WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

Sacramento Comedy Spot is more than just a comedy club. The Comedy Spot  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Sacramento’s first comedy theater featuring improv, stand-up, sketch comedy, original videos, and short films, and we are Northern California’s largest comedy school.

Our mission is to make Sacramento laugh. Sacramento Comedy Spot aims to educate and inspire everyone to challenge themselves, make a statement, and tell their story through improv, stand-up, sketch, and film. We support, encourage, and promote diversity and inclusion within our walls and throughout the greater Sacramento community. We create unique, comedy-related events, shows, and classes that connect people of all ages and backgrounds through laughter. 

Education. Entertainment. Inclusion. Connection.
More than just a comedy club.

SUPPORT & DONATE

We need your financial support to accomplish our goals and support our programs. Here are three ways you can support Sacramento Comedy Spot:

  1. Donate during Big Day of Giving on May 7, 2020. Our goal is to raise $30,000. Click here so that we can send you a reminder email as we get closer to this major fundraiser.
  2. Become an ongoing financial supporter by becoming a month subscriber on Patreon.
  3. Become a volunteer and help with shows and special events.

If you would like more information about Sacramento Comedy Spot, or if you have questions about supporting Sacramento Comedy Spot through a sponsorship or donation, please contact us today.
laugh@saccomedyspot.com
(916) 444-3137

Thank you for your continued support!We need your support to accomplish our goals and support our programs. Here are three ways you can support Sacramento Comedy Spot:

YOUR DONATION AT WORK

You donation will help us reach our goals and support our programs. Here are some of the ways your donation will be used:

  • Instructor pay for POC Improv Space and The Improv Kids
  • Equipment, talent pay, and pay for editors to create original educational videos so we can expand the reach of our comedy school beyond Sacramento. 
  • Pay stipends for performers, instructors, and producers of our special events including Sacramento Comedy Festival and FemmeFest
  • Our long-term goal is relocation. The Comedy Spot will remain at its 20th Street address until 2023. Prior to our lease expiration, would like to purchase our own building. It is our ultimate goal to have one facility that can house all of our operations under one roof. This includes offices, the Comedy Spot theater showroom, secondary stage, classrooms, collaboration rooms, a green room next to the stage, and a professional tech booth. 

PROGRAMS

POC Improv Space

People of Color Improv Space offers a unique opportunity for students who identify as POC to explore the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment. This monthly workshop is FREE to participants. In addition to education, the workshop is a great way to have fun and interact with others in the community.

Program Successes
POC improv space attracted, on average, 10 students monthly. Our goal for 2020 is an average of 15 students per session.

Diversity Scholarship

The Comedy Spot provides scholarships for classes to students for whom money is a barrier, and/or those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion.  Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case and class-by-class basis for all levels of our improv, stand-up, sketch, video, and film classes. 

Program Successes
This program was launched in December 2017. In the first year, we awarded 15 scholarships. In 2019, we awarded 13 scholarships. Our goal for 2020 is to award 24 scholarships.

The Improv Kids

The Improv Kids program brings improv comedy workshops to the classroom and after school programs. Students participate in a 1-2 hour improv workshop designed  to give kids a creative outlet to build confidence, sharpen their minds, to work as a team, have a voice, and have FUN in a safe and supportive environment. Workshops will be led by hand-selected instructors from the Sacramento Comedy Spot.

Program Successes
This program was launched January 2018 and hundreds of children have already participated in our classes.

Improv for Living

Improv for Living (IFL) is a program of Applied Improvisation, a form of comedy that uses improv skills for personal application. Many improv courses advertise these benefits, but few offer content specifically for personal development. Improv for Living: Baby Boomer Edition introduces students to key improvisation skills and practice applying these lessons in daily life.

Program Successes
Launched in summer 2019, the first two classes taught by Liz Merry were wildly successful with tons of positive feedback. We will be adding even more sections of the class in 2020.

Community Outreach

We aim to make Sacramento a better place through laughter by partnering with city officials, local charities, businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to make a positive contribution to Sacramento.

Program Successes
Since 2018, the Comedy Spot has raised over $8,000 for local nonprofits, including Sacramento Area Animal Coalition, Women’s Empowerment, CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Rainbow Festival, Wellspring Women’s Center, and Reading Partners. Additionally, the Comedy Spot has partnered with members of our community to feed the homeless, feed families for Thanksgiving, and buy Christmas presents for local families.

Special Events

We strive to produce comedy-related events that highlight and support our other programs and goals. These events include FemmeFest and Sacramento Comedy Festival.

Program Successes
The first FemmeFest was an absolute success. Almost all of the shows were sold out, and participants had a positive experience. The second annual FemmeFest will be held March 20-22, 2020. Sacramento Comedy Festival has attracted hundreds of comedians from around to world to participate in this celebration of all types of comedy. 2020 will mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, and will launch our comedy short film component of the fest.

Original Video Content

One of our goals is to provide quality comedy classes in improv, stand-up, sketch, and film in a safe and supportive environment. In 2019, Sacramento Comedy Spot started creating original videos and streaming shows in an effort to attract more people to the Comedy Spot and, specifically, to our comedy school.

Program Successes
In 2019 alone, the Comedy Spot produced over 40 original videos for Facebook and YouTube that have been viewed over 50,000 times on Facebook alone.

SUPPORTERS

Scott Allen  •  Sara Aghamohammadi  •  Allie Berta  •  Susan Bornmann  •  Lester Brown  •  Tessa Brown  •  Lara Caruthers  •  Kevin Cooley  •  Brooke DeClue  •  Melanie Epstein-Corbin  •  Mignon Foster  •  Michael Hebron  •  Samantha Hines  •  Laurie Hopkins  •  Beth Hotchkiss  •  Michael Jett  •  Tina Jett  •  Katrina Kennedy  •  Shane Kinslow  •  Kalia Kirkland  •  Rico Garcia  •  Mel Gelbart  •  Chelsea Gillis  •  Ryan Gregory  •  Bhargav Kothi  •  Betsaida LeBron  •  Janay Lovering  •  Catherine Mandler  •  Keisha Mello-Hall  •  Liz Merry  •  Julia Moffitt  •  Troy Nelson  •  Hillary Niblock  •  Krystle Plant  •  Ellen Price  •  Jesse Rivera  •  David Roth  •  Melissa Roy  •  Greg Sabin  •  Dustin Seidle  •  Mark & Kira Spearman  •  Lynn Stobener  •  Lauren Taber  •  Renee Taylor  •  Patrick Vath  •  Beck Marko Wares  •  Ian Webb  •  Aaron Welch  •  Ronnie White  •  Johannes Widjaja  •  Kendall Williams

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BRIAN CRALL

President
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CHRIS EMERY

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GREG SABIN

Chief Financial Officer
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LISA DANIELS

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MEL GELBART

Secretary
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PATRICK VATH

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RICO GARCIA

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RONALD DUMONCHELLE

Chief Technical Officer

SARA AGHAMOHAMMADI

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LOCATIONS

SACRAMENTO
COMEDY SPOT

Our Main Location
Shows Only – 6 Nights a Week
1050 20th Street #130 Sacramento, CA 95811

COMEDY SPOT
TRAINING CENTER

Classes and Rehearsals Only
915 T Street
Sacramento, CA 9581

HOURS
Comedy Spot’s main theater doors and box office open 30 minutes before the first show of the evening and 10 minutes before each show, thereafter.

OFFICE – (916) 444-3137
EMAIL – laugh@saccomedyspot.com
SOCIAL MEDIA – @saccomedyspot

COMEDY SPOT STAFF

BRIAN CRALL

Theater Manager
Comedy Spot Founder
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TINA JETT

Theater Assistant
Comedy School Director
Outreach Coordinator
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PATRICK BLANSON

Volunteer Coordinator
Bartender
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TROY NELSON

Bartender

ALLIE BERTA

Bartender
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MIKE LaROSA

Bartender
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More than just a comedy club.

Sacramento Comedy Spot (formerly Sacramento Comedy Foundation) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are Sacramento’s first comedy theater featuring improv, stand-up, sketch comedy, original videos, and short films, and we are Northern California’s largest comedy school. We create unique, comedy-related events, shows, and classes that connect people of all ages and backgrounds through laughter.

Education. Entertainment. Inclusion. Connection.
More than just a comedy club.

Sacramento Comedy Spot

Our Main Theater  Location
1050 20th St. #130, Sacramento, CA 95811

Comedy Spot Training Center
915 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

laugh@saccomedyspot.com
916-444-3137 | @saccomedyspot

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Comedy Spot Main Location

Shows 6 Nights a Week
1050 20th Street #130
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comedy Spot Training Center

Classes & Rehearsals Only
915 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811