Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach
Having never been to a comedy club before, a group of friends talked me into going to the Comedy Cabana on a Saturday night in August. I'm sure plenty of people are unsure of what they're getting into when they purchase their ticket, and I was no exception. Would this end up being cheesy? Would I want a refund? Would this comedian appeal to my age group? I'm happy to say that it was far from cheesy, I didn't want a refund, and I ended up really enjoying those two hours.
We waited by the fully equipped bar for the previous show to come to an end and ours to start. While sipping an apple martini, I glanced around at the numerous photos of comedians who had performed here: Jay Mohr, John Candy, Charlie Murphy, Paul Virzi, and many more.
By the time we reached our seats, it was time for the show to begin. Several opening acts (including the hilarious Matt Mitchell) entertained us as cocktail waitresses made their way around, taking orders and handing out food and drinks. It had been tough deciding what drinks and what food to order: Loaded Nachos or Cabana Chips & Salsa? Hawaiian Delight Pizza or Whoopie Goldburger (consisting of a cheeseburger served with lettuce, tomato, and onion)? Chicken Fajita Wrap or Letterman's Chicken Sandwich? I went with a vodka tonic and a basket of soft pretzels (delicious, I might add).
The main act for that night's show was Richie Minervini, a comedian from Long Island who has appeared in TV shows such as Regis Live, the King of Queens and Rosie O'Donnell, and was featured in the film Grown Ups. The former owner of the premier East Side Comedy Club in Long Island, his stage is where Rosie O'Donnell, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy, Kevin James and Ray Romano got started. He had the audience captivated and laughing through the entire forty five minutes that he was on the stage. I had to admit that I was glad my friends had persuaded me to give this a try.