The microphones are on much later than expected, but the stand-up comedy is finally set to continue at Bellflower this summer.
“It was a journey. But I feel good and I feel that the thirst for comedy has grown. People haven’t had it for a long time and now they’re hungry for it, ”said former stand-up comedian John Giries, who opens the Stand Up Comedy Club this month.
Located at the city-owned Bellflower Theater at 9831 Belmont St., the club will be holding its smooth opening on June 28 with an as yet unannounced roster of comedians. Giries plans to hold a few more smooth opening events before fully opening this summer.
“We plan to bring a very high level of comedic entertainment to Bellflower,” Giries said.
Giries holds a 30-year lease from the city to run the club, which it originally planned to open in the summer of 2019. Permitting issues have caused delays with this initial plan, so the opening has been pushed back to 2020, he said.
But then the coronavirus pandemic struck and all live events stopped.
Although the pandemic made it impossible for his club to open in 2020, he said the delays were actually a blessing in disguise as he had more time to spend on renovating the building, which was emptied when it started. the project.
“It didn’t mean we couldn’t keep doing things, it just got longer. It took us longer to get things done because of the Covid restrictions, ”he said.
“But we just kept growing our business to build it, and we found that there were some things that we had more time to tweak a little bit more and to do some things that we wouldn’t have done if we were. planes opened in 2019, ”he said. .
Some of those things they were able to do with the extra time included extending the footprint of the building to allow for a larger bar, adding more lighting and audio components to the theater than planned in the ‘origin, as well as the possibility of embellishing the scene. a bit more.
“We were able to take our time and we didn’t feel rushed so now we feel a little more ready to start,” said Giries.
When it opens, the Art Deco-style venue will feature a neon sign above a burgundy facade. Inside, it will have 150 seats, five cabins and a full bar. And since Giries is in the restaurant business and his family owns Hambone’s BBQ just steps from the theater, he will be serving his restaurant food at the comedy club.
He also plans to offer comedy classes, open mic parties, and broadcast podcasts out of the room.
“It will be a place of complete entertainment as much as a comedy club,” he said.
Standing comedy club
Or: 9831 Belmont St., Campanule
When: Soft opening on June 28
Information: 562-202-9944 or thestandupclub.com