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Redevelopment plans could spell the end of the laughs at Little Mountain Gallery

Last Updated Feb 5, 2020 at 9:06 pm PDT

Summary

The club is likely set to close, because the building owner wants to demolish it to make way for stores

The Little Mountain Gallery has served as a full-time comedy club for the past 4 years

The club is now in talks with the City of Vancouver to see if another affordable venue is out there

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A fixture in the Vancouver comedy scene could soon be a thing of the past.

The Little Mountain Gallery has served as a full-time comedy club for the past 4 years, but a development application will likely see it demolished.

From special events like a roast battle to weekly wacky improv, the Little Mountain Gallery has served as a full-time comedy club for the past four years, the not for profit establishment is known locally for its diverse roster of performers, oddball comedy and low ticket prices.

Comedian Matty Vu has been on the stage countless times.

“It is like the center of all stand-up and improv and sketch. It’s the freedom to create comedy,  whatever level you want, as long as it’s funny. That’s the baseline.”

But as performers prepare the 60 seat club for an evening improv show, they know the end is near.

There is a development application being considered for the building, with the building owner planning to tear the 90-year-old structure down making way for stores and rental housing.

LMG will be left looking for a new space.

The local comedy scene took another hit just recently, last April comedy mix closed its doors downtown.

LMG is now one of just two full-time comedy clubs in the city.

Research from the East Side Culture Crawl Society suggests Vancouver has lost 400,000 square feet of art space to redevelopment this past decade.