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Comedy bustling in the Tri-Cities

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You've probably seen the posters or heard the radio ads for comedy shows at places like Jack Diddly's and Jokers, the local comedy scene is bustling these days. 

Craig Gass, now a familiar name on the comedy circuit, recently swung through the area. 

"Some friends of mine told me there's a comedy room in Richland you should check out," Gass said.  

But big name comedians were not always part of the Tri-Cities scene. In fact, at Jokers, there weren't any names five years back.

 "They did have comedy at the time, but what I noticed was that they weren't charging, and when I came into this big room they had plastic chairs and stuff like that," Manager of Joker's Comedy Club Bobby Quiring said.

However, recently, the Tri has reached a new comedy level.  

"We do anywhere from 150 to 200 people every comedy night," Quiring said.  

It turns out, dusting off the cobwebs in the room and adding fresh advertising created a shift. 

"It's a comfortable environment where we make sure there's support here and no heckling," local comedian Adam Kessler said.  

Now, the heckling only comes from the audience. As comedians like Craig Gass leave the comforts of a big city audience to come here, where comedy shows are now often sold out.

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