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Published September 04, 2012

Funny People
Eat. Drink. Watch Some Hilarious Comedy.

Maybe we’re playing long odds here, but... we’re going to guess you enjoy funny things.

And if you were to add in, oh, let’s say a pretzel-bun burger, all the better.

And so there’s this...

It’s called The Stand, and it’s a brand-new bi-level den of full-bellied hilarity opening Friday in Gramercy.

Stand-up comedy. That’s what this place is all about. Comedy enhanced with tater-tot nachos (the tortilla chip had its time), Peking-duck pizza and customizable ice cream sandwiches.

Your night here: first, you’re buying tickets online to whatever 30 Rock writer or other guy-you-see-on-TV-and-in-movies-sometimes is doing a set that night. You’ll arrive upstairs in a blue room with some rustic banquettes and a bar with blue-velvet stools. It’s manned by a couple of Minetta Tavern veterans. So, you know, feel free to take your time up there.

Then you’re going downstairs, past all the black-and-white photos of comedy legends. It’s not a place for two-drink minimums, but feel free to grab some truffle popcorn and order up The Dice (gin, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, agave syrup, Aperol). Stay focused, though. This is mostly about you at a round table watching someone be hilarious on a small stage in front of a brick wall.

Jokes always play better in front of a brick wall.
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