Austin could use a good laugh these days. Thankfully, two legendary clubs have announced plans to do just that.
Cap City Comedy Club, the nearly 35-year-old comedy mecca and tour and festival venue, closed its Research Boulevard in September. The owners pointed out the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On February 10, the club announced on its social media that it would reopen this fall at a new location on the domain.
“We will continue our tradition of booking national acts, Austin comedians and cutting-edge talent in a new location with The Domain,” the post said. Further details will be published shortly.
And laughter keeps coming back. According to The Laugh Button, a comedy-focused news site, a well-respected New York comedy club that was closed – allegedly permanently – due to the pandemic, is moving to downtown Austin in December 2020.
The Creek & The Cave, an integral part of New York’s alto comedy scene for 14 years, opens April 1 at 611 E. Seventh St. in the room that was previously occupied by Barracuda and will follow in June 2020 business was closed five years ago.
The Creek & The Cave’s move to Austin happened in a random fashion. During a crowdfunding campaign, Creek & Cave owner Rebecca Trent appeared on a podcast heard by Austin-based comedy producer and comedian Marty Clarke, who contacted Trent within days of her club closing.
“I reached out to Rebecca and we found an amazing place where we could transform ourselves into something very special for the Austin comedy scene,” Clarke told The Laugh Button. “The stars are focused on us building something cool and supportive that the entire community can feel part of, and continuing the legacy of The Creek & The Cave.”
In partnership with RoughCut Comedy, Clarke and entertainment company Colton Dowling, the new comedy venue will include indoor and outdoor stages and will offer menu and beverage menus. And in the spirit of its longstanding endeavor to support emerging comedians, The Creek & The Cave aims to bring its fun business to a wide variety of comedy fans.
“The Austin comedy scene has always been a wonderful and magical place to improve your craft. As the scene grows and becomes more resilient, we want to build a real clubhouse that will serve as a place that all comics can call home, ”says Trent. “We will offer the up-and-coming local comedians a platform and expose them to well-known headliners: part masterclass, part dojo, part club and all funny.”