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Theater & art

With Shubert series, Laugh Boston moves in on Wilbur

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.”

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