A quick guide to Baltimore's comedy nights

Ottobar, Golden West, among others, host open-mike nights

  • Wham City comics Ben O'Brien and Dina Kelberman rehearse a skit last October in the Annex Building on Oliver St. O'Brien is among the comics that perform at the Zodiac Club on Charles Street.
Wham City comics Ben O'Brien and Dina Kelberman rehearse… (Gabe Dinsmoor, Baltimore…)
April 21, 2011|By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun

When the Baltimore Comedy Factory has its official grand opening later this spring, it will be the only stand-alone comedy club left in the city.

But lovers of stand-up shouldn't fret. Outside the city, there are a few clubs — Magooby's in Timonium and Sully's Comedy Cellar in Parkville — but if you don't want to drive out there for a few laughs, there are options in the city.

What Baltimore lacks in comedy clubs, it makes up for in comedy nights. Starting Tuesday, there will even be a new one downtown.

In Charles Village, the Ottobar hosts a monthly comedy night called Chucklestorm that has in the past hosted such alternative comic headliners as Brian Posehn and Neil Hamburger. The next installment has not been scheduled.

The Zodiac in Station North also has a monthly night hosted by the arts collective Wham City; its next event is scheduled for Tuesday.

In Hampden, the last Friday of every month has been reserved for some time now for Golden West Cafe's Bar Bacon.

The newest comedy night will start Tuesday downtown. Water Street Tavern, that small, chill bar with the Key West decor, will host an open-mike night every Tuesday, says promoter Richard Siegel.

Siegel says the show, which runs from 9 p.m. to midnight, will be different from most open-mike nights because it will be open to both comics and musicians.

Wham City will host its next comedy night Tuesday at the Zodiac, 1726 N. Charles St. Begins at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. Water Street Tavern, at 102 Water St., kicks off its first comedy night Tuesday at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Golden West Cafe, at 1105 W. 36th St., hosts the next Bar Bacon April 29 at 11 p.m. Cover is $8.


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