Just about any weekend of the year, you can find stand-up comics revealing themselves on the stage at the Velveeta Room to a transient crowd of curious onlookers often lured in by hawkers outside the modest Sixth Street entrance.
But the revealing that occurred before the original Velveeta opened in 1988 (the club moved to its current location adjacent to Esther’s Follies in 1994) had nothing to do with comedy and even less with modesty (the local institution celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend). The Esther’s owners opened the new club to accommodate their cast’s stand-up comedy aspirations in a building that was previously home to the Embassy Room.
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The Velveeta Room’s 25th anniversary celebration
Who: Comics including JR Brow, Kerry Awn, Nancy Reed, Lucas Molandes, Mike MacRae, Matt Sadler, Mario DiGiorgio, Howard Beecher, Ramin Nazir, Mac Blake, Katie Pengra, Bryan Gutman, Amber Bixby and legendary club founder Ronnie Velveeta.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday; $12 general admission, $17 reserved
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday; $15 general admission, $20 reserved
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday; $20 general admission, $25 reserved
Where: Esther’s Follies, 525 E. Sixth Street
Tickets: Can be purchased online at esthersfollies.com or by calling 512-320-0198.