In Montgomery, Tuesday night’s all right for laughing.
About 50 people made the trip to Gray’s Mill on River Street on Tuesday for the debut show of Comedy on the Fox, the restaurant’s new weekly comedy showcase. Previously known as Comedy Under the Tap, the group spent the past two and a half years entertaining audiences at Oswego’s Tap House Grill.
But according to Executive Producer Amelia Kleymann, support for the comedy show at the Tap House dried up over the past few months. Kleymann was ready to let the idea die—most comedy rooms last between three and four months, she said, and she was proud of the longevity of Comedy Under the Tap. But then she toured Gray’s Mill.
The newly-reopened restaurant occupies the bottom floors of a five-story mill built in 1858. Comedy on the Fox has taken up residence on the third floor, in the White Rose Room, so called because White Rose brand flour was made there.
The group will host shows on Tuesday nights for those 21 and older, and next month will roll out Saturday shows—afternoon matinees for families, evening shows for adults.
Kleymann said the group sees about 100 comics sign up each month, and they all volunteer. On Tuesday, the headliner was Chicago comic Brian Aldridge, and seven featured comedians took the stage before him. (Kleymann said the typical show will see six featured comics, one headliner and one host.)
The match of show and venue has been terrific so far, Kleymann said. The Gray’s Mill staff is interested in building a community around the comedy shows, she said, something she’s been hoping for as well. She said several regulars from the Tap House shows made their way to Montgomery on Tuesday, and she expects that to continue.
For reservations for the Tuesday night shows, call 630-517-0003, or visit www.comedyonthefox.com. Admission is $5, with a two-item minimum from the menu. Additionally, Gray’s Mill will offer a 10 percent discount on dinner downstairs for those attending the comedy shows.