Stand-up comedy club opening in downtown Albuquerque | KOB 4

Stand-up comedy club opening in downtown Albuquerque

Kai Porter
May 14, 2019 06:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s first stand-up comedy club in a decade is opening up in downtown Albuquerque.


The Comedy Vault at Central and 4th Street is planning to open its doors to the public Wednesday night.

Tuesday it was all hands on deck as staff members scrambled to make sure everything is in place and ready to go.

"We're ready to make Albuquerque laugh,” said owner and operator Kim Sparks. He isn't a comedian. He's a nurse with a law degree who's worked in hospital administration and just happens to be a big stand-up comedy fan. Sparks moved to the metro area a decade ago.

"I went to what was then known as Laffs and it was closed,” said Sparks. “So I figured being a metropolitan area there would be a comedy club opening up in a year or two. Little did I know 10 years later it would be me opening up the only comedy club in Albuquerque and in New Mexico for that matter."

Each weekend Sparks says his club will feature a different headlining show with a nationally known stand-up comedian.

On Wednesdays there will be open mic nights for local comedians to hone their talent.

Sparks says they'll be ready for the first comic to hit the stage tomorrow night.

"I want The Comedy Vault  to be the place that everyone who has had that hard day at work, who has had that horrible week at work, who wants to come out and celebrate the good times, the bad times, to be able to come in and have a couple of drinks and just get away from it all," said Sparks.

Wednesday’s opening show features 30 of Albuquerque’s local comics performing stand-up sets. This weekend the headliner will be Jerry Rocha.


Kai Porter

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