Baltimore Comedy Factory looks to make local audiences laugh
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:48
 by Nicole Rodman

    Local fans of stand-up comedy are in for a treat — the Baltimore Comedy Factory has found a new home at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center located at 5625 O’Donnell Street.
    The comedy club, a longtime Baltimore fixture, is operating from the space once occupied by Toby’s Dinner Theatre.
    According to general manager Chip Cucchiella, brother of former 98 Rock personality Mickey Cucchiella, the Baltimore Comedy Factory was established nearly 35 years ago.
    For more than 30 years the club was located above Burke’s Restaurant, at the corner of Lombard and Light streets, until the restaurant closed its doors in 2011.
    That year, Baltimore Comedy Factory relocated to Power Plant Live, an entertainment complex near the Inner Harbor.
    Now, three years later, the club is settling into its new home on O’Donnell Street.
    “Making this move is the best thing we could have done,” Cucchiella explained, noting that the Baltimore Comedy Factory simply “outgrew” its former location.
    In addition to offering 100 more seats than the Power Plant location, the club’s new venue offers unobstructed views and a convenient location just off of I-95.
   
The Best Western also offers free parking — an advantage over the pay-to-park garages available to patrons attending shows at the Powerplant location.
    As Cucchiella noted, Best Western has worked closely with the comedy club as it has settled into its new home.
    “We work hand-in-hand with the hotel,” he explained, adding, “They’re great.”
    As Cucchiella explained, the hotel’s caterers provide food service for every show. At its former location, the club could only offer food service on certain nights.
    So far, Cucchiella noted, business at the new location has been steady.
    “Our first weekend, we were slammed,” he said.
    While the last few weekends have not been as busy, Cucchiella expects attendance to pick up as summer winds down.
    “We still do well — no complaints,” he noted.
    In the next few months, the Baltimore Comedy Factory will be welcoming a number of high-profile performers, including In Living Color-alum Tommy Davidson, Hanging with Mr. Cooper star Mark Curry, former MADtv cast member Aries Spears, actor and comedian Jon Lovitz, and Christopher Titus, star of former Fox sitcom Titus.
    Baltimore Comedy Factory also offers opportunities for amateur comedians, including the Baltimore’s Next Superstar competition and the upcoming Comedy School.
    Comedy School, a series of comedy classes taught by a veteran stand-up, will be held on Monday nights in October.
    According to Cucchiella, a visit to the Baltimore Comedy Factory offers advantages over other forms of entertainment.
    “It’s cheaper than going to a movie,” he noted.
    “It’s a great date night. It’s a fun night. It’s a good mood night.”
    For more information, or to purchase tickets for upcoming shows, visit www.
baltimorecomedy.com.