Well, it finally happened. The Experiment Comedy has secured a space in New York City to call its own. It’s not the back room of a bar or the basement of some funky restaurant. It is a venue we fully operate and call home: The Experiment Comedy Gallery.
Located at the lower level of 272 Grand Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, The Experiment Comedy Gallery — The Gallery, for short — is the headquarters for hot, hip alternative comedy — from standup to storytelling, sketch to improv, and more — in a hot, hip neighborhood that’s been underserved when it comes to affordable live comedy. (Ticket prices range from $5 to $15 per person. Some shows are even free. Seven nights a week, 52 weeks a year.)
The Gallery also plays host to pop culture-centric art shows, trivia events, comedy classes, web video shoots and screenings, podcast recordings, and more. It’s an all-purpose space for all things funny.
A café that will (soon) be open to the public from morning ’til night will also be an integral part of The Gallery. Affordable beverages, light snacks and pastries, and free WiFi will be made available for all.
The Experiment Comedy co-founder Mo Fathelbab is General Manager and Artistic Director of The Gallery with co-founders Ben Trandem and Derek Smith are part of the brain trust for The Gallery, The Experiment Comedy, and parent company Big Jim Slade Productions, LLC.
The Experiment Comedy Gallery is located at 272 Grand Street, Basement Level, Brooklyn, NY 11211, between Havemeyer and Roebling Streets. (Transportation: G, L trains to the Metropolitan Avenue/Lorimer Street stop; J, M, Z trains to the Marcy Avenue stop.)
Want to come down to The Gallery but don’t know when? Just check out our AMAZING SCHEDULE OF SHOWS.
For more information on booking, contact Mo Fathelbab: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a great write-up about the space on BEDFORD + BOWERY: “Much like their DIY music-venue cousins, The Experiment is aiming to make it feasible for people to come see several shows here a month, even if they’re on a tight budget. ‘We’re cheaper than going to the movies,’ Mo said. As of now, you’ll never drop more than $5 to $15 at the door and some performances are totally free. The model differs from most comedy clubs– instead of making it rain free tickets, The Experiment charges at the door. But on they upside, they say they’ll never invoke drink minimums or bringer shows.
The Experiment is equally interested in keeping performers happy.’We look for ways to compensate people and be competitive because UCB doesn’t pay anybody, The PIT doesn’t pay anybody, and so forth,’ Mo explained. As for open-mics, ‘A lot of places you’ll be asked to throw in $1, throw in $5.'”
And here are a couple of nice things said about our past shows:
BROKELYN: “a great comedy incubator, considering they also host Manifesto! every Tuesday night, and you know that they have good taste…”
CASUAL COMEDY NEWS: (RE: Manifesto!) “Are you a person? Do you like stand-up comedy? Okay, so those two questions may have been rhetorical, but they’re all I got to back up the phrase ‘take the stand-up comedy back! Billing themselves as ‘stand-up for the people’, this hilarious weekly showcase of the best comics from NYC and elsewhere in this great nation will truly make you feel like you made a good, powerful choice in life. Hosted by the hilarious pair of Tim Ellis and Mo Fathelbab and set in the intimate basement atmosphere of this popular Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn hangout, this chuckle-worthy revolution may not be televised…but it can be captured on camera (as evidenced by yours truly) and will certainly create lasting memories! Feeling empowered yet? Then come to this free show and laugh out loud with your fellow people!”
STAGEBUDDY.COM: (RE: This One Time…) “All in all, This One Time is great for breaking outside of the normal set-up/punch line type comedy show to hear stories from funny people and eat some crab mac.”