Detroit House of Comedy to Open This Summer

The new club will welcome established and up-and-coming comedians to its stage
Detroit House of Comedy will be located in the former City Theatre inside Hocketyown Cafe. // Photograph courtesy of Olympia Development

The District Detroit — the Olympia Development-backed sports and entertainment destination that includes the Fox Theatre, Little Caesars Arena, and more — is adding to its offerings with Detroit House of Comedy, a new 300-seat club opening this summer.

Located in the former City Theatre inside Hockeytown Cafe at 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit House of Comedy expects to host multiple shows per week. The club will welcome stand-up, improv, and podcasts from both established and up-and-coming local, regional, and national acts.

The club will be run by co-owners John Tobin and Rick Bronson, who have more than 60 years of combined comedy and entertainment experience. The club’s concept is modeled after Plano House of Comedy in Texas and Laugh Boston. Tobin is the owner of Laugh Boston and Nick’s Comedy Stop, also in Boston, while Bronson owns and operates several House of Comedy clubs across the U.S. and Canada.

“I’ve had a long-time affection for Detroit and a deep respect for its people,” says Tobin in a press release. “We are really looking forward to providing top quality and wide-ranging entertainment for hard-working Detroiters and the city’s many visitors.

“Stand-up comedy and its many offshoots bring joy and laughter to people by looking at life through diverse voices with different points of view. Comedians are always challenging the status quo and the absurd, and we feel that people, particularly today, are really looking for that kind of entertainment.”