The Stress Factory Comedy Club
Stress Factory Comedy Club is a decent-sized comedy club in New Brunswick. It’s nestled into downtown New Brunswick off Church Street. It’s only a handful of blocks from the train station and convenient to the bars and restaurants of George Street. It has hosted a number of big name comics like Chris Rock, Bill Burr and Gilbert Gottfried.
The venue is down about half a flight of stairs from street level. The doors open about an hour before the show, though it depends on the night and the show. Arrive early for big names, even if you have a reservation because the reservation isn’t for a specific seat.
The room is decently sized with loads of tables and chairs. It fills up quite quickly and can be a bit difficult to get around. There is a varied clientele, though mostly students and young professionals. There is a large bar and a decent menu. You can order at the bar, but most orders are done at the table. The servers seem overworked when it’s crowded, but they are always cheerful. I went with three friends and we ordered drinks which came in about 5 minutes. Then we ordered food, nothing too difficult, but it took about 20-30 minutes. This is to be expected, apparently. The menu is basic bar food with chips, burgers, salads, sandwiches and desserts. The prices aren’t fantastic deals, but they’re decently priced.
The stage is quite small and you can sit quite close to the front if you don’t mind the distinct possibility of some heckling. Then again, you’d have to come quite early on big nights to get a seat at the front.
The Stress Factory is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays though I believe the ticket line is open. They have an open mic night once a week; I’m not sure of the day and I haven’t ever been, but it seems like it could be fun and it’s at a much lower rate then “normal” shows so that’s always good. [more]