Five years ago, promoter Bill Blumenreich gave up on comedy clubs in Boston, shutting down the Comedy Connection at Faneuil Hall and moving over to the 1,100-seat Wilbur Theatre. There, he could make big money with big-name acts like Joe Rogan, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, Bill Cosby, and Joan Rivers. As far as he was concerned, the old model was dead.
“Stand-up comedy clubs aren’t a hot thing anymore,” Blumenreich says. “Famous comedians are.”