Glenn Lurie, 57, takes part in the March Mania Comedy Tournament at The Comedy Zone. It was head-to-head challenge where two comedians faced off and the audience decides who moves forward with their applause. (John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

After 15 months of having it’s doors closed the Comedy Zone in Charlotte reopened this past Thursday with Ali Saadiq as its headliner. For the owner of the Comedy Zone, Brian Heffron, it was a night he wasn’t sure he’d ever see.

Owner Brian Heffron used the 15-month shutdown to completely renovate the club from top to bottom.

“I’ve never had an opportunity to do it because we’ve always been open six to seven days a week,” said Heffron. “So this is deficit spending right here. We’re betting on ourselves that we’re gonna come on strong.”

Ali was glad to be comedian chosen to reopen the comedy club because the Comedy Zone was the first club to put his picture on the wall.  You can list the comedy zone’s website to see the upcoming acts.