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The changes are coming fast and furious at The Laff Stop. Last month, the
longtime stand-up spot's new owners (who also own San Antonio's Rivercenter
Comedy Club) announced a new name for the venue: the Capitol City Comedy Club.
Now, they've closed the lounge as part of a major renovation, displacing
ComedySportz Austin, which has been performing improv shows in the lounge since
last fall. The biggest change comes Nov. 19th, when the whole club shuts down
for several weeks for a big makeover. Fans wishing to bid a fond adieu to the
Stop as it's been for 10 years have this week with hypnotist Mike Mesmer "Eyes"
and next week with Fred Greenlee to get, well, the last laugh... As for
ComedySportz, bouncing from one space to another is nothing new. Their
residency at the Stop began after their own space on Sixth Street closed in
1994. CSz already has a new home in mind and will announce it soon, once
details are finalized. In the meantime, the group is staying busy with private
bookings. More info may be had via the ComedySportz Hot Line: COMEDY -7.
The Austin Circle of Theatres held a low-key fundraiser this past Sunday: a
salon reading of Harold Pinter's Old Times, featuring Joe York, Babs George,
and Karen Kuykendall, directed by ACoT Executive Director Ann Ciccolella, in
Kuykendall's home. As the event was held in a residence, attendance was limited
and the final tally was only $660, but the level of interest astonished ACoT.
"We sold out a week in advance," said Ciccolella, "and could have filled the
house three times over." Given the reponse, ACoT has decided to reprise the
event January 31, same cast, again in Kuykendall's home, with a salon series
perhaps to follow. Former Board President Bill McMillin is considering a
reading of Shaw's Saint Joan at his home in February. Six hundred bucks may not
seem much in some ways, but, as Ciccolella notes, "For us, that`s a painless,
enjoyable chunk." n
Salon Success for ACoT