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Austin mourned the loss of Capital City Comedy Club back in September, when it closed its doors after 35 years of laughs. Despite the pandemic, the new year has brought new opportunities for the comedy club, which announced it would reopen its doors come fall.
The club announced via Twitter on Wednesday that it would set up a new shop at the Domain in North Austin, just three miles away from the original location
We're excited to announce that @CapCityComedy will be re-opening its doors this Fall!
We will continue our tradition of booking national acts, Austin-based comedians & cutting-edge up + comers, now in a new location at The Domain
Check back for more details & announcements pic.twitter.com/Iv66oEpldq
— Cap City Comedy Club (@CapCityComedy) February 11, 2021
Brothers and owners of Helium Comedy Club, a chain of comedy clubs on the East Coast and Midwest, Brad and Marc Grossman said they were saddened to see Austin lose a staple landmark like Cap City Comedy, so they decided to do something about it.
"Cap City is one of the best comedy clubs in the country with an amazing reputation," Marc Grossman said in a press release. "We're fortunate to have had a relationship with them for a long time. When Brad and I heard the club was closing and how upset the community was, we knew that we wanted to change that. I'm just glad that the opportunity presented itself."
The new iteration of the club will have two showrooms, one dedicated to headlining acts and a smaller showroom dedicated to local comedy, in addition to a full selection of food and drinks.
Cap City Comedy owners said the club will continue to book national acts, like Maragaret Cho and Dave Attell, Austin-based comedians, including "The Funniest Person in Austin" titleholder Andrew Murphy, and give comedy newcomers a platform at open mic nights every Sunday.
As Cap City Comedy gets off the ground, the club plans to host new events like "The Sideshow" podcast. Like normal, Cap City Comedy will continue to sponsor Austin's annual Moontower Comedy Festival.
Colleen McGarr, one of the original owners of the club, said she is ready to start this new chapter with the Grossman brothers.
"We could not be more thrilled that Cap City will be back as the center of the Austin comedy scene," McGarr said in the release.The first show is set for October of 2021. Click here to find more information.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic effective June 26, citing the number of current job openings and concern about potentially fraudulent unemployment claims. The benefits include a $300 weekly supplement.
"The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring communities across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment jobs."
TWC listed 837,273 job openings as of Monday afternoon compared to 226,849 unemployment insurance claims filed statewide between March 31 and May 1. An estimated 1 million Texans were unemployed as of March, according to latest estimates released by the state agency.
Some local business owners, including Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan, suspect unemployment benefits are deterring Austinites from returning to work. But others agree with economists who say multiple factors are at play, including health concerns and child care availability.
We're seeing lots of posts about how nobody wants to work right now. Just wanted to share our experience.
We received over 60 resumes for a taproom bartender position we posted last week. Every applicant we've set up an interview with has shown up.
People want 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 work.
— Austin Beerworks (@AustinBeerworks) May 11, 2021
Abbott also cited fraudulent unemployment claims. Between March 2020 and April 2021, TWC received 4.48 million unemployment benefit applications, 611,000 or around 14% of which were tagged as suspicious. Most of those tagged were blocked before any benefits were paid out, according to an April 29 press release.
Federal law requires the effective date of such benefits change to be at least 30 days after the U.S. Department of Labor is notified.
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