Thank You Very Much

The night before Thanksgiving is a huge payday for most places. Not only does 90% of the population have off the next day, but every college kid worth talking about returns home to NYC to eat turkey and get loot from their parental units. Frat boys and sorority gals will swarm even the chicest places and as a nightlife correspondent I highly advise seeking out alternative haunts to hang. If you must go out head to dive bars, gay clubs or the like. Although the clubs do cash in on Wednesday night, few make any loot on Thanksgiving proper as revelers in a tryptophan coma generally stay home. A comedy club may provide the answer or punchline.

My firm Lewis and Dizon is reduxing the comedy club Stand Up NY on west 78th street. It’s the first comedy club we have done. It is a fun project and I learn everyday. The seating, acoustics, point of sale and a zillion other things are different with a joke factory. Clanging glass wear and flushing toilets disturb comics trying to maintain rhythm. Last night I went to Comix on 14th Street and 9th Avenue to check out how the pros do it. I was invited by the headliner’s Yannis Pappas’ old college roomie. The place was jammed with a crowd spending bucks on mediocre wings and soggy salads. They hadn’t come for the food, they came to laugh and Yannis and Nick Bargatze had them rolling. I had a great time. Comix is clean, affordable and absolutely fun. I will be spending Thanksgiving with my octogenarian parents and brothers and such. For this I have much to be thankful for. After I will join what’s left of my club family at Brier Group Events honcho Kevin Crawford’s house. Here vegan turkey will tempt me to a better way of life. Thanks to everyone who makes my life tolerable and a special thanks to all of you who pop in to read my rantings. I take these holidays quite seriously, and suggest that those of us who are lucky enough to have a wonderful meal and friends’ company ahead of us take a look around and make sure that people less fortunate get taken care of. Take a friend to your celebration. Someone who is too far away from their family to enjoy the day. Thanksgiving can be a very long and lonely day. Take a minute to make sure people around you are okay. I have always been a sucker for all things John Fitzgerald Kennedy and I’ll leave you with a quote from him. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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