Demonstrating the adage that if you laugh the world laughs with you, the Baltimore Comedy Factory announced Friday that it's moving from the Inner Harbor to larger digs in Canton.
After comic Tony Woods finishes his 11:15 p.m. show on Saturday, movers will vacate the club's current, 300-seat accommodations at Power Plant Live! to relocate in a 400-seat hall at 5625 O'Donnell St., the site of the former Toby's Dinner Theatre.
"We're very excited," Chip Cucchiella, the Comedy Factory's general manager, said. "This is going to be a great move for us. That extra hundred seats will allow us to bring in bigger acts and to stop turning people away when we're sold out."
The Factory will reopen on O'Donnell Street on Thursday with three nights of performances by Chicago-based funnyman Corey Holcomb.
"Baltimore Comedy Factory has been an excellent tenant and we are happy for their growth as a company," Alex Fine, asset manager for Power Plant Live!, said in a news release.
"We simply did not have the available space to accommodate an expansion. Power Plant Live! has never been stronger and the Comedy Factory location will represent the only available space within the downtown district."
Audience members will notice other changes, Cucchiella said, including a more spacious lobby, free parking and, for the first time, a menu with such dinner entrees as crab cake platters and ribs. In addition, he said, the club hopes to supplement the entertainment lineup with music performances on weekdays.
"Ram's Head Live has been right next to us," he said. "We'd never have brought in a band, just as they would never have brought in comics. This move really expands the spectrum of what we can do in our room."