American Comedy Co. won’t open at planned Caldwell, ID, spot


The marquee outside the American Comedy Co.  in San Diego.

The marquee outside the American Comedy Co. in San Diego.

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A San Diego comedy club praised by Joe Rogan was supposed to be expanding to Idaho.

Instead, it looks like the joke’s on us.

The American Comedy Co., which claimed that it would be opening in the Gem State, turned out to be a no-go — at least in the originally planned location in downtown Caldwell.

Here’s a better late than never update.

In late 2020, the owners agreed to lease space at 815 Arthur St., next to Indian Creek Plaza. But that transaction fell through, according to an email from Candy Willcuts, marketing manager with TOK Commercial Real Estate. “Unfortunately, we can’t comment further on the details,” she added. An email Friday to an American Comedy Co. co-owner was not returned.

At one point, the California club announced on Facebook that it would be “super-spreading to Idaho.” It indicated that tickets would go on sale for shows from Jeremy Piven and Harland Williams. “We do already have acts booked for the second location in Idaho,” a co-owner confirmed in an email to the Idaho Statesman in December 2020, “and are very excited for the opportunity.”

The feeling seemed potentially mutual. After all, Rogan — the famous comedian and podcast host — once described the San Diego venue as “@#$%in’ perfect” in an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

Fortunately, there’s already an established comedy club in Boise: The Lounge at the End of the Universe, 2417 Bank Drive, off Vista Avenue and Overland Road.

After surviving the pandemic — “barely,” it quipped on Facebook — the Lounge has settled into a local groove. It’s now “a full-time comedy club and cabaret that encourages creativity through comedy and performing arts.”

This story was originally published August 1, 2022 2:06 PM.

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An entertainment reporter and columnist, Michael Deeds chronicles the Boise good life: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Deeds materialized at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles including sportswriter, features editor and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has ranged from writing album reviews for The Washington Post to hyping Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds has a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska.

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