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Posted: March 31, 2010 12:00 a.m.

Bravo to Bravo Entertainment

I love to laugh. Who doesn't, right? And Friday night I laughed more than I laughed in all the other days in March combined.

Friday marked the first comedy show brought to Conyers by Ruben Bravo, CEO of upstart company Bravo Entertainment. Bravo brought D.C.-area comedian Chris Thomas, who earned his fame on BET, to the stage at Club 908 in Olde Town Conyers.

Local comedian Dennis Clark warmed the audience up with his high energy routine. I love a comedian who giggles at his own jokes and really talks to the crowd. Clark even asked for audience participation on a hilarious slow rap that he wrote himself. Unfortunately, I cannot name the rap in this newspaper - the presentation was billed as an "adult" comedy show after all.

My husband loved Clark's brand of humor so much that he bought one of his $5 DVDs after the show.

Clark got the audience ready to laugh, but headliner Thomas definitely kept them laughing. Much different than Clark, Thomas has a laid back comedy style. He opened with an R. Kelley impression that had the audience rolling and ruminated on everything from Tiger Woods' misfortunes to the difference between a 25-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman when they have a cold.

Thomas even drew some folks from Tyler Perry Studios out to Conyers - and we all know how hard it is to get city dwellers outside of the perimeter, especially on a Friday night.

I will say the subject matter of both comedians definitely fit within the realm of "adult" entertainment. But, I've heard all those words before and they don't bother me.

Not only were the comedians great, but also the venue was fantastic. Club 908, usually rented out for wedding receptions, is absolutely beautiful. The owners had a keen since of style and paid careful attention to every detail when building it. Comedy clubs in Atlanta tend to be smoky and dark, and most of the time, you wouldn't want to see them with bright lights. Club 908 looks and feels more like a miniature Fox Theater than a musty bar.

Plus, you can order drinks and food there during the show.

I am a big believer in shopping locally, so tax dollars stay in the community in which I live. But, outside of Interstate 285 some of our options are limited, especially with entertainment. That's why I was so glad to hear that Bravo Entertainment was planning to bring big city acts to our neck of the woods.

What most impressed me though, was the diversity of the crowd. Bravo was able to draw males, females, young, old, black, white and everything in between. And, we all had a great time. The house was packed at the 8 p.m. show and Bravo said he had sold even more tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show.

Bravo. I can't wait for the next event.


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