LIVE NATION ANNOUNCES PUNCH LINE PHILLY: PHILADELPHIA’S FIRST MAJOR COMEDY CLUB TO OPEN IN OVER A DECADE
Nearly one year after the launch of The Fillmore Philadelphia hailed as “the most beautiful live rock music venue in the United States,” Live Nation is planning to unveil the Punch Line Philly comedy club only a few steps away from that concert hall to join the rapidly emerging Fishtown entertainment scene.
Punch Line’s opening is scheduled for this July.
Several headlining comics have already confirmed dates at Punch Line Philly including international star Russell Peters, Marlon Wayans from “White Chicks” and “Scary Movie,” Deon Cole from ABC’s “Black-ish,” TBS’s “Angie Tribeca” and “Barbershop 2,” all-star Pablo Francisco, Robert Kelly from FX’s “Louie,” and Nikki Glaser from Comedy Central’s “Not Safe.”
Live Nation Comedy is the world’s largest promoter of comedy events, selling 2.5 million+ tickets to over 850 shows in 2015. LNC works with a diverse roster of comics ranging from lauded up-and-comers like Pete Davidson and Chris D’Elia to marquee entertainers like Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr. Recent highlights at LNC include tours such as the Oddball Comedy Festival and Kevin Hart’s “What Now?” Tour—the highest grossing comedy tour of all time.
President of Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment Division Ron Bension said, “Philadelphia has an amazing comedy heritage and Punch Line Philly will feature the world’s best comedians in a one-of-a-kind Fishtown vibe with great sightlines, food and beverage. “Our commitment to the Fishtown neighborhood runs deep and we’re excited to share this new offering.”
Live Nation also owns and operates Punch Line Philly venues in San Francisco and Sacramento along with Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. Virtually every major comic in America has appeared at the Punch Line San Francisco. In addition to national touring acts, Punch Line will offer a launch pad for local Philly comedic talent.
The 300-seat Punch Line will feature VIP seating, an outdoor patio, lobby bar and a full-service eclectic food and beverage selection offering local craft beers, boutique cocktails and wines by the glass.
Beginning May 6 in advance of the Punch Line’s official opening, the “Punch Line Presents Comedy Series” will kick off next door at The Foundry room on the top floor of the Fillmore. That show will follow the Ben Folds’ concert and showcase local comedians Chip Chantry, Jim Ginty and Dave Terruso.
Visit PunchLinePhilly.com and @PunchLinePhilly on social media for venue updates and show announcements.