Champions-area Komedy Lounge keeps spirits high amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jazz musicians and comedians alike perform at the Komedy Lounge. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jazz musicians and comedians alike perform at the Komedy Lounge. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jazz musicians and comedians alike perform at the Komedy Lounge. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Leonard Hayes (left) owns the Komedy Lounge with his wife, Tracey Hayes, while Comedian Stick (right) hosts performances at the venue. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Komedy Lounge features a full bar and restaurant where patrons can pair cocktails with meals such as burgers, steak and brunch. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Komedy Lounge hosts local performers and talent from all over the U.S. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
A stage for comedians and jazz musicians alike is provided at the Komedy Lounge—a concept that was born from owner Leonard Hayes’ love of jazz and jokes.

“I have a passion for entertainment. ... I love to laugh, and I’m a jazz lover,” he said.

He and his wife, Tracey Hayes, opened Komedy Lounge in the Champions area in December 2020. While the couple are not performers themselves, Leonard said they each have a background in business and entrepreneurship.

The venue regularly holds events, including karaoke night, Sunday brunch shows, Latino night and ladies night on top of weekend performances by both local and national talent. The shows are hosted by Comedian Stick, who has toured internationally.

Of his accomplishments with the venue thus far, Leonard said he is most proud of giving a stage to a variety of local talent.


“In Houston, comedy is a big thing, but there’s not a lot of places to showcase it,” he said. “So any up-and-coming comics never have the opportunity or the stage [where] they can showcase [their] talent.”

An aspect that makes Komedy Lounge stand out, Leonard said, is the venue’s full-service restaurant. The kitchen serves up gourmet dishes, including brunch, steaks, pasta, salads and burgers, as well as cocktails named after famous comedians.

One challenge the Komedy Lounge has faced during the last year is competing with venues that are part of national chains, which Leonard said can afford to pay more-established comedians and musicians to perform exclusively at their locations, taking opportunities from smaller venues.

Despite these challenges, Leonard said he is proud the venue has survived, and he and Tracey have big hopes for the venue’s future.

“Due to ... the hardship [everyone has] been through over the past two years, people need laughter,” he said.

Komedy Lounge

5060 FM 1960 W., Houston

281-624-7654

www.komedylounge.com

Hours: Tue.-Wed. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Thu. 11:30 p.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11:30 p.m. -2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Mon.
By Emily Lincke

Reporter, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Emily joined Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021 after working for a small town newspaper in El Campo, TX for two years. Before that, she interned and freelanced for the Houston Chronicle and worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the Houston area. A controversial fact about Emily is that she prefers sugar cookies over chocolate chip cookies. She graduated with a print journalism degree from the University of Houston in 2018.