Initially, the doors of the venue where The Laff House was located on South St., opened to the public as “Funny Bone”. They provided budding comics with a soapbox to stand on and an audience to amuse. The club name was later changed to “Catch A Rising Star”. Their focus was to nurture emerging local and national talent with amateur comedians. Eventually, some well-known acts also began making the venue a regular stop on their comedy tours. In time, the famed comedian David Brenner acquired the club and it became “David Brenner's The Laff House”. Under Brenner’s fame and management, the club began to be more widely known.
What “Mr. Rod” (coined by his late wife and business partner, Mona Wilkerson) brings to the table is a plethora of opportunities for new and seasoned comics. For the comedians, Mr. Rod has network access for them to hone their craft, multiple tv segments, podcast availabilities, at multiple franchised locations for the comics to perform.