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.
Hosts Mac & Ximena Blake invite pairs of comedians to entertain armed with only their unrehearsed on-stage banter as random topics pop up on a monitor to keep the sweet, sweet banter flowing. With Aaron Brooks, Andrew Murphy, Ashey Overton, Carina Magyar, Christina Parrish, Devon Walker, Nikita Redkar, and Pat Dean. Fri., June 2, 11pm. $10.