Sully's Comedy Cellar, Parkville's newest (only?) comedy club
The Bowman restaurant has been an institution in Parkville for 30 years. For most of that time, its basement was occupied by Tracy’s Comedy Club.
But in 2007, the Sullivan family -- which co-owns the restaurant along with several partners, including Steve Diffenderffer -- partnered with a couple of brothers, Marc and Andrew Unger, to open Magooby’s Joke House.
This year, Magooby’s relocated to Timonium, and the basement returned to the Sullivans’ ownership.
Now dubbed Sully’s Comedy Cellar, after Bill Sullivan, who opened the restaurant, the club is almost invisible from Harford Road.
It’s past a British Petroleum station, right next door to the Fraternal Order of Police building, and underneath The Bowman. And like it’s predecessors, Sully’s is a small venue that holds slightly less than the dining room upstairs — about 160 people.
The club has been open since September, when Magooby’s defected to Timonium. Still, for the nearby suburbs, it'll likely to be the closest comedy club.
The comics that perform there on a regular basis — Mickey Cucchiella and Rain Pryor, among others — are the same that now perform at Magooby’s, and that probably performed at Tracy’s for years.
Cover is on par with the Joke House — between $12 and $17 — and food is relatively cheap, with a basket of fries starting at $6. Owners don’t just use it for comedy shows, but also rent it out for parties.
When Sullivan, who used to be a real estate representative for Baskin Robbins, first opened the restaurant in 1974, he pictured the basement as a comedy club. Thirty years later, general manager Shari Sifrit says it’s back as he imagined it.
Sully's Comedy Cellar is at 9306 Harford Road, Parkville. Tickets are $12-$17. Call 410-665-8600 for reservations.Also see:
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