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Good Times bringing back the funny with live comedy Tuesdays through Saturdays

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If there was ever a time to laugh it is during  a pandemic. So with that in mind, Good Times has re-opened  their venue and stage to showcase local comics and to provide a few yuks.Good Times has re-opened. Photo  by Richard Amery
 “It‘s not about making a lot of money right now, it’s about getting our name back out there. So We’re excited to bring the funny,” said Good Times co owner John Pogorzelzki.

 Good Times had their grand re-opening last night, May 26.

 They will be having nightly shows  for the rest of the week in up to and including Saturday at 7 p.m. each night and are planning for next week as well. There are also 9:30 shows on Friday and Saturday.
“ Last night was  the grand re-opening and we had about 20 people, which wasn’t the sell out we expected. Hopefully it will get better,” said Pogorzelski, who was one of the featured comics performing.

“It was great to be back on stage again. It felt like the first time I got on stage, but better,” he said, adding they are fortunate to have a strong stable of local comedians to draw from.

“It will be similar, but it won’t be exactly the same show each night,” he continued, noting they aren’t ready to bring in out of town comedians yet. So  ticket prices are five dollars a show. So we’re not charging top dollar for comedians you can see any day of the week,” he said.
“Usually tickets are $10 or $15 but that’s for out of town comedians.

“There is one show a night except on weekends. But we’ll see if there is a demand for a late show during weekdays,” he said.

They have taken a lot of precautions to protect, staff, comedians and  their audience.
“We’re operating at  30 per cent capacity. Our staff are all wearing masks and you can’t order art the bar, you have to be seated. And there’s hand sanitization stands at the entrance as well as in the washrooms,” he said, adding they are following AHS  regulations. They also bought mic shields from Long and McQuade  to protect the comedians.

He noted their landlord has been really supportive about their  rent.

 Pogorzelski said they wanted to wait and see how some of the other bars handled their reopenings on May 14 before Good Times opened their doors again.

He and his brother Roy have also started producing an online sketch show featuring original skits.

“We want to do them every week. The first one was to see how it went. We’re still figuring that out,” adding he is just excited to “bring the funny” again.

 Good Times also welcomed a new partner aboard, Whitney from Pink Tie Events.
“She’s been a friend for a long time. We met with her to see how a partnership would work. She bought in at the worst time— when Covid started,” he said adding he is looking forward to working with her.
Tickets for the shows can be purchased  at the door though space is limited and  online at

 — by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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