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The laughs resume this summer for Goonie's Comedy Club

The laughs resume this summer for Goonie's Comedy Club

Comedy is making a comeback in Rochester.

Goonie's Comedy Club, which closed last summer after its downtown location was put up for sale, will be back in business this summer at a new spot — Rochester's Crooked Pint Ale House.

The club's opening will coincide with Father's Day Weekend, with shows scheduled for June 16 and 17. Just like with the previous location, there will be two shows each night at 7:30 and 10.

Speaking by phone Wednesday, owner Mark Klampe said comedy fans can expect a similar experience to the old Goonie's location, which attracted talent from all across the Midwest and nation. Over the past year, Klampe said he has remained in touch with agencies and comedians looking to add a stop in Rochester.

"We will bring in new acts, so it's not always the same," said Klampe. "I have always wanted it to be like that ... so you can go to every show for a year and not see the same headliner or feature act."

The new club will have its own space within the walls of Crooked Pint. While it will be slightly smaller than the downtown location, it will have same look and feel that fans are used to, Klampe said.

Klampe, who co-owned and managed the former McGoon's pub with which Goonie's shared space with, said he's looking forward to running the club without worrying about the day-to-day operations of a restaurant. "This is something I always wanted to do," he said. "Now, I can focus just on the entertainment side."

Tickets will go on sale this Friday for shows through Aug. 19. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The first weekend of shows, dubbed the "Four Fathers of Comedy," will feature Dave Johnson, Rick Logan, Jeff Pfoser and Colleen Doyle Justice.

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