New owners of the Laughing Derby make big plans for 2014 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

New owners of the Laughing Derby make big plans for 2014

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LOUISIVLLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owners of what once was the Comedy Caravan, now call it The Laughing Derby.

Steve Hofstetter and Jamie Utley talk about the changes being made to bring life back into the venue. The club is undergoing a $100,000 renovation and plans are to bring much bigger names to headline the weekly acts.  Hofstetter is a touring comedian and heads the new ownership group.

The Comedy Caravan will be renamed The Laughing Derby at The Comedy Caravan.  Updates include a new AV system, expanded kitchen and a new line-up of well-known performers.

Opening week, Thursday January 23, 2014 - Saturday, January 25, 1014, will star Louisville favorite, Will Hardesty. Other big name acts coming to the Laughing Derby at the Comedy Caravan include: comedy legend Dick Gregory, Chelsea Lately's Ben Gleib, Last Comic Standing's Myq Kaplan, Godfrey, and Bob & Tom favorites like Mike Armstrong, Donnie Baker, Heywood Banks, Greg Warren, Tim Wilson and Ms. Pat.

The renovation and celebrity line up means the club will be able to hire an additional 15 employees.

There will also be breakout series featuring homegrown talent, amazing Sunday urban shows, a monthly jazz night, a monthly magic night, and two open mics every week. And every Wednesday is the Louisville Comedy Underground - just $5 to watch pros try out their new stuff while new comics vie for your love and approval.

Hofstetter, also owns Morty's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis and The Laughing Devil in New York City, comes in with an experienced ownership group (insert the name of the group). The group includes Louisville comedian Jamie Utley, as well as Hofstetter's partners at Morty's, Chris Bowers and Tony Deardorff.

Free tickets:

To get your pair of free tickets, pick your show at and use the code word WDRB during check out.

The code will provide two free tickets to each email address, so feel free to share it with your friends and bring a group out.

Use the code now - it must be used before January 22nd, and it's good for any show between January 22 and February 12, 2014.

The Laughing Derby
1250 Bardstown Rd,.
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 459-0022

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