In January 2008, an economically depressed time in which everyone could have used a good laugh, Boise's longtime comedy club, The Funny Bone, closed up shop for good. For a long time after, there was nary a chuckle to be found on a Treasure Valley stage.
“It was a bummer,” says Danny Amspacher, a local comedian and host of two local open mics. “When Funny Bone was around, there was a pretty healthy comedy scene. When it closed, the more experienced comics went on the road. But the new comics weren’t organized and things fell apart.”
Another comedy club, Hijinx, opened but closed soon after. What happened next is a story of how comics pulled together to rebuild a culture and an economic driver from the ground up.
In next week's issue, we look at Boise's comedy scene, where it's going and the roller-coaster ride it has been on for the last few years.
But until that comes out, you'll just have to get by with this clip of local comedian Olek Szewczyk performing at Sockeye Grill and Brewery.