January 12, 2022

The Cabot Announces Opening of New Comedy Club Venue in Beverly

by Felicia Cheney

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The Cabot, in partnership with John Tobin Presents, are tremendously excited to announce the opening of a new comedy club venue in Beverly: Off Cabot Comedy Club. The 150-seat comedy club, located just down the street from The Cabot at 9 Wallis Street, will serve as a new hotspot for comedians on the North Shore and from the greater Boston region.

“There are so many incredible comedians in New England that we have been fortunate to host on our Cabot stage over the past few years and we have developed such great relationships with John and his team that it felt like a natural extension to find a place that we could dedicate strictly to comedy,” said J. Casey Soward, Executive Director of The Cabot. “We think people need to use laughter as an elixir in these pandemic times–and what do you know…there was a perfect place to do this for lease just down the street from us!”

The location was originally called The Grand Salon when it was owned by the magic show Le Grand David and His Spectacular Magic Company; it was then renamed 9 Wallis and operated as a blues club before the club closed down in June of 2020. The Cabot will be installing new sound and lighting systems and giving it a “refresh,” according to Soward. 

John Tobin has been responsible for making Boston laugh for years, and this doesn’t account for his time on the City Council. Chances are if you’re a comic or have seen a show in the region, you know John and shared a laugh with him. Today, John Tobin Presents produces and operates comedy shows at well-known clubs such as The Comedy Scene, Laugh Boston and the legendary Nick’s Comedy Stop.

“Ryan Cott and I and all of us at John Tobin Presents have enjoyed a successful and fun working partnership with Casey and his team at the Cabot over the past several years. Everything to us is about relationships that are sincere, meaningful, mutually beneficial and enduring,” said John Tobin. “To integrate our teams in order to make Off Cabot a reality is beyond exciting and a real example of collaboration. We are so eager to make great shows and events happen in our new, shared space!”

The club is aiming to open in late February or early March with first acts expected to be announced at the end of the month. The club’s website will be launching soon at offcabot.org.

About The Cabot 

For a century, The Cabot in Beverly has been a local treasure, a dream palace at the heart of the downtown, and a welcoming gathering place for generations of North Shore residents. Originally known as The Ware, this opulent, neoclassical-style theater was built in 1920 by the renowned architectural firm Funk & Wilcox. Originally used for vaudeville shows and silent movies, it was later owned by the movie chain E.M. Loews. In 1976, The Cabot was purchased by Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, and for the next 36 years was home to this world-famous magic show. The Cabot is now being transformed into a 21st century venue for audiences of all ages, with nationally recognized live performers, current and classic movies and community events. Since its reopening in November 2014, The Cabot is once again a vital part of the North Shore’s artistic life. The Cabot celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020. Visit https://thecabot.org.

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