Dallas Comedy Club is a 9,600-square-foot multi-use entertainment, training, and performance venue that offers extraordinary guest experiences. Additionally, our on-premise Training Center offers a wide variety of courses including long and short form improv, musical improv, stand-up, sketch, and storytelling. For the corporate crowd, we can develop a customized program for your company, which can easily be executed on or offsite. Heck, we can even provide you with a roster of talent to increase employee engagement and boost the laughter factor through the roof.
Dallas Comedy Club: A New Breed of Comedy in Deep Ellum
When the space became available in August 2020, the decision to try their hand at running a club was a “no-brainer.” It was an ideal opportunity to put everything they’d learned to work. “We’d both studied comedy and been in the business a long time– starting in college troupes and studying at multiple theaters across the nation,” says Rosie. “We’d actually always fantasized about opening a theater here, so when the opportunity came up, we jumped at the chance.”
It wasn’t the only time retrograde seemed to align. Case in point: their first major hire, Kimberly Alu. Kimberly was Rosie’s very first “Zoomprov” teacher early in the pandemic, where her passion for teaching was palpable through the screen. As the newly-appointed Director of Education, she’ll be instrumental in supporting DCC’s organizational development, student engagement, corporate entertainment, and talent and performance programming.
“Kimberly has a real passion for comedy,” says Ian. “She’s got the kind of boots-on-the-ground experience that is going to serve the local community really well.” An impressive CV includes stints in New York City and Los Angeles. And in the last two years alone, she’s completed over 40 original sketch comedy pieces, a half-hour comedy pilot, two docu-series and countless plays.
It was a match all around. “We made an irresistible offer of building something together,” says Ian. Adds Rosie: “The minute Kimberly walked in the club she was like, ‘I can’t wait for opening night.’ You could see goosebumps on her body. We opened champagne and signed the offer letter that night.”
A robust course schedule will include classes in improv, stand-up, sketch comedy, and more. “We want to help grow the people who are here and get them ready for a larger stage,” says Ian. Even those with less lofty aspirations—just being funnier at the office—won’t be disappointed. “A sense of humor makes anyone instantly more interesting.”
Admittedly, there have been moments of doubt. At times, just thinking about opening a new venture in the middle of a pandemic seemed crazy. Yet through it all, Ian and Rosie have kept their eye on the prize: providing Dallasites with an unprecedented comedic experience.
“What started as just wanting to be part of the community has evolved into a mission,” says Ian. “We’re ready to elevate the whole scene in Dallas.”