My wife and I went to Third Coast Comedy on Saturday evening, April 10, 2010. We were two of six people in the audience (and I believe two of the others were related to cast members in one way or another). As you can probably guess, live comedy is very challenging with such a small crowd. I realized something I'm not sure I've thought of before: live comedy depends VERY heavily upon audience feedback and interaction. With six people in the audience, this element is nearly entirely missing. It led to some awkward pauses and uncomfortable chuckles; sort of a general feeling of nervousness throughout the evening.
And yet - I don't want to discount what these actors are providing. The evening we attended, the cast consisted of four actors - all of whom were talented and energetic performers (especially one middle-aged, bespectacled guy named Mike). Many genuine laughs, and a couple delightfully funny moments - usually involving the participation of one or more audience members (And, being so few in number, we all got the chance to be on stage at least twice.). I got the sense that if the room had been crowded with people, the energy would have been electric.
And it should be said that the very fact that Third Coast is providing clean, ""above the belt"" (to use their own term) humor is itself a notable contribution.
Bottom line: A good act that really needs to find an audience. If you're willing to contribute to their expanding growth, it would be a noble deed. And better yet - if you bring a large group of friends with you, you're bound to have a great time. (Wish I could give half stars, because this would be on the way to three, but not quite there.)
Pros: Talented cast, family-friendly environment, friendly staff
Cons: Audience too small