MADISON, Wis.— No jokes about it. A legendary Madison-based funny club closed for more than a year due the pandemic, but now Comedy on State preparing for a safe grand re-opening.

What You Need To Know

  • Pandemic forced Comedy on State to close for more than a year

  • Paras family used PPP funding to expand the comedy center and add new bar and lounge area

  • The renovations also included new electrical, plumbing and ventilation

  • Comedy on State’s grand re-opening set for April 22

Owner Eve Paras’s family spent PPP funding expanding the space, creating a bar and lounge— and making the showroom a socially distanced comedy center for 150 people. 

"I understand that it can be a little intimidating to come back and laugh with multiple people in the room, but we've taken every precaution to make sure that tables are fully distanced everything sanitized and people are going to be safe," Paras said.

The massive renovation also included new electrical plumbing and ventilation.  

"This is exciting and new and fun. People are going to really, they need it and they're going to love it," Madison funnyman Tom Farley said. 

He's thrilled to have his Downtown staple come back online. In fact, Tom believes his brother, the late Chris Farley, would have loved the new space.

"The tables are moved apart so that running entry that he loved so much, that he was really good at, this would work well for him here," Tom said. 

Learn more about Comedy on State's Grand Re-opening, here along with additional show information, here.