SAINT JOHN– Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club in Saint John will be closing its doors, the business announced in a Facebook post on Monday night.
The Saint John location of the Canada-wide comedy club franchise had been open for 19 months. It was started and operated by Steven Barnes. It was the only Yuk Yuk’s location in New Brunswick.
“With profound regret I announce that – as of today – Yuk Yuk’s will no longer be operating in Saint John, New Brunswick,” the post read. “I would like to sincerely thank all of our patrons and supporters for buying tickets and enjoying nights at my club. I would also like to thank all of the incredible comedians who graced our stage and spread the word about the club that the late, great Mike MacDonald described as ‘the best comedy club in Canada.’ ”
The post didn’t give any explanation for the closure. It went on to describe the clubs 19-months in business as a “rollercoaster.”
“It’s been a rollercoaster 19 months and I have enjoyed serving you all greatly,” it reads. “I will be in touch with you all again soon.”
The post concludes with saying all purchased tickets for upcoming shows will be refunded by Yuk Yuk’s as soon as possible.
“Thank you again and keep laughing.”
Huddle has reached out to Barnes for further comment. We did not receive a response by the time of publication. This story will be updated if that changes.
A former sailor, Barnes said in a previous interview with Huddle that he wanted to bring the comedy franchise to New Brunswick after checking out the club in Toronto.
“It was my first time ever at a comedy club,” Barnes said. “I had such a positive experience there that I called Yuk Yuk’s up that week and said, ‘How do I bring Yuk Yuk’s home with me? This is something that I have to do for Saint John.’ ”