ComedySportz Twin Cities ended a 16-year run at Calhoun Square on June 9, closing with tears, laughs and a standing ovation as all cast members took the stage for the last show.
“We’ve got to keep this going,” said co-owner Doug Ocar. “We’ve got a lot of people that love what we do.”
Ocar said they are relocating due to rising wages and rising costs at the mall. At the same time, it’s becoming more challenging to bring people through the door, and Ocar said he’s not sure if that’s due to the location or competition with options like online entertainment. ComedySportz moved to a shorter-term lease, and Calhoun Square found a new tenant, he said.
Calhoun Square representatives said they could not comment on the lease.
While searching for a new home, ComedySportz will continue performing, teaching classes and attending private events. Upcoming shows are July 7, 14 and 21 at the Strike Theater.
“Our home has been your home for over 15 years, and we plan to keep being a part of your lives as we search for a new place to put down roots,” the owners said in a letter to fans.