Comedy show
Comedian Doug Canny, left, Sam Nekhaila, comedian John Carfi, and Dorothy Nekhaila celebrate a successful grand opening of the Comedy Attic. DOROTHY NEKHAILA/ Contributed

Saturday, Feb. 10 marks the return of Island Grill’s Comedy Night at the Comedy Attic. Now in its third installment, the show is set to feature the side-splitting comedy of Doug Almeida and Zenneth Nevers. Tickets are $25 and now on sale at the restaurant. With only 100 seats available, tickets are selling quickly and guests are encouraged to purchase their admission well in advance.

The evening kicks off with hors d’oeuvres from 7 to 8 p.m. The hilarity begins at 8 and is expected to run until 9:45 p.m. The restaurant’s two previous shows – the Nov. 1 grand opening of the Upper Matecumbe restaurant and New Year’s Eve – both sold out.

“We could all use a good laugh,” said Island Grill general manager Bobby Drewes.

Almeida and Nevers will each perform 45-minute routines. From Queens, New York originally Almeida is a former corporate executive kick boxer turned comedian and in 2015 was a finalist in World Series of Comedy Main Event 2015. Raised in South Florida, Nevers’s hijinks filled stories about his life are told through the eyes of his very Cuban upbringing. Due to language, some of the material may not be appropriate for younger children.

Capt. Skip Bradeen of Blue Chip Too Charters, has been to both of the previous shows, and gives the experience two thumbs up.

“The shows I’ve been to, they’ve had a great selection of appetizers to start the night off. The last time they put out an excellent menu with prime rib, and if it’s like the other two shows it’s going to be wonderful. (Island Grill) really has done a wonderful job getting the upstairs going,” said Bradeen.

Drewes led the effort to bring comedy to the Upper Keys when Island Grill relocated to Upper Matecumbe, after Hurricane Irma heavily damaged its Windley Key location.

The new location, formerly Bumby’s, hasn’t changed too much since Island Grill moved in. Other than expanding seating for the Comedy Attic, the upstairs lounge’s fresh coat of yellow paint is the only discernible difference. However, downstairs, management has converted the former raw bar into a sushi bar. The sushi chefs have been trained by local sushi guru Emilio Molina.

The next show scheduled is March 3, and will feature comedian Monique Marvez. Although the Comedy Attic has previously opened for its show nights only, Drewes is hoping to open the venue every day following Valentine’s Day. The Comedy Attic is also available for banquets and private events. For reservations and tickets, call 305-664-8400. Island Grill is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, and is located at MM 82, Oceanside.

“Not all Cubans came her on a raft. Some of us used the breast stroke or doggy paddled if you couldn’t swim…” – Cuban comedian Zenneth Nevers


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