New York Comedy Club to open location at Stamford Mall

STAMFORD — Downtown Stamford will soon be serving up laughs at its restaurant plaza at 230 Tresser Blvd.

The New York Comedy Club announced plans this week to open a location at the downtown mall in December or January, giving the city its first full-time comedy club in more than 30 years. This will be the Comedy Club’s third location in New York City, complementing locations in the East Village and Midtown Manhattan.

“When we were considering opening a full-service comedy club in Connecticut, we considered other cities and towns in the state, but everyone we spoke to was very optimistic in Stamford,” Emilio Savone said. , co-owner of the New York Comedy Club. in an interview on Wednesday. “For us, it was a no-brainer.”

Milford-native Savona and her business partners had originally planned to open a comedy club in another downtown location at 422 Summer St. But after discovering the extent of the renovations that would be needed at 422 Summer, which once housed a YWCA center, and learned of availability at the mall, they decided to change locations.

“We realized that 422 Summer would be difficult to execute. It was just too raw a space, and I think we kind of underestimated the work it was going to take. There was a pool there because it was a former YWCA,” Savone said. “Luckily the owner of 422 Summer was very good and we just agreed to vacate the space.”

Taking up 4,500 square feet of space with a full-service bar that was once occupied by a Plan B Burger Bar, the new club at Stamford Town Center will accommodate between 150 and 200 guests per show. The club intends to initially put on shows from Wednesday to Saturday, while it plans other programs such as private events, open mic nights and comedy lessons.

Stamford’s last full-time comedy club, the New Governor’s Comedy Shop, closed in 1991 following financial difficulties. Since then, several establishments have organized events. For years, the Comedy Club of Stamford operated Mexican restaurant Hacienda Don Emilio. Today, the Stamford Comedy Club offers pop-up programs, while the Treehouse Comedy Club has held long-running events throughout the city.

The team that owns the New York Comedy Club – which, in addition to Savona, also includes Scott Lindner and Stamford resident Jim Panels – owns other establishments, including the Fairfield Comedy Club, which opened in 2017 at the Circle Hotel in Fairfield; Atlantic City Comedy Club, which launched in 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ; and the Los Angeles-based California Comedy Club, which debuted in April 2022.

The Fairfield Comedy Club will continue to operate, with Savona noting that it has proven to be an ideal venue for longer sets for upcoming comics.

“What’s so great about Fairfield is that it has a constant built-in audience,” Savone said. “We can have local comedians, big names or young comedians that we feature as headliners, as we also run a management and touring company. Fairfield is a very fun, laid back, communal space.”

Savone added that “Stamford is going to be a good complement. At Stamford I think we will have the ability to do some headlining weekends – and even have some nights where you have four top comedians doing 30 minute sets due to the proximity to New York and because it’s a New York Comedy Club. It’s not a brand that we have to explain to people.

Ahead of the opening of the New York Comedy Club, Stamford Town Center will host several comics at its Block Party on Saturday and Sunday.

This summer, the mall’s restaurant plaza is set to host two more establishments, Mexican restaurant Puerto Vallarta and Brazilian steakhouse Terra Gaucha. Puerto Vallarta and Terra Gaucha will replace the former Rascal Flatts and Cheesecake Factory restaurants respectively.

These newcomers will complement the square’s existing tenants, which are Peter Chang Restaurant, Pieology and The Capital Grille.

“We are thrilled to welcome the New York Comedy Club to the center. It will be a major draw for local guests and a nightlife destination for the entire region,” said downtown Stamford general manager Dan Stolzenbach, in a statement, “We expect guests to make it a night, come in for dinner and then see a big show.”

This article has been updated to clarify that the New York Comedy Club at Stamford Town Center is the same business as the comedy club that was previously planned at 422 Summer St., Stamford.

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