New West's House of Comedy B.C. opens its doors again

New protocols are in place to support social distancing and other COVID-19 health requirements as the club brings live entertainment back to downtown New West

If you’re ready to get back out on the town, this one’s for you.

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy B.C., in the Columbia Theatre in downtown New West, is open again.

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The comedy club has reopened with special COVID-19-related guidelines, and it’s welcoming audiences back in to enjoy regular stand-up comedy performances.

From Thursday, June 11 to Sunday, June 14, you can enjoy the talents of Damonde Tschritter, the first Canadian winner in the history of the Seattle International Comedy Competition. He’s been seen on shows and stages including CBC’s Madly Off in All Directions, Just for Laughs, the Chicago Comedy Festival, the New York Comedy Festival and more.

The following week, from June 18 to 21, it’s Kathleen McGee, who has been featured on The Debaters and Canada’s Top Comic and performed at the Just for Laughs Festival and Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

From June 25 to 27, you can catch Sean Lecomber, a two-time Canadian comedy award nominee who has been featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appeared with Just for Laughs and the Halifax Comedy Festival.

For all the shows, the club has new health and safety guidelines in effect.

As outlined on its website, the club is limiting audiences to 25% capacity in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and people are asked to sit at tables with only the members of their household (maximum party size of six).

The box office is open but is not accepting cash, and all guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance. The club is also sanitizing surfaces before each show opening, and sanitizer stations are available.

The club is also asking anyone who exhibits symptoms or who is feeling unwell to stay home, and it’s reminding people that no outside food or beverages are allowed.

“Please be respectful of all House of Comedy staff as we enforce these measures,” the club requests on its website. “They are in place to keep everyone safe so we can all enjoy a good laugh.”

The House of Comedy is also offering free tickets for frontline COVID-19 workers throughout the summer. Follow on Twitter @houseofcomedybc, check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/houseofcomedybc or visit the website at https://bc.houseofcomedy.net/ for all the details.

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