Hey Guys Comedy Club

It is with very mixed emotions that the ownership group of Hey Guys Comedy announce today that we will not re-open after our Independence Day hiatus and will remain permanently closed. Unfortunately, attendance figures and revenue never materialized to a level sufficient to continue operations.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal fans, families and friends who supported us throughout the last four years. We could not have lasted as long as we did without you, and we sincerely appreciate everything you all did to support us, including attending shows, bringing friends, sharing our posts and announcements, and reviewing us on Facebook, Yelp and other web pages. We would also like to encourage all of you to do a few things:

First, support locally owned businesses that you like. Small business owners are often at a disadvantage to larger regional and national chains, and really rely on their local customers to keep them afloat. Visit them often, and encourage others to do the same.

Second, please continue to support live comedy at the other comedy venues in the St. Louis area, including the Funny Bone, Helium, The Laugh Lounge and The Improv Shop. Dedicated comedy venues such as these (and Hey Guys) provide a unique experience by bringing in nationally touring comics and major headliners. We never considered the St. Louis clubs as competitors, as we believe all of us together contributed to keeping interest in top quality live comedy alive. If you want to continue to see outstanding comics from all over the country, these clubs need your help to keep making it happen.

Finally, if you have a negative comment to add to this post, please keep it to yourself. We would prefer to think about the positive things we accomplished over the last four years. We brought laughter to tens of thousands of comedy-goers. We helped raise over $100,000 for local charities. We provided a venue for young music students to showcase their talents to their parents, grandparents and other family members and friends. Our stage also offered the opportunity for young, up-and-coming comics to practice their craft through open mic nights and local Showcases, and we’re very proud that several local comics who honed their skills at Hey Guys, such as Andrew Frank and Jamie Fritz, have gone on to be touring feature comics at clubs across the country. In these and so many other ways, we consider our four years a tremendous success, and that’s the way we would like to remember it.

So now, we say farewell. But before we go, one last time, as we did at every show at Hey Guys Comedy, we would like to send out a final salute: “To all those who have served this great country, and to every man and woman currently holding a post somewhere around the world to keep us safe and free, we say, may God bless you, may He keep you safe, and may He bring you home soon.”