For over 29 years, Bruce Veach has been making people laugh. And its a tradition he continues every weekend at the Hey Guys Comedy Club located at 5225 N Illinois Street (North 159) in Fairview Heights.
While located in Fairview Heights, Hey Guys is actually owned by two 1983 graduates of O’Fallon Township High School. Veach and Alex Bacchetti, along with co-partners Shireen Bacchetti and Shelbie Wohlstadter are living the dream hosting stand-up comedians, magicians, and a wide variety of entertainers at their club.
The O’Fallon Weekly stopped by the comedy club last week and talked with Veach to find out more about the business.
What made you guys decide to open a comedy business?
I have been doing comedy for over 29 years. I love making people laugh. Shelbie and I met while working at another job. We decided to start a business doing comedy night fundraisers. Organizations hired us to come to their fundraising events and do stand up comedy. However, one of the issues we encountered early on was that these organizations didn’t have a great venue for stand-up comedy, and by the time they secured one, they weren’t raising as much as everyone had hoped. So we opened the club as a way to provide a venue and help everyone maximize their return on the events.
When did you open the Hey Guy Comedy Club?
We opened the club in July of 2014. That is when Alex got involved. Opening the club has allowed us to bring in other acts, have an open mic night, and have a venue for organizations to have their comedy night fundraisers.
Tell me more about your fundraising opportunities?
Having a comedy night fundraiser is a lot of fun and an organization can raise a lot of money. It is a lot easier than having a car wash or barbecue. We offer two fundraising options and you can find more details on our website.
What is your website address?
Is there an age requirement to get in and do you have a drink minimum?
You have to be 18 years old to come to a show. We do not have a drink minimum.
Any advice to other people starting a business?
You have to have patience and persistence.
Any upcoming events or additional information you would like to share?
We have David Scott this weekend. He is part comedian, magician, impressionist, musical comedian, and all around Las Vegas-style showman. Mention the O’Fallon Weekly and we will give you a buy-one, get-one free ticket to the show.
Visit our website to get information on upcoming shows. We also offer a military discount to thank the men and women who are currently serving, have been honorably discharged, or retired from our country’s Armed Services. Bring your military or VA ID.