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Monday, April 14, 2008

Onward and Upward with the People’s Republic of Komedy

posted by on April 14 at 14:10 PM

Good news from the ever-ambitious people at PROK: The Republic is spreading to New York and Los Angeles.

This summer, emissaries from PROK, some of whom have already made advance moves eastward and southward, will begin regular shows at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood and (probably) Pianos on the Lower East Side.

More details forthcoming. But, for now, congratulations!

In more middling news: PROK-Seattle is moving Laff Hole (its weekly, flagship comedy night) from Chop Suey into the upstairs theater at Capitol Hill Arts Center.

I’m guessing they’re moving because a) the closure of the Crocodile has made it more urgent for Chop Suey to book rock acts on Wednesday nights and b) Chop Suey never was an ideal venue for comedy. It was too easy to lose the crowd in that big, unfocused cavern of a room.

But moving back to CHAC, which has been a revolving door for theaters and arts organizations, doesn’t seem like the best ideaŚnot least because PROK and CHAC already lived together once, a couple of years ago. It didn’t work out.

And, as wise people say, there are no second acts in love.

PROK should move to Re-bar, home of Dina Martina and Brown Derby and Greek Active and two decades of marrying drinking, theater, and comedy. The Republic and Re-bar belong together.

Can some matchmaker get on that?

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I second that motion

Posted by bubbles | April 14, 2008 2:54 PM

i second that emotion ;)

Posted by feom | April 14, 2008 3:00 PM

Kudo's for suggesting it get moved to the ReBar! How come this obvious idea hasn't been touted before?

Posted by Reality Check | April 14, 2008 3:28 PM

It WAS touted before, Reality Check.

I remember the right-honorable David Schmader making the ReBar suggestion back when the Mirabeau Room closed and that suggestion WAS being considered (along with discussions regarding the BadJuju, the bar-side of the then Premier/Fenix, Theater OffJackson and a few others) as a possible new home for the ComedyNight show...discussions which ended when PRoK chose to take the CHAC's offer to turn Laff*Hole from a monthly to a weekly.

And that decision turned out to be pretty solid and worked out very well for PRoK.

And the ReBar HAS held comedy shows like Owen Straw's Banana Hammock show...and it IS, I believe, still the home of Get Loweded.

The thing that I like about move back to CHAC for Laff*Hole is that they're putting it, it's not moving backwards...

It's moving up.

Posted by pgreyy | April 14, 2008 6:06 PM

Well, until the neighbors in the condos next door start complaining about the noise, and they have to move again...

Posted by COMTE | April 14, 2008 6:59 PM

As it is, SSP wrestling is planning on moving out of the Re-bar to the bigger more spacious King Cobra. That leaves the 1st Wednesday at Re-bar opened up.

That's prime venue real estate my friend...

Posted by godsactionfigure | April 14, 2008 7:32 PM

The close-up video of Andy Peters on Youtube is one of the funniest things ever.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | April 14, 2008 8:14 PM

We wanted them! We hosted them! We offered them Thursdays!

Posted by Re-bar | April 14, 2008 11:40 PM

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