WANT TO GO?
Comedy Open Mic
WHERE: Mojo's, 312 7th Avenue, South Charleston
WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursdays
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There's a lot of comedy happening in the Charleston area.
Aside from regular weekend shows at the Comedy Zone inside the Holiday Inn and Suites in South Charleston and scattered standup comedy shows here and there around the area, Mojo's in South Charleston has been holding a comedy open mic every Thursday night for nearly a year now.
Host Patrick Felton said, "People are hungry for something different."
Felton took over the show, originally started by Tim Hoover in February 2013, after Hoover departed and really not long after Felton himself first started doing standup.
"This was never supposed to be my career path," he said. "I went to an open mic show in Huntington with a friend, and I was thinking he'd be the great standup comedian and I'd just be the guy who got him into it."
His friend didn't take to comedy, but Felton kept going to shows.
"I've made it into a small business for me," he said. "I do showcases and corporate gigs. The joke is I'm almost the only one in town getting paid to do standup comedy, and I've only been doing it for a year."
Mojo's bartender Jason Pell said the comedy showcase owes a bit to Felton's drive. He encouraged people to give comedy a try.
"He's just so tenacious," Pell said.
Felton, in turn, said the show owes quite a bit to Pell for championing it with the bar.
"The owners of the bar were great to take a chance on comedy," he said. "Jason talked to them for us, back when we were struggling a lot more."
Sheila Kerr and Thomas Maximus, two of the regulars who started with the event a year ago, said Mojo's has been a good place to try comedy.