Comedy takes the stage at Beer Belly’s in Anoka

Laughter will fill Beer Belly’s in Anoka Monday nights as local comics take the stage as part of the Mainstreet Mainline Comedy Hour.

The free, weekly comedy show will feature different comics Monday nights from 9 to 10 p.m.

Headliner Rick Logan, featured comic Corey Adams and host Margret Blaylock are on tap for the first show, Monday, Nov. 5.

“This should be an amazing show to kick off the Beer Belly’s Mainstreet Mainline Comedy Hour,” Blaylock said.

The new comedy venture is the brain child of Anoka resident Blaylock, who noticed a lack of comedy in the city.

“In Anoka proper, there is no comedy that happens on a regular basis,” she said. “We have a bunch of people that do music, but there’s no comedy.”

Margret Blaylock

Margret Blaylock

So Blaylock, who works at Avant Garden, asked the owner of Beer Belly’s, which is next door, if he was interested in having a comedy show at his business.

The answer was yes and Beer Belly’s Mainstreet Mainline Comedy Hour was born.

“It’s amazing what I get by asking a simple yes or no question,” Blaylock said.

Blaylock opted to keep the shows to one-hour mainly because it is Monday night.

“It’s short and sweet,” she said.

The hope is just to bring more comedy to the Anoka area.

“I’ve been super blessed that people want to do a show on Monday,” Blaylock said.

The comedy show is free and there is no cover to get into Beer Belly’s. There will be food and drink specials and during the show’s first month, the audience member that brings in the most people gets a prize at the end of the show.

Upcoming shows include Mr. Head Nov. 12, J.D. Provorse Nov. 19 and Ric McCloud Nov. 26. December shows include Spencer Dobson Dec. 3, Will Spottedbear Dec. 10 and Chris Knutson Dec. 17.

Blaylock has been working as a comic for the past two years.

“I didn’t intend to get into comedy,” she said.

But after dating a comic and helping him write material, “I realized I’m funnier that he is,” Blaylock said.

So Blaylock took to the stage at an open mic event at Willy’s in Coon Rapids and she was hooked.

“I caught the stage but and I love it,” she said.

Since then Blaylock has done various comedy shows and was mentored by the late Wild Bill Bauer, who died earlier this year.

Blaylock is excited about this latest comedy venture.

“It’s going to be a really fun show,” she said.

Beer Belly’s is located at 227 E. Main St., Anoka.

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