Of course, the kind of club Laugh Boston will turn out to be may be largely determined by the kinds of fans who walk in the door. “At the end of the day, they have to do what’s right for them in terms of ticket sales,” said Mehran Khaghani, 36, one of the area’s most well-established young comics. “This isn’t a modest financial undertaking, and if Steve Sweeney is going to sell 300 seats while a lineup of five of the best-loved up-and-comers is only going to sell 80 . . . Nobody expects Tobin and Co. to sink the ship so that the new kids can develop.” Given Laugh Boston’s location on the waterfront, amid upscale hotels, expensive restaurants, and the convention center, Tobin expects to draw everyone from traveling businesspeople to young hipsters from Southie. Comedy, he says, is enjoying a fertile moment in America, and Laugh, as he’s taken to calling the club, is going to be Boston’s ticket to the party.
“It’s happening everywhere,” Tobin says. “There’s a whole group of comedians out there that are too big for Nick’s and too small for the Wilbur. And that’s who we’re looking at. People on the way up, people on the way down.”
Leon Neyfakh is a staff writer for the Globe’s Ideas section. E-mail him at email@example.com .