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February 18, 2009

Changes at Magooby's Joke House

Soon after Magooby's Joke House (9306 Harford Road) opened, I went there for a nightlife column. I remember thinking that the service was surprisingly on point, and the comedians were pretty funny. It seemed like a well-run place.

But I also remember thinking the club (formerly Tracy's at the Bowman) and many of the patrons seemed stuck in the '90s. "Light jeans, sweaters and poofy hair abounded," I wrote in my review. "The chairs were metal with vinyl cushions, similar to what you'd see in a VFW hall, but comfortable enough." ...

Though I can't vouch for the people that go there, it seems that decor-wise, Magooby's is finally trying to enter the 21st century. I got an e-mail from co-owner Marc Unger, who said they've installed a new sound system and bought new chairs, among other things.

Unger also said Magooby's is doing well. That's good news, because I think Unger puts a lot of work into the place, and I'm glad it seems to be paying off for him. Of course, this doesn't change my opinion about the incredibly silly name.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:33 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I haven't been there since around 2001 and it was "meh". I've got a relative who does occasional stand-up there. Maybe I should go check him out. Good to hear they're updating the place.

Sam your website is like a ghost town after I left! Letting me go is going to be a costly mistake for your dorky bosses! People may hate me...but when I speak everyone listens! I think getting the boot only helps me out! I proved I will say what I want when I want!

Tim, you could star at Magooby's. But everyone would be laughing AT you, not with you.

So silly we think the name's kinda hip... It's the nicknames of my nephews who are known as Mr. Magoo and Mr. B... Plus as a comic, I love the idea of my brethren being forced to tell other comics and write on their myspace pages that they're working Magooby's Joke House. Thanks btw.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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