If you missed it, the Little Mountain Gallery, a longtime comedy venue, closed in late 2021.
With him, comedy shows essentially left the Riley Park-Little Mountain neighborhood — but not for long.
Bodzy Wash, a weekly show hosted by Brendan Washbern and Mike Bodz launched this summer. The couple are busy with the weekly party at a newly vacated store next to the Shameful Tiki Room; it is laid out like a small theatrical space.
“A lot of venues are closed, so we’re trying to create a new one,” says Washbern, who notes that the area also hosted shows at Hood 29, which also disappeared.
With two shows a night featuring four or five comedians (and maybe a drop-in set), Bodzy Wash regularly brings local comedy to the neighborhood, while most comedy nights stay in the heart of town.
“People like that it’s just down the street, it’s so much easier than going downtown,” says Washbern. “There’s a lot of foot traffic there, non-stop during the day.”
“We also have air conditioning, so that’s a big selling point,” he adds.
The show also takes advantage of a space that would otherwise be empty.
The couple strive to maintain the adventure; in one instance, Bodz set up a lemonade stand to attract potential audience members (and caught the eye of a slightly touchy woman). At the same time, they don’t know how long they will be there, although they are booked until mid-August.
“We’re just going to do it week by week really,” Washbern says. “We will try to continue as long as we can.”
Bodzy Wash is every Thursday with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.