BLOOMINGTON — The darkness is penetrated only by the spotlight on the stage and an Upland Brewing Company neon sign hanging on the back wall. Dozens of small, round tables with drink menus and electronic candles are packed closely together with barely enough room for chairs.
The Comedy Attic of downtown Bloomington is not for those suffering of extreme claustrophobia. The comedy club is, however, a place for a lot of laughs in an intimate setting.
Located on the corner of Fourth Street and Walnut, the Comedy Attic has been bringing in acts of hysterical proportions since September of 2008. The shows are held in a literal attic, which probably inspired the name.
The story of the opening of the club is “uneventful,” according to owner Jared Thompson.
He and his wife, Dayna, had just moved to Bloomington, and when his job required him to move to Fishers, he sought an alternative. The idea to open the club was the obvious solution and they began the search for a venue in which to start the dream.
Comedians from near and far come to perform every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the club, with two shows on the weekend nights. An open mic night is also operating weekly on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. for up and coming acts to try out material, and it is only five dollars to sit and watch the show.
Notable comedians such as Fortune Feimster, Dana Gould, Jen Kirkman, Geoff Tate and most recently Todd Glass have all split the sides of audiences over the past few months.
These acts not only attract Bloomington residents and Indiana University students, but also others who love to laugh from across the Midwest. Sold out shows happen on occasion at the venue, which is unsurprising when the tickets are relatively inexpensive and well worth the money. Most performances are less than 20 bucks.