God’s not the only one who never closes a door without opening a window – the same can be said for Boston comedy as well. As fans of the local comedy scene mourn the recent closing of the much-loved Mottley’s Comedy Club, a new contender has stepped up as Nick’s Comedy Stop announces the opening of its new second location in Cambridge.
Located at 455 Mass Ave in Central Square, the new Nick’s Comedy Stop is housed within the Moksa Restaurant and promises to offer all of the fun and laughs the club’s flagship has been known for for almost thirty years. With a seating capacity of 175, the additional venue will no doubt be a top live-comedy destination for comedians and fans alike.
“It means another place for comedians to perform, and it’s amazing for up and comedians to hone their skills,” says comedian Lamont Price, who is performing on May 4-5 as part of the club’s opening weekend. “With the unfortunate passing of Mottley’s, it’s good to have another place to wreck mics.”
Nick’s Comedy Stop in Cambridge will open for its first weekend of shows on Friday, May 4, with an amazing lineup that includes Price, Joe Wong, Ryan Clauson and more – and their summer lineup will definitely keep people coming back as Tim McIntire, Rick Ceisler, Corey Manning, Dan Smith and Kelly MacFarland are all tapped to perform in the coming months.
While some may wonder how this move will impact the existing comedic atmosphere in Cambridge, most are viewing the new venue as a smart business decision.
“At first I was a little surprised when I read that they were opening up a second location since they sometimes utilize the downstairs room when necessary. It does make sense since Mottley’s recently closed and there can only be so many headliner shows on weekends,” states comedian and comedy producer Matt Kona. “It’s tough enough bringing mid-level acts to Boston with the lack of a sub-Wilbur Theater size club (like an Improv/Funny Bone, etc.), and an additional Nick’s location will ensure that there is still work for headline comics as well as local comics working their way up as hosts. Taking Nick’s to Cambridge brings a different format of comedy show to an area best known for the showcase style of The Comedy Studio, or short sets sprinkled into weekend variety shows at ImprovBoston (as well as Standup Sundays at 9). There’s been a lot of recent activity on the DIY level in the Boston comedy scene between what Ryan Douglass has done first with shows at Rodney’s Book Store (and currently with his traveling Central Square show, last seen at the Elks Lodge, and going to various places in the future) and Anderson Comedy’s Horse’s Mouth Show at The Middlesex Lounge. I think that the Boston Metro area is a unique and smart market where all forms of comedy can co-exist and thrive in a growing environment.”
“Obviously the more venues there are the better it is for comedians,” observes Mike Mulloy, a local comedian who can regularly be seen at Nick’s Boston location. “You get more chances to get up there and a crowd that you might not normally see in the Theatre District. Plus since it’s a name that’s already established and known for good comedy, you know they’re going to always put out a good product.”
Nick’s Comedy Stop opens in Central Square, Cambridge on Friday, May 4 with a very special (and hilarious) opening weekend planned. Parking is available on-street or in multiple public lots within walking distance, or take the Red Line to Central Square station if using public transportation. All shows are 18+, and half-price tickets are available with student and military ID.