No joke: comedy nights come to Richmond

The eclectic Bridge Storage and ArtSpace is located at 23 Maine Ave. in Richmond.

Something funny is going on over at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace in Richmond.

Local comedian JD Arandia is hosting Homegrown Comedy, a monthly event bringing comedians to the self-storage, art and community space at 23 Maine Ave. in the Sante Fe Neighborhood.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and include an intermission during which guests can visit the Bridge Art Gallery. The next Comedy Night is set for Saturday, June 22.

Arandia arranges for a headliner and several other comedians to perform in each show, remarking that “there’s enough solid comics in the Bay Area to keep the monthly rotation fresh.”

Bridge owner Jeff Wright said he’s excited about the new comedy show, the latest effort at his property to build an oasis for artists and culturally rich meeting space for community members. A decade ago, Wright began adding amenities besides storage that have enlivened the business. Launched as a self-storage facility by his father in 1995, Wright has welcomed art galleries and studios, co-working and meeting spaces, a film studio, woodshop, commercial kitchen and R&R Coffee.

“It’s all about community, and bringing people together from such diverse backgrounds,” Wright said.

It also adds a nightlife option in Richmond.

“We’re about to bring the laughs to Richmond,” said Evan Francis of Go To Work Fitness, who captured one of the comedy nights in a detailed video report posted to YouTube. “You don’t have to leave the city necessarily to have some laughs and have some good times.”