Group Theory

There’s something about comedy that gets lost in translation if you’re not seeing it in person. “You had to be there” isn’t just cliché for crappy jokes, it’s also a genuine observation about the communal element of comedy. For whatever reason, comedy really is best enjoyed in groups. The jokes are funnier, the bombs are more awkward (almost painfully so) and the experience on the whole is more intense.

Friday night’s Comedy Slam 7 at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, figures to have the communal aspect of comedy down. The show is packed with comedians, like Shawty-Shawt, who specialize in interacting with their audience. The event will also feature performances from B-Phlat, Rob Stapleton, and Marcus Combs.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. August 16 and the show starts at 8:30. Tickets for the event start at $15 and can be purchased online at

Fri., Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m., 2013
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Ed Kummerer