Barney’s Beanery in Pasadena is the third sports bar in the small chain and is always filled with weekly events ranging from Karaoke night to Wii night, as well as broadcasting major sporting events on a daily basis.But Monday nights at Barney’s is the home to free comedy as comedians try out their new material while enjoying a few drinks with some friends.
Barney’s comedy night started over two years ago as an idea from employees Melissa McQueen and Claudia Maitten-Harris, and has been a success as comedians from all over the country come out to have a good time.
From professional to amateurs, people can expect to have a fun night and occasionally get treated with appearances by some celebrities of the comedy world.
On Monday, guests were treated with an appearance by the 14 year comedic veteran, Dwayne Perkins.
“(I will go to) any place that will have me, any place that will let me try new jokes,” said Perkins.
Perkins’ unique view on life and ability to portray it in his comedic routine has landed him appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show.
He has even had his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special.
Perkins feels that comedians have to take advantage of the platforms that places like Barney’s Beanery provide in order to expand their comedic routine.
“The good thing about a free show is that I can try out new material and not feel bad if it doesn’t work,” says Perkins. “Luckily, I’m able to do well in an environment like this.”
“People think that they are here to see amateurs but don’t know that they get to see professionals, as well,” Perkins says.
If you’re looking for a good, cheap way to relax, Monday nights at the Beanery is definitely worth checking out.
The upstairs patio opens for comedic performances at 10 p.m. and runs until the last bit of alcohol is consumed at 2 a.m.
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