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Just send my mail to the Comedy Zone

How exactly does one become a regular at a bar or club? What are the terms and conditions of obtaining "regular" status? How about three separate visits within two weeks -- does that classify as regularity?

The Comedy Zone is a venue that brings in big names like Ruminations author Aaron Karo, Jamie Kennedy, and Charlie Murphy. Excuse me, Charlie Murppppppppppphy, who said he will never get tired of hearing that seeing as how his name was Eddie Murphy's brother for the past 17 years. Comedians have minimal inhibitions, which makes you shed yours. In the zone of comedy you can lay back, sit with strangers at a table, and share a drink and a laugh.

I went to laugh, but came out with a sexual education review. Karo taught us about Erectile Dysfunction (E.D) and how it would really suck to be named Ed. Meanwhile, Murphy told us about "ball collapse," which is what happens when a man... well, dries up from over-usage. Sounds pleasurably painful.

Karo was funny, but he's no Dane Cook, which is perhaps why he used two of his jokes from his stand-up show on HBO. Malibu's Most Wanted Jamie Kennedy coincidentally MySpaced me the same day I was scheduled to interview him. "Did you accept me?" he asked. I told him I was going to deny him unless he got me tickets to his sold out show. With that said, I got tickets.

He said he's a Panthers fan, well, a Rodney Peete fan because his wife Holly Robinson was a guest on his MTV show. I don't think he realizes that Peete no longer plays for the Panthers, but I am not about to turn down a Carolina fan at this point in the season.

I asked him what craft he claims as an artist, Actor? Comedian? Author? Rapper?

"I'm an entertainer," he replied. He's like the P.Diddy of his genre ... sort of.

On another visit to the Comedy Zone, I was hypnotized onstage, and like most women do, I faked it. But I wish he did manage to hypnotize me, because I realized that I was the comedy that night -- except they were laughing at me, not with me.

I decided to take a break from my duties as a Comedy Zone regular and mix it up a bit by traveling to the great beyond (beyond uptown at least) to the University Area. There I hit up the grand opening of Daisy Dukes slash Soho East. It's what I refer to as a hick-hop joint. As you walk down the stairs of the two-story venue, the hip-hop fades out, and country fades in. The top level (Soho East) is a lounge with a dance floor, leather couches, and hot guys; the bottom (Daisy Dukes) is a honky-tonk with a dance floor, a mechanical bull, and hot girls. Daisy Dukes isn't just the title; the girls working there were riding the bull and dancing on the bar in some serious daisy dukes. Although hot, some girls really need to consider wearing tights.

The not-too-crowded country club is well worth the taxi fare to get from uptown to University and back, but that will no longer be necessary because a Daisy Dukes bus line is coming soon. Speaking of cabs, what is up with the lack of a Charlotte taxi commission? How is a ride from uptown to Plaza-Midwood $20? -- even NYC is more economical.

Psssstttt ... If you have any dirt or inside scoop on nightlife, shoot me an e-mail at brittney.cason@creativeloafing.com.

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