Restaurant adds comedy to eclectic list of offerings

Owner: it’s the first comedy club in Roseville
By: Lien Hoang
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Roseville residents looking for laughs can stay a little closer to home now. On Thursday, Lightfoot’s California Cuisine debuted the self-proclaimed first comedy club in the city, featuring funnymen Matt Byrd, Sean Peabody and D. Tyler.

The shows will be a Friday-night staple at the restaurant, beginning Oct. 22, with one major headliner a month.

“When I lived in Roseville, I always had to drive to Sacramento to go to Punch Line or Laughs Unlimited and put up with parking,” owner Steve Lightfoot said. Ironically, he now lives in Sacramento and commutes to Roseville, but plans to move back soon.

By bringing comedians to the area, Lightfoot said he hopes to “keep the money in Roseville.”

For $30 (or $50 for couples), guests get dinner at 5 p.m., leading up to the show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no set menu, but the meal includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and cocktail.

Separate from the show, appetizers average $6-$7 and entrées like pizza, pasta and burgers cost $12.

Lightfoot, who ran a cabinets-for-restaurants business for 23 years, recently graduated from the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts,

He wants his new place to rival full-time comedy clubs around Sacramento, which generally have drink minimums rather than full-course meals.

“If you can combine dinner with a show, why not?” said Rebecca Johnson, who gathered with other owners and their dogs at Lightfoot’s on Wednesday. Johnson provides social media services to the business.

Eventually, Lightfoot would like to build a stage that would overlook most of the rooms, located at 1100 Orlando Ave. The building is known as the Station, a bistro and lounge constructed to look like a train, with six boxcars and a caboose.

The current stage is in a corner, appearing small against the spacious other areas of the restaurant, which has two dance floors.

A stage upgrade would bolster much more than just a comedy show.

Lightfoot’s, which opened in July and targets the 30-something demographic, is something of a variety-hour in the form of an eatery. It dedicates a different theme to each day of the week, from jazz blues bands on Monday to line dance lessons on Wednesday.

“We don’t want to be known as a comedy club,” Lightfoot said. In fact, even when the jokes are flying, guests can still come for dinner and drinks in a separate area of the restaurant.

With everything from a wine tasting to a bacon bikini contest, the business can hardly be defined as merely a comedy club or restaurant.

“This is more of a place where you can go and get real good dinners,” Lightfoot said, “and also have great entertainment at the same time.”

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WHAT: Lightfoot’s California Cuisine
WHERE: 1100 Orlando Ave.
HOURS: M-F 5 p.m.-midnight, Sat 4 p.m.-midnight, Sun 4-9 p.m.
INFO: (916) 216-3463


Lightfoot’s daily themes:
: Jazz blues bands
TUES: West Coast swing night
WED: Country music and line dancing
THU: Salsa dancing
FRI: Comedy club and dance party
SAT: Live bands and dance party
SUN: Latin music and karaoke