New comedy spot Punch Line Philly has a VIP section and outdoor patio for post-show drinks.
The only thing rarer than opening a live-music club in Philly? Opening a comedy club. So having Live Nation add Punch Line to its venue roster nearly a year after adding The Fillmore Philadelphia is an achievement for the concert company—and a victory for stand-ups and sketch-comedy troupes, both local and national.
“Philly has been in need of a place like Punch Line,” says Asyia Ahmed, general manager. “Being Live Nation’s first major comedy club on the East Coast allows us to set the tone and bring in huge names like Dave Chappelle, Russell Peters, and Marlon Wayans.”
Local comedian and America’s Got Talent alum Doogie Horner, who played one of Punch Line’s first shows, agrees about the more-is-merrier aspect of adding Punch Line to Philly’s comedy scene, which includes Helium on Sansom Street. “This opening raises Philly’s profile as a comedy city and legitimizes it in some peoples’ eyes,” Horner says of the new Fishtown venue and its 300 seats, VIP section, and outdoor patio. Next up? Comedy Central’s Nikki Glaser, who plays four shows, August 25–27.