LA’s Meltdown Comics Closing After 25 Years

Yesterday Nerdist reported that Meltdown Comics — and with it, alternative comedy venue the NerdMelt Showroom – is closing on March 30. The Los Angeles room has famously been home to long-running showcase like The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which lasted for six years and ended in October 2016. It became a television show that ran on Comedy Central for three seasons from 2014 to 2016.

The showroom’s Program Director, Caitlin Durante, is a Boston comedy / WICF alumna and will be performing at April’s festival. She addressed the venue’s closure on Facebook yesterday, saying, “As you may or may not have already heard, Meltdown Comics is closing its doors at the end of the month, and thus, NerdMelt is closing. It’s all happening very abruptly, and I’m still processing this news.

Needless to say, I’m heartbroken that the venue and its wonderful staff, shows, performers, audiences, producers, and anyone else who’s ever been involved, will no longer have this space. A space that I truly think is one of the most wonderful places in LA, and probably the whole world. A space that I’ve been lucky to call my comedy home for the past 3+ years. I don’t know what else to say.”

Durante has been the showroom’s Program Director since October 2015. The showroom’s four directors, notably, have all been women. The space’s shuttering follows iO West’s unexpected closure in February. NerdMelt’s final shows will take place at 7 and 9 PM on March 30, and a calendar of remaining events is available on its website.