BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
The curtain is up on Q.E.D.
A new arts, comedy and education venue called Q.E.D., located at 27-16 23rd Ave., held its first show Sunday evening. Attendees gathered for “Bunk Bed Hour,” an open mic that will continue weekly and is only one of the many diverse programs available at the venue.
Q.E.D. is the brainchild of veteran comedy booker and storyteller Kambri Crews. Billing itself as “after-school for grown-ups,” the space offers a wide range of both performance and learning opportunities. The venue takes its name from the Latin phrase “quod erat demonstrandum,” meaning roughly “that which was to be demonstrated,” with the lucky double-meaning “Queens Ed.”
Classes at Q.E.D. cover everything from beginner stand-up to scriptwriting to business and management to Twitter fluency, while performances focus largely, although not exclusively, on comedy.
This past week, the venue brought Frank Conniff of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and a showcase of Saturday Night Live writers onto its stage. Upcoming, Q.E.D. will also host local poet Audrey Dimola’s book release and performance party Nov. 13, and Queens-bred comedian Ted Alexandro Nov. 17.
Q.E.D.’s small but versatile space includes a beer and wine bar, room for tables seating about 30 audience members and a raised stage.
Crews, who has lived in the area for more than a decade, said that she had been considering opening a venue in Astoria for years but only recently began to feel more confident that the community would support it.
“[Astoria needs] a place to be creative, to gather with like-minded folks,” Crews said.
Q.E.D. director of programming Liam McEneaney similarly said that he has noticed “a real Astoria renaissance.”
“What I’m seeing is a lot of young Astoria residents, young people who moved to Astoria because they can’t afford Brooklyn, but who still have to get on the N and Q train to go into Manhattan or Brooklyn to do something cool,” McEneaney said. “So one of the things about this space is it’s going to let people do something cool without having to leave the neighborhood or leave the Borough.
Crews added, “it’s my home, it’s my neighborhood, it’s my community.”
More information about upcoming shows and classes at Q.E.D can be found at qedastoria.com.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.