So, three comedians walk into the Lark Tavern...

By Jessica Pasko

Greg AidalaThink you're funny? Why not give it a whirl at a comedy open mike?

Local comedian Greg Aidala might have just the thing for you. Folllowing in the footsteps of his monthly local comedy showcase, The Brew Ha-Ha, Aidala's started up a comedy open mike series.

The recently launched "Comedy on the Park" brings about 10 amateur performers to the stage at Tess' Lark Tavern each Sunday starting at 8 p.m. Best of all, it's free. And while, like most open mikes, the performances might be hit or miss, its hard to argue with free entertainment.

Aidala's no stranger to the area, comically speaking. After putting on the Brew Ha-Ha for a couple of years, he took a break in favor of teaching stand-up workshops through the Knowledge Network. He says the workshops have been a hit -- he sold out four of them last year to about 60 students. That experience gave him a chance to learn about the funny people in the 518, giving him the idea for "Comedy on the Park."

Last week's show played to a full house, and while some of the comics weren't exactly my cup of tea, I've gotta give them props for having the courage to get up there.

And really, it's a pretty good way to spend a lazy Sunday night when re-runs and the couch just aren't going to cut it.


Sweet... have been looking for something like this for a while now... good cheap variety of comedy, and semi often... rather than the one "semi big" name that rolls into town and expects you to pay 50 bucks for their one act.

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