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Attempt To Rescue Comedy Club Passes First Test

KCBS Radio Morning News
June 04, 2019 - 8:09 am

The beloved yet imperiled San Francisco comedy club, the Punch Line, may get to stay in its current downtown location. A Board of Supervisors committee approved a proposal that imposes a 45-day moratorium on converting the nightclub to another use. 

The board's full 11 members have signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation and are expected to approve it on Tuesday. 

The club, which helped launch the careers of Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey, had announced it would close in August when its lease expires. But the move by the supervisors may cajole Morgan Stanley, the owner of the One Maritime Plaza property, to extend a new lease to the Punch Line's owner, Live Nation. 

The possible shuttering of the stand-up venue had elicited an outpouring of support from entertainers like Dave Chappelle and W. Kamau Bell who rallied last month at City Hall to keep it open.