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looked back,” recalled Bradley. “He said, ‘you’re going to eat it’ but he wasn’t being mean, he meant you’re going to eat it, so go do it, eat it, and accept it. If you’re really one of us, you’re going to come back every night.” Opening a comedy club in today’s world is anything but a sure bet. With so much comedy available for free on the Internet and shown on cable tv, clubs need to sell the live experience. Bradley is hoping to offer some- thing that you can’t get from the casinos, but he knows being located in the city itself can either be a curse or a blessing. He’s hoping it’s the latter. “How long will it last?” Bradley wondered. “Art has never been blessed with that timeline. How important is it? I watched Rodney Dangerfield when I was 11 years old and became his friend. He told me to open a club here someday. He said the town is a piece of shit, but they need Watch Michelle Tomko at Butch Bradley’s Comedy Hideaway NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 43