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The San Diego Comedy Scene

New Comedy Club And A Veteran Improv Troupe

Above: Mad House Comedy Club has it's grand opening tonight at the top of Horton Plaza.

Aired 11/7/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Robert Lariviere, owner and manager of Mad House Comedy Club. He's also a stand up comedian.

Gary Kramer, artistic director of the National Comedy Theatre.


When the going gets tough... People need to laugh. We check in with Mad House, a comedy club having its grand opening tonight at Horton Plaza, and with The National Comedy Theater, one of San Diego's longest running improv groups to see how San Diego's comedy scene is doing in tough economic times.

Robert Lariviere is the owner and manager of Mad House, a new comedy club opening at the top of Horton Plaza. He hopes the venue will provide a place for new San Diego stand up comics to learn their craft and veterans to try out new material.

Gary Kramer is the artistic director of the National Comedy Theater, an improv troupe working in San Diego for more than a decade. Unlike a comedy club, the NCT has a company of actors that perform in rotation five nights a week. They also do corporate shows and hold improv classes.

The National Comedy Theater


Above: The National Comedy Theater

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