As a comedian's wife, I watch *A LOT* of stand-up comedy. After a while, most comedy begins to sound the same -- tired premises and punchlines, and lots of people simply trying to mimic their favorite comedians' mannerisms and style, rather than just being themselves. So, it takes a lot to get me to laugh and for a stand-up comedy show to impress me.
That said, the Sunday night show at Comedy Playa was one of the two or three most enjoyable comedy shows I've ever been to.
EVERY act was good and had at least a few lines that really hit me. There were five comedians on the show -- four from Playa, and my husband who did a guest spot while we were here on vacation. I was so impressed with the guys from Playa. They are part of a group of about five or six English-language comedians in Playa; given this small size of their comedy scene, I wasn't expecting much. But these guys knew how to structure jokes, craft smart and ORIGINAL punchlines, and not step on laughter -- their talent level and professionalism is far superior to what I've seen in larger US comedy scenes (I'm looking at you, San Diego!). No one was offensive or unfunny -- everyone was just totally entertaining, clever, and professional.
The crowd was small, since this is the low tourist season, but it was a supportive and happy audience. The comedians were also very supportive of one another, and the audience really picked up on this -- the comedians all watched each others' sets and laughed in support of one another (even though I'm sure they've seen each others' sets hundreds of times!).
Totally worth the 50 peso cover. Also, the show only lasted about 1 hour 15 minutes -- unlike many comedy club shows where they hold you hostage for 2 hours trying to get you to buy more drinks. The drinks at Comedy Playa (well, from Lucky Luciano downstairs) are strong pours and reasonably priced. Comfortable air-conditioned room. Great option for a night out in Playa.
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