Tomorrow night, April 2nd, New York City’s clubs will once again be allowed to re-open for performances. It’s the first time in over a year comedy clubs will be allowed to have ticketed shows with fans to come through tickets an through their doors for live stand-up comedy since COVID arrived stateside. The year was tough and like nearly all businesses in the world, the comedy community had to adapt. Some clubs went dark and rode things out, some took to alternate venues, some opened up just their restaurants for takeout, some went virtual, some lobbied Congress, and unfortunately some closed for good.
But even with limited capacity these re-openings in New York might, for the first time see a light at the end of the tunnel for NYC comedy.
Today, comedian Derek Gaines took to social media with a video, called Comedy Lives. A performance of what he describes as, “A love letter to how stand-up comedy managed to stay alive during the pandemic & quarantine.” In it Gaines recaps a year of what comedy learned and lost as the video highlights many of the great comedians and clubs that make up the New York comedy scene.
The video ends with a rallying cry to the toe public that if you love the artform, go out and support it. While clubs are now open, they are far from out of the woods.