New Press Article
February 13th, 2014
Comics take the stage at Old Naples
Comedy club has opened inside Parrot Bar and Grill.
Faux flames rise from twin tiki torches while Dave Merry hops on stage at Old Naples Comedy Club, one of the newest comedy venues in the area.
The Canadian comic talks about lackluster attendance at Southwest Florida hockey games, and jokes about the vacationers he sees on cruise ships.
“You ever see what waddles into a midnight buffet on a cruise ship?” he asks. “It’s like ‘March of the Penguins.’”
As he exits the stage to a howling crowd, Merry fist-bumps B.J. Odom, one of the night’s headliners, along with Steve Sabo, a nationally touring comic from Ohio.
Odom has performed as a “comedy magician” on and off for the last 20 years. He’s a DJ for WZZS 106.9 in Zolfo Springs.
The comedian — who jokes about everything from sports to sex and performs so-called magic tricks such as making his beer bottle disappear — says he likes the feedback he gets on the comedy stage, something he can’t get from his radio audience.
“Here, you get an immediate response,” Odom says.
Comedian Brian Corrion partnered with Parrot Bar and Grill to launch Old Naples Comedy Club inside a private room at the restaurant in October. Corrion — who lives on his 45-foot Sea Ray “Not Appropriate,” docked near Parrot Grill — took comedy classes at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota and has performed around south Lee and Collier for several years.
Over the summer, Corrion spent time at Hilton Head Comedy Magic Cabaret in South Carolina, where he picked up tips on how to operate a club.
At Old Naples, guests can enjoy Parrot’s burgers, seafood and tropical drinks before or during the show.
The comedy club already is getting calls from national comics and has sold out some of its shows, Corrion says.
The venue, which accommodates 50 guests with hopes of expanding, offers a more intimate show.
“The comic is a little more interactive,” Corrion says, joking that the audience “can feel the sweat of the comic from every seat.”