LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville’s comedy circuit just got bigger and brighter thanks to a new venue in the heart of Whiskey Row.
The Louisville Comedy Club opened its doors four weeks ago and so far has been a welcome addition to downtown.
“You are always in turmoil. We are surrounded by other restaurants, we are surrounded by hotels that attract people. We are close to the conference center,” said general manager Bridget Friel.
The club takes the location of the former Impellizzeri’s Pizza on Main Street. The nearly 300-seat hall underwent a complete overhaul in eight months. The walls were knocked down, the beams put up and a new front bar added called the Barrel Bar.
The Louisville Comedy Club is the city’s only A-level comedy venue, which means that with local performers, it can attract national bookings such as Aries Spears and Eddie Griffin.
“I think that’s really what drew us to Louisville was that we felt there was a void here that could be filled in the comedy scene,” Friel said.
The comedy club is the sixth location across the country owned by Washington-based Bark Entertainment.
Throughout the club are large portraits of comedians – a tribute to those who have passed such as Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers and Bob Saget.
“It’s something that we’ve done at all of our clubs and it’s just meant to be kind of like a tip of the hat to those people who have really made something out of their acting careers,” Friel said.
With recent announcements of top acts Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle booking stops at the Louisville Palace, those at the comedy club say it’s a pick not just for the comedy industry, but downtown as well.
“Cincinnati is a great hub for comics and it’s so close and so is Nashville,” Friel said. “But there wasn’t a lot here in Louisville for comedy, so it felt like we could easily come here and help develop that.”
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