Arts & Entertainment

Published on August 26th, 2015 |


The Punchline comedy club may leave Sandy Springs for Buckhead

(Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Aug. 30 with new information from a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.)

After 33 years on Hilderbrand Drive in Sandy Spring, The Punchline popular comedy club just might find a new home in Buckhead, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Apparently, a forthcoming mixed-use development means the club has to shut down or move.The Punchline 2

“A variety of things lined up with redevelopment coming in Sandy Springs and some exciting things happening around metro Atlanta,” said majority owner Jamie Bendall in a statement.

“It’s hard not to love your original showroom and all of the memories from over the years,” he explained. “Nevertheless, we’re excited for the opportunity a new location offers that will incorporate the best aspects of the current club with some new features.”

In a later story on Aug. 28, the Atlanata Journal-Constitution quoted co-owner Chris DiPetta as saying the two best options are at least 18 months away from being available, so they are seeking temporary digs and are considering what has been Jerry Farber’s Side Bar at Landmark Diner on Roswell Road in Buckhead. The deal, DiPetta said, is not finalized.

Farber, a veteran stand-up comic in town, has been running Side Bar in a 110-seat space in the diner building since 2010. While he has hosted some comedy events there, he has focused mostly on music. He is seeking a new locale for his club in Buckhead. (Farber said he will host events there through the end of September.)

Farber said Landmark owner Tom Lambros is willing to carve out restaurant real estate to double the space to accommodate the Punchline.

But even 220 seats would be smaller than the Punchline had been. DiPetta said he still wants a bigger space but doesn’t want to wait much longer without a location, even if it’s temporary.

DiPetta said if the Buckhead spot works, he and co-owner Bendall could potentially keep it operating while opening a second Punchline in the northern suburbs.

The Landmark Diner happens to be less than a mile from rival the Atlanta Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre, which opened in 2012.

To read the full AJC story, click here.

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