But this sort of charity act isn't the only thing Ewart hopes will set West End Comedy Theatre apart. He and co-owner Rob Poyner have the goals to showcase more than just their house performers, to not censor their stand-up comedians and troupes, to give stand-ups more performing time and to be a home to both clean and, well, not clean comedy. And, so far, this generous attitude hasn't been a hindrance. And neither has the once-declining West End entertainment district. In fact, Ewart says, many of the Friday and Saturday shows have been selling out, especially since the theater got its liquor license two months ago.
The king of clean is Dallas Comedy-Sportz, a family-friendly interactive improv troupe that performs at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. As the night goes on, the comedy gets darker. The 9 p.m. slots on Fridays and Saturdays belong to Pavlov's Dogs and Section 8, both of which perform improv, sketch and musical comedy and neither of which calls West End its permanent home. In fact, house troupe Voodoo Mechanic will take Section 8's place in October with a new show that's in production now. The final performance of each night is The Eleven O'Clock Rush, a stand-up showcase that features five to six comedians given 15 to 20 minutes each. Many of the performers are comics based in Dallas, including Neil Edwards (a writer for That '70s Show) and Jerry Rocha (a featured stand-up from Latino Laugh Festival), who perform through August. Wednesday's open-mike night is for stand-up comedians, writers, performance artists and musicians to have their two minutes of fame. And Kidney Punch performs "The Harold," an old-school long-form structured improvisation, each Thursday. Ewart promises something for everyone--be it clean and straightforward improv or dark and dirty sketch comedy. That's mighty kind of him.