Bob Perkell and Jeff Capri, the masterminds of Surf City Comedy Club, clowned around last week inside the venue with hard hats, a drill and a saw.
The comedians may not have actually been part of the construction crew at work building the Fuzion entertainment complex, but, as Perkell explained, they sought to provide a fix of a different kind.
"This town, this community needs laughter," he said. "Everybody needs laughter because life is very tough. It gives them an opportunity where they can come out and get out of their head for an hour and a half and laugh their butt off and wake up in the morning with sore abs. And people say, 'Hey, did you go to the gym?' 'No, I went to a comedy show last night.'"
If comedy indeed tightens abdomens, then Perkell and Capri may do the portly a great favor when the two take the stage on Valentine's Day for the reopening of their endeavor. Nearly a year ago, Surf City Comedy Club went on hiatus when Endless Food and Fun, the venue that housed it, closed its doors. Now, with Fuzion taking Endless Food's place, the comedy club — one of the few parts of the facility that will remain more or less intact — is set to target the funny bone again.