What's Friends & Friends? Why don't we let trusty old Facebook tell us all about it:
This monthly comedy show hosted by James Austin Johnson (6 in.) features local stand-up comedians, a special guest headliner and other sundry comedy weirdness. Corporate Juggernaut would like to thank corporate sponsor Video Games for their support of this month's show, but in keeping with their fascist demands, each comic must mention video games by name at least once. It's Nashville's Only Comedy Show Where Anything Can Happen!
This month's gig is headlined by local guy turned national touring comic Nate Bargatze, who you might remember from his appearance on Conan last year.
I can only presume that the move is thanks to the rousing success of last month's Rory Scovel show. Word on the street is that Scovel was talking up The High Watt in a pretty big way at Bonnaroo, which means that — hope against hope — we may be in for a a serious influx of comedy without a two-drink minimum. Not only should you support shows like Friends & Friends for the karmic value of helping out local creative types, but also because of the possibilities a new comedy space would open up.
While I probably can't get into the cool ideas High Watt grand poobah Brandon Jazz spilled to me a few weeks ago that the Corporate Juggernaut dudes have in mind for the place, it is worth pointing out that Jazz is actively booking comedy at the place. A couple weeks ago, he tweeted that he had booked Hannibal Buress “for about 10 minutes” before the booking agent realized the date had been double-booked. Bummer!
Jazz has been shouting-out comics on Twitter in the name of the venue for a minute, which leads me to believe that we may finally have a legitimate alternative comedy space on our hands. If we get more shows like the Comedians of Comedy gig at Exit/In all those years ago, I'm all aboard for this development. But until then, go see Friends & Friends on July 30 at 8 p.m.