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Layover: What do you get when…

By awoodall
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 10:35 am in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

I do remember how to laugh. But it’s been a while. Layover’s comedy night yesterday triggered the need to make my mouth move in an upward motion instead of scowling. Granted, the acts were hit or miss as you’d expect. Anyway, the first time is always tough. Heckling is not allowed, which is a good thing for a few of the performers. (You know who you are.)
Instead the audience graciously turned their eyes skyward to give Layover’s ceiling a good inspection. Co-owner Zachary Turner watched from behind the bar, sometimes with what looked like an expression of quiet alarm. I couldn’t say for sure.  I can’t remember the names of the comedians, either. (I do recall that the woman from the Oakland Local blog made her presence known during on of the acts.)  
I was running late and I had just come from a class to see Ryan Cronin, creator of “Fear and Bloating in Las Vegas” and other mad ideas. I wrote about him when there were only two comedy venues in Oakland. Back then he described himself as the love child of Elvis and Bob’s Big Boy. Now there are at least five venues for comedy in Oakland that I can think of including  Layover, Miss Pearl’s, the Washington Inn and the Grand Lake Theatre.

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