Jimmy Fallon partners up to donate $15,000 to struggling Austin theater
Kareem Badr, one of the owners of The Hideout Theatre where they hold improv comedy classes and shows, said they are very thankful for being chosen.
"It's been really challenging for sure," said Badr.
He said the best part is the recognition of their struggle along with comedy clubs during the pandemic. Badr said the $15,000 is great but their debt from the pandemic runs deeper.
"It's, you know, a quarter or 20 percent of the back rent we still owe," said Badr. "So, it's like the money's great, but it's not going to make or break us but it definitely helps."
Badr said he hasn't re-opened the theatre to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. He, along with other nightlife business owners, are still struggling.
"To be perfectly honest, I really think if Cap City were still open, Jimmy Fallon probably would have highlighted Cap City," said Badr. "All the other venues that he's highlighting are standup venues because that's his background, we are kind of the last man standing," explained Badr.
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