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New owners bring Comedy Caravan back to life

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's opening weekend at The Laughing Derby with new owners and a new look.

We take you behind the scenes and show you all the work they put in to modernizing the old comedy caravan.

"Louisville really had a wonderful comedy scene and we want that to grow back to what it was and get better than it's ever been," said Steve Hofstetter, the owner of the Laughing Derby.

New owners hope to bring Louisville's comedy club back to life, but it comes with a cost.

"A lot needed to change, it's a wonderful place I have a great affinity for and I've been performing there for 10 year but it's a little outdated," said Hofstetter.

The first thing to change: the name. Comedy Caravan is now the Laughing Derby, but there's no black out between ownership.

"It feels like an extreme home makeover at this point, its basically we're gonna yell move that bus at some point because its just we're trying to get 2 weeks of work done in 2 days," said Chris Bowers, the owner of the Laughing Derby.

Volunteers are stripping the old vinyl tables and scraping away the neon paint taking down old speaks and improving the acoustics.

"We're going to renovate the bar we're making a kitchen where there was no kitchen so we can have food on our menu," said Bowers.

It's a lot of work, leading to one goal.

"A lot of times at comedy clubs, if you haven't heard of them people don't come out and we want to build a trust where if I haven't heard of him I still know he or she going to be super funny and do you that by never missing one time," said Bowers.

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