They opened 25 min. late because the management had everyone held up in a meeting. Security guy was out of control with his bad attitude.
The tables were small, about 18 inches square, but it was fine for the two of us. Before the place was even 25% full, Edison (Security guy) said that I need to sit on the other side next to my wife so he could seat 2 more at our table. I was thinking, ""Are you kidding?"" We wanted to eat dinner. How can you do that with 4 people at an 18"" table. But, I knew this was common at comedy clubs, so I moved. But the other couple to be seated with us (standing half way across the room) apparently had the same concern. They wanted one of the MANY open tables and asked to speak to the Manager as we were informed by the hostess. So, I went to resume my seat across from my wife. Edison said, No, you still need to leave these seats open for another couple. I pointed out all of the other empty tables and asked if we could just have our own table, wherever that may be. He said we could wait in the lobby until just before the show begins and if there were any empty tables after everyone was in. Then we could get a table. But, there is no guarantee and we may not get a table at all.
Throughout this conversation, Edison’s attitude was rude and confrontational. It was like he was saying, “Just do what I say and don’t ask questions…or else.”
So, I went to sit down next to my wife, not really happy about the whole interaction when my wife said, “we could have done all of that without the attitude.” Then it was game on for Edison. He said…loudly to attract everyone’s attention nearby, “Oh no, you must have me mistaken for someone else.” How condescending is that? As if we thought we had just had that whole conversation with some other obnoxious security guard. He went on and on and even said (to my wife) something to the effect of, “Your acting like this because of who you think you are”, apparently insinuating that we were being pretentious snobs. Now, Edison is a black guy. My wife and I were the only white patrons in the room at this point. I didn’t take it as a racial comment at the time, but my wife sure did. She told me later that she felt that Edison had singled us out because we were the only white couple. As I thought about it, there was some supporting evidence. There were other (black) couples seated at their own table. There were plenty of other open tables. And exactly should we interpret the “who you think you are” comment?
We were so embarrassed and infuriated that we just got up and headed for the door. On the way out I asked to speak with the Manager. Edison saw us waiting for the manager and then tried to offer us our own table in the middle in row 2 (WHICH IS ALL WE WANTED IN THE FIRST PLACE!). We declined, fully committed to leaving. I explained the whole story to the manager and she apologized and said she has similar problems with Edison before.
She offered us our own table, first round of drinks and a pair of comp tickets. We reluctantly accepted, but didn’t order anything to eat or any other drinks beyond the free ones. She was about as gracious as she could be given that we were still pretty upset.
The comedians were funny and the show was great, but the whole mood had been killed by that point. We left early (still starving) and ate elsewhere. We didn’t even take the comp tickets as I would never go back and wouldn’t give those tickets to anyone I like. We’ve been married 16+ years and I’m active duty Army, and we are, by no means, pretentious or difficult.
Pros: Funny commedians
Cons: Obnoxious and rude staff