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Opening night at the Sadman Comedy Speakeasy Lounge described as "legendary," "amazing" and "fantastic" by performers and fans.

by Chuck king

BOCA RATON – David Sadman believed the Sadman Comedy Speakeasy Lounge’s opening night could be something special.

The reality proved even better than he imagined.

“It was legendary to be able to work with these guys on this stage with this audience,” Sadman said. “The energy was unbelievable. It’s the most amazing night I’ve had in comedy since I started.”

Seven comics grabbed the mic on Wednesday to help christen the Sadman Comedy Speakeasy Lounge, located above Arturo’s Ristorante in Boca Raton.

The group included a fearsome foursome of heavy hitters: Jimmy Shubert, Don Gavin, Bruce Smirnoff and Richie Minervini.

“Four headliners? You don’t see that anymore,” said Drew Magnusson a former owner of Rascal’s Comedy Club in New Jersey. “This was amazing. Great Show. Fantastic. I loved it My family loved it. Thank you. And thank you Florida for live shows like this.”

Smirnoff, now a South Florida resident, came out of retirement for opening night. The veteran showed little if any rust, rolling through a mix of old and new material.

“It was intimate,” Smirnoff said. “What do you think there was people-wise? About 50, 75, something like that? It was perfect. Not an empty seat. So I thought it was great. And the food was excellent.”

Arturo’s provided a scaled down menu of their high-end Italian fare for Wednesday’s show, though patrons were able to order off their full menu if they desired.

Local comics Nadeem Awad and Chad Ridgely opened the show, with Sadman hosting.

A handful of other South Florida comics took advantage of the opportunity to see some of the their favorite performers while simultaneously supporting their friends.

“You had legends from Boston and New York – it was amazing to see them all,” comic Anthony Terzo said. “Man, just real legends in the game. It was one of the funniest shows all year, for sure.”

Wednesday’s success already has Sadman thinking about the next show, hoping that will happen in March. Eventually Sadman would like to produce a weekly show at the Sadman Comedy Speakeasy Lounge.

Judging by the reaction from fellow comics, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding talent for upcoming shows.

“It was a fantastic show,” Ridgely said. “Stellar lineup. It was amazing to watch these legendary comics work. I was blown away. It was very inspiring. Sadman Comedy Productions knocked it out of the park tonight.”

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