Our My Top 5 series highlights Houstonians who are creating Houston’s culture in real time, and asks them to share their own favorite things to do in their downtime. This week we’re very psyched to feature Brian Gendron, founder, producer and host of Ha Ha for Hope A Charity Comedy Night. Partnering with various children-focused charities to raise money and awareness for their causes, this year’s event takes place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Houston Improv and features local rising star Tre Tutson as well as favorites Tim Williams and Corlis DeLauren.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Brian Gendron
- Life Time Fitness − The new Life Time in Greenway Plaza is my home away from home. You’ll find me there nearly every afternoon of the week having coffee meetings, answering emails in the business lounge, taking calls on the patio by the pool, getting my workouts in, practicing yoga, and even getting my haircut. Also, my five year old son loves going to their Kids Play area. My 16-month-old, not as much, but he’ll come around eventually.
- Sideout Volleybar − Located in the Heights, this is a great spot to get a group of friends together to play sand volleyball. You can join a league — they have both fun and competitive leagues. If that isn’t your thing, you can just pick a week night that works for everyone and even rent a court for weeks to get a discount. And don’t worry If everyone can’t make each week, you can easily pick up people to play, which happens to be a great way to make new friends. They have lights so you can play into the night, too. Which pairs nicely with their great craft beer selection (on tap and in cans) as well as their frozen drinks. An added bonus is taking in the live music at White Oak Music Hall if there happens to be an outdoor show. The venue is right next door so you get to enjoy it for free while you play.
- The Kitchen at the Dunlavy – My favorite place to meet with bigger parties for breakfast. If you get there before 7am when the doors open, you can lock down a big table amongst the chandeliers in their beautiful dining area or outside patio and have the whole restaurant basically to yourself until the rush at 8am. The food is a little expensive, but good quality and it’s okay to pay a little more for the ambiance. One big challenge can be getting to the driveway you can only access it when heading west on Allen Parkway after the Waugh exit so passing it up is at least a 5-minute mistake or more if it’s rush hour traffic.
- The Secret Group – I spend a few evenings each week performing on standup comedy shows and there is no better place in Houston for live comedy than the Secret Group in EaDo. My favorite regular shows at The Secret Group include The Interruption with Tre Tutson, 8th Wonder Comedy Hour, and Bad Idea (held on the patio). They also regularly bring in touring comics and big names as well as hosting comedy festivals such as their own Come and Take It Comedy Festival and the upcoming Skankfest Southwest in March. There are paid lots but there is usually plenty of free parking around the building on the backstreets.
- Healthpro Chiropractic & Acupuncture – I live a busy lifestyle and everyone asks me what’s the secret. I think the best response is regular acupuncture. It’s an opportunity to take a quick nap and rebalance in the middle of a busy week. Although Doctor Pagnani and her team specialize in pregnancy and pediatrics, their location is so convenient right off the Southwest Freeway. It’s easy to get in and out for a quick acupuncture session and chiropractic care, as long as you don’t mind the occasional sound of children. I’m used to it with two of my own. Whenever I am on the Northwest side of town, I’ll drop in at their location off Cypresswood Drive in Champions and see Dr. Dannug. Since his focus is more on athletics and sports in addition to being a runner himself, he helps me get right from all the abuse I put on my body running in 10Ks and most recently the Houston Half Marathon.
About Brian Gendron
An award-winning business and community leader focused on making a lasting positive impact on as many lives as possible, serial entrepreneur, Brian Gendron is the founder of NocserV, Execs in Tech, and BISB Media. Brian launched and serves as the CEO of NocserV, a boutique IT consulting company in 2016. In 2017 he founded BISB Media network by creating the Big Ideas Small Business Podcast. He has hosted and produced over 24 hours of interviews with business leaders. Brian founded the Execs in Tech network in 2018, the next generation professional association for IT leaders. In addition to his entrepreneurial work, Brian is active in several non-profit organizations focused on children. He is the founder and producer of Ha Ha for Hope A Charity Comedy Night that partners with various children-focused charities to raise money and awareness for their causes. This year’s event takes place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Houston Improv and features local rising star Tre Tutson as well as favorites Tim Williams and Corlis DeLauren.