Many people are of the same opinion: Weserstrasse is filled with identically stocked, small, smoky bars. This opinion, however, is perhaps not taking into account the anomaly on the corner of Roseggerstrasse. Comedy Café Berlin doesn’t just sell great Gin Basil Smashes and Pale Ales, but is also unapologetically up for a laugh. Noah Telson, himself a part-time comedian and part owner of the bar alongside sisters Nina and Dino Spiri, has built a new home for the growing underground comedy scene in Neukölln. What was once confined to gloomy back rooms and damp, muffled basements has been rejuvenated in this warm, wood-pannelled bar. The theatrical space can accommodate up to 70 spectators, and all entrance fees go straight to the performers. From Thursday to Sunday, the Comedy Café hosts improv or classic stand-up comedy nights in both German and English. Whether you’re performing or not, it’s a great place to get a drink and loosen up. (Text: Katharina Pencz / Photo: Kalle Kuikkaniemi)
Katharina Pencz left her home of Hamburg to live in Berlin. She is a freelance journalist working in radio, print and online, and is a member of the editorial board of Neukoellner.net, dedicated to reviving local journalism.