Meet the Mayor: Wilbur Theatre

Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.

Wilbur Theatre
Bill Blumenreich Jr.

What do you do here?
I'm a managing partner. It's a family business. We used to own the Comedy Connection at Faneuil Hall. Four years ago, we moved here so we could have a bigger capacity and bigger names. When I first started, you could bring in local comedians and sell out small comedy clubs without advertising because stand-up was really hot. That fad kind of passed. Now you have to bring in somebody really famous and advertise a lot to sell tickets.

You mentioned that you guys kept this building's original name. Do you wish they had called it something sexier when they built it 100 years ago?
I think "Wilbur" is sexy. Actually, not really. Wasn't the guy who owned the horse on Mister Ed named Wilbur? Wasn't there a Wilbur in Charlotte's Web? Isn't that the name of the pig?

Expect more upcoming acts to incorporate fake blood, like GWAR did the other night?
Kathy Griffin won't, but Pauly Shore might. We had Tony Clifton once. He'll flick his cigarettes into the audience and throw his drinks at the customers and they love it. That doesn't usually happen here, though.

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