There are not many smiles around Kingston’s only comedy club these days.
Absolute Comedy has been a staple of entertainment in Kingston for many years.
Now the owner of the business, Jason Laurans, says he is hoping for state aid to stop the doors from closing for good.
Like many businesses, several COVID-19 closures and restrictions have taken a toll on the comedy club, but Laurans says they are not officially closing – at least not yet.
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The provincial and federal governments have provided subsidies to businesses affected by the pandemic, for which the club owner says he has applied and he is waiting to hear back.
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For local comedians in the area like Ange Stever it would be a great loss to lose the club.
“As a comedian, it’s so important to go and watch other live shows and see people perform and meet those people,” Stever said. “Absolute comedy was definitely that place for Kingston for a while.”
Only time will tell whether the club will have to close its doors forever.
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Laurans says he will have a better idea if the club officially closes in two weeks.
“We have to laugh,” Steve says. ‘It’s not like the comedy club is closing because people do not want to laugh anymore, it’s you know, COVID.
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