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Off The Hook Comedy Club serves up laughs

Eddie Murphy at Off The Hook Comedy Club

Eddie Murphy at Off The Hook Comedy Club

Off the Hook Comedy Club found a new home at House of Brewz Taps and Tapas in Fort Myers’ Gulf Coast Town Center.

The comedy club, which has been operating inside of Capt. Brien’s Seafood and Raw Bar in Marco Island since 2005 had announced early last year that it would be relocating to Bonita Springs as the SWFL Performing Arts Center.  The goal was to find a location that was both business-friendly and central enough to serve all their customers, but unfortunately, the center’s opening date has been pushed back due to permitting and design delays.

“The SWFL Performing Arts Center is meant to bring a diverse range of entertainment in a state of the art theater,” says comedy club owner Brien Spina.  “Off the Hook will operate inside of the performing arts center; however, the opening of the establishment has been delayed due to construction delays.  We are expecting a 2016 opening.”

The 27,000-square-foot facility will be located at the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Imperial Parkway.  It will host world-renowned comedians, off-Broadway shows, musical concerts and plays, two restaurants, an innovative bar and much more.

Spina is disappointed about the delay, but jumped at a great opportunity, “I am thrilled Off The Hook Comedy Club is moving to The House of Brewz Taps and Tapas.  I never pass on a great opportunity, so this was a quick and easy decision.  Besides, the new location gives us the opportunity to bring the laughter to the majority of our customers who were traveling an average of 30 – 70 minutes to see our shows.”

He goes on to explain that House of Brewz Taps and Tapas is a perfect fit for the growing comedy scene in our area, and will be more centrally located in a fun and exciting venue. 

“Not only does House of Brewz offer a larger venue for our shows, it has a larger selection of food and drinks, and holds the title of being Southwest Florida’s only micro-brewery, offering over 150 craft beers,” Spina adds.

Comedy shows began at the new home on July 17th and will run every Thursday through Sunday.
Along with the change of location, the comedy club has also changed their summer line-up, adding A-list comedians such Paul Rodriguez, Dov Davidoff, Eddie Griffin, Gilbert Godfrey, and Iliza Shlesinger to the schedule.

In the past, Off The Hook Comedy Club has staged over a thousand comedians, and was the first comedy club to book Tom Green, and feature “Jackass star Steve-O.”  The venue has featured the biggest comedians in the country including Mike Epps, Darrell Hammond, Pauly Shore, Carlos Mencia, Kevin Hart, Chris Kattan, Gabriel Iglesias, Eddie Griffin, Andy Dick, Kevin Nealon, Shawn Wayans, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold, Jackie Mason, Jim Breuer, Tommy Chong and many more.

- Off the Hook Comedy Club is located at the House of Brewz Taps and Tapas in Gulf Coast Town Center, 10045 Gulf Center Drive, E110 in Fort Myers, FL.  For more information, tickets or a list of upcoming acts visit www.offthehookcomedy.com!