The Comedyworks, a fixture on Montreal's comedy scene for nearly a quarter of a century, abruptly shut its doors for good Friday.
The owner of the Bishop St. establishment suggests the club — and its adjoining bar, Jimbo's — had been losing money for years, in part because of a lack of parking in the downtown core.
"The problem is not comedy competition as much as the lack of parking for customers," CJAD contributor Bill Brownstein told Aaron Rand Friday. "They weren't getting the customers coming in from out of island because of too many condos, not enough parking."
In the last two years, a large parking lot across the street was replaced with a condo building.
The Comedyworks, with its brick wall backdrop and dozens of photos of comics lining its walls, was well known for its charm and intimacy. It had been a launching pad for hundreds of local comics in the 24 years it had been in business. It also hosted a popular open mic night on Mondays, and served as home base for the On The Spot improv troupe.