The Laff Stop
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The Laff Stop originated in Newport Beach, California and featured comics such as Steve Martin, David Letterman, and Robin Williams. There were also Laff Stop clubs in Claremont, California and Austin, Texas (which changed its name to Cap City Comedy Club in 1996).
The most well known location, however, was in Houston, Texas. Open since 1977, it was considered one of the most successful clubs through the 1990s and the heart of the Texas stand-up comedy scene. The club closed after Dec. 19, 2009 performances were completed in a surprise announcement. The Houston Laff Stop changed locations a few times durings its existence, the last stop becoming an upstairs strip mall location at Waugh and the Allen Parkway. The previous location on West Gray Street is now a bar called Local Pour while the original Laff Stop location—famous for being the launching pad of Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, and others—is now a dry cleaner at San Felipe and Shepherd. The club later served as a starting point and hometown club for such acts as Sean Rouse, Ralphie May, and Brett Butler
Albums and Videos recorded at the Laff Stop include:
- Mitch Hedberg's Strategic Grill Locations CD: recording of a performance at The Laff Stop comedy club in Houston, Texas from September 7, 1999
- Dane Cook's Harmful If Swallowed CD/DVD
- Joe Rogan's I'm Gonna Be Dead Someday... CD
- Doug Stanhope's Sicko and Something to Take the Edge Off
- Ron White's Drunk in Public CD
- Scott White's Dirty White Boy CDs
- Louis CK's "Live in Houston"
- Bill Hicks "Sane Man"
- and many others.
- Laff Stop Offers A Comic Mix : Club's Biz Is A Laughing Matter LA Times March 14, 1985|DUNCAN STRAUSS
- Laff Stop vies for laughs with a deep-pocketed rival| MASON LERNER, For The Chronicle | July 29, 2007
- R.I.P., Legendary Laff Stop: Saturday Was The Day The Laffter Died By Dusti Rhodes Dec. 21, 2009
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