Two months ago the Laughing Devil, a relatively new comedy club in Long Island City, went on the market, but now the club’s co-owner said he’s keeping the joint.
“After a two-month process, we sold the Laughing Devil to, well, me,” said Steve Hofstetter in an email. “I will be passing on some opportunities in LA and coming back to NYC every so often to ensure that the Laughing Devil is here to stay.”
The club went on the market after Hofstetter moved to Los Angeles for a writing gig and his business partner had a new baby. An offer fell through at the last minute and subsequent deals would allow the space to be just a bar, which didn’t jive with Hofstetter.
Laughing Devil general manager Scott Sharp will share ownership with Hofstetter with additional capital from minor owners.
Some changes include a wall between the bar and the performance space so beer drinkers will not be “shushed” during the shows, and movies like “The Big Lebowski“ will be shown on Wednesday nights and weekend afternoons.
Also, some of the new comedy showcases will be shifted around.