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Business partner and other half to Austin's new comedy club Adam Eget took to Instagram to announce that he and metaphorical "brother" Joe Rogan are officially building a club at the One World Theatre.
This project has been a long time in the making for Rogan, who has been doing standup comedy since 1988. The podcaster has been planning to make his dream a reality since at least last August.
Eget has spent the past 11 years working at The Comedy Store, one of the most prominent comedy clubs in L.A., and said he is "incredibly sad" to leave his former gig but "unbelievably excited" to start this new project.
Though he shared little details about the upcoming project, Eget said they are building the club "from scratch."
"Trust me when I say that this club will be EPIC on every level," Eget said in the post.
Austonia first broke the news on Thursday after confirming rumors that had been swirling around the Internet. Read that exclusive report here.
Rogan has yet to comment.
Exclusive: Joe Rogan buying west Austin theater for new comedy club, wants to make Austin a new hub for big laughs
Since making his well-documented move to Austin from Los Angeles, multi-million dollar podcaster Joe Rogan has been singing the praises of his new home and making himself right at home. So, what's next for Rogan and Austin?
Austonia has confirmed with multiple sources that Rogan is taking decades of experience in standup comedy—first starting his career in 1988—and finally, *drumroll* opening up his very own comedy club in the capital city.
Though rumors have also previously suggested he's purchased the now closed Alamo Ritz and the soon to reopen Cap City Comedy, multiple sources, who asked to remain anonymous, told Austonia that the new home to Rogan's latest endeavor is the One World Theatre. Located at 7701 Bee Cave Road, the theater is a convenient 10-minute drive from Rogan's $14.4 million dollar Westlake Hills mansion.
Rogan will run the theatre with fellow comedian Adam Eget, who has been on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast and made the journey from L.A. to Austin for the gig. The One World Theatre did not respond to numerous calls and messages from Austonia.
The One World Theatre opened its doors in 1999, when current owners Hartt and Nada Stearns decided to bring concerts, dance, theatrical and kid's productions to the new venue in association with an equal partner, the Barton Creek Art Center. The Stearns acquired 100% interest in the property in 2007 and have been running it since.
According to the Travis Central Appraisal District, the property is on its second foreclosure and likely sustained damages due to the winter storm.
We know it's been a long time coming for Rogan to finally buy his first-ever club. Here's what we've observed over the years.
Rogan has been planning to start a club for months, at least
Shortly after Rogan announced his California exodus, Rogan sat down for an August 2020 podcast with comedian Joey Diaz to talk about fracking and the effects it has had on the environment along the coast and how it was one of the reasons he wanted to leave. In response to his move, Diaz asked Rogan if he plans to do a comedy club once he breaks ground.
"Most likely I'm going to do a comedy club (in Austin). It'll be fun for all of us," Rogan said.
He's been keeping company with fellow funnies
The iconoclast has performed dozens of shows around Austin since he's made his move; Rogan frequents venues like Stubb's BBQ and ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Rogan recently appeared in a series of comedy shows alongside fellow comedian Dave Chapelle and has also been seen performing with Ron White, Donnell Rawlings and Michelle Wolfe. Rogan has also been coaxing friends, like Diaz, to follow his path down to Austin.
He was a longtime staple at The Comedy Store in L.A.
... and now he wants to move the L.A. hub to Austin. Rogan said he first started performing at The Comedy Store, one of the most prominent comedy venues in L.A., in 1994; it was a "mecca" for him and he performed there for 13 years. As the world changes and technology becomes more powerful than ever before, Rogan said he wants to steer people away from making Hollywood their end-all-be-all.
"For sure the best way to be free is not to be connected to the Hollywood machine because the Hollywood machine is all woke now," Rogan said. "It's completely ridiculous and everyone's full of shit. What we need is a machine that we create ourselves."
He's not looking to make money
With a podcast worth upwards of $100 million dollars—thanks to his high-profile licensing deal with Spotify—Rogan's pockets are lined. On yet another podcast in September, this time with White, Rogan said he was on the lookout for a ranch and a comedy club in Austin. Rogan said he wants to help local comics get on the up-and-up "when" he starts a club in Austin.
"The idea is if we open a club—when we open up a club I should say—is to have these local guys come in, pump them up, let people know there's a real scene here and help them," Rogan said. "Not just Austin comics but from everywhere, bring them into this place and have this be a hub."
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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.
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