Comedy Zone Owner Arrested

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 10.14.2010 4:35pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee comedy club closes its doors and its owner is arrested for passing worthless checks.

The doors of the Comedy Zone are chained shut and a utility cut off notice is stuck in the door.

Owner Michael Hall was arrested late last month for bouncing checks totalling more than 14-thousand dollars.

Hall says the Comedy Zone closed due to tough financial straits and he's not sure if, when or where the club will re-open.

Court papers show the three worthless checks were written in September and October of 2009 to the former owner Yaeger Comedy Properties, but Hall wasn't arrested on the felony bad check charge until September 24th of this year.

Hall says at least 15 employees lost jobs when the club closed in mid-September and he is trying to find new investors to try to re-open the Comedy Zone in another location.

Tallahassee, Florida -- 10-14-2010 12:00PM --

The owner of a Tallahassee comedy club is arrested for writing worthless checks.

46 year old Michael Hall, owner of the Comedy Zone on West Tennessee Street, was arrested back on September 24th.

The charge is for more than 300 dollars, but less than five thousand dollars. Hall's attorney entered a not guilty plea for him last week.

According to the club's website, the business is temporarily closed and they're working on what they call "a solution to the situation."

There is no word yet on whether the club's closure has anything to do with its owner's recent legal troubles.

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  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Oct 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Not to condone what Mike did, but alot of folks are struggling right now and having a hard time making ends met. I know Mike personally and he's a great guy who has given alot to the community and helped many organizations through prior profits made at the Comedy Zone. If you ever attended a show or event there, you know Mike is a hands on owner working really hard and his staff are awesome!! I hope that somehow this situation is resolved and we have a local Comedy Zone again real soon!!
  • by flamom Location: Tallahassee on Oct 15, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Any investors out there? This is one employee who WANTS to go back to work! To all of our guests, we miss you!
  • by tava Location: tville on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    how the squat we going to get our moneyback for sundays show
  • by Rut Row Location: Valdsota on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    Now that aint funny!
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