Legendary New York comedy club Dangerfield’s has closed.
“Caddyshack” star Rodney Dangerfield opened the Upper East Side club in 1969, and everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Jim Carrey to Bill Hicks and many, many more stand-up superstars have performed there.
In a post on its website, the club’s management announced “with great sadness” that “after 50 years of continuous operations we will be closing our New York City venue effective immediately.”
It added, “The State of New York and New York City’s continuing Covid-19 lockdown, the banning of public venues, no official guidance as to when or if such public gatherings will be allowed or in what capacity, has placed a severe financial burden on Dangerfield’s making operations in New York City untenable.”
The post said that “once the Covid-19 crisis passes Dangerfield’s will be reopening in a suitable public venue.”
The organization promised it would “rebuild [the] iconic comedy club and continue to produce the funniest comedy shows the world has ever known! This future location may be brand new, but we will make sure it still retains that classic Dangerfield’s look and feel.”
On hearing the news, a comedy insider described the club to Page Six as “historic.”
Dangerfield shot a series of HBO specials showcasing young comics at the club in the 1980s, and more recently, it was used as the location of the stand-up scenes in 2019 movie “The Joker.”
Andrew Dice Clay also recorded an album, “The Day the Laughter Died,” at the 1st Avenue venue in 1989.
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