SAN JOSE – Downtown San Jose comedy club is preparing to laugh again after coronavirus-related shutdowns. This is a terrible stretch that the site owner has been providing rental assistance.
San Jose Improv listed dates for several comedians in April and May on Wednesday, a welcome counterpoint to months of darkness for downtown shows.
“Please stand by: improv comedy is back soon!” the San Jose Improv stated in the header of his Twitter page.
Donald Imwalle, an experienced real estate manager and one of the landlords, is delighted that the comedy club is heading for live performances again.
“In San Jose Improv, comedy acts are back on the program. They will open up again, ”said Imwalle. “This is exciting for us. It’s great to see. “
In late 2018, Imwalle and another real estate manager, Gary Dillabough, acquired the Jose Theater property at 62 S. First St., where the comedy club operates, and paid $ 2.14 million for the location.
At the time of the purchase, the new owners said they wanted to keep the comedy club as an ongoing tenant.
Beginning in November, the Improv tried to generate revenue by offering a food and drink menu for pickup or roadside delivery.
“The food and drinks are better than they thought,” said Imwalle.
During the period of live performance restrictions, San Jose Improv was supported by landlords Imwalle and Dillabough and AMC Networks.
AMC Networks owns a controlling interest in Levity Live, the owner of the comedy club chain The Improv, including the San Jose Improv.
“We worked with The Improv to help them with their rent, as we did with all of our tenants,” said Imwalle. “And AMC Networks sees The Improv as very important to their content.”
The first show outbreak will start in mid-April, according to the San Jose Improv website, according to the venue’s calendar of events.
Colin Kane is expected to appear in six shows from April 15th, Frankie Quinones is expected to appear in four shows from May 7th, and El Norteno is expected to appear in four shows from May 14th, the Improv website shows.
The Improv has been one of the mainstays in the downtown South First Area or SoFA district over the years.
SoFA is a hip and trendy neighborhood with restaurants, bars, nightspots, theaters, clubs and venues for live performances. Before the arrival of the coronavirus, SoFA was one of the hottest places downtown.
Coronavirus-related restrictions imposed by state and local government agencies have restricted venues across the country that hosted live events and performances.
Now restrictions are slowly being relaxed, allowing operations like San Jose Improv to gradually restore events.
The support that Imwalle and Dillabough have provided is the approach property owners should use to help tenants, Imwalle said. This is especially true at a time of severe economic blows caused by the coronavirus.
“The pandemic hit us all,” said Imwalle. “We want to do everything we can to help people get to the other side.”