Now hear this…
At long last, it’s been awhile in the making, but now it’s official; after more than a decade, comedy is returning to midtown Kansas City on November 21st when Stanford’s on Broadway hits the Uptown.
“Despite all the difficult in putting this together, comedy is coming back to Westport and midtown,” says Uptown main man Larry Sells. “And now people can vote with their feet and come see some great comics.”
The club tips off with former KC comic AJ Finney.
“He started out as a local comic and was on KY with Max, Tanna and Moffitt,” says Stanford’s main man Craig Glazer. “Now he has a top 10 iTunes comedy album and is a regular on the Sirius comedy channel. He’s a cutting edge, hipster comic who first got noticed when he won the HBO comedy event in Las Vegas a few years ago.”
Speaking of which…
“The idea is there’s more of a cutting edge audience in the midtown area,” Glazer says. “A more energetic, going-out crowd. And we want to test the water and see if the more cutting edge comics will draw here. You know, we didn’t leave Westport because we wanted to. We lost our lease to a radio station that’s still there today.
“And what this winter comedy series is about is we’re testing the waters to see if people want comedy back in midtown. And in addition to that, we’re looking at bringing bigger comedy acts to the big room at the Uptown. We’re going to do several months – mostly on weekends – and see how things go.
“I’m excited about it. You know, we don’t see a lot of people from Westport and midtown at The Legends. And I love the Conspiracy Room. It’s reminiscent of nightclubs like the Cotton Club in New York. It’s got that 1940s deco look.”