Dallas Comedy House to open restaurant-performance space in Deep Ellum in January
by Teresa Gubbins
DALLAS — Dallas Comedy House, an itinerant comedy collective that's been based at the Ozona Bar & Grill, is opening a permanent space on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum, where they'll teach classes, host performances, and operate a casual restaurant.
"We're going to be performing and teaching, although legally we're a restaurant," says Clay Barton, who co-owns the organization with partner Amanda Austin. They're eying the weekend of January 22-23 to open, depending on how quickly their TABC paperwork gets processed.
Barton and Austin launched the group about a year ago, after having met while doing improv together at places like Ad Libs, which also has a permanent space in Deep Ellum that it opened about two years ago. With the two located so close to each other, it gives the neighborhood an identity as a comedy destination.
"We want to make the area a comedy stop," says Barton.