notes that her comics are not locals, but are booked from the Charlotte-based Comedy Zone talent agency, one of the nation’s largest comedy club networks. More than 3,000 comedians appeared at the network’s 100-member venue network a year ago, according to Somewhere’s Web site.
“Really, it’s just a great social night out,” Fiske said.
Comedians take the stage from 8 to 10 p.m. Doors for the Comedy Zone open at 6 p.m. and patrons can order food and drinks from the
For more on the shows, call (706) 739-0002 or visit www.somewhereinaugusta.com.