Austin loses another legendary institution to economic impact of COVID

Austin’s largest comedy club turns off the limelight. After almost 35 years, the Cap City Comedy Club is closing for good, pointing out the economic effects of the new type of corona virus.

In a statement originally emailed to the Austin American-Statesman, owners Rich Miller, Margie Coyle, Colleen McGarr and Duncan Strauss said they were “devastated” to close Cap City, but the the financial burden of the pandemic is insurmountable.

For comedy fans, the news is both heartbreaking and surprising. Just last month the club was announced as sponsoring the Moontower Comedy Festival 2021. Since the festival was founded 10 years ago, Cap City has been a major venue alongside the Paramount and State theaters and has helped the local festival build a reputation as an international comedy event.

Like so many of the longtime businesses we’ve lost in the past six months – Dart Bowl, Threadgill’s, Magnolia Cafe West, et al. – The North Austin Club was a civic institution, and its impact was indelible – and undeniable. One only has to watch the iconic comics that wrote about the Cap City closure to see the impact this sleepy mall has had on the local and national comedy scenes.

Awwww damn. Worked up the ladder here for 4 years. We had one of the craziest / funniest street weeks here with Mitch Hedberg. Just depressing news … https: //

– Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) September 9, 2020

It is so baffled to see that Austin Cap City Comedy Club has finally closed after 35 years. I loved performing there. You have always been so good to me. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of this type of news and it’s so sad.

– Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny), September 8, 2020

This is heartbreaking news. RIP to @CapCityComedy – one of the best clubs in the country.

– Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) September 9, 2020

RIP Cap City Comedy Club. Like the whole family, we’ve scolded you at times, but it sure won’t be the same without you. I will miss your chicken tenders and the late Saturday show madness.

– Tronald Dump (@ChrisCubas) September 8, 2020

For those who had tickets to upcoming shows, the club says they are starting to figure out the refund process and will be in touch with more information. As for the future, the owners say it’s saying goodbye for now, but hopefully not forever.

“We don’t cry, you cry. Actually, we haven’t stopped crying. So live standup in Austin will be rekindled at some point and please support. Cap City may be back, but different,” they said in a statement published on Comic’s Comic a comedy blog. “THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 35 years at 8120.”

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