This episode we had the opportunity to hear from Dave Ranalli, owner of Stitches Comedy Club, which operates out of the Lancaster Host Resort. Dave is a native of western Pennsylvania, but has owned and operated his business in Lancaster County for the last 23 years. He was educated as a pharmacist and managed the pharmacy at CVS for 8 years before taking over the family business, The Italian Villa, because of his father-in-law’s illness.

Dave saw potential for growth, but was unsure of how to bring in more business for the restaurant. It wasn’t until he took a trip back home in 1988 that he discovered the incredible opportunity there was to be had in the comedy industry. At that time, there wasn’t any other entertainment happening along Lincoln Highway, and comedy was a new concept in Lancaster County. Dave had the good fortune of hosting Drew Carey for the opening night of his new venture.  It was the perfect set up for success, and ever since then, Stitches Comedy Club has drawn a crowd.

Dave is a gifted story teller and it was great fun to hear him recount some of his experiences over the years. Stitches is yet another example of the many unique offerings to be discovered right here in Lancaster.

At the time of the recording of this episode Keith was celebrating Fathers Day with his family, so David flew solo as host.

Support for this episode provided by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Theme music: Invisible Walls by Revolution Void
Break music: An Other Side by Xenyka