Boston's comedy scene has a rich tradition for producing great talent, and it continues to do so. The scene began undergoing a transition when the Comedy Connection moved from Faneuil Hall Marketplace to the Wilbur Theatre, leaving the city proper without a full-time major club that booked national headliners on the weekends and supported local comedians throughout the week. Smaller clubs have sprouted up since then. First came Mottley's; then came Tommy's Comedy Lounge; and now, there's Cheers. Yes. That Cheers. Well, not the original bar that inspired TV's Cheers, but the tourist bar that the TV show later inspired in Faneuil Hall. You dig? Dug.
The Comedy Club at Cheers will have room for about 120 customers when it starts hosting shows this weekend, courtesy of Jim McCue (who's also the debut headliner!). McCue also is responsible for the annual Boston Comedy Festival comedy competition — he has held that the past couple of years at the nearby Hard Rock Cafe, and he told me this morning that he'll still be producing comedy shows there, just not on a weekly basis as he will at Cheers. As for competition with the other smaller Boston clubs, both new and old? McCue told me he hopes another venue offering stage time for Boston comedians is good for the entire scene. Let's hope he's right about that.