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Tempe Improv closes doors for good on Friday

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Tempe Improv hosted its final show last weekend after almost a quarter-century of laughter.

The search is on for a buyer while only a handful of staff are on the job Friday and wondering about their future.

While all of this is happening, club owner Mark Anderson has vanished and is the focus of a nationwide search.

The club hosted its share of some of comedy’s biggest names: Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, George Lopez and Dana Carvey, just to name a few.

In announcing the closure last month, club owners cited competition from Stand Up Live in downtown Phoenix as the main reason. That club now regularly lands the major acts coming to the Valley.