Church making too much noise, asked to move out

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The low-key spot at the end of a strip center off Highway 183 near North Lamar attracts big talent to Austin.

Capital City Comedy Club has plastered stand-up comedian and sitcom star D.L. Hughley’s name, of The Hughleys, across the tall marquee out front.

The night Hughley is scheduled to step on stage, the church next door, Fresh Oil Family Fellowship , has planned a protest against the comedy club in the parking lot.

“It’s called the ‘Jokes Against Jesus’ march,” said Bishop Nathan Thomas.

In September, Thomas’ church set up shop in the space next door to the comedy club. The wall located directly behind the church band and the pulpit is the same wall comics stand in front of to deliver their jokes to large audiences.

Club co-owner Margie Coyle said sound from evening church services bleed through the walls during the week.

“We thought, ‘What a great fit,'” said property manager Brett Pearson. “The space sat empty for a while.”

Pearson was under the impression the church would only be worshipping on Sunday mornings.

When he found out the seats inside the church were filled on Wednesday nights, too, – when comics take the stage – he contacted the church.

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