She’s taking — and making — the stage!
A Brooklyn comedian will launch her own bar and performance venue in Park Slope tonight, where the drinks and the shows can be just the way she wants them. Park Sloper Jennifer Salzman said she was inspired to create Salzy after years of hosting comedy shows and watching other people reap the rewards.
“I realized — I’m doing this for the love of comedy, and the venues are making a lot of money. I should have my own venue!” she said.
When dive bar the Fifth Estate shut down earlier this year, Salzman seized the opportunity to take over the space, transforming the saloon’s dimly-lit back room into a performance showcase with an expnanded stage, a shiny silver couch, and a “top-notch” sound system created by sound engineer Jonathan Vegara.
Salzman said the space will be a more upscale alternative for those going out in Park Slope — just the kind of place she’s been looking for.
“I built the place so I’d have a place where I wanted to hang out at,” said Salzman. “I’m a middle-aged single lady who loves to drink cocktails and listen to live music, so hopefully there are a lot of other people like me out there.”
She and Vegara are casting a wide net to find musicians, comedians, and burlesque performers for Salzy, which can hold up to 75 people.
“We’re open to any kind of performance — it’s not just a jazz club, it’s not just a comedy club. If someone wants to do a Broadway revue, we could probably do that,” said Salzman.
The high quality of the sound and of the performers will make the space a borough-wide draw, said Salzman.
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