Funny Business

Once upon a time Houston was a hot spot for comedy clubs. Now it's anybody's guess on who'll turn out on any given night

He talks about a show he did in the small town of San Angelo, Texas where he met a young bartender who said he wanted to do stand-up.

"I was like, 'Well, is there an open mike here?' and he said, 'Eh, maybe once a month they'll do that.' I said, 'Okay, well, you need to move. You need to move from here, go to Houston, go to Austin, just get the hell out of here. Like, what is there here for you?' and he said, 'Well, me and my girlfriend live here.' 'You know, if that's what's important to you, then the both of y'all move.' I told him, 'You have to either make it here or just leave,' and my suggestion was, 'Just leave because there is no opportunity for you here.' He said, 'I'm just going to see how things pan out here.'

"I went up to New York, and I was talking to people up there about the whole scene and I did some open mikes and things like that, and then I came back to Houston and it was just the same old thing that I had been doing before. I didn't get any work anywhere. I was doing open mikes here and there and this and that," Oddo says.

Once upon a time Houston was a hot spot for comedy clubs. Now it's anybody's guess on who'll turn out on any given night.
Daniel Kramer
Once upon a time Houston was a hot spot for comedy clubs. Now it's anybody's guess on who'll turn out on any given night.
Paul Oddo does comedy because...
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"Essentially, what I discovered about myself was that I was that guy and that I was giving him the advice that I should've been giving myself, which was if it means something like that to you, you need to go where it's happening."

Wanted: Audience Members

Comedy Nights by Little Brough

Sundays at 8 p.m.

Free

Mike's Ultimate, 8670 Hwy 6

713-855-1194

Open Mike

Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

Free

Laff Stop, 526 Waugh

www.laffstop.com

Rudyard's Comedy Werkshop

Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Free

Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh

www.myspace.com/rudzcomedywerk

shop

Mob Rule

First Wednesday of every month at 10:30 p.m.

Free

The Proletariat, 903 Richmond

www.myspace.com/mob_rule_wednesdays

The Greatest Thing in the History of the World

(Long-form improv troupe)

Various dates and locations

www.myspace.com/houstonlongform

Comedy Clubs

The Comedy Showcase

11460 Fuqua St.

281-481-1188

www.thecomedyshowcase.com

The Improv

7620 Katy Frwy.

713-333-8800

www.improv2.com/houston.html

The Laff Spot

17776 Hwy 249

713-955-9200

www.laffspot.com

The Laff Stop

526 Waugh

713-524-2333

www.laffstop.com

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