Wednesday nights are optimal for comedy. It's hump day, and we could all use a good laugh. For the last couple years, Mr. Head's Bar and Gallery and Kevin William Lee have hosted a spot for the local comedians to stretch their funny legs and try telling jokes in front of a live audience every week at 10:30 p.m. Unfortunately, Kevin was relieved of the position and has been handed down to Jacob Breckenridge and myself.
Recently, there was a bit of a skirmish between Lee and a traveling act that performed at the bar on Wednesday, May 21. To make a long story short, there was a discrepancy regarding payment and the format of the show. Jay Whitecotton, JT Habersaat and Joe Staats are on a southwest comedy tour, so they reached out to Lee to book a show in Tucson. They all met at a Super Bowl party at Doug Stanhope's house in Bisbee.
While I don't appreciate witch hunts or bullying, you can read Whitecotton's side of the story here
and form your own opinion of the events that have transpired. I have been substitute host for two of Lee's open mics, and I have been paid for both times, so, I can honestly say I have been treated fairly. I think this whole situation could have been dealt with differently, but everyone makes mistakes.
Last night, there were 16 comedians and one homeless man that goes by the name Midnight. All the audience members referred to him as Jesus. Midnight sits behind the patio barrier and listens to the comedy show religiously, so it's charming and terrifying when he crosses the fence to tell some jokes. Doesn't happen often, so it's totally worth your attention.
Pauly Casillas took the stage, and he was upstaged by two Power Rangers. Casillas is a professional comedian, so he knows how to deal with hecklers. So, he made them a part of a show and challenged them to do some cartwheels and a dance off. You know, just basic Power ranger shit.
Overall, it was a fun night. The Tucson comedy scene is strong, always evolving and welcoming social circle. If you haven't tried it and want to cross out another bucket list item, we will be waiting for you.