It’s all in the name — good times.
Good Times provides a new venue for live comedy and, in the process, provides owner John Pogorzelski a chance to fulfill his life’s ambition of being his own boss by doing something he is passionate about. John and his brother Roy are old hands at creating entertainment opportunities, as their company Pogo Bros Inc. can call Lethbridge Oktoberfest celebrations among the feathers in their caps.
“We’re still going to do Pogo Brothers,” John Pogorzelski said, adding he and Roy run karaoke and games nights all over the city. But now they have started their own venue to focus on games and regular live comedy.
The new 30-seat capacity club, located at (317 3 St. S.) in the basement, had its official opening scheduled for Jan. 5 with a showcase of professional standup touring comedians including Cory Mack, Mike “Pickle” Dambra, Charles Andrew, Adam Ruby Payne, Renee Manners, Alex Biron and Shawn Gramiak.
They ended December by testing the waters with a few soft openings.
“They all went very well,” he said.
“People were laughing and having fun,” he continued.
“It’s all in the name. Good Times is a variety club. We’ll have live standup comedy every weekend and trivia and I have a music trivia game that is different than anywhere else. I’ve created my own game board for it. The only thing we won’t be doing is having live music,” he said, adding there already plenty of good venues which feature live music.
“It’s fun and interactive,” he said of the trivia game.
“I wanted to be my own boss and I want to do something I’m passionate about. Last year I started doing stand up comedy and have become pretty good at it. And I’ve organized events before when I was with the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association,” John continued, adding he has butted heads with a few old bosses who he didn’t feel were receptive to his out-of-the-box thinking and original ideas.
“For standup comedy, the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s comedy open mic was the only place to perform live standup comedy and that’s only once a month,” he observed.
“Good Times will feature a weekly comedy open mic every Thursday, trivia on Wednesday, Fridays will be Variety Fridays, with hypnotists and mentalists and touring standup comedy on Saturday nights,” he summarized.
“These will be comedians who have been doing it for 20 years. These are real professional.”
“I wanted to do more comedy,” he added. “It’s a good place to feel good.”
Tickets and events are available through http://www.goodtimesyql.com.