Today we say goodbye to the Comedy Spot Lab which opened on April 27, 2014. Tomorrow, November 1, we open the Comedy Spot Training Center, located at 915 T Street in Sacramento.
The Comedy Spot Lab (1812 J Street) hosted hundreds of improv, stand-up, and sketch students for classes and rehearsals over the last three years. Last night, instructor Corky McDonnell taught his final Improv 101 class at The Lab. The Lab allowed the Comedy Spot to offer more classes and give performers a place to experiment with new show formats. At the time, opening a new location for training was a HUGE risk, but the additional space allowed us to offer more classes and add hundreds of students to rosters and performers to shows. For all of its quirks (lack of wifi, weird configuration, hot in the summer, small toilets, etc.), it was was ours and brought so much joy to so many people, from kids to adults. The walls of The Lab are saturated with the laughter of students and performers… and the remnants of when I wrote on the wall with permanent marker to show the Harold structure to a class. (We bought a whiteboard shortly after and had to repaint the wall. But if you look close, the red writing is still there.)
Tomorrow is the beginning of the Comedy Spot’s next chapter. The first class at the Comedy Spot Training Center is Taste Test, our drop-in improv class taught by instructor Justine Lopez. We hope you can join Justine tomorrow for her first Taste Test in our new space. The Comedy Spot Training Center will host ALL of our classes and will allow us to offer even more. The Training Center features three classrooms, ADA compliant bathrooms, a common area, lobby, and even a kitchen.
The Comedy Spot Training Center is a joint venture with the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center (The Center), a nonprofit organization that has provided expanded learning services to over 100,000 students and their families since 1995. The Comedy Spot will be using the community center in the evening, while other nonprofits, including The Center, will be using the space during the day.
The Sacramento Comedy Spot is operated by the Sacramento Comedy Foundation. Without your support, the Training Center would not have been possible. The Foundation will be announcing comedy classes for children in the near future, which will also be held at the Training Center.
There’s still more work to be done! If you would like to make a monetary donation, or donate materials or services to the Sacramento Comedy Foundation, please click here.
I would like to thank everyone at the Foundation, and specifically those performers from the Comedy Spot who have volunteered their time to prepare the Comedy Spot Training Center for classes. I can’t thank you enough for all of your help.
I would also like to thank Mike Conrad for donating over $300 in building materials.
Farewell, Comedy Spot Lab, and we thank you.