This club also benefits from an owner who knows what he’s doing, he said. As a comedian, Gardner knows what comics go through.
“The road is a lonely, terrible place,” he said. “A show may or may not be fun. People may or may not like you.”
Gardner has been through that so he will treat the comedians better than most clubs do, which goes a long way, he said.
He’ll also do a better job than most club owners of choosing quality acts.
“Being a comedian helps you define what good comedy is,” he said.
Gardner, he said, also has a big fan base – with many of those fans coming from Kokomo. He’ll draw 200 people to a show at Morty’s. That will help him in the months to come, he said.
Gardner did the right thing in opening a club in Kokomo.
“I thought it was the perfect move for Mike,” he said.
Gardner said he didn’t open up this club to make lots of money. He did it because he believes in the venture. It will not be successful without the community’s support, he told Wednesday’s audience.
“Please help me to not lose money,” he said.
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune Life & Style editor, can be reached at 765-454-8585, at email@example.com or on Twitter @LindseyZiliak.
WANT TO GO? WHAT: Opening weekend at Laugh House Kokomo featuring comedians Jeff Oskay, Kenny Smith and Cleveland WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday WHERE: Laugh House Kokomo, 113 E. Sycamore St., Kokomo COST: General admission tickets $8 and VIP tickets $13