I’ve been to many of the venues for open mics in (and around) Boston, but I feel like every time I do a show I hear of at least one place I haven’t been yet. About a month ago I was recommended to try out Grandma’s Basement inside the Hong Kong Cafe on Boylston St. near Fenway Park. I was there last night and it was probably the best open mic I’ve performed at yet, mostly because it had a real crowd. A lot of open mics just have a crowd full of other comedians who tend not to laugh very much and typically aren’t as much fun to perform in front of as people there just to see a show.
It’s my understanding this venue isn’t always this way, but I intend to return anyways. There were a lot of other cool comedians there and it’s a nice place too with a reasonably priced bar, a very comfortable and small room feel, and a good location. I was told that one reason for the big crowd was the presence of a camera crew from The Steve Kastos Show, which was there to record some footage for a piece they would be airing about the venue. They did film my set so who knows, I might be on TV and/or YouTube for that, I’ll be sure to let everyone know it that ends up happening.