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Baltimore's comedy scene continues to grow, nurture aspiring talent

Baltimore's comedy scene continues to grow, nurture aspiring talent

Jessica Henkin remembers Baltimore’s comedy scene in the late 1990s. Not that there’s all that much to remember.

“There was zero comedy going on, or if there was, it was either super-bizarre or fringe-y,” says Henkin, 43, co-founder of the Stoop Storytelling series and a comedy practitioner in these parts for some 17 years. “The arts scene was very male and very music-driven. It was a lot of bands fronted by men. You mostly went to clubs, like Memory Lane and places like that, maybe the Ottobar. That was the, quote, ‘Alternative scene.’”

Happily, what a difference a couple decades and a new millennium make. While not teeming or anything close to Los Angeles-level big, comedy...

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