Dinner and a Laugh

There have been plenty of famously unusual spots to find stand-up comedy over the years: Boston’s hot spot in the ’80s was the Chinese restaurant Ding Ho, which counted Steven Wright, Lenny Clarke and Bobcat Goldthwait among its illustrious alumni. So sticking a comedy show in Artisan’s Mood restaurant? Sure, why not.

The space itself is intimate and dark, the ceilings are low and the audience in the first couple of rows are practically sitting onstage. In other words: It’s perfect for comedy.

The Mood Comedy Dinner Show, assembled by affable host Ricky Byrne, runs at 8:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month, and pulls from the local comedy scene for its talent. On Oct. 15, after a rough start from Pj Stansbury, the show found its legs with Louie Bruce and hit high notes with strong performances from feature act Gabe Nolasco, full of easygoing, laid-back charm, and headliner Gary Caouette, high-strung and explosive.

As comedy venues go, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one with hipper cachet (did we mention the stage’s leopard-print floor?) and for the low, low price of free (well, with a two-drink minimum), it makes for a solid entry in the local comedy scene. ★★★☆☆

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