As a new comedian, I try to find the balance between getting up at as many open mics as possible and attending shows to learn from the guys who have actually made being a comedian into a full time living. This past Saturday, I checked out Comedy Inn and was glad I turned down floor seats to the Heat game. (Okay, by floor seats I mean watching it on my living room floor.) Joe Matarese, who you may have seen on America’s Got Talent, headlined and he definitely delivered a show. However, the feature, Erik Myers, who won Florida’s Funniest 2011, stole the show. This was the last of the series, Stand Up for Miami, that Comedy Inn hosted in an effort to keep the comedy scene in Miami alive and relevant.
When you pull up to the Comedy Inn, you will most likely swear at your GPS for bringing you to a Quality Inn. However, don’t throw your iPhone just yet. You have arrived at the right place. The Comedy Inn is tucked just inside. The venue is run by Mike Levine, an entertainment lawyer, whose family owns and operates the hotel. And this has got to be the nicest Quality Inn on the planet. It also has a gourmet Italian restaurant attached. Most shows go for $25, which includes entrance and a top shelf open bar. This is a steal considering you could spend $25 for one drink in South Beach. Check back in the winter, when Comedy Inn plans to host another great series.
14501 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33176
Written by Soo Ra / Photography by Charlie Pazos