Dump truck crashes into Zanies Comedy Club; No one hurt

Posted at 1:21 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 17:57:25-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — No one was injured Tuesday afternoon when a dump truck crashed into Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville.

The 8th Avenue South business has been in town for nearly four decades.


So, a truck rolls down a road and into a bar... It sounds like the setup for a joke, but it really happened.

Apparently, the driver forgot to put on the emergency break, and the excavating truck rolled down the street and into the building according to Andrew Dorfman. He's one of the owners at Zanies.

Fortunately, no one was hurt according to an officer on scene. The mural was damaged and comedian Nate Bargatze’s face was taken out. He guesses the driver really didn’t like his jokes Monday night at the comedy club.

Bargatze said, “This is the new way for Zanies to fit the COVID standards is to have outside seating, so I think they got it now. I think they could have just opened the door. I honestly thought my face was the safest of being hit... you have these barriers its like there’s no way ill ever be hit."

The show Tuesday at Zanies is canceled so they can assess structural damage. They're hoping it only needs new brick so they can reopen this weekend.

Dorfman said 2020 has been tough for the industry so he wants to put the year behind them. "It’s been an amazingly hard year for everybody, and when times are good people like to laugh, and when times are bad people really need to laugh, and right now we’re not going to be able to give the laughter for a little bit," Dorfman said.