On Friday nights, after all of the hair’s been swept off the ground and the final comb dropped into the jar of Barbicide, individuals kind a line outdoors the Original Barbershop within the East Village.
And they’re not ready round for a haircut.
By 8:45, the largely millennial crowd settles in among the many swivel stools, picket benches and folding chairs as comic Ronnie Lordi switches on a mike to open “Live at the Barbershop” — one of many metropolis’s extra offbeat comedy golf equipment.
“Word is getting around,” says Carl Anthony, 40, of Astoria, who’s been coming to the barbershop at the least a few times a month for the final three years, however not for a trim. A comedy devotee who sees some 20 to 30 comedy reveals a yr, the tv stage supervisor tells The Post, “This lineup could rival many comedy clubs.”
Credit Lordi for dreaming it up. In 2016, he was getting a trim in a kind of barber chairs on the Original (174 E. Second St.), when he seen the store — spiffy, however commonplace, so far as barbershops go — had all of the makings of a good comedy venue.
“That could actually be a stage,” Lordi thought, referring to a shallow black platform upon which the self-importance mirrors sit. “And there’s the stereotypical brick wall behind it.”
He advised store proprietor Greg Sysoyev that he was a comic, and Sysoyev requested him if he and a few comedian-friends might carry out at a store get together on quick discover. Happy to oblige, Lordi stated: “Anywhere I can get onstage.” With that, a grass-roots comedy present started.
“We asked restaurants and businesses around the neighborhood [to donate] chairs,” says Lordi. The two males introduced in a mike and amp, and arrange a desk of mixers and cups for many who convey their very own booze. “You can do comedy anywhere. All you need is a microphone and seats.”
Lordi, who’s produced and hosted “Live at the Barbershop” each Friday at 8:30 p.m. for the final three years, manages to squeeze some 25 to 40 company and comedians into the shop, typically squeezing two units into a night time. He says he has no concept how phrase received round.
“There’s been very little marketing,” he says. “I just put a sign in the window.” (There’s also a Web web site: BiggestShowEver.com.)
“I run a basement show at a wine bar,” says comic Hanna Dickinson, whose reveals are sometimes listed in magazines and on-line, “but we don’t have the traction this barbershop does.”
Admission charges decrease than these of the established comedy golf equipment might assist: Entry is $7 if you happen to RSVP forward of time, and $10 on the door, if there’s room.
On a current night time, Lordi asks the viewers how they heard concerning the present. Just a few shout again “Instagram.” Internet searches are also priceless promoters. Kyra, 22, who declined to present her final identify, says she got here with a good friend who merely “Googled ‘B.Y.O.B. comedy show.’ ”
Lordi normally performs a fast opening set earlier than introducing the primary of some 5 – 6 comics a night time. So far, the shock company have included Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”) and Dante Nero (“The Blacklist”).
It’s a coveted gig amongst comics, too. “I’ve had established comics ask me who to talk to about getting up [onstage],” says comic Justin Smith, 32.
Unlike conventional comedy golf equipment, the Original Barbershop doesn’t have desk service, which could be distracting for comedians, whereas expensive drinks and tab minimums are a buzzkill for company. Here, comedy lovers convey their very own bottles, and the small room lets them sit mere ft from the motion.
“Since laughing is contagious, comedy is just better in an intimate setting,” says comic Ian Lara, 28. “It just makes the laughter explosive.”
The laid-back setting also lends itself to workshopping. “It’s a great gauge,” says comic Dean Delray, 52. “If [a joke] is working in there, it’s probably going to work across America,” he provides. “It’s like a dojo.”
The demographic is primarily 20-somethings, what Delray refers to as “the future” of stand-up followers.
Nevertheless, the uber-hip crowd could be intimidating.
“I never know if it’s a comedy show or a Vice company party,” says comic Usama Siddiquee.
“I get nervous performing there because there’s a lot of hot, young people who I feel like would have been mean to me in middle school,” says Dickinson, 26, who believes the present resonates with faculty college students and millennials due to the “speakeasy” vibe. “It’s a ‘scene.’ ”
Lordi, who performs at different golf equipment six or seven nights a week, says he and Sysoyev see no finish in sight for the barbershop sequence. “My customers, the whole neighborhood, they love it,” says Sysoyev, 32.
“We have room for everyone!”
Lordi says he hopes to someday hand off the present to a youthful era of comics. Right now, he and his mates are having too good a time to stroll away.
“If you’re onstage having fun, it kind of sets the tone for the show. That’s been the idea from the beginning. At the end of the day, it’s a hang.”
Outsider nyuks: different offbeat comedy spots
This Brooklyn bookstore hosts Hot Fuss, a new month-to-month comedy present that takes place Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. The BYOB occasion sells out, so purchase tickets on-line prematurely. $10. 1216 Union St., Crown Heights; AnyoneComics.com
This East Village wholesome eatery is also house to Brickspot Comedy, which fits down in a renovated again room on the restaurant. They have a common sequence, Late Night Romp, Fridays at 9 p.m., plus one-off reveals all through the month. Free entry; one-item-order minimal. 12 St. Marks Place; BrickspotComedy.com
Crown Heights’ personal membership-based co-working enterprise Work Heights presents Electric Laughs at 7:30 p.m. each first Saturday of the month. The 21-and-up present also guarantees loads of free “Magic Punch Surprise.” No official phrase on what the “surprise” entails. Free; RSVP required. 650 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights; ElectricLaughs.Tumblr.com
Don’t Tell Comedy
This roving sequence of secret reveals is produced in main cities all around the nation. New York’s version has placed on stand-up in backyards, rooftops and even a Brooklyn bike store. $20 and up. DontTellComedy.com/NYC