Springer Opera House and Hodgetwins at odds over canceled Columbus comedy show

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – The cancellation of a comedy show is sparking outrage in the Columbus community.

Kevin and Keith Hodge, known professionally as The Hodgetwins, were scheduled to perform Saturday night at the Springer Opera House as part of their nationwide tour.

In a now-deleted social media post, The Springer House said it decided not to hold the event because Mad Hatter Shows, which represent the self-proclaimed conservative comedy duo, “failed to fulfill their responsibilities under the contract. rent”.

“Mad Hatter Shows never paid the deposit required to secure the date or paid the full balance two weeks before the event, as stipulated in the contract. In addition, Mad Hatter’s technical representatives did not respond to requests repeated briefings from Springer on the show’s technical requirements, which made it impossible to hire a support crew.

The Springer added that while the Hodgetwins’ “frequent targeting of LGBTQ people in their comedic routines” doesn’t reflect their values ​​and mission, the duo’s stance on public policy was not a factor in the decision to cancel the event.

Hours later, Mad Hatter Shows revealed an email allegedly from Springer House. It reads in part: “Due to the content of the show, we have to cancel the appearance tomorrow at The Springer.”

Mad Hatter Shows revealed an email allegedly from Springer House.(Source: Mad Hatter Shows)

Springer’s Facebook post garnered over 600 comments before it was deleted; their Facebook page was completely deleted.

Several potential participants expressed their frustration on social media.

Mad Hatter Shows is working to reschedule the event elsewhere, according to an email sent to those who purchased tickets.

We have reached out to both parties for further comment.

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Javier E. Swan