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- Shirelle Kinder performing at Comedy @ The Carlson.
Comedy at the Carlson
50 Carlson Road | 585-426-6339
Finding a place to see solid standup in Rochester is no joke. Looking for a good belly laugh at an open-mic night too often means suffering through meandering improv and sets of inside jokes for friends of the comic sitting front and center. Comedy @ The Carlson is an exception. The club, which opened in the former Stromberg-Carlson factory in 2017, offers a rotating slate of curated comedy from touring A-list talent and up-and-comers. Some of the cream-of-the-crop comics to take the stage in the last year included Jessica Kirson, Jay Mohr, Kevin Nealon, Nimesh Patel, and Doug Stanhope. The service, atrium bar, and modest menu of mostly finger foods get consistently good reviews. The 325-seat showroom is comfortable as far as comedy clubs go, and the interior design is a nod to the building’s rich history manufacturing iconic audio equipment — like the bulky Stromberg-Carlson microphone made famous by Elvis Presley.
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