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In the last 20 years, there has not been a full-time comedy club operating in the city outside Manhattan — that is, until The Laughing Devil Comedy Club opened its doors in Long Island City in December.
“Why [would] Toledo have two clubs and Queens has none?” said Steve Hofstetter, a stand-up comedian of 10 years, Long Island City resident and one of two managing partners of the club, at 47-38 Vernon Blvd. “Long Island City is an amazing, vibrant neighborhood and it made sense it should support a club. You have 25,000 people in a quarter of a square mile [of the club] and few entertainment options.”
The club opened Dec. 16.
“So far, so good. We’ve been packed on the