Laugh out loud

The newest comedy club on ‘Mah-tha’s Vin-yahd.’


The Barn, Bowl and Bistro in Oak Bluffs is bringing the laughs to the Island with its new Tuesday and Wednesday night event, Comedy Lounge Martha’s Vineyard.

The comedy lounge kicked off its summer acts with three standup performances hosted by Gary Marino, a drummer and comic personality from World Gone Crazy, a comedy and music show based in Boston.

Marino, a Boston comic, greeted the filled upstairs room of the Barn with a “Hello, Mah-tha’s Vin-yahd!” Marino rushed the first act up, saying, “I gotta get this shirt back before midnight.”

Don Zollo, another Boston-based comic, hit the crowd with raunchy tales of carnal knowledge involving peanut butter, and his stories of a threesome. The crowd responded with horrified laughs, especially to Zollo’s hilarious heckling of the crowd.

Dan Crohn of “Last Comic Standing” did a hilarious self-deprecating act about living in his gay brother’s shadow, and being a former teacher: “I worked for a small program called A Couple Kids Left Behind.”

Crohn also laid out a funny diatribe on Uber, relaying his experiences with the ride-sharing app, both good and bad.

Crohn, a Sommerville resident, told The Times before the show that standup has been his “lifelong dream.” Having done shows at the Comedy Vault and Wilbur Theater in Boston, and the Cape Cod Melody Tent, Crohn has also opened for comics Marc Maron and John Oliver.

The headliner of the night was comic Dan Boulger, who has done standup on Comedy Central and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Boulger had never been to the Island before, but seemed to feel at home onstage, while poking fun at his diabetes and his inebriated state. “I’m a little too stoned to do this,” he joked.

The Comedy Lounge has comics Tom Cotter, Kevin Downey Jr., Emily Rotowski, and Phoebe Angle slated for standup performances through August as well.

Many of the laughs from the audience came from off-Island tourists looking for something fun to do on a Tuesday night.

Chris and Jacinta Jewell came from Connecticut to relax on the Island. Being big fans of standup comedy, the pair took a recommendation at their hotel for the Barn’s inaugural night. “We were just looking for something fun to do, and we love comedy,” Chris said.

Summer residents Jon Harris and Kim Bergner said they “wanted to go out and see something different. We needed something light in the sea of crisis.”

Comedy Lounge Martha’s Vineyard has a summer lineup jam-packed with gut-tickling comics who know right where to hit you in the funny bone. With drinks and food available to order during the show, you can laugh and eat and laugh again.


Comedy Lounge Martha’s Vineyard is on select Tuesday and Wednesday nights all summer long. For more information on upcoming standup events, visit or call the Barn at 508-696-9800.