I'm a relatively big comedy fan, averaging about 10 shows a year, more often at Carolines and Comix (and other venues), though. Last night was my first time at Gotham, so I was optimistic (and the tickets were free, that's how sad the "talent" was for the night - and yes, I know that's a common practice, but the place was half empty still).
The opening comic, whose name escapes me, was by an enormous margin the absolute worst comic I've ever seen/heard in my entire life. Her entire "act" consisted of asking couples in the front row details about their relationships. Naturally, the only people in the entire room laughing were these same people. The fact that this woman was booked in the first place speaks volumes about Gotham's management; the fact that they didn't boot her off stage 2 minutes into her "act" speaks even more. The fact that they gave my group (7 people, not heckling at all) the evil eye, and subsequently kicked us out speaks even more.
I should state the reason my group was being "loud" (other guests weren't looking at us, we were whispering amongst ourselves like all the other disappointed comedy fans) was because 1. the comic sucked something aweful, and 2. I ordered a vodka/tonic, which I had to send back TWICE because there was absolutely zero alcohol in it.
Gotham apparently employs shitty bartenders, shitty talent management, and even shittier fat old guy "security" which suffers from an epic case of small dick syndrome. I'm pretty tolerant (especially when booze are involved), but my experience last night was absolutely unbelievable. I will never be going back, and I implore others to avoid this place, for their own sake. Worst management, worst employees, worst comics.
Pros: Nice aesthetically
Cons: Douchebag "Bouncers," Awful "Talent"