Some of the most fun we have at Alma Mater is when Laughing Mater rolls around. The monthly comedy night has brought some of the funniest comics from around the country to our neck of the woods, and this month presents an embarrassment of riches. That's right, this weekend we'll be having not one, but two nights of Laughing Mater, so your Saturday and Sunday comedy plans are basically settled.
In the '80s, there was something of a fabled comedy boom, where any city of marginal size featured more than its fair share of clubs where you could see stand-up comedy on any given night. Like many other booms, this one was met with an abrupt end, but with it, the rise of the alternative comedy scene of the '90s. Suddenly, comedians looking to explore avenues of expression outside the confines of boozy clubs could make their own nights in untraditional venues, free to experiment with the nature of stand-up.