The Twin Cities comedy scene has been strong for decades, but of late it appears to be undergoing something of a boom. Further cementing the Cities' status as a prime location for great standup is the addition of a third full-time comedy club to the metro area. This weekend, Rick Bronson's House of Comedy opens its doors on the fourth floor of the Mall of America, not too far from the site of the late, lamented Knuckleheads. Upcoming shows already scheduled include Greg Giraldo, Jimmy Shubert, and Norm Macdonald. The headliner for the club's maiden voyage is Jeff Capri, a veteran performer who has spent his entire life in the comedy business. The son of a Catskills comic, the impressionist Dick Capri, Jeff went on stage for the first time at the age of six and started hitting open mics in his early teens. He's worked Vegas extensively, done USO tours, opened for Adam Sandler and Ellen Degeneres, and even performed at a nudist colony. Capri is an adaptable observational comic with a talent for improv and a style honed on the late-'80s/early-'90s club circuit. 18+.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: July 29. Continues through Aug. 2, 2009