For the past ten years, I have been covering the Boston comedy scene for The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine, and every outlet I could find. For seven and a half years, I wrote a regular column for the Globe following comedy, one of the only of its kind in the country. But with belts tightening across the publishing world, I have suddenly found myself without that regular outlet at a crucial and exciting time in Boston comedy history. The Comedy Connection, the city's biggest club, has moved to the Wilbur Theatre. The Comedy Studio, the place where young comics grow, has never been more popular. Mottley's Comedy Club opened this summer, finally giving Boston a room where deserving lesser-known acts can headline and stretch.
This blog will be dedicated to capturing the Boston comedy scene as it changes, as clubs and comics come and go, wither and blossom. This is one of the funniest cities in the country. If you don't believe me, ask fans of Steven Wright, Mike Birbiglia, Barry Crimmins, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Denis Leary, Eugene Mirman, Dane Cook, Jimmy Tingle, Brian Kiley, Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno -- well, you get the idea. Funny people grow here, others come here to get funnier. If I can show you a bit of that, I'm betting you'll come back for more.
So welcome. Welcome to Boston Comedy.