It was the end of an era – a short one – but nonetheless an era…
After just shy of eight years, Stanford & Sons comedy club at The Legends in KCK is no more. To commemorate the occasion I saddled up for both nights of its final weekend shows at the end of June.
The crowds were a little thin, but the staff’s spirits were high as they looked ahead to what appears to be a huge improvement in the club’s all important asset – location, location, location.
Did I mention that KCK was a beautiful dream that really never came true?
“Unfortunatly, it’s mostly poor folks who live around here,” Stanford’s main man Craig Glazer told me. “And there really is no other entertainment out here anymore. So we are heading in another direction where the people are. I mean, we had a great time here because this is probably the nicest comedy club in the country. Just the main room cost a million bucks to build, because they built it from the ground up.”
Glazer spent the final week of on stage saying goodbye to the KCK crowds and inviting them to visit the new club at Rosana Square on 119th Street in Overland Park.
“Do you guys listen to Johnny Dare?” he asked at the early show Friday. “He’s a punk and I should beat him up and I could…Have a great time tonight; we’ll see you August 15th in Overland Park.”
What Glazer won’t miss about his time at Legends?
“What I won’t miss is that Legends never developed the kind of nightlife they thought they could,” he says.
The wildest thing to go down in his eight years there?
“Well, a couple of things. Carlos Mencia – one of the biggest comedy stars – had a drunken girl get up behind him on stage and grab him. And she was really attractive, but she was drunk as hell. I believe she was with her husband and she said, ‘I have a huge crush on you and I want you to fuck me.’ She said, ‘I’m going to leave her husband and spend the night with you.’ Which pissed her husband off and he was in the audience yelling at her.
“So I got up there with a manager and a security guy and she said, ‘If you even touch me, I’m going to have you arrested and charged with assault.’ And Mencia didn’t know what to do. He kept trying to work around her and he was funny, but he couldn’t because she kept grabbing his butt and his crotch. Finally the KCK police showed up and they said, ‘Ma’am, if you don’t come with us, we’ll carry you off.’ They got her out on the patio finally and arrested her, but she wouldn’t leave. And she was hot, but I felt bad for her husband.”
Memory No. 2
“The other funny one, also involves the police,” Glazer says. “We were shooting a pilot for a reality show on FX about how crazy the Glazer family is. And so they had a little film crew there and Dave Coulier was onstage when this woman in the audience started singing the theme song for Full House. And Dave couldn’t do his show and she wouldn’t stop. So Dave said, ‘Get her out of there.’
“And she was with her boyfriend from England and the cameras were rolling when I got ’em out in the lobby and told them if they behaved they could stay. I said, don’t make me kick you out. And the boyfriend accused my brother Jeff of assaulting his girlfriend because he had put his hand on her shoulder to make her sit down.
“So he got in my face and said, ‘I’m from England and there the audience is part of the show and I don’t have to be quiet. And I’m going to thrash Jeff within an inch of his life.’ And he said, ‘I’m not afraid of you,’ and he called me a bunch of bloody somethings and said I was American trash. And the KCK police just happened to be walking by and saw the cameras and stuff and they got the guy out in front of the club and were telling him to calm down.
“And they told him just to go and watch the show and behave – and the one cop had an American flag on his uniform – and the guy looked at the flag and poked it with his finger. And on the second poke, they swept him off his feet with their legs, he fell and they caught him and it was like a rodeo. They hog tied him instantly with plastic handcuffs and had him in a bundle in seconds. These guys were good – I’ve never seen anything like it. So they picked him up in a bundle and said, ‘Now you’re going to spend the night in jail.’ And he was screaming at them and she was yelling at the police too.
“I mean, it was pretty impressive that the police were that good at it. I mean, they were like rodeo cowboys. I couldn’t have done that. But overall, we had very few incidents there at the club.”
Now that Glazer – who lives in Fairway – will be working in OP, what are the chances of him hanging at Legends after eight years of going there almost daily?
“My brother asked me that,” Glazer says. He said, When you leave Legends do you think you’ll ever go there again for the rest of your life?’ And I looked at him and said, ‘You know what? I think there’s a good chance I’ll never go there again.
“Here’s what’s weird. When I came back to Kansas City in 1990 and Westport was in big trouble, I really got into Kansas City and the comedy club. I’d been in LA for nine years and LA was still my main home. And I was flying back and forth to there twice a month and I didn’t make KC my permanent home until 1993. But when I took over Stanford’s, it kind of exploded and we started the dance club and the crowd we had back then was all college kids and right out of college. I never dreamed it would turn into a black dance club.”
Shades of the Plaza…
“And Legends has been a tough deal for us the entire time. Because when people came here there was no place else to go. People would drive here from Johnson County and afterwards they’d say, ‘Now we have no where else to go.’ ”