Monthly Archives: July 2010

Tonight at the Comic Strip: Caroline Rhea!

Caroline Rhea

Tonight’s at the World Famous Comic Strip Live! our stage will be graced by none other than the great Caroline Rhea!

Caroline has been a regular comedy institution for much of the last 20 years with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, her own HBO One Night Stand special and more.

In recent years, she has extended her acting talents which have led her to such well-known work as ABC’s long-running “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” and as the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

Caroline isn’t one to often make public appearances, so if you want to catch her live and in person, tonight is the night!

Come up to 82nd and 2nd tonight to witness live, the great Caroline Rhea!

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Comedy Caliente!

¡Esté allí, or be square!

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Orny Adams to release new one hour special!

Comic Strip Live! favorite Orny Adams announced on his Twitter yesterday that his first one-hour special will make its debut on October 29th on Comedy Central.

Adams is a long time favorite here at the club and while he currently makes his home in L.A., we always look forward to seeing Orny when he comes back to the Big City.

Looking forward to watching the new special Orny!

To find out when you can catch Mr. Adams on our stage, be sure to keep an eye on our schedule.

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Next Thursday! COMEDY CALIENTE!

Get your tickets now!

Next Thursday, July 29th is the Comic Strip Live!‘s monthly Latino comedy super-showcase !COMEDY CALIENTE!

A monthly hit, Caliente features a great range of amazing performers every month. These shows often sell out so get your tickets now by making a reservation over at ComicStripLive.Com

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Comedy Classes Starting Soon– Get Schooled @ the World Famous Comic Strip Live

We found out this morning that Df Sweedler will be starting a new Comedy Class at the Comic Strip on July 26.  His class runs eight weeks and will take you through the fundamentals of joke-writing and performing.

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The class costs $375.  Sign-up today by calling 212-861-9386, and add your name to the long list of legendary performers who’ve graced the stage at the World Famous Comic Strip Live!

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Karen Bergreen’s Following Polly

Two weeks ago, Comic Strip staple Karen Bergreen released her debut novel, Following Polly.  In two words, “It’s fantastic.”

Karen wrote Following Polly using her love of TV and pop culture as a backbone for a story that is both fun and insightful.  It tells the story of Alice Teakle, a Harvard grad, an ex-paralegal, and an ex-casting assistant, who learns other people’s stories by following them, incognito, in their daily lives.  It speaks to anyone who gets restless in her own life, is obsessed with television, or who loves New York City.  (I call that a trifecta.)  And on top of it all, a murder mystery unfolds and a romance blossoms.  It’s a great summer read– the kind of book that makes you wish your train ride was just a few pages longer each day.

Coincidentally, Karen wrote a lot of this, her debut novel, on the subway en route to spots right here at the Comic Strip.  She got the idea for Following Polly– what would it be like to follow someone around and learn about her life pre-Facebook– and writing the story was a way to let her fantasies about the myriad of possibilities play-out.  Haven’t we all honed in on one particularly fascinating passenger on the train and wondered what his life was like?  Wouldn’t it be nice to only worry about someone else’s life for a day or so?  Isn’t following a random person’s schedule a lot easier and more spontaneous than keeping up with our own?

The book has met with positive buzz from customers and critics alike, including the New York Times.  Karen calls the experience of writing her debut, “a lot of fun.”  She explained the differences between writing a book and writing a set as being nuanced but “definitely there.”  Primarily, the justifications required for a plot to move forward, for readers to not question the sequence of events, bears more weight than jumping from set-up to punchline for a joke.  The plays on words that are a staple in her comedy routines don’t require as many justifications as are necessary when constructing an entire personality and history for a character in her book.

Obviously she was up for the challenge, as Following Polly has become a must-have summer read in two short weeks.  We asked Karen what would be topping her summer reading list this year, and she said Susan Isaac’s As Husbands Go will be another great one to look out for.

In between all your reading, make sure to come into the World Famous Comic Strip Live and catch Karen on-stage the next time she’s here.  And check out her website to find out more about readings and other appearances.

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Comic Strip Stars in Last Comic Standing Final 10!

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Three Comic Strip Live! talents, Mike DeStefano, Laurie Kilmartin and Rachel Feinstein, have done the near-impossible and made the Top 10 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing!

The three will be battling the remaining 7 comics from across the country for the $250,000 prize and title of “Last Comic Standing.”

Congrats to Mike, Laurie and Rachel for this most recent success! Best of luck in the final 10!

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