Former Improv owner hopes to make Phoenix the ‘nation’s comedy capital’

By | April 2, 2010 at 10:13 am | No comments | News | Tags: , , ,

We all know the hotbeds for stand-up comedy: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago…Phoenix?

That’s the game plan for an Arizona businessman, who is opening up a 600-seat comedy venue this fall. Stand Up Live will be one of the biggest comedy venues in the country, which theoretically should be a big draw for some of the top comics in the country.

Dan Mer, who previously owned the Tempe Improv for the past 14 years, recently told he is hoping to establish Phoenix as “the nation’s comedy capital.” (Which, lets be honest, would be Mer-aculous).

The 17,000 sqaure-foot comedy club will be a part of the new $900 million CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The club promises high quality food, leather booths, and a martini bar. And of course, hilarious comics.

“They will see the absolute best. Since we will be a larger facility, there will be even bigger names than we could have booked at the Improv, because of the size,” Says Mer.

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