In a year that has already seen the closings of various comedy institutions, such as the UCB Theater in New York and iO in Chicago, this is unfortunately another one to add to the list. Today Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, Texas announced the closing of its doors after 35 years in business.
The club is legendary in comedy circles, with many comedians coming through its doors over the years, including Bill Hicks, Maria Bamford, Patton Oswalt, John Mulaney, Ron White, and Ari Shaffir, among countless others. Additionally, the club served as the backdrop for albums and specials from Hicks, Oswalt, and Shaffir. Check out the official statement from the club.
Dear Austin Comedy Lovers,
We laughed until we cried. We are devastated to announce that we have to close the club. After 35 years in this location, and 17 for us as owners, the struggle of being closed since March has proved insurmountable. It is a perfect storm of pandemic, lease and wanting to be responsible to our staff, comedians and audiences.
We are part of the Austin Covid-19 story and stats- of entertainment venues that just could not survive.Being owners of this amazing comedy club has been a highlight of in our lives. From Bill Hick’s live recordings to Patton Oswalt’s Werewolves and Lollipops to Ari Shaffir’s Netflix special, to Matt Bearden’s “Punch” shows to Dale, Bob with Matt’s Sideshow podcasts, the magic of Maria Bamford, Ron White’s pop ins for tune ups, to the rise of Leanne Morgan to the Moontower special events, Doug Benson, the yearly JFL /Montreal showcases and of course to our crowning glory F.P.I.A. (Funniest Person In Austin) and seeing Lashonda Lester crowned at last. It has always been our mission to shine a light on, provide a space for and celebrate our extraordinary Austin Comedy Scene- the best in the country.
Our blessings are too many to mention but here are a few: Our beloved friend and partner Alex Coyle, he raised our collective bar to new heights. Chandy Popp-Kurzweil , Samantha Mitchell, our incredible waitstaff, staff past and present , our kitchen crew led by Kevin Creaney, every comedian that “brought it” from near and far and most of all our amazing audiences that supported every show, every new idea, star and newcomer.
To our future ticket holders, we ask for your patience as we begin the refund process, you will be contacted if we need more info from you.
We aren’t crying, you’re crying. Actually we have not stopped crying.
So live standup in Austin will be re-ignited at some point and please support. Cap City may be back but different. In the meantime THANK YOU to all the comedians, agents (they are not as bad as you hear), our wonderful Austin Arts media, our partners at Moontower Comedy Festival, KLBJ, The Interrobang, The Comic’s Comic, our friends at Netflix and Comedy Central and everyone that has made this such a proud and magical experience.
THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 35 Years at 8120.
Rich Miller, Margie Coyle, Colleen McGarr and Duncan Strauss
Here’s to hoping that someone could help fill the void for the comedy scene in Austin, whether that be a new venue/club, or someone getting behind Cap City again. We do hear a very major comedian with one of he most-successful podcasts in the world is moving to Austin in the very near future. Perhaps he can help revitalize the scene down there.