NY comedy club, The Stand is just one of the many clubs out there hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. With the state of New York and the city deploying a mandate that all bars, restaurants, and clubs in the city had to close in order to curb the spread of the virus, it was only a matter of time before the effects would change the lives of many.
Today, The Stand made the announcement that because of these uncertain times they made the incredibly tough decision to lay off its staff. When the club closed its original Chelsea location and moved to Union Square it managed to keep a lot its staff in place during the year+ of time between the two events. However, with the uncertainty of the current times, it didn’t appear to be in the cards this time around.
Just over 8 months ago The Stand reopened with the idea that we would never be closed again. 4 partners rejoiced to be back moving full throttle into the future of comedy. When we started this mission in 2011 we said comedy deserved better. We built it. We said to ourselves again Comedy deserves even more and we built that too. One of our proudest achievements in the year we were closed between our old location on 3rd Avenue and the new Union Square location was that we did our very best to keep our staff intact. In just a few short months we had packed comedy rooms, a restaurant with a thriving brunch, lunch, dinner service & a healthy bar vibe with amazing cocktails & delicious food. That is all thanks to our staff.
Unfortunately we had to inform our staff both old and new that the New York mandate to close bars and restaurants meant there would be no work for them and we would have to let them go. What we’ve learned over the years and what we’ve realized why so many people have stayed with us as long as they have, this wasn’t just a job to them. They believed in our vision.
So what now? We will do our very best to prevail and be here for the world of comedy when and if we get back to normal and we will do our very best to keep or bring back most of the staff we let go.
In the next few days we will find different ways to entertain you. Live streaming events, pre-recorded content, old standup clips. We ask that every time you watch, you donate to a gofundme page set up to help the staff during this time. We know everyone is going to be feeling it. But if you ever came to The Stand and laughed. If you ever walked through our doors with a first date, a wife or husband, a friends and family gathering or if you came alone in need of a lift and left with a feeling of joy, consider helping those that made your night a memorable one.
The club set up a GoFundMe page to raise $$ for the staff in an effort to help them out in these times. So, if you’ve ever stopped by for a drink at the club or spent many nights there taking advantage of its comedy shows, consider tossing some $$ to the staff.
As a club we’re frequented over the years in both its locations, this news comes to us as incredibly sad. Knowing the owners of the club, we can say with the upmost confidence that this was not a decision they made lightly. Some staff have been with that club since its beginning and they’re some of the best people and comedy fans out there. Here’s to hoping once we get through this pandemic, the club will be able to re-hire its staff once again.