The Joke Joint Comedy Club bid farewell to its Lilydale location Sunday night with some help from a Twin Cities native.
Josh Blue, who grew up in St. Paul and won the 2006 season of "Last Comic Standing," was the headliner for the last show at the venue, which is being forced to move due to its current home, the River Bluffs Shopping Center, being sold and redeveloped.
"This is not the first place I've shut down," said Blue, whose act largely consists of the impact cerebral palsy has had on his life. The comic, who will appear Friday on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," poked gentle fun at the club and its saloon-like setting, which includes giant portraits of characters that could be ghosts from a rerun of "Gunsmoke," remnants of its days as Diamond Jim's Supper Club.
"I feel like I'm in a Scooby Doo episode," said Blue, staring up at the imposing paintings. "I'm just seeing if the eyes are moving or not."
Co-owner Ken Reed, who first opened the club at the former Thunderbird Hotel near the Mall of America, has plans to re-open in a new, bigger location, hopefully in St. Paul. His team is still searching for an appropriate spot.
(Top photo by Jeff Wheeler.)