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.
Oh shit, that Thunderbird on Manor's gonna seem empty without these two slackers hanging there and, instead, rocking the mic at Sixth Street's storied palace of cheese this weekend. Rabon and Dean, like twin engines of hilarity, revving up the laughs brought by opener Lisa Friedrich. Recommended. Fri., March 24 - Sat., March 25March 24-25. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.