521 E. Sixth
The venerable Velv, as it's known to habitués, started in 1988 as a stand-up comedy offshoot of Esther's Follies' next-door emporium of sketch and improv. Re-named after comedian Kerry Awn's shecky persona Ronnie Velveeta, what had once been Sixth Street's last strip club (The Embassy Room) was transformed into a sometimes thriving, sometimes struggling bastion of stand-up that is currently, under the management of Mario DiGiorgio, enjoying a sort of 21st-century renaissance with top local and hot touring acts setting the weekends on comedy fire.
If you don't know him from that popular Triplane show
, then you know him from some
comedy event in this city – Moontower
, Hell Yes
, Beardo Thodol
, et cetera – because the man's been a big part of so many of them. Ah, Jesus, Hafkey's pretty much everywhere
– but never showcased as well as he is this weekend at the Velv, with Andrew Murphy
hosting and that Katie Pengra
showing up for even more fun. Fri., July 22 - Sat., July 23July 22-23. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.