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‘Big Baby’ Glen Davis looks for a laugh at the new Beverly Comedy Club

BEVERLY, MA — Big Baby hopes to bring laughs at the new Off Cabot comedy theater in Beverly.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis, the former Boston Celtics forward who was a member of the 2008 NBA championship team, is set to play Wallis Street’s new collaboration between the Cabot Street Cinema Theater and John Tobin Presents on April 7.

The Beverly stop is one of six on the former fan-favorite’s “Life After Basketball” tour in March and April, which also includes stops in Boston, Foxboro and Worcester.

Davis gave a hint about his comedy during Sunday’s duel against the Brooklyn Nets when he showed up wearing a ‘Respect The Logo’ t-shirt aimed at tweaking former Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who kicked the center court leprechaun in last year’s playoff series .

The 150-seat venue is set to kick off a first run of 15 dates with a grand opening on March 19 featuring comedy by Laura Severse, Corey Rodrigues and Tony V.

“We are thrilled to embark on this journey with you, our beloved customers and comedy fans,” the venue said when announcing the first shows. “We’re opening the club the only way we know how, with some of the greatest comics Greater Boston has ever seen.

“We think people could have a laugh during the pandemic and we’re extremely excited to bring more comedy and other exciting events to Beverly.”

The former location of the Grand Salon was a blues club called 80 Wallis before pandemic issues forced the concert hall to close.

The Cabot helped upgrade the performance hall with a new sound and lighting system, while Tobin – a former Beverly City Councilman – will present and operate the shows.

A full program and ticket information can be found here.

(Scott Souza is a Patch Editor covering Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He can be reached at [email protected]. Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)