These comedians are fed up!
A new Thursday night comedy show is bringing a taste of a bygone era to Bushwick. Comedy Under Artichoke takes place in the basement of Artichoke Basille’s Pizza at the corner of Wyckoff Avenue and Troutman Street in Bushwick, and co-hosts Auggie Lutz and Bob Palos are bringing a retro, classic spin on the underground comedy scene. The lounge space beneath the pizza joint and bar is the perfect venue for a night of libations and laughter, and the location keeps the comedians full of jokes and of pizza.
We chatted with Lutz about his new comedy venture, which started in March.
My co-host Bob Palos and I wanted to start a show in a small, intimate room, and the lounge under Artichoke is perfect. It has low ceilings and a few candle-lit tables, and it packs out pretty quickly. That and everyone at Artichoke has been great to us. They make sure all the comics are full of pizza before they leave.
We wear suits. We were tired of seeing shows hosted by hipsters in hoodies, who didn’t really put any effort into it. So we decided we would at least look good for each show.
The show has a speakeasy type of vibe. It’s in a dark little basement, hosted by two guys in nice suits, and our microphone is one of those old-timey jazz microphones.
The superintendent of the building, “Rocko,” has been stopping by to watch the shows. He’s great. He sits on the back and loves it all — although he does get a little vocal at times and needs to be reminded he’s not a comedian.
“Comedy Under Artichoke” at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza [18 Wyckoff Ave. at Troutman Street in Bushwick, (718) 386–0333, www.artic