This is no joke! A comedy club is coming to Worcester.
John Tobin, the owner of John Tobin Presents and a big name in the Boston comedy scene, is going to be bringing the laughs and comedy talent to a 150 seat theater — The WooHaha! — located on the first floor of 50 Franklin Street beneath Bancroft on the Grid in downtown Worcester.
“I love Worcester. There’s a lot of great memories,” Tobin said. “Back in the ’90s, maybe ’95 to ’97, I worked the door at the Aku-Aku [Comedy Hut] I met some great people in Worcester, and I love Worcester people. There’s a ton of pride among people from Worcester, and Worcester’s on the rise right now. There’s a sort of renaissance happening.”
The new comedy club will give local comedic talent the chance to make people laugh from all over the East coast.Tobin, who’s comedy company owns successful clubs in the Boston area, is excited that the location of the WooHaHa! — closer to New York then Boston is — will attract a different demographic of people to fill the seats of the club, and different talent on stage.
“We want this to be Worcester’s club. Worcester’s Mt. Rushmore of comedy,” Tobin said. “Worcester’s got tons of rate talent.”
Tobin believes that setting up a good relationship between the talent and management is essential in the success of a comedy club.
“We want the comedians to feel comfortable,” Tobin said. “If we treat the talent well, the comedians spread the word and more talent will come.”
The WooHaHa! is opening late April 2018 with an actual date TBD. As of Feb. 19, no acts had been booked yet to open the club.
Check out ThisWeekinWorcester.com’s full feature on The WooHaha! next month!