Funny Bone's new digs in the Radisson Hotel in Green Tree will seat about 180, a smaller venue than its Station Square location.
By Mark Belko Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Station Square no longer tickles the Funny Bone.
After a 22-year run at the South Side entertainment complex, the Funny Bone comedy club is taking the show up the road to the Radisson Hotel in Green Tree.
The club closed its doors at Station Square Monday and will reopen at the Radisson on Friday, April 9.
Co-owner Jeff Schneider attributed the move to a "myriad of things. The crowds are still good and they're into it, but it's time to move on. All things must pass, as George Harrison once said."
After spending six years in Whitehall, the Funny Bone relocated to the Freight House at Station Square in 1988. In 2002, it moved into Station Square's Bessemer Court development, where it also operated the Green Room bar and restaurant.
With the move to Green Tree, the Funny Bone is seeking to return to its roots as a comedy club.
"We're not dissatisfied with Station Square. We've been grinding it out so long doing all that other stuff, we wanted to simplify," Mr. Schneider said.
The economic climate also played a role, as did the paid parking at Station Square, which was no laughing matter for some customers. "Parking was always a problem," he said.
At the Radisson, the Funny Bone will occupy the Duquesne Room, which seats about 180 people. It's a smaller venue than the one at Station Square, which sat about 300, but the club also may be able to use the hotel ballroom for larger acts.
In some ways, the Radisson seemed like a natural fit for the Funny Bone, Mr. Schneider said. The club currently puts up comedians at the hotel. It also is exploring the potential to offer show or weekend packages to customers.
The Funny Bone opened a second venue at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Marshall last spring. That location is "doing well," Mr. Schneider said.
At the Radisson, the club will offer one show Friday and two on Saturday.
The Funny Bone is the latest loss for Station Square, which has seen a spate of closings in recent years, from a Hooters restaurant in 2008 to the more recent closing of a Starbucks coffee shop. A men's clothing store also shut down last year and moved Downtown. Station Square owner Forest City Enterprises has yet to find replacements for the men's store or Starbucks. Station Square general manager Rocco Miller could not be reached for comment Monday.