No city is immune to the struggle that the pandemic has put on the entertainment industry but Austin is giving a New York City transplant a second chance.
Taking over what used to be Barracuda on 7th Street in Downtown, The Creek & The Cave will be reborn on April 1 as the newest comedy club in Austin. Austin's comedy scene has suffered with the loss of iconic Austin establishment Cap City Comedy to the pandemic.
The Creek & The Cave spent 14 years entertaining New Yorkers and giving comedians like Donald Glover and Sara Benincasa a stage until COVID-19 hit, forcing the venue to permanently close in late December.
After Austin-based Rough Cut Comedy Producer Marty Clarke heard about the closure on The Comedy Cellar, he reached out to former owner Rebecca Trent. As a comedian and producer for eight years, Clarke said he thought The Creek & Cave could fill a newly-opened spot in Austin's comedy market.
"With our shows going so well, and there being no comedy clubs in town, I reached out to Rebecca and we found an amazing spot that we can turn into something really special for the Austin comedy scene," Clarke said. "The stars aligned for us to build something cool and supportive that the whole community can feel a part of, continuing the legacy of The Creek & The Cave."
Once the club is up and running it will host shows most days of the week from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. On weekdays, you can expect to see local Austin comedians, themed shows, regional acts and interactive acts, while Thursday-Saturday will be reserved for headlining acts. Some shows will be free, though most weekday shows will cost $5 and most weekend shows will start at $20 tickets.
With an indoor and outdoor stage, open mics every night, light vittles and a full drink menu Trent said the new club will become a platform for all comedians, big or small.
"The Austin comedy scene has always been a wonderful and magical place to hone the craft and, as the scene grows and becomes more robust, we want to build a true clubhouse to serve as a place all comics can call home," Trent said. "We will be providing a platform for the up and coming local comedians, as well as exposing them to big-name headliners. Part Master Class, part Dojo, part club, and all funny."
Tickets will be available for purchase on creekandcaveatx.com and you can find the new venue on Instagram.
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