Morro Bay is a joke.
There was a time when the only live entertainment in town was watching the seals and otters frolic in the bay and the waves lap the shore, and that hasn’t changed since the days of the Chumash, except now the all Chumash live inland on casinos, and the seals are charging tourists for group photos.
Watching the fishing boats come in and unload the day’s catch still passes for entertainment in the city that always sleeps, and on a beautiful day by the bay, who could argue? But there aren’t many fishing boats anymore – most fish drive up from LA fresh for the weekend — although you wouldn’t know it by the amount of fish and chips served on the Embarcadero every day.
That’s all nice for the tourists, but what do you if you live in Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos or Cambria, and you’re wide awake primetime Saturday night and harmonizing with the call of mating sea lions just doesn’t cut it for you like it used to? Wait a minute. There actually is live entertainment in Morro Bay, that is, live human entertainers, not sea creatures who you think are smiling when they’re not. I repeat for all landlubbers and all the ships at sea: LOWER THE GANGPLANK! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ASHORE TONIGHT! We’re just not used to it. We have to adjust our thinking.
Today, fortunately, there are two great after-dark entertainment options for area residents. First for levity are Morro Bay City Council meetings. They are hilarious, but you’re not allowed to laugh out loud there, which can lead to the upper gastric distress from swallowing too much laughter. Second source of limitless laughter in town is Saturday night “Comedy Night” at Osaka Joe’s Sushi in North Morro Bay.
Now this may be a difficult concept for some Baysiders to absorb, the very idea of stepping out beyond their front porch on a Friday or Saturday night except to walk the cat, let alone stepping inside Osaka Joe’s just for laughs. Now, stand-up comedy at a sushi restaurant may seem to some a little like watching the delivery of a baby at the circus, but you don’t even have to like delicious Japanese rolls, saki or beer to enjoy the professional-level comedy imported, bound with gags, from the comedy capitals of the world by Osaka Joe’s entertainment-wise owner, yes, a guy named Joe, last name Yukich.
For example, Osaka Joe’s is featuring comedian Bronston Jones on Saturday night, April 7, at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Bronston is a serious threat to celebrate your funny bone. After a five-year hiatus directing hot commercials and music videos (including Uncle Kracker’s Top 20 “Drift Away”), Bronston’s back at the mic doing what he loves most – saying something without selling anything. Wherever he performs he revels in revealing his failings through his conversational, story-telling style, failings we all share, he says, while talking about the demented reality show called reality. “Life’s short – I’m not!” the giant (6′ 7″) funnyman repeats his motto. “Tall or small, live larger than life!”
Said owner Joe Yukich: “We have been very fortunate to be able to bring top-flight comedy from the top comedy clubs in Hollywood and the West Coast to the Central Coast. Bronston is one of the best and brightest on the comedy circuit today, and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase great new rising talent like Bronston Jones at Osaka Joe’s.”
The friendly atmosphere of Osaka Joe’s creates the ideal environment to enjoy live entertainment. The intimate club setting allows the audience to feel like they are part of the performance, and the shared laughter is a communal experience that brightens everyone’s day. And if you like sushi, you learn to eat carefully on “Comedy Night” — something has to give when you eat and laugh at the same time.
Osaka Joe’s has been featuring live comedy and music since 2010, and recently featured comedians Erik Marino, Mat Edgar, Zoltan Kaszas, Ibo Brewer, Steve Zorbalas, Alex Breckenridge, and Central Coast surf band The Dentures. Serving as “Comedy Night” host is comedienne Bo Sellers.
That’s right, live comedy in Morro Bay, and it’s about time. So get used to the sound of random laughter in the streets. Suddenly, Morro Bay is no longer a joke when it comes to real live entertainment. Not at Osaka Joe’s where it’s all a joke on Comedy Night.
Osaka Joe’s Sushi is located at 3118 Main Street (and Jamaica St.) in North Morro Bay. For more information call (805) 772-7987 and visit www.osakajoesushi.com.