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Comedy Club Owner: Relieve Stress, I’m A Cheerleader, I love This Town

May 2nd, 2018 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

Stress Factory

“Eat, drink, laugh,” at Stress Factory comedy club.

For those of us who explore the funny bone in politics, Vinnie Brand’s Stress Factory comedy club is branding Downtown to a whole new level. Backed by Mayor Joe Ganim and Congressman Jim Himes on Wednesday, Brand monologued the grand opening of his club along McLevy Green to supporters with an effervescence to plug it on “Facebook, Twitter and Ashley Madison” accounts, the last reference to the popular infidelity site. It’s fitting considering the infidelities in city politics, and beyond.

Ganim, Brand

Mayor Joe Ganim, left, Congressman Jim Himes greet Vinnie Brand, right, at opening.

Himes, for one, has a new business constituent just a block from his congressional office suggesting it’s time for beers, a comedy show, nearby park bench and more beers. On a serious note Himes added, “You can feel the vibrancy in Bridgeport picking up.”

For Brand, a toastmaster extraordinaire who knows how to rally a crowd, this is his second comedy club to Brunswick, New Jersey. And it’s four years in the making. He renovated the former Playhouse on the Green into a 300-seat cabaret destination. On tap in the initial weeks Jim Breuer, Gary Owen and Andrew Dice Clay.

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A view from the balcony.

His wife Vicki is an equal partner in identifying Bridgeport as a market for a comedy club with emerging Downtown residents.

“This has been a remarkable experience,” Vinnie Brand told the crowd during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I’m a cheerleader. I love this town,” with a nod to his landlord Forstone Capital, one of the largest property owners Downtown.

comedy club stage

Comedy club stage.

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  • Jimfox

    A grasshopper walks into a bar, and the bartender says, “Hey, we have a drink named after you!”

    The grasshopper looks surprised and asks, Ralph?

  • Mojo

    *** Like anything new in Bpt. in the downtown area, its wonderful till the acts start sucking, less paying patrons & then the bills start falling behind. Its a very nice theather to bring a variety of acts there like oldies but goodies bands, Salsa & Latin music, gospel music, jazz & blues bands, magic acts,important political debates, off broadway musicals, etc… just having comedy acts will not be enough to survive in the long term in Bpt. ***

  • Stringfellow

    Agreed Mojo,

    Looking at the Webster Bank arena there isn’t too many events for the summer. May 11th after that nothing until July 18th.

    Another killer for the comedy club is crime. If the patrons vehicles are broken in, or stolen. If the patrons are robbed or just don’t feel safe the word will get around fast not to go there.

    Between Tiago,the Harlan House and the comedy club they should hire some security,they could split the bill three ways.

  • Bob Walsh

    I wish them Well. It should be a hit!
    Bada bing!
    Where’s Stevie A. I’m sure he’ll have plenty to say.
    Speaking of Steve A, I see where he’s a delegate to the state Convention. No loyalty oath there!

    • Steven Auerbach

      Hello Bob. I support the Comedy Club- Of course I will be there. I will also say that we had 3 tables and a ton aof food at the Cabaret this past Saturday evening. Priscilla Queen of the Dessert was unbelievably entertaining- great music , costumes and talent, Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. So yes, the Comedy Club is on the agenda.

      I am pleased you are aware I am a delegate for Governor and Congress. Some thik it is no big deal. I would not be one of them. My phone has been ringing incessantly. There is no loyalty oath there. Just supporting Ganim and Himes. If Mario and Joe didn’t know – they do now. I will be proud to cast my vote.

      BTW- Congressioal delegates meeting at 6 pm May 14, 2018 at Ceasar Battalla school. Supporting Jim Himes.

      Back to the Stress factory- I wish them great success. It woyld be nice to see 1 or 2 people from the blog there. Harlan House, The New Amphitheater and the Stress Factory will be a great addition to downtown.The new housing can not come soon enough! If they market it properly and remember the students at UB and Sacred Heart with student pricing They will be fine.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Q: What’s the difference between a cardiovascular surgeon and The Almighty?
    A: God doesn’t think he’s a doctor.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    A panda walks into a bar and orders a beer and a hamburger. After he eats he stands up stretches and pulls out a gun shooting everyone in the room but the bartender. The panda puts $20 on the bar and turns to leave. As he walks out the door the bartender asks why the panda shot everyone. The panda tells him to look in the encyclopedia. The bartender looks up panda and he reads “Panda: Large black and white mammal native to China. Eats shoots and leaves.”!

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    A priest, a rabbi, and a pastor are sitting in a bar, across the street from a brothel. They are sipping their drinks when they see a rabbi walk in to the brothel. “Oy! It’s awful to see a man of the cloth give into temptation”, says the rabbi.
    A short while later, they see a pastor walk into the brothel. “Damn! It’s terrible to see a man of the cloth give into such temptation”, says the pastor.
    In a little bit, they see a priest enter the brothel.
    “It’s nice to see the ladies, who have been used so poorly, have time to confess their sins”, says the priest.

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