A large number of Danish industries was previously in the 2020 hit by a surprise, they had not seen coming a few months earlier.
It was, among other things comedybranchen, who was hit by canceled and postponed shows on the strip, as coronavirussen came to Denmark and got most of the country shut down.
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Coronakrisen has also had consequences for comedyklubben Comedy Zoo, which - in the style of other cultural events - has been the need to keep closed.
Denmark is beginning to open up again, and various cultural facilities may open with restrictions on distance and number of guests.
Latterglade danes and eager to work comedians, however, must wait a little longer to take the Comedy Zoo. It tells Torben Chris, who is among the owners, to Ekstra Bladet.
- It can not run around. It's just not worth it to open with the guidelines, there is right now with the number of square metres per person and distance, there should be. It is, of course, a completely classic, raw comedyklub, where people sit close, and there's not so much missing the point. With the guidelines, there must also be space for people in the breaks, when they go around out in the foyer, and we have not, " he says, laughing:
- It's just an old porn cinema, dammit. It is just a kælderlokale, and it is, therefore, that all comedians are so wild with it. It is insanely good to be a comedyklub, but it is not so good to be anything else with a lot of guidelines.
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Therefore, it may not pay to open up, before the restrictions are made looser.
- We are suffering - like a lot of other cultural events - when the government goes out and says that we can open on every other row and such things, we can't use it for anything. Many cultural institutions are built for, that it begins to be able to run around with 70-80 percent occupancy. The profits come then.
- There are the technicians, bartenders, and doormen, who must have their pay, and they must still be there, even though the chamber is only a quarter filled, says Torben Chris.
They do not yet know when it can pay to open.
- It is actually the most frusterende at it here, says Torben Chris, who themselves have been infected with the coronavirus, and stresses that he has the understanding that it is a difficult disease to deal with.
- Just look at me, walking around without symptoms, so it is hard to keep track of the numbers. But it would be insanely nice to have something to relate to.
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autumn begins Torben Chris on yet another tour in Denmark with his colleague Thomas Hartmann. And they can see that ticket sales are affected.
- The begin until september, so there is a long time, and we bet on, that everything is back to normal for the time. But you can look at ticket sales, that people are sitting and thinking: 'We might as well wait to buy a ticket, because what if it gets moved or cancelled', and it is really annoying.
Until now, the ownership group behind the Comedy Zoo managed to get it to run around - among other things, by selling vouchers to future shows.
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And has not, therefore, going to throw in the towel yet.
- We live the gradually somewhat from month to month, and we survive as at least a month yet - and probably two. But then it begins to do the nas, and then we will have enough use for komikernes help - but fortunately, there are many comedians who have indicated that of course Comedy Zoo does not go bankrupt. It is our youthhouse, and so we must make a bonfire in the street, he says, and continues:
- Not, there is probably a greater chance that we're doing a support show than a physical bonfires in the streets, but it is our clubhouse. It is there we develop material, and sits at the bar, where there is always a colleague, we can talk with, he says.
Torben Chris, you yourself have been affected by the coronavirus, but he experienced no symptoms. Today, he is again completely healthy.
He owns the Comedy Zoo, along with Michael Schøt, Anders Fjelsted, Dan Andersen, Martin Bo Andersen and Thomas Hartmann.