Michael Deeds: Comedy to return to old Funny Bone space in Boise

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Ever since Jeremy Aevermann opened Liquid in the space that formerly held the Funny Bone, he’s had a monkey on his back.
“When I got my loan from the bank, the actual business plan was called the Laughing Monkey Comedy Club,” Aevermann explains.
The idea was a comedy club supplemented by live music. Against his better judgment — and at the request of ex-Funny Bone employees who wanted to open their own comedy club, he says — Aevermann backed off the idea and focused on music instead.
A few years later? “I honestly wish I just would have went with my gut,” Aevermann says.
A couple of months from now, Liquid, 405 S. 8th St., will begin presenting live comedy four nights a week in Boise. Aevermann plans to launch the concept with a show by well-known comic Emo Philips.
“Right now’s the time,” Aevermann says. “There’s no comedy.”
Realists might say this is a horrible idea. Comedy has struggled in Boise. Remember Hijinx comedy club? Or China Blue’s short-lived, one-night-a-week Chuckles Cabaret?

Deeds: New bar Liquid is just the kind of refreshment BoDo needed

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Jeremy Aevermann, the familiar face behind the bar at Boise’s newest nightspot, Liquid, knows what you’re thinking.

Who in their right mind opens a bar at this moment in economic time? Especially in the same space where the Funny Bone went belly up? I don’t care if Liquid’s new outdoor patio is so awesome and big that you can see Russia from it. You, my friend, are cuh-razy.

“When I started this, the economy was good,” Aevermann explains.

When did you start construction? 2005?

“The economy was better!” he says, laughing.

Here’s the thing about Liquid, which opened Sept. 22. The odds may seem stacked against it. But Liquid definitely has a fighting chance. Aevermann, who spent nearly a decade bartending at Downtown institution Pengilly’s, has given the BoDo district exactly what it needs: A hangout that slings cheap drinks.