Have you ever been in a secret club? Or have you ever known a secret handshake? Well we experienced both of those last Wednesday at the Deer Pile. Standing on the sidewalk in front of a door with no sign, people start appearing; one’s, two’s, groups, pretty soon we were in a group of about 60+. We knew we were in the right spot when a car pulled up and unloaded were bags of ice and about six 30 packs of PBR. We were there to see a comedy show with the Fine Gentleman’s Club and super secret guest TJ Miller. It would be standing room only in a room with a sofa, a few chairs and lots of milk crates, a stage that was 4×4 with a back drop of a deer three way. Nice. We were definitely in the right place.
The Deer Pile is directly above City O’City, where studio space is rented out by various artists, yogis and creatives. The Deer Pile space itself, is a living room/classroom/meeting space that apparently works really well as a comedy club. The Fine Gentleman’s Club, comprised of Sam Tallent, Nathan Lund, Chris Charpentier and Bobby Crane had just gotten back from their ‘Tour Much Fun’ Comedy tour. It was free to get in, but people gave money, there was beer and all was good with the world. Of course our phones died and we were in the front row milk crates.
The Fine Gentleman’s Club is a must for anyone who likes straight on, flat out, sweaty, hard, fast comedy. There was another comic there, Steve Gillespie, who was quietly twisted with a slight manic delivery. (Hardest belly laughs of the night btw.) I liked the low down dirty secret of the Deer Pile venue and seeing Chris Charpentier again but with the other Fine Gentleman was a cherry on the cake. They are a great mix of big, fat, belly laugh comedy and some exestential laughs if you listen real hard. TJ Miller did perform. He moved the stage about a foot with his antics, he was crazy on fire with his delivery, hilarious over the top self, broken mike stand not included.
We were warned of the high hipster population in this area, but to tell you the truth, no one cared we weren’t hip, everyone laughed, beer was free, and it was a school night. I kinda don’t want anyone to know about this place because it was so cool and the comedians not your typical ‘rim shot’ drum roll players. This crowd gets whats funny, so don’t fuck it up if you go.