Longtime Portland comedy club Harvey's closes its doors

Harvey's comedy club closing

PORLTAND, Ore. -- A downtown Portland institution, and one of the longest running comedy clubs in the city has closed its doors.

The last show at Harvey's Comedy Club in Portland's Old Town district was on Saturday.

After more than 37 years, owner Barry Kolin has helped run a number of businesses in the same location, the most recent is Harvey's Comedy Club.

Kolin said it all started in 1979 when Harvey's Restaurant and Lounge opened up. Then in the 80s it became the Last Laugh Comedy Night Club. By the 90s, it had turned into Harvey's Comedy Club.

VIDEO: KGW file video: Harvey's Comedy Club, 1992

Kolin said he remembers lots of good times with talented comedians.

"This young guy with red hair comes in. I said I want clean comedy and he goes 'do you know who I am.' I said no, he goes 'I don't do clean comedy," recalled Kolin.

That young guy who walked in was Louis C.K.

Kolin said he'll miss people celebrating birthdays or anniversaries at Harvey's. He'll also miss helping the community through holding fundraisers. But he said a recent heart attack played a role in his decision to close Harvey's doors.

"They kept me alive and put a couple stents in my heartk and my body is saying it's time to go do something else," said Kolin.

Kolin said he's hoping someone else will come along and reopen Harvey's as a comedy club. Since the announcement of the club's closing, there has been interest in purchasing the club, Kolin said, but nothing is concrete at this time.

Kolin said no future shows are booked other than a private show being hosted by Comedy Central on Tuesday. He said that anyone who purchased a Groupon that has not been redeemed should contact Groupon first regarding a refund, then the club second, Kolin said.

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