We’ve covered several family-friendly activities since we launched our Getting GOOFy in the Greater Heights series.
I just want to get it out of the way that open mic night at Dan Electro’s Bar, 1031 E. 24th St., will not be one of them.
But if you’re looking for a night to get out and leave the kids with a babysitter, if you derive pleasure from making people laugh or you enjoy having a good chuckle yourself, then you might want to consider making a quick stop at this neighborhood dive bar for the weekly comedy night hosted by Pedro Delhi of Comedy Hub Houston.
If you’re looking for an audience to test the bit that you’ve been workshopping because you always thought it was funny even though your friends insist it isn’t, sign-up is officially at 8 p.m. and the event begins at 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. The event is pretty relaxed. There’s no dress code or cover charge, and you might be able to get a 5-minute set in without even signing up.
I settled in and ordered a Karbach beer and played darts while I waited for the show to start.
Comedians from as close by as Sugar Land and Pasadena and as far-flung as St. Louis and Philadelphia took to the stage to a small, but engaged audience of about 15 people.
Will Lund, a Mississippi native, opened with a crack about what he felt was his own stereotypically southern outfit.
“I just got back from Arkansas,” Lund said. “That’s why I’m dressed in their traditional garb — Carhartt and Walmart.”
During his set, Lund recounted a previous relationship with a German girl.
“We just met swapping stories about losing wars,” he said. “She and I dated for a long time, like we were trying to build the next great white offensive lineman.”
A diverse group of young and middle-aged comedians recounted other stories of dating and sexuality, their experiences with race relations, the subject of Southern hospitality and politeness versus East Coast honesty, religion and other topics.
Delhi, who is Black and gay, made a foray into politics, making this observation about former President Donald J. Trump:
“I honestly think that Donald Trump was, like, a mediator for us to just realize we can govern ourselves,” Delhi said. “You know, like, I hate that man so much. But him being the voice of my country, it was enough for me to be, like, ‘Oh, right. So I got my back.’ And I can only lean on this iron curtain for so much longer. So we should all start learning how to farm.”
Dan Electro’s also regularly hosts a wide variety of live music events and is open from 3 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. For more information about upcoming events, call 832-538-1635.