BLOOMINGTON--They say laughter is the best medicine, but the owner of Laugh Comedy Club says the only remedy for his business is more people.
The club gives local comedians an outlet to share their talent.
It's an opportunity comedian Casey Hartenberger says most can only find in a big city.
"It's not like every other bar on the strip. It's just something different. I don't know where I'd be without it," said Hartenberger.
The up and coming performer has been appearing at the club since it opened.
He says its best to play to a large room.
"If you make one person laugh it kind of spreads," explained Hartenberger. "Yeah, I definitely enjoy big crowds."
Problem is, their laughter is dying out.
"Bloomington is a smaller market. Most smaller markets you have to have a niche," explained club owner Adam Weber.
Weber says community support just isn't there.
So he approached the city liquor commission to allow 18 year olds in his venue.
"With the limitations what they can do, they said no."
After two years, and no money banked Weber says it's time to bow out.
"We're going to be closing effective January first."
While life at the "Laugh" didn't pan out the way Weber hoped, he says the jokes and memories created with these comedians is something that'll always bring a smile to his face.
"I walk away from this with a bunch of good friends and a life," said Weber. "You can't really call that a loss."
Weber is in talks with another local bar and restaurant to open up a bigger venue next year.
He says the idea is still in the planning stages.