Comedy at the Squire Lounge has a storied yet ignominious history -- and Greg Baumhauer has been there through it all. As the founder and erstwhile host of the Squire's notorious Tuesday night open mic, Baumhauer has evolved into something of a deadbeat father-figure to novice comics who haunt the beloved dive bar week after week. For seven years, Baumhauer has presided over what came to be known as "the meanest mic in America." Indeed, for comics and audiences alike, Baumhauer's pointed mockery proved to be just as fearsome as the bar's pipe-hitting, knife-wielding demographic. While the Squire has (debatably) improved these days, open mic night can still feel like more of a stygian journey to nowhere than an evening of standup comedy -- but all that may change soon. The Squire is closing its doors for a few weeks to undergo major renovations.
In celebration of the death and eventual rebirth of the Squire Lounge, Greg Baumhauer will be recording his first live comedy album there on Thursday, August 15. More »
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